Wired2Fire Diablo Ultima review
Despite the gaming connotations of its fierce name, this impressive PC loses some of its bite when it comes to graphics
Review Date: 24 Oct 2012
Price when reviewed: £799
Reviewed By: Kat Orphanides
The Wired2Fire Diablo Ultima has many of the ingredients you'd expect from a modern performance PC, with an overclocked Core i5-3570K processor, good build quality and Microsoft's new Windows 8 operating system. The AOC i2352Vh monitor is one of our favourites, too, with a 23.6in matte-finish IPS screen and outstanding image quality. It's not a touchscreen, though, so you'll need either a second display or an alternative monitor if you want to take advantage of Windows 8's touch-optimised features.
The i5-3570K processor has been overclocked to an impressive 4.6GHz, which gives it enough of a power boost to produce an overall score of 146 in our application benchmarks. This high score translates to a real-world ability to run any application you'll need smoothly, even if your requirements include heavy-duty multitasking or virtualisation. The 1GB PNY Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 graphics card isn't amazingly powerful but it's certainly competent. In Crysis 2 at 1,920x1,080 and Ultra quality we saw 16fps, which is nowhere near smooth enough to play, but once we dropped the game's quality settings to Very High we saw a much smoother average frame rate of 27fps. The graphics card has two DVI ports and a Mini HDMI port for up to three monitors.
The PC's motherboard is an Asus P8Z77-V LX, which is a common board among system builders. It has three free PCI slots, two PCI-E x16 slots, one of which is free but runs at x4 speed, and two PCI-E x1 slots, one of which is blocked by the graphics card. Two of the four memory slots are fitted with 4GB RAM modules running at 1,600MHz. 8GB of RAM is plenty for current applications, but the other two memory slots are easily accessible and the motherboard can handle a maximum 32GB of memory.
There are a total of six SATA ports, of which two are SATA3. Both are currently in use, but that still leaves three empty SATA2 ports if you need to add extra storage. Currently, the Diablo Ultima has a 120GB SSD system drive for fast boot speeds and a 1TB HDD for storage, as well as a Blu-ray reader. There's plenty of space for more hard disks, memory card readers or optical drives if you want them, with four empty 3 1/2in internal bays, an empty 3 1/2in external bay and three unused 5 1/4in bays.
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