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Dino PC Microraptor GTX 660 Ti review

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Price when reviewed : £999
inc VAT

This powerful mini PC is great for gamers who want to save space


3.4GHz Intel Core i5-3570K, 8GB RAM, N/A display, Windows 8

As new processors and cooling systems become increasingly efficient, manufacturers are better able to create very powerful small form-factor PCs. This fits in neatly with the increasing popularity of PC gaming as popular consoles start to show their age.

Small, and quiet enough to sit next to your TV without getting in the way or making your sitting room sound like a runway at Heathrow, the Dino PC Microraptor GTX 660 Ti is a compact powerhouse with an Intel Core i5-3570K processor running at 3.4GHz and an overclocked 2GB EVGA Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti graphics card. The powerful processor hasn’t been overclocked, presumably to keep heat and noise down, but with an overall score of 100 in our newly updated benchmark tests we can’t imagine that you’ll actually need any more power for any current game or desktop application. The system proves its gaming credentials in our 3D benchmarks with average frame rates of 57.2fps in Dirt Showdown and 40.5fps in Crysis 2, both at maximum quality.

Dino PC Microraptor GTX 660 Ti

Even when undertaking such challenging tasks, the system noise barely rises above a low hum. We were pleasantly surprised by this because the Microraptor is air-cooled and uses a stock Intel CPU cooler, along with a fan built into the front of the neat little Silverstone SG05 case. The case is well ventilated, which also means that you’ll want to vacuum the dust out of it every now and then. It gets a little warm to the touch, but never particularly hot. Despite its small size, the case feels solid and is well-finished internally.

The compact case has space for a slimline disc drive, a 3 1/2in HDD and a 2 1/2in drive. These are respectively occupied by a Blu-ray re-writer, a 2TB storage drive (shipped unformatted so you can partition and use it as you please) and a 120GB system drive with Windows 8 installed and enough space left to install any games or any other software.

Dino PC Microraptor GTX 660 Ti internals

Below the drive cage, you’ll find the motherboard, which is an Asus P8H77-I mini ITX board. It has just one expansion slot, a PCI-E x16 slot which houses the graphics card. Two memory slots are each occupied by a 4GB module of Corsair Vengeance DDR3 RAM capable of running at 1,866MHz, although the system ships with the RAM set at the motherboard’s default 1,333MHz. There are six SATA ports, two of which are SATA3, and both are in use.

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Basic Specifications

Rating *****
Processor Intel Core i5-3570K
Processor external bus 100MHz (DMI)
Processor multiplier x34
Processor clock speed 3.4GHz
Processor socket LGA1155
Memory 8
Memory type PC3-14900
Maximum memory 16GB
Motherboard Asus P8H77-I
Motherboard chipset Intel H77


USB2 ports (front/rear) 2/8
Firewire ports (front/rear) 0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear) 0/0
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support 802.11n (via supplied USB adaptor)

Internal Expansion

Case mini PC
PCI-E x1 slots (free) 0 (0)
PCI-E x16 slots (free) 1 (0)
Free Serial ATA ports 4
Free memory slots 0
Free 3.5in drive bays 0

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Corsair Force 3 120GB SSD + Western Digital WD20EARX-00AZ6B0
Interface SATA3
Total storage capacity 2,120GB


Graphics card(s) 2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti
Graphics/video ports 2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort


Sound VIA HD Audio
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) BD-RE, DVD+/-RW +/-DL


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

Other Hardware

Keyboard N/A
Mouse N/A


Software included none
Operating system Windows 8
Operating system restore option Windows disc

Buying Information

Price £999

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