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Wired2Fire Fury VX-4 review

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Price when reviewed : £450
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With a Blu-ray drive, a heavily overclocked processor and plenty of upgradability, this PC is let down its lack of 3D performance


3.3GHz AMD Phenom II X6 1055T, 4GB RAM, N/A display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Wired2Fire’s entry-level Fury VX-4 departs from the company’s usual emphasis on gaming. The case has a shiny curved front panel, and is more compact than most. The interior is cramped and the plain steel feels improperly finished in places with the odd sharp edge. There are two spare 5 1/4in bays and seven free 3 1/2in bays, one external. Two bays are occupied by a Blu-ray reader and 1TB hard disk respectively.

Wired2Fire Fury VX-4

Wired2Fire’s choice of a six-core AMD Phenom II X6 1055T is an odd one. We’ve previously found the processor to be underpowered, despite the advantages of extra cores for applications such as virtualisation. However, Wired2Fire has managed an impressive overclock, raising the external bus speed to 240MHz and bringing the processor up to 3.3GHz. This produced an overall score of 93 in our benchmarks – close enough to our reference Core i5-2500K for the difference in performance to be indistinguishable.

Wired2Fire Fury VX-4 inside

Unfortunately, while the latest Intel Core i5 and AMD Fusion processors have their graphics processor built into the CPU, the 1055T must rely on the graphics chipset built into its motherboard. The Asrock 890GM Pro3 R2.0 motherboard has a built-in Radeon HD 4290 with HDMI, DVI and VGA outputs. It wasn’t even powerful enough to run the menus in Dirt 3, let alone play the game. If you want to play 3D games, you’ll have to buy a dedicated graphics card – or opt for a different PC.

At least the power supply – a 430W Corsair CX430 – is a good choice if you plan on upgrading, as its cables include 6-pin PCI-E power and plenty of extra Molex and SATA power connectors. Despite the hefty overclock, large CPU can and flimsy case, the Fury doesn’t get too warm or make too much noise.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ***
Processor AMD Phenom II X6 1055T
Processor external bus 240MHz
Processor multiplier x14
Processor clock speed 3.3GHz
Processor socket AM3
Memory 4
Memory type PC3-12800
Maximum memory 32GB
Motherboard Asrock 890GM Pro3 R2.0
Motherboard chipset AMD 890GX


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

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 7

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Hitachi DeskStar (HDS721010CLA332)
Interface SATA2
Total storage capacity 1,000GB


Graphics card(s) ATI Radeon HD 4290
Graphics/video ports HDMI, DVI, VGA


Sound Realtek ALC892
Sound outputs 7.1 line out, optical S/PDIF out, stereo line out, mic in
Speakers none

Removable Drives

Supported memory cards none
Optical drive type(s) DVD+/-RW +/-DL BD-ROM


Screen model none
Native resolution N/A
Screen inputs N/A

Other Hardware

Keyboard LK-890
Mouse Chicony MUS0718T


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

Buying Information

Warranty one year collect and return
Price £450

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