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Fractal Design Focus G Build

by BoyScout



Date Published

July 11, 2017

Date Built

May 24, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.2 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

43.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

74.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.949 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

4.007 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

38.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

73.0° C


Fractal Design sent us their new Focus G case, so we paired it with a Ryzen 5 1600 using MSI's B350 Tomahawk motherboard as well as a GTX 1070 Quicksilver for a nice white and silver themed build. The Team Dark Silver accent memory matches up well with the aesthetics of the MSI QuickSilver card. We also added in a CableMod LED Strip, controlled by the motherboard, to add a bit more light to show off in the interior of the case.

If you'd like to see how everything came together, be sure to check out the livestream archive of the build.

A big thanks to Fractal Design for providing the case and MSI for providing the motherboard to use in this build.

And now, onto some benchmarks.

During the livestream, we ran at stock CPU clocks, with the memory running at 2667 MHz. For our benchmark testing results below, we were able (with the latest BIOS update) to get stable results with the memory at 3000 MHz, which gave notable performance improvements. We left the CPU at stock core clocks (3.2GHz). The Turbo Core speeds moved it up to 3.6GHz and even 3.7GHz on a couple cores at a time under load. You can see the max temps for the CPU and GPU in the details section on the right side of the page.

Benchmark Overall Score Graphics Score Physics Score Combined Score CPU Score
FireStrike (v1.1) 14101 18000 15496 5110 --
FireStrike Extreme (v1.1) 8138 8603 15414 3852 --
FireStrike Ultra (v1.1) 4435 4358 15473 2289 --
Time Spy (v1.1) 5925 6056 -- -- 5282
Game Setting Preset Resolution Average FPS Average CPU Usage Average GPU Usage Max GPU Temp
Battlefield 1 Ultra 2560x1440 77 FPS 48.44 97.2% 72C
Battlefield 1 High 2560x1440 90 FPS 48.9% 95.4% 72C
Overwatch Epic 2560x1440 75 FPS -- 97.8% 74C
Overwatch Ultra 2560x1440 97 FPS -- 97.8% 74C
Ghost Recon: Wildlands Ultra 2560x1440 39.58 FPS 31.1% 98.2% 70C
Ghost Recon: Wildlands Very High 2560x1440 58.12 FPS 36.7% 98% 68C
Ghost Recon: Wildlands High 2560x1440 66.58 FPS 38.6% 98% 70C

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Vergere 7 Builds 5 points 21 months ago

dude, $50 for that beautiful case?!? +1!

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 4 points 21 months ago

While beauty is always in the eye of the beholder, we liked it.. The case feels like a great value for its price.

PrintBuildz 2 points 21 months ago

Just saw this on YouTube on my iPad! Good job!

PrintBuildz 1 point 21 months ago

(Wow, can't believe I was first comment on an ADMIN post, :D)

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 3 points 21 months ago

:) Glad you enjoyed it -- thanks for the feedback!

KarmAngel 2 points 21 months ago

I wasn't expecting to see here the PcPartPicker's administrators XD

-First of all, Awesome Build. I saw your video on Youtube, insta-liked and a perfect job was done (As always).

-Pretty good colors (white case + blue light fans... Just a fine theme ♥) and hardware on this build. Always, cable management is a bless on your videos, always on point ;)

What can i say? I also-insta liked this build :) Hope to see more of your builds and videos

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 3 points 21 months ago

Thanks for the insta-feedback and likes! :) Glad to hear you enjoyed the build as well as the video.

wkoerber96 2 points 21 months ago

That's some beautiful cable management! +1

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 2 points 21 months ago

I still believe Barry has magic zip ties. We don't always have time on live stream builds to do a cable management time lapse, so he cleaned this while it sat on his desk in between benchmark runs.

Most impressive.

sponix 6 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Like everything except the Ketchup and Mustard Cabling on the 24 pin that really sticks out. A nice set of cable extensions would do wonders for the Look.

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 2 points 21 months ago

Understandable. That certainly bothers some folks and not others. As you mentioned, extensions could work around it nicely. Thanks for the feedback!

wbw4sv 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Does the black piece on the front come off? If I get this case, I'd like to repaint it a different color. Edit: just watched the video, and I guess I'm actually wondering if the filter in the front comes out

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 3 points 21 months ago

The front metal mesh is not intended to be removed, but if you look closely it appears to be held in with bent tabs. I'll have to take a closer look in person at the office tomorrow to see if it is feasible (granted, with some effort) to remove it for easier painting and get back to you.

wbw4sv 1 Build 2 points 21 months ago

Thanks for the reply!

