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DinoPC Velociraptor 3450 Package review

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Price when reviewed : £749
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Limited upgrade potential tames this particular raptor before it shows its claws


3.1GHz Intel Core i5-3450, 8GB RAM, 23in 1,920×1,080 display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

DinoPC has built the Velociraptor 3450 within a rather attractive Xigmatek Asgard Pro case. It’s one of few budget cases with a USB3 port on its front I/O panel, so it means you don’t have to struggle round the back of the case to connect super-fast storage. Its Ivy Bridge Core i5-3450 and an SSD boot disk mean it’s as nippy as a raptor, too.

DinoPC Velociraptor 3450 Package

Like a lot of midi tower cases, the Velociraptor 3450 has one external 3.5in drive bay and three 5.25in bays. Only one 5.25in bay is fitted with an optical drive, so there’s room for further expansion. The front panel is almost entirely made of wire mesh to increase airflow through the case, with the I/O ports located on the roof. As well as the single USB3 port, you also get two regular USBs and the standard pair of 3.5mm audio I/O ports.

On the back panel, there are a further two USB3 ports and four standard USBs, as well as two PS/2 ports for legacy peripherals and Gigabit Ethernet. Audio is restricted to three 3.5mm audio jacks, with no digital connection. There are also VGA, DVI and HDMI video connections, in case you want to use the onboard graphics.

DinoPC Velociraptor 3450 Package

Removing the side panel is as simple as unwinding the two thumbscrews. Once inside, the microATX Asus P8B75-M LE motherboard barely takes up half of the motherboard tray, leaving ample room for cable management. Three pre-drilled holes make taming unruly wires even easier, and DinoPC has done a good job hiding the 400W PSU’s cables.

Expansion options aren’t quite as impressive as the similarly priced competition because of the smaller motherboard. You still get three spare SATA ports plus one PCI slot and a second PCI-Express x16 port, but the dual-slot graphics card obstructs the second PCI slot. Both memory slots are filled with RAM, 8GB in total, so you must remove them to upgrade. This limited upgrade path is disappointing, as the case has room for a further six 3.5in hard disks.

DinoPC Velociraptor 3450 Package

Cooling is covered by a single 120mm front intake fan and 120mm rear exhaust fan, helping the stock Intel CPU cooler dissipate excess heat. Because the i5-3450 isn’t overclocked, this is more than sufficient, but if you add a second graphics card or lots of hard disks, you may want to install one or two extra fans. There’s a spare 120mm mount in the floor, two in the case roof and a further two on the side panel.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ****
Processor Intel Core i5-3450
Processor external bus 100MHz
Processor multiplier x31
Processor clock speed 3.1GHz
Processor socket LGA1155
Memory 8
Memory type DDR3
Maximum memory 32GB
Motherboard Asus P8B75-M LE
Motherboard chipset Intel B75


USB2 ports (front/rear) 3/6
Firewire ports (front/rear) 0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear) 0/0
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support none

Internal Expansion

Case Midi tower
PCI-E x1 slots (free) 0 (0)
PCI-E x16 slots (free) 2 (1)
Free Serial ATA ports 3
Free memory slots 0
Free 3.5in drive bays 7

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Corsair Force 3 60GB + Seagate ST1000DM003-9YN162
Interface SATA3
Total storage capacity 1,064GB


Graphics card(s) AMD Radeon HD 7770
Graphics/video ports DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort


Sound VIA HD Audio
Sound outputs 5.1 line out
Speakers none

Removable Drives

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


Viewable size 23 in
Screen model AOC i2352Vh
Native resolution 1,920×1,080
Screen inputs DVI, VGA, HDMI

Other Hardware

Keyboard Logitech K120
Mouse Logitech B110


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

Buying Information

Warranty three years RTB (three years labour, two years parts)
Price £749

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