Wired2Fire Diablo GTX review

27 Sep 2010

Good 2D and 3D performance makes for an appealing and powerful gaming package

Price when reviewed 
939
5

Intel’s range of Core i5 processors represents possibly the best balance of price and performance from the firm’s current line-up, so it’s no surprise that chips like the i5-760 turn up at PC Pro with alarming regularity.

Wired2Fire hasn’t just settled with the 2.8GHz stock speed, though, overclocking the chip at the heart of its Diablo GTX to a far more impressive 4GHz. It’s a very ambitious overclock and delivered a suitably impressive benchmark result of 2.66, enough power to motor through the most intensive software applications.

Graphical duties are handled by the now-familiar Nvidia GeForce GTX 460, and its results impressed: a score of 52fps in our High quality, 1,680 x 1,050 Crysis benchmark is excellent and a near-playable score of 28fps in the Very High quality test run at 1,920 x 1,080 is good, too, indicating most modern titles won’t make the GTX 460 sweat.

Elsewhere there’s a Blu-ray reader, four gigabytes of DDR3 RAM and a 1TB hard disk, which falls broadly in line with the specifications we’ve seen from similarly priced machines such as the Chillblast Fusion Swift.

Wired2Fire Diablo GTX

The choice of Xigmatek Asgard chassis to house all these components is a good one. It isn't not the largest, but Wired2Fire has made the best of it, with neatly tied cables bundled to one side and other wires lashed to the side of the case. Build quality is fine, and tool-free entry is provided by orange clamps on free drive bays.

There's a reasonable amount of space to upgrade, with spare PCI Express x16 and x1 slots on the motherboard, a pair of DIMMs that aren't impeded by the Xigmatek Scorpion CPU cooler, and plenty of tool-less drive bays lying vacant. It's quiet too: when idling, we had to listen closely to hear any noise, and although the Diablo GTX became louder when stressed, it isn't too intrusive and can easily be drowned out by games or music.

The Diablo GTX's peripherals are generally solid. The BenQ G2222HDL monitor is a good-value choice thanks to its 1,920 x 1,080 native resolution and accurate colours, even if the whole panel does suffer from a slightly pallid tone. The Logitech keyboard is solid enough, while the SteelSeries Kinzu is an excellent mouse. Just note the lack of speakers.

If you can look past the display’s lack of vibrancy, the Wired2Fire Diablo GTX is the ideal system for gamers thanks to its impressive benchmark results. The Chillblast Fusion Swift still has the edge thanks to its credentials as an all-round package but, for raw power, this is a tempting alternative.

Details

Price ex VAT £799
Price inc VAT £939
Overall rating 5
Performance 6
Features & Design 4
Value for Money 5

Warranty

Warranty 1 yr return to base

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity 1,000
RAM capacity 4.00GB
Screen size 22.0in

Processor

CPU family Intel Core i5
CPU nominal frequency 2.80GHz
CPU overclocked frequency 4.00GHz
Processor socket LGA 1156
HSF (heatsink-fan) Xigmatek Scorpion HDT-S1283

Motherboard

Motherboard Asus P7P55D-E
Motherboard chipset Intel P55
Conventional PCI slots free 2
Conventional PCI slots total 2
PCI-E x16 slots free 1
PCI-E x16 slots total 2
PCI-E x8 slots free 0
PCI-E x8 slots total 0
PCI-E x4 slots free 0
PCI-E x4 slots total 0
PCI-E x1 slots free 1
PCI-E x1 slots total 2
Internal SATA connectors 6
Internal SAS connectors 1
Internal PATA connectors 1
Internal floppy connectors 0
Wired adapter speed 1,000Mbits/sec

Memory

Memory type DDR3
Memory sockets free 2
Memory sockets total 4

Graphics card

Graphics card Inno3D GeForce GTX 460
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards? no
3D performance setting Low
Graphics chipset Nvidia GeForce GTX 460
Graphics card RAM 768MB
DVI-I outputs 2
HDMI outputs 0
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 0
DisplayPort outputs 1
Number of graphics cards 1

Hard disk

Hard disk Samsung SpinPoint F3 HD103SJ
Capacity 1.00TB
Hard disk usable capacity 931GB
Internal disk interface SATA/300
Spindle speed 7,200RPM
Cache size 32MB
Hard disk 2 make and model N/A
Hard disk 2 nominal capacity N/A
Hard disk 2 formatted capacity N/A
Hard disk 2 spindle speed N/A
Hard disk 2 cache size N/A
Hard disk 3 make and model N/A
Hard disk 3 nominal capacity N/A
Hard disk 4 make and model N/A
Hard disk 4 nominal capacity N/A

Drives

Optical drive Samsung SH-B083L
Optical disc technology Blu-ray reader
Optical disk 2 make and model N/A
Optical disk 3 make and model N/A

Monitor

Monitor make and model BenQ G2222HDL
Resolution screen horizontal 1,920
Resolution screen vertical 1,080
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Pixel response time 5ms
Contrast ratio 1,000:1
Screen brightness 250cd/m2
DVI inputs 1
HDMI inputs 0
VGA inputs 1
DisplayPort inputs 0

Additional Peripherals

Speakers N/A
Speaker type N/A
Sound card Realtek HD Audio
Peripherals N/A

Case

Chassis Xigmatek Asgard
Case format Full tower
Dimensions 185 x 475 x 408mm (WDH)

Power supply

Power supply OCZ 600SXS
Power supply rating 600W

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays 3

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream) 8
FireWire ports 1
eSATA ports 1
PS/2 mouse port yes
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports 0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports 1
Modem no
3.5mm audio jacks 6

Front ports

Front panel USB ports 2
Front panel memory card reader no

Mouse & Keyboard

Mouse and keyboard Logitech Deluxe 250 keyboard, SteelSeries Kinzu mouse

Operating system and software

OS family Windows 7
Recovery method Windows disc
Software supplied CyberLink PowerDVD

Noise and power

Idle power consumption 115W
Peak power consumption 332W

Performance tests

Overall application benchmark score 2.66
Office application benchmark score 2.19
2D graphics application benchmark score 2.78
Encoding application benchmark score 2.25
Multitasking application benchmark score 3.44
3D performance (crysis) low settings 159fps
3D performance setting Low