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Wired2Fire Diablo Ultima review

Wired2Fire Diablo Ultima with keyboard, mouse and monitor
Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £599
inc VAT, £499 without monitor

If you're not fussed about gaming the Wired2Fire Diablo Ultima is a superb choice with excellent performance


Processor: Quad-core 3.2GHz Intel Core i5-4460, RAM: 8GB , Front USB ports : 1x USB2, 1x USB3, Rear USB ports: 4x USB2, 2x USB3, Total storage: 1TB, Graphics card: VTX3D Radeon R9 270, Display: 22in LG 22MP55, Operating system: Windows 8.1

Wired2Fire has opted for a well-balanced PC in the Diablo Ultima, with most of the expense of this system going on the internal components rather than the outside. The Raijentek Arcadia tower isn’t a great looking case with a basic matt black paint scheme and honeycomb front grille. It’s not exactly inspiring, but it does the job of insulating the internal components and keeping the noise down. It also leaves room for a little future expansion.

Open up the Diablo Ultima and you’ll find a conventional PC build inside. Cables are neatly routed through the case’s panels and most wires are kept tidy, aside from the PCI-E power connectors, which are left hanging loose next to the graphics card. There’s one 120mm case fan at the rear.

The processor is a quad-core Intel Core i5-4460 that runs at its base clock speed of 3.2GHz, turbo boosting to 3.4GHz when thermal conditions allow. It’s cooled by a stock Intel heatsink and fan, and placed alongside 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3 memory. It scored very well in our benchmarking tests, scoring 100 in the image-editing test, 93 for video conversion and an impressive 91 in the multitasking test. This is an extremely capable CPU perfect for processor-intensive tasks and is more than a match for simple desktop activities and web browsing. This is a great choice for someone who wants to get things done quickly but on a budget.

A side-on view of the Wired2Fire Diablo Ultima

Core i5 processors typically do very well in our benchmarks, although their high price means that other components in budget PC builds tend to be slightly downmarket. That’s not the case here; Wired2Fire has installed a VTX3D AMD Radeon R9 270, which is a decent mid-range card. VTX3D has applied a modest overclock to the chip, upping the clock speed from 900MHz to 955MHz. Dirt Showdown at Ultra settings and 1,920×1,080 resolution ran at a consistent 62.2fps, while the more challenging Metro: Last Light could only stutter along at 22.3fps. However, turning off super sampling anti-aliasing, we were able to bring this up to 41fps, which is easily playable while still looking fantastic.

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Core specs
ProcessorQuad-core 3.2GHz Intel Core i5-4460
Processor socketLGA1150
Memory type1600MHz DDR3
Maximum memory16GB
MotherboardAsus H81M-PLUS
Motherboard chipsetIntel H81
Ports and expansion
Front USB ports1x USB2, 1x USB3
Rear USB ports4x USB2, 2x USB3
Other ports2x PS/2
Networking1x 10/100/1000 Ethernet
Case typeATX
Case size HxWxD430x455x200mm
PCI (free)0
PCIe x1 (free)3 (2)
PCIe x16 (free)1 (0)
Serial ATA (free)4 (2)
Memory slots (free)2 (0)
Drive bays 2 1/2″ (free)1 (1)
Drive bays 3 1/2″ (free)3 (2)
Drive bays 5 1/4″ (free)2 (1)
Total storage1TB
Memory card readerNone
Optical drive typeDVD-RW
Graphics cardVTX3D Radeon R9 270
Graphics/video ports2x DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort
Sound cardNone
Sound card outputs3x 3.5mm audio output
Display22in LG 22MP55
Native resolution1,920×1,080
Other hardware
KeyboardOctigen Multimedia keyboard
MouseOctigen 3D mouse
Operating systemWindows 8.1
Operating system restore optionWindows 8 restore
Buying information
WarrantyThree years RTB (two years parts)
Price including delivery (inc VAT)£599
Price excluding monitor (inc VAT and delivery)£499
Part CodeDiablo Ultima

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