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 4 points 21 months ago

So I took a closer look and yes, it appears (with a fair bit of care) that you can remove the front mesh by bending all the small metal tabs out (there are a bunch of them!). I'd be a bit nervous about breaking the tabs if you got too aggressive, but it seemed doable.

The punch out covers for the 5.25" drives are separate of course, so you'd have to decide to leave them as-is or work on removing their mesh as well.

EdSten 1 point 9 days ago

That is some outstanding information right there. Thank you!

I have been planning on buying this case but was wondering what to do with all that darkness on the front panel when everything else is white... Now, thanks to you, I know :)

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 2 points 9 days ago

No problem -- glad it helped you!

EPlex03 1 point 21 months ago


bestjira 1 point 20 months ago

Hey guys. Your video brought me here so apparently my the preapplied thermal compound on my stock cooler also have a yellowish tint on it. My question is have you checked the temps. Should i wipe out and apply an new one?

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

Our temps were a bit higher than similar R5 1600 builds we did later, but for the most part it performed within our expectations. That said, if you think it looks suspect, I'd not argue against changing it out.

LegitOpxrations 1 point 20 months ago

You need more fans to keep the temps down, Nice pc though.

Master_PChief 1 point 19 months ago

Does the case have a dust filter in the front or anywhere else?

Great build!

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

Thanks -- glad you enjoyed it.

The case has a removable dust filter on the bottom as well as two (screw mounted) dust filters on the top. The front has a filter as well, but I believe you have to pop off the entire front panel to clean it.

Sir_Silly_Sloth 1 point 18 months ago

I'm a PC building newbie, and the rig that I've been planning is very similar to this. Very excited to build my first PC.

Question about the case: Are you able to vertically mount the GPU in this case? I'm probably getting the ASUS STRIX 1070, and I would love to be able to show off the RGBs on the fans. Would it be overly complicated to mount it vertically, or could it be done?

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

The Focus G doesn't have built in support for a vertical GPU mount, so the short answer is no.

However, if you really wanted to do it, then it'd have to be a custom modification to the case. You'd need to find or create a support bracket for the GPU and create an appropriate cut out in the back of the case for it to sit into. And then of course you'll want to take into consideration the height of the components coming off the motherboard to sit behind the GPU.

So the long answer kinda comes down to your definition of overly complicated. :)

thantanenorn 1 point 17 months ago

Hi , have u encounter any problem when booting up the system using that mobo and RAM ? or working nicely without a problem ? I'm planning to copy this guide but I read that some of Ryzen users having a problem with their mobo.

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Interestingly enough, we didn't have any issues on this particular build. We had built several Ryzen systems by the time we built this one (about 2 months after Ryzen launched), most which had some sort of issue that required a BIOS update, etc to work around. If I recall correctly, this was the first that didn't really give us any issues that we needed to sort out.

That said, we generally recommend updating to the latest BIOS revision once you have everything put together and before you start installing the OS, etc. It can save you a lot of headaches if the board happened to ship with an older revision that had known issues.

And if you do have any issues getting your system up and running, you can always make a post in our Troubleshooting forum with your part list and a description of what you're seeing / what you've tried. There are lots of folks happy to help you figure out what might be going on!

jnarai 1 point 17 months ago

Bought the case before I saw the build vid, and I've got to agree with all your points. For a budget case, I was impressed with how sturdy it is and how easy it makes cable management. With the build quality, I wouldn't have minded paying more. Also, I wouldn't normally expect a case that's this inexpensive to include dual chassis fans as well as filters, so kudos to Fractal on this newer entry & excellent review and build guys.

Volkilide 1 point 15 months ago

How good can it run black ops 3 zombies and multiplayer

Yikohama 1 point 15 months ago

Want to sell your memory? I'm thinking of getting the same but it's ridiculously pricey right now.

Dylanpa2940 1 point 11 months ago

So I'm making my first build right now, and this is one out of two builds I've been thinking over amazing job!!!

ImperiousBattlestar 0 points 21 months ago

Nice build, as again, awesome work by the admins! Love your use of the CableMod WideBeam kit as well, it makes the build really shine. +1 :)

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 2 points 21 months ago

Indeed. Phil Coffman takes most of our post-build pictures and was pretty happy with us when he saw that extra little touch added.. Sometimes you just have to let a little light shine. :)