PC Specialist Vortex Enforcer review
Noise and heat put the brakes on a system that’s otherwise impressively fast and well built
Review Date: 14 Jun 2011
Reviewed By: Mike Jennings
Price when reviewed: £949 (£1,139 inc VAT)
Features & Design
Value for Money
PC Specialist has used Cooler Master’s CM Storm cases in the past, and with good reason. They combine keen styling with decent build quality, and the case that houses the Enforcer – which takes a starring role in its latest desktop package – is no different.
Its bulging front is divided into a bottom section, with plastic slats across meshed sections illuminated by red LEDs, and a top section housing a sturdy door.
Stylish fins set off the side panel’s window nicely, and the top offers a recessed storage area as well as a pair of USB 3 ports, two USB 2 sockets and 3.5 audio jacks. There’s a card reader behind the door too.
The side panels feel sturdy, and the impression of quality continues on the inside. This is finished in matte rather than bare steel, and has a raised motherboard tray, which has helped PC Specialist keep the system impeccably tidy. This is important, because the case isn’t the biggest available, and the lack of cable tangle and the compact CoolIT Eco A.L.C. water cooling unit ensure the Enforcer’s upgrade options are all easy to access.
There are two DIMM sockets free, which can handle an additional 24GB of DDR3 RAM, and the Asus P8P67 Pro motherboard provides pairs of PCI and PCI Express x16 sockets, one of which runs at 8x speed if two graphics cards are used. There’s also a spare PCI Express x1 slot.
Five vacant 3.5in hard disk bays face the side of the case for easy access, and there are also two free 5.25in bays equipped with tool-free clips. That’s a good amount of upgrade room.
The components inside this fine chassis have an equally impressive specification. Intel’s Core i5-2500K has been pushed right out of its mid-range comfort zone thanks to an overclock that hits 4.8GHz, and it’s accompanied by 8GB of RAM.
Was interested in this system but shocked to find it actually retails at £1276, which is £137 more
By bigdibbler on 16 Jun 2011
Price increase from review
Yep, found the same and confirmed with them. Reviewed @£949 actual price @£1063. Easy way to win reviews and get some free advertising!
By AntonyL on 16 Jun 2011
Vortex Enforcer Price
Thank you for pointing out the error on our website.
I can confirm that the Vortex Enforcer can be purchased for the reviewed price of £939 ex VAT.
We are currently working on a fix for the website so that review PCs prices are fixed. In the meantime, if you call or email our Sales Team they will be able to save a quote for you and change the price manually.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.
By pcspecialist on 16 Jun 2011
Not much point in emailing the sales team. I sent an email on Thursday and a second on Saturday requesting specific information on this PC with a view to purchasing and am stll wating for a reply!
By dave1908 on 21 Jun 2011
I've spoken to a member of our Sales Team who have replied to your email this morning.
By pcspecialist on 21 Jun 2011
I've had the same problem. Tried a few times to get through by phone and gave up after being on hold for 10+ mins. This happened over two days. Got through via chat but could not place order. Emailed but got no answer. You guys