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PC Specialist Vanquish HD review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £999
inc VAT

This is a very capable PC with a great range of features, but we've seen similar systems with more powerful graphics


4.4GHz Intel Core i5-3570K, 8GB RAM, 23.6in 1,920×1,080 display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

The PC Specialist Vanquish HD has an Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5-3570K that’s been overclocked to 4.4GHz. The Asus P8Z77-V LX motherboard also bears two 4GB modules of fast 1,866MHz RAM, with space for another two and the capacity to handle a maximum 32GB of RAM. The powerful overclocked processor means that the PC had no trouble at all with our benchmark tests, producing an overall score of 145.

PC Specialist Vanquish HD

There are three empty PCI slots, too. Although the standard is getting on a bit, you can still get a good range of PCI expansion cards, from audio processors to wireless adaptors. You may need these, as there’s only one accessible PCI-E x1 slot. The other is blocked by the double-height graphics card. There’s also a spare PCI-E x16 slot, but it’s worth bearing in mind that it only runs at x4.

As far as storage goes, you’re off to a good start with a 120GB SSD system drive for fast booting and a 2TB hard disk for storage. Once you’ve worked through the 2TB storage drive, there’s room to add at least a couple more. Both SATA3 ports are in use, as are two SATA2 ports, which respectively connect the front eSATA port and the PC’s Blu-ray reader. However, that still leaves two spare SATA2 ports.

PC Specialist Vanquish HD

Only one of the 31/2in drive cage’s three bays is unused, but PC Specialist can provide an additional compatible cage if required. There’s also a bank of six 51/4in bays, of which five are free. The PC’s power supply is a 650W Corsair TX650, so you have plenty of power for upgrades.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ****
Processor Intel Core i5-3570K
Processor external bus 100MHz (DMI)
Processor multiplier x44
Processor clock speed 4.4GHz
Processor socket LGA1155
Memory 8
Memory type PC3-14900
Maximum memory 32GB
Motherboard Asus P8Z77-V LX
Motherboard chipset Intel Z77


USB2 ports (front/rear) 2/6
Firewire ports (front/rear) 0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear) 1/0
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support none

Internal Expansion

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

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Kingston SH103S3120G + Seagate Barracuda ST200DM001-9YN164
Interface SATA3 + SATA2
Total storage capacity 2,120GB


Graphics card(s) 2GB AMD Radeon HD 7870
Graphics/video ports DVI, HDMI, 2x Mini DisplayPort


Sound Realtek ALC887
Sound outputs 5.1 line out, optical S/PDIF out, line out, mic in
Speakers none

Removable Drives

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


Viewable size 23.6 in
Screen model AOC E2450SWDA
Native resolution 1,920×1,080
Screen inputs DVI, VGA

Other Hardware

Keyboard Logitech K260
Mouse Logitech M210


Software included CyberLink Blu-ray Disc Suite
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore option Windows disc

Buying Information

Warranty one year collect and return, one year parts, three years labour
Price £999

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