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Wired2Fire Fury VX5 review

Wired2Fire Fury VX5
Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £500
inc VAT

With only a dual-core processor and small 19in display, the Fury VX5 isn't as good value as many other budget PCs.


3.36GHz AMD Athlon II X2 240, 4GB RAM, 19in 1,440×900 display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

The Wired2Fire Fury VX5 is a smart-looking PC, but we found it to be a bit of mixed bag in terms of what you get. For starters we were a little disappointed to find that there’s only a dual-core Athlon II X2 240 processor fitted, while most manufacturers manage to install a quad-core processor at this price.

The chip has been overclocked from 2.8GHz to 3.36GHz, which helps boost performance. Combined with the computer’s 4GB of RAM, the Fury VX5 did well in the single-threaded image-editing test with a score of 111, but lagged behind other budget computers in our video-editing test with a score of 82. This gave the Fury an overall score of 88, which is still quick, but you can get faster computers for the same amount of money.

Although this dual-core chip is quite cheap, there’s no room in the budget for a dedicated graphics card. The onboard ATI Radeon HD 4200 graphics chip is capable of decoding HD video and there’s an HDMI output output if you want to connect your PC to a TV, but games are out. There’s a PCI-E x16 slot inside the case if you want to add a graphics card at a later date.

We were pretty disappointed, given the dual-core processor and lack of dedicated graphics, that only a 19in monitor is supplied. This has a resolution of 1,440×900, which feels a little cramped compared to the higher resolutions found on the 22in or larger monitors that other manufacturer’s provide at this price. Having said that the AOC 917Sw+ has decent image quality, with vibrant colours and decent contrast; we just wish it was larger with a higher resolution. You can buy the PC without its monitor for £414, although you can still get better deals at this price.

If you want to upgrade this computer, there’s plenty of expansion potential. Inside the neat case you’ll find two free memory slots. The motherboard supports a maximum of 16GB and you can use it all thanks to the 64-bit version of Windows installed.

As well as a free PCI-E x16 slot for a graphics card, there are also two normal PCI slots and a PCI-E x1 slot, so adding expansion cards will be easy. The 500GB hard disk should take a while to fill, but there are three free SATA ports and plenty of free drive bays should you want to upgrade at a later date. Externally, there are six free USB slots plus FireWire and eSATA ports.

As seems to be the norm for budget computers at the moment, Wired2Fire supplies a wired basic Logitech keyboard and mouse. These are a decent set and we found them both comfortable to use.

Ultimately, there’s nothing particularly wrong with the Fury VX5: it’s fast, its monitor has decent image quality and there’s plenty of room for upgrades inside. However, our problem with the computer is that you can get more from other manufacturers. For the same price, Mesh’s Nero Pro has a faster quad-core processor, 750GB hard disk and Full HD 23in monitor – it’s a much better buy.

Basic Specifications

Rating ***
Processor AMD Athlon II X2 240
Processor external bus 240MHz (2.4GHz HyperTransport)
Processor multiplier x14
Processor clock speed 3.36GHz
Processor socket AM3
Level 1 cache 4x 64KB
Level 2 cache 2x 1,024KB
Memory 4
Memory type DDR3
Maximum memory 16GB
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-MA785GMT-UD2H
Motherboard chipset AMD 785GX


USB2 ports (front/rear) 2/6
Firewire ports (front/rear) 0/1
eSATA ports (front/rear) 0/1
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support none
Other ports minijack audio output, minijack microphone input

Internal Expansion

Case midi tower
PCI-E x1 slots (free) 1 (1)
PCI-E x16 slots (free) 1 (1)
Free Serial ATA ports 3
Free memory slots 2
Free 3.5in drive bays 3

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Seagate Barracuda (ST3500418AS)
Interface SATA 300
Total storage capacity 500GB
Spindle speed 7,200rpm


Graphics card(s) ATI Radeon HD 4200
Graphics/video ports VGA, DVI, HDMI


Sound Realtek HD Audio
Sound outputs 7.1 line out, optical S/PDIF out
Speakers none

Removable Drives

3.5in floppy drive no
Supported memory cards none
Optical drive model Optiarc AD-5240S
Optical drive type(s) DVD+/-RW +/-DL


Viewable size 19 in
Screen model AOC 917Sw+
Native resolution 1,440×900
Response time 5ms
Screen inputs VGA

Other Hardware

Modem No
Keyboard BTC 5211A
Mouse Logitech B110


Software included none
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore option Windows disc

Buying Information

Warranty two years RTB
Price £500

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