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Wired2Fire Diablo GTX review

Verdict:

This well-built PC is fast, quiet and has a brilliant monitor. You can buy slightly faster PCs for the price, but you'll sacrifice a year of warranty to do so.

Review Date: 24 Oct 2010

Price when reviewed: £950

Supplier: http://www.wired2fire.co.uk

Reviewed By: David Ludlow

Our Rating 5 stars out of 5

Given the company's name and pedigree of creating fast powerful PCs, the Wired2Fire Diablo GTX is rather understated in its looks, but we quite like that. The relatively small tower case looks neat thanks to the black grilles on the front.

It's quiet, too. Opening the side soon shows why - the massive heatsink helps draw heat away from the processor, while a 120mm fan extracts that heat efficiently. A second quiet 120mm fan helps push heat out of the case.

Impressively, this quiet cooling manages to keep the overclocked Core i5-760 processor nice and cool, despite the fact that it's running at 3.9GHz. This is a fair speed boost compared to the CPU's stock speed of 2.8GHz.

Wired2Fire Diablo GTX

The overclocking makes a big improvement to the overall speed of this computer. Combined with the 4GB of RAM, which all gets used thanks to 64-bit Windows, this PC scored a massive 174 overall. We have seen computers with this processor score more, but they've been considerably louder. As such, we think Wired2Fire's got the right balance between speed and system sound.

High performance continues in games, thanks to the 1GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 graphics card that's installed. At a resolution of 1,680x,1,050 this PC managed a frame rate of 83.8fps in Call of Duty 4 and 45.2fps in Crysis. Turning the resolution up to 1,920x1,080 we managed a frame rate of 39.2fps in Crysis, which is still very smooth.

In other words, you can play modern games at the bundled monitor's full resolution. This is great, as the BenQ G2222HDL is an absolutely brilliant choice. Viewing angles are fantastic, the backlight's even, contrast is amazing and colours are rich and vibrant. It really is a brilliant monitor to come with a PC.

Gamers will be pleased with the bundled mouse, too. While it may look like a bog-standard optical mouse, it's actually a SteelSeries Kinzu gaming mouse. It's comfortable to use and is way more responsive than a regular mouse, giving you a much better chance of getting that all important headshot in an online deathmatch.

We were pretty pleased with the Logitech keyboard, too. Its keys have a fairly light action, but feedback's decent and we found that we could type at speed accurately using it. Again, it's not something that you'd have to think about replacing.

If movies, rather than games, are your form of entertainment, you'll be pleased with the Samsung Blu-ray drive installed. Combined with the installed Cyberlink software you can play high definition movies on the monitor.

There's plenty of room for expansion both inside and outside the case. With 10 USB ports you'll have plenty for all of your peripherals, plus there are two USB3 ports, which are perfect for adding super-fast external storage for backups or for when you fill the internal 1TB hard disk. Should you want to add more storage inside, there are six free SATA ports (two are SATA III) and plenty of spare drive bays. If you ever find that the 4GB of RAM isn't enough, there are two free memory slots and you can upgrade the motherboard to a total of 16GB, which should be plenty for everyone.

It's good to see that the Diablo is backed by a two-year RTB warranty, which gives you peace of mind that your expensive purchase is covered should anything go wrong. Palicomp's CORE I5 BLAST 760OC4-24 is slightly faster and comes with a 24in monitor, but it's also slightly louder and only has a one-year warranty. For pure performance the Palicomp PC is a better choice, but if you want something quieter with a better warranty, buy this computer.

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