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Below Zero is a stand-alone expansion to Subnautica. Set in an ice-bound region of planet 4546B, after the events of the original game, Below Zero will offer a new chapter in the Subnautica universe.
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Subnautica: Below Zero 1080p Ultra Custom PC Build Review

Prices and hardware reviewed and updated: 18th Feb 2020

If you are asking yourself, what hardware components should I buy for my next PC so it can run Subnautica: Below Zero then that is exactly what we will be doing in this review. Our challenge is in choosing the right priced PC items to get together an optimum build, which can meet the needs of Subnautica: Below Zero. In doing this we keep in mind our need to deliver the game reliably with top tier graphics options selected, delivered via a 1080p screen resolution. These hardware items found in our build will continue to have their prices checked and components will be swapped in and out as we feel better hardware for our build is released.

Subnautica: Below Zero is currently not in our top demanding games list. It is also considered a Sandbox, RPG, Adventure genre style game and happened to be built by the devs on hardware from 2019 and in the period leading up to this. This may be worth considering when understanding the performance requirements a PC for this title might be expected to have. It is currently not really figuring in our more popular games lists. All this background info will help us better choose the components today for this game PC build, but our main factor will of course be price to performance for each component and peripheral we choose below.

Best 1080p Price to Performance Subnautica: Below Zero PC Hardware Component List

Component Current Price
CPU
$249.88
Graphics Card
$159.99
Memory
Corsair Vengeance 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 2400MHz
$34.99
Motherboard
MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151
$49.46
Case
Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 mATX
$57.80
PSU
EVGA 500W Bq 80+ Bronze
$54.99
SSD
SanDisk SSD PLUS 480GB
$59.99
HDD
WD 2003FZEX HDD 2TB
$119.99
Display
AOC 22 inch 5ms
$79.99
Keyboard
Corsair K63
$59.99
Mouse
Redragon M711 Cobra
$17.99
Headset
Razer Electra USB 7.1
$43.00
Subnautica: Below Zero PC Build Total Price $988.06
Rig
8.8
Score
Future 0 YEARS Proof
This PC build has recently gone up in price by $0.70, was previously $987.36.

Choosing A Graphics Card For Our 1080p Subnautica: Below Zero PC Build

Our challenge is not overpaying for hardware we dont need, but making sure we get enough performance from our system that we can play Subnautica: Below Zero at 1080p ultra settings. Reviewing all the prices today our choice for best graphics card for this title points us squarely at the Radeon RX 580 XFX GTS XXX 8GB. It is capable of delivering suitable frame rates at ultra 1080p. Over the past couple of weeks this card has seen a price drop of $9, which lends us confidence in picking it as a good purchase for this game. Out of interest our lowest price tracked on this graphics card was on 27th Dec 2019 where we saw it for $156.98. With a price of $159.99 today its certainly very competitive, considering the performance this gpu can return.

Subnautica: Below Zero needs 4GB of VRAM to suitably store adequate amounts of image data during transfer between video card and processor. Our Radeon RX 580 XFX GTS XXX 8GB graphics card has 8GB which will be suitable for this resolution of gaming.

Selecting The Right Subnautica: Below Zero 1080p Motherboard and CPU

Finding a well priced motherboard, like the one we are putting in our build today really helps tie things together in terms of performance and opens up other hardware options that become available to us later in the selection. The MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151 motherboard is at a great price point and lets us select our desired LGA 1151 cpu. As the Radeon RX 580 XFX GTS XXX 8GB wants a suitable good pairing when looking to run Subnautica: Below Zero well at this resolution. The Core i5-9600KF 6-Core 3.7GHz is currently priced at a competitive $249.88. Bottom prices recorded for this CPU was when we saw it at $199.99, which we noticed it on 28th Nov 2019.

Looking at motherboard prices and features the competitively priced $49.46 MSI B360M PRO-VD Intel mATX LAG1151 certainly takes a well-deserved place in our build. Bottom motherboard prices recorded for this mobo was when we saw it at $32.99, on 28th Dec 2019.

How To Choose The Best RAM For Subnautica: Below Zero At The Right Price

One of the more significant hardware components in this Subnautica: Below Zero build is the RAM. We are choosing some complementary and well priced Corsair Vengeance 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 2400MHz. It is currently priced at $34.99. While among the best priced system memory for this build it will still provide us with the ability to reach our desired FPS for the 1080p ultra setting, that we have been focusing on with this PC. The cheapest system memory price for Corsair Vengeance 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 2400MHz was recorded as $34.22, and this was on 28th Nov 2019.

PC Performance Review at 1080p Ultra Settings on Subnautica: Below Zero

We reckon these hardware components in our PC build will get 83 FPS at high settings in game and you could improve the graphics up to Ultra and see a FPS of 60 at 1080p.

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PC Build Research Area

Subnautica: Below Zero
Radeon RX 580 XFX GTS XXX 8GB

Other Popular Game 1080p Ultra Custom PC Builds

With the larger screen resolutions always being of interest and something to consider, let’s take a look at how this build could perform. Running a 1440p Subnautica: Below Zero we would expect 64 FPS at High and a drop to 45 when run at 1440p Ultra.

How this build performs for other popular games

To ensure we are making a good choice with this Subnautica: Below Zero PC build we can check to see if it performs consistently across a variety of games. Some of the most popular games today include Grand Theft Auto VI, Cyberpunk 2077 and Microsoft Flight Simulator so let’s see how this build handles them at 1080p. Starting with Grand Theft Auto VI we can expect to be seeing an Ultra FPS of 31 and at High settings an FPS of 43 frames. In comparison Cyberpunk 2077 is likely to see an Ultra FPS of around 35, improving to 48 FPS on High settings. Lastly Microsoft Flight Simulator will see an Ultra FPS of around 36 which improves to a 50 FPS on High settings.

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An Alternative Subnautica: Below Zero Graphics Card Option for 1080p

As an alternative to the AMD manufactured video card we have gone for in this PC, you could also consider the similarly powerful Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 MSI Ventus XS OC 6GB. It has a 3% better performance difference compared to our selected Radeon RX 580 XFX GTS XXX 8GB. Obviously we have chosen it as the cheapest price to performance offering in this range. It is currently priced at $209.99.

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