Pros

  • 4th-gen Core i7 processor delivers excellent performance
  • Neatly organized case leaves plenty of room for expansion
  • Stays whisper-quiet while playing demanding PC games

Cons

  • 650-watt power supply is ill-prepared for multi-GPU upgrades
  • Ugly black megalith of a case

At A Glance

Excellent performance at a reasonable price make the Flex 47B a superb, if unassuming, desktop for power users.

Manufacturer’s Website

http://www.microexpress.net/

The Specs

Processor
Processor type Intel Core i7-4770k
Processor speed 3500.0 MHz
Graphics
Graphics Type Discrete
Primary Graphics Chipset nVidia Geforce GTX 680
Number of Graphic Cards included 1.0
Graphics Memory 4.0 GB
Storage
Drive 1 size 512.0 GB
Drive 1 type Solid-State Drive
Drive 2 size 1000.0 GB
Drive 2 type Hard Disk Drive
Drive 2 speed 7200.0 RPM
Ports and Connections
Available Interfaces
  • Audio - Center/Bass Out (1/8
  • Audio - Microphone In (1/8
  • Audio - Rear Surround Out (1/8
  • Audio - Side Surround Out (1/8
  • Bluetooth
  • DVI (dual link)
  • DVI (single link)
  • Digital Optical
  • DisplayPort
  • Gigabit ethernet
  • HDMI
  • Keyboard - 6 pin mini-DIN (PS/2)
  • USB 2.0
  • USB 3.0
  • Wi-Fi
Ethernet Type 10/100/1000 Mbps
Memory
Memory size 16384.0 MB
Memory type DDR3
Memory speed 1600.0 MHz
Power
Power Supply Wattage 650.0 watts
Motherboard
Motherboard Chipset Z87
Motherboard Manufacturer Asus
Motherboard Model Z87-PRO
Dimensions
Width 7.5 inches
Depth 17.1 inches
Height 16.7 inches
Optical Drive
Included Drives Blu-ray Drive
Storage Media
SD card
  • Micro SD
  • SDHC Card
XD picture card 1
Memory stick
  • Memory Stick
  • Memory Stick Duo
Compact flash Yes
Included Software
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8 Pro

Performance

Overall Rating
Worldbench Score 421.0
Worldbench Version 8.1
Start Up
Start Up 18.2   seconds (lower is better)
Office Productivity
PCMARK 7316.0   score (higher is better)
Web Performance
Peacekeeper 4192.0   score (higher is better)
Storage Performance
PCMark 7 Storage Test 5631.0   seconds (lower is better)
File Compression 37.2   seconds (lower is better)
Content Creation
Image Editing 205.0   seconds (lower is better)
Image Editing - GPU Accelerated 44.6   seconds (lower is better)
Video Encoding 126.0   seconds (lower is better)
Encoding Audio 155.6   seconds (lower is better)
Power Usage
Working power usage 11.9   Watt hours
Idle power usage 91.6   Watts
Gaming
3DMark, Ice Storm 173772.0   score (higher is better)
3DMark, Firestrike 6871.0   score (higher is better)
3DMark, Cloud Gate 24864.0   score (higher is better)
3DMark, Firestrike Extreme 3393.0   score (higher is better)
Dirt Showdown, Ultra Quality, 2560x1600 41.4   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt Showdown, Ultra Quality, 1920x1080 62.6   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt Showdown, Low Quality, 1024x768 179.6   Frames per second (higher is better)
Crysis 3, Ultra Quality, 2560x1600 17.1   Frames per second (higher is better)
Crysis 3, Ultra Quality, 1920x1080 29.9   Frames per second (higher is better)
Crysis 3, Low Quality, 1024x768 61.0   Frames per second (higher is better)
Bioshock Infinite, Ultra Quality, 2560x1600 46.9   Frames per second (higher is better)
Bioshock Infinite, Ultra Quality, 1920x1080 78.0   Frames per second (higher is better)
Bioshock Infinite, Low Quality, 1024x768 312.8   Frames per second (higher is better)