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Wired2Fire Diablo Predator review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £899
inc VAT

A well-specified and powerful Windows 8 PC at a good price


4.7GHz Intel Core i5-3570K, 8GB RAM, 23in 1,920×1,080 display

When asked to submit a Windows 8 PC for review, Wired2Fire took a no-nonsense approach. The Diablo Predator takes the tried-and-trusted approach of pairing a powerful overclocked Intel processor with an enthusiast Nvidia graphics card.

Wired2Fire Diablo Predator

The PC is understated and smart in its black Xigmatek Asgard case. There are few extras on the outside, such as a card reader, but the PC has a useful panel on the top of the case with two USB ports, one USB3 port and headphone and microphone ports.

The rear of the PC has another couple of USB3 and four USB2 ports, which is fairly standard. You also get three analogue audio outputs for 5.1 surround sound and an optical S/PDIF output to connect to surround sound amplifiers and speaker systems that don’t have HDMI inputs. You’re spoilt for choice with the graphics card, which has two DVI as well as HDMI and DisplayPort outputs, and you can use any combination of these to run three monitors in Nvidia’s Surround multi-monitor gaming mode.

Wired2Fire Diablo Predator

Things are reasonably tidy inside the case; the PC isn’t quite as neat as the Scan Value G31, but cables are tidy and there’s no obstruction to airflow. You get a good-quality 600W Corsair power supply and there’s a spare PCI Express power connector in case you want to upgrade to a more powerful card later. There’s a large Xigmatek cooler for the processor and a 120mm exhaust fan, and the PC only makes a low hum.

The PC has an Asus P8Z77-V LX motherboard. This gives a reasonable amount of room for expansion, with three free PCI slots, but you don’t get any PCI Express x1 slots. You can always fit PCI Express x1 or x4 cards in the spare PCI Express x16 slot, though.

Wired2Fire Diablo Predator

The PC has 8GB RAM, which is enough for some serious multitasking, but there are two free slots for some extra memory. The PC is also well served for storage, having a Blu-ray reader and DVD re-writer combo drive, a 1TB mechanical hard disk for storage and a 120GB SSD for use as a Windows 8 system drive. The motherboard has two SATA3 ports and four SATA2. Both SATA3 ports are taken up with the hard disk and SSD, while the Blu-ray/DVD writer is plugged into one of the SATA2 plugs.

The PC comes with an AOC i2352Vh monitor, which is one of our favourites. It’s a 23in 1,920×1,080 screen with DVI, HDMI and VGA inputs, as well as 3.5mm audio passthrough sockets. It’s also an IPS panel; IPS technology tends to give more accurate colours than the still-more-common TN type. When testing with our open-source Dispcalgui calibration software and a Spyder4Express colour calibrator, the software reported too much green in the image at its default settings. Once we’d fiddled with the colour balance, brightness and contrast settings, we managed to get the picture just right and the calibrator reported the screen was within 97.2 per cent of the sRGB colour standard – as much as the best monitors we’ve seen.

The included Keysonic keyboard looks cheap, but it’s comfortable to use thanks to well-judged key feedback, and we had no complaints about the Logitech B110 mouse in normal desktop use; it’s a bit light for accurate headshots, though.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ****
Processor Intel Core i5-3570K
Processor external bus 100MHz
Processor multiplier x47
Processor clock speed 4.7GHz
Processor socket LGA1155
Memory 8
Memory type DDR3
Maximum memory 32GB
Motherboard Asus P8Z77-V LX
Motherboard chipset Intel Z77 Express


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) 2 (1)
PCI-E x16 slots (free) 2 (1)
Free Serial ATA ports 3
Free memory slots 2
Free 3.5in drive bays 6

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Corsair Force 3 SSD + Seagate ST31000524AS
Interface SATA3 + SATA2
Total storage capacity 1,120GB


Graphics card(s) Nvidia GeForce GTX 660
Graphics/video ports 2x DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort


Sound Realtek HD Audio
Sound outputs 5.1 line out, optical S/PDIF out
Speakers none

Removable Drives

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


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

Other Hardware

Keyboard KeySonic KSK-8004
Mouse Logitech B110


Software included none
Operating system restore option Windows 8 disc

Buying Information

Warranty two years RTB
Price £899

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