Vibox Tempest review

Kat Orphanides
14 Jan 2014
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
inc VAT

A powerful graphic card tips this over the line as one of the best gaming PCs you can get at this price



4.4GHz AMD FX-6350, 16GB RAM, N/A display, Windows 8.1

The Vibox Tempest is a gaming PC with an overclocked six-core 4.4GHz AMD FX-6350 processor, a massive 16GB of memory, a 120GB solid-state drive and a 1TB hard disk. Crucially, the Tempest is armed with a great graphics card in the form of a 2GB AMD Radeon R9 270X.

Vibox Tempest

The stylised front panel of the Vibox Tempest won't suit all tastes, but it's attractive in its own way. The system is relatively compact, but although the inside of the Tempest looks small, there’s enough space to fit fairly large graphics cards.

The AMD Radeon R9 270X uses the same Pitcairn graphics processor as the older Radeon HD 7870. The Radeon R9 270X performed a little better than its predecessor in our tests, though. The Tempest produced an average frame rate of 78.2fps in Dirt Showdown and a jerky 19.5fps in our Crysis 3 benchmark at Very High quality. The Tempest’s Crysis 3 performance was much better with graphics quality set to High, and it produced an average frame rate of 37fps. Even with graphics quality set to High, Crysis 3 looks fantastic. The AMD Radeon R9 270X has two DVI ports, an HDMI port and a DisplayPort output so you should have no problem connecting it to your monitor.

The Tempest produced 90 overall in our benchmark results, which is a good score and only 10 points off the score of our reference Intel Core i5-3570K processor. Even better, the Tempest scored 101 in the multitasking portion of our benchmark suite, which is no doubt due to the processor’s six cores. These scores mean that the Tempest has plenty of power whether you’re gaming or using desktop applications.

Vibox Tempest

The Tempest’s processor is housed in a Gigabyte 990XA-UD3 motherboard. The board has a good range of expansion slots, including two PCI slots, two PCI-E x1 slots and three PCI-E x16 slots. It’s worth noting that only the top PCI-E x16 slot actually runs at x16. If the second slot is populated, both it and the top slot will run at x8, while the third slot only runs at x4. One of the PCI-E x1 slots is blocked by the graphics card, but there's a free PCI-E x1 slot above it. One of the PCI slots is occupied by an 802.11n Wi-Fi adaptor, which is handy if you don't necessarily want to use a wired Ethernet connection or tie up a USB port with a dongle.

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