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Wired2Fire Hellspawn Ultima review

Tom Morgan
25 Jun 2012
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
800
inc VAT

The Hellspawn Ultima’s SSD and overclocked CPU are tough to beat and make it a great system

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Specifications

4.6GHz Intel Core i5-3570K, 8GB RAM, 24in 1,920x1,080 display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Wired2Fire has pushed the Intel Core i5-3570k inside its Hellspawn Ultima with a hefty overclock, giving it a 4.6GHz clock speed. Combined with dedicated Nvidia graphics and OCZ SSD, it's an incredibly fast mid-range PC.

In order to achieve the large overclock, the stock Intel heat sink has been replaced with a Xigmatek tower cooler which is much more capable. Wired2Fire also chose a Xigmatek case, the Asgard, for the basis of the system. One 120mm front intake and one 120mm rear exhaust provide ample airflow, but there are two additional 120mm fan mounts on the side panel if you add extra components at a later date.

Wired2Fire Hellspawn Ultima

The case looks fairly generic from the outside, with one 3.5in and four 5.25in drive bays. A DVD optical drive takes up one bay, but the rest are free for future upgrades. The I/O ports, as well as the power and reset switches, are positioned in the centre of the front panel, which should be within easy reach even if you position the case on the floor. You only get two USB ports, as well as the usual 3.5mm audio jacks, so you'll need to connect most peripherals to the back of the case.

The Asus P8Z77-V LX motherboard’s back panel has four USB ports, two faster USB3, Gigabit Ethernet and one PS/2 port. Audio connectivity includes three 3.5mm analogue jacks for 5.1 surround sound, and one digital optical output. VGA, DVI and HDMI ports let you use the integrated graphics built in to the Intel processor, but the dedicated graphics card is significantly faster.

Wired2Fire Hellspawn Ultima

Inside, there are five empty 3.5in bays. Two are taken up by the OCZ 64GB SSD and 1TB hard disk. The drive cages use tool-free retention mechanisms, so you shouldn't need to break out the screwdriver just to fit a hard disk. The dual-slot graphics card takes up one PCI-Express x16 slot and obscures a PCI-E x1 slot, but the motherboard still has room for expansion. There are three PCI ports and one PCI-E x16 slot free for upgrades.

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