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OP3 Fury review

Kat Orphanides
5 Dec 2010
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
400
inc VAT

OP3's budget gaming PC is well balanced, but you can get more processor power for only little more cash.

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Specifications

3.3GHz AMD Athlon II X3 445, 4GB RAM, N/A display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

OP3’s Fury is designed to be a budget PC that’s capable of playing 3D games – as well as handling the usual home multimedia and web browsing tasks. This is a tight brief, so it’s not surprising that the Azza-branded case looks a little cheap; though it’s reasonably sturdy and doesn’t have any unfinished edges inside – so you won’t cut your hands if you decide to make upgrades later.

It’s worth noting at this point that if you wish to upgrade the PC without voiding the generous three-year RTB warranty, OP3 requires you to contact a support representative before opening the case for the first time.

OP3 Fury left side

Thankfully, it should be some time before you’re thinking of such work. The Fury's performance and selection of components are generally good. The weakest point is undoubtedly the AMD Athlon X3 445 processor, which suffers due to a small 1.5MB memory cache. It has been overclocked from 3.1GHz to 3.3GHz, though clock speed was never the big issue with this chip. The Fury scored 97 overall in our application tests, this doesn’t sound too bad, but even budget PCs regularly score 20 points more these days.

Using a cheaper processor has left OP3 with plenty of budget to invest in other components. Although most low-cost PCs rely on integrated graphics, the Fury has a 512MB ATI Radeon HD 5670, which is powerful enough to handle current games, producing a frame rate of 40.5fps in Call of Duty 4. Admittedly, you might have to lower the resolution and turn down some of the quality settings on the most graphically-intensive titles; it only produced a jerky 18.3fps in Crysis at our usual test settings of 1,680x1,050, 4x anti-aliasing and High quality. It took a reduction to 1,280x720 and 2x anti-aliasing before we achieved playable speeds of over 30fps.

OP3 Fury

The rest of the specification includes everything you’d expect: 4GB of DDR3 memory, a 500GB hard disk, DVD-RW drive and a handy memory card reader with slots for every common card format. The Asus M4N68T motherboard has only one PCI-E x16 slot, which is occupied by the graphics card, but that still leaves four PCI slots and one PCI-E x1 slot - a second x1 slot is blocked by the graphics card’s cooler. The motherboard isn’t bustling with free ports; with two free SATA ports and only four rear USB ports. 5.1 surround sound is the best you’ll get out of the on-board audio processor’s three re-configurable stereo ports, with no S/PDIF outputs provided.

Despite these limitations, the Fury is a good little PC, capable of playing most games and running any application you need. It only costs £400, but we’d rather spend £50 more to get a system with one of AMD’s faster Athlon II or Phenom II CPUs, or even an Intel Core i3 processor.

Basic Specifications

Rating***
ProcessorAMD Athlon II X3 445
Processor external bus214MHz
Processor multiplierx15.5
Processor clock speed3.3GHz
Processor socketAM3
Memory4
Memory typePC3-12800
Maximum memory16GB
MotherboardAsus M4N68T
Motherboard chipsetNvidia nForce 630a

Ports

USB2 ports (front/rear)3/4
Firewire ports (front/rear)0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear)0/0
Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking supportnone

Internal Expansion

Casemidi tower
PCI-E x1 slots (free)2 (1)
PCI-E x16 slots (free)1 (0)
Free Serial ATA ports2
Free memory slots2
Free 3.5in drive bays6

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s)Samsung HD502HI
InterfaceSATA II
Total storage capacity500GB

Graphics

Graphics card(s)512MB ATI Radeon HD 5670
Graphics/video portsVGA, DVI, HDMI

Sound

SoundVT1780S HD audio
Sound outputs2x 3.5mm stereo line out, 3.5mm mic in
SpeakersN/A

Removable Drives

Supported memory cardsSD, SDHC, CF, Memory Stick PRO Duo, MMC, RS-MMC, microSD, xD
Optical drive type(s)DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Display

Screen modelN/A
Native resolutionN/A
Screen inputsN/A

Other Hardware

KeyboardN/A
MouseN/A

Software

Software includednone
Operating systemWindows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore optionWindows disc

Buying Information

Warrantythree years RTB
Price£400
Supplierhttp://www.op3.co.uk
Detailswww.op3.co.uk

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