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Yoyotech Fi7epower 4.7rcs review

Kat Orphanides
30 Apr 2011
Yoyotech Fi7epower 4.7rcs 2
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
999
inc VAT

A powerful PC with an excellent monitor, but we've seen bigger displays and better graphics cards in systems at the same price.

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Specifications

4.7GHz Intel Core i7-2600K, 4GB RAM, 24in 1,920x1,080 display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Pronouncing Yoyotech's Fi7epower 4.7RCS might take a bit of effort, but the PC itself doesn't look like the gaming cliché we were expecting. The black, angular case is reasonably proportioned and its illuminated fan is tastefully understated. It's louder than most PCs, though, with a whirring rush of noise produced by case fans running at full speed. There's not much that even the case's thick sides can do to reduce this, but at least there's plenty of fine mesh to keep dust from getting in.

Yoyotech Fi7epower 4.7rcs 2

The case itself is easy to upgrade, with a properly finished interior. There are six 3½in drive bays, four of them internal with sliding draw-style rails that make it easy to install disks. The remaining two 3½in bays are external-facing, ideal for memory card readers, and use sliding clips to secure the drive. Four 5¼in bays - one of them containing a Blu-ray reader, DVD writer drive - use the same design.

There are seven SATA ports to connect extra storage - four SATA II and three SATA III. One of each type is already occupied. Two of the four memory slots are empty - the other two each contain a 2GB module. However, you'll have to unbolt the CPU cooler if you want to add RAM to the first slot. There are three PCI slots, two PCI-E x16 slots and two PCI-E x1 slots, although one of the latter is blocked by the graphics card.

The 1GB Nvidia GeForce GTS 560 Ti looks slightly more modest than the long ATI Radeon 6950 and 6970 cards we've seen in similarly priced systems, but it's almost as powerful, generating frame rates of 60.2fps in Crysis and 44.3fps in STALKER. It doesn't support multi-monitor gaming, but with two DVI and one HDMI port, it can be used for dual-screen desktop computing.

The PC has plenty of sockets including a pair of USB ports next to the power buttons on the top, eight USB ports on the back - including two USB3 ports - and both Firewire and eSATA ports. There's also a pair of PS/2 connectors, six 3.5mm stereo sockets for analogue 7.1 surround sound and an optical S/PDIF output.

Yoyotech has opted for an overclocked Intel Core i7-2600K processor, which produced a score of 134 overall. Some overclocked Core i5 PCs score even better, but the i7-2600K is a powerful processor that'll be able to handle any software you throw at it for many years to come.

The PC comes with an Iiyama ProLite E2409HDS 24in widescreen monitor. It's a favourite of ours, with excellent contrast and vibrant, natural colours. It's HDCP-compliant and has a built in speaker, so you could use its HDMI input to connect a stand-alone Blu-ray player or digital TV box. The supplied Logitech MX250 wireless keyboard and mouse are basic but comfortable to use.

The Fi7epower 4.7RCS performed well in all our tests and comes with an excellent monitor. However, it's a bit noisy and only has a basic one-year RTB warranty. We prefer the larger 25in monitor and even faster performance of the Wired2Fire Hellspawn XFire.

Basic Specifications

Rating****
ProcessorIntel Core i7-2600K
Processor external bus100MHz (Sandy Bridge DMI)
Processor multiplierx47
Processor clock speed4.7GHz
Processor socketLGA1155
Memory4
Memory typePC3-12800
Maximum memory32GB
MotherboardAsus P8P67 LE
Motherboard chipsetIntel P67

Ports

USB2 ports (front/rear)2/8
Firewire ports (front/rear)0/1
eSATA ports (front/rear)0/1
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)2 (1)
Free Serial ATA ports5
Free memory slots2
Free 3.5in drive bays5

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s)Seagate ST310005284S
InterfaceSATA2
Total storage capacity1,000GB

Graphics

Graphics card(s)1GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti
Graphics/video ports2x DVI, 1x HDMI

Sound

SoundRealtek ALC892
Sound outputs7.1 line out, optical S/PDIF out, stereo line out, mic in
Speakersnone

Removable Drives

Supported memory cardsnone
Optical drive type(s)DVD+/-RW +/-DL BD-ROM

Display

Viewable size24 in
Screen modelIiyama ProLite E2409HDS
Native resolution1,920x1,080
Screen inputsVGA, DVI, HDMI

Other Hardware

KeyboardLogitech MK250
MouseLogitech MK250

Software

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

Buying Information

Warrantyone year RTB
Price£999
Detailswww.yoyotech.co.uk

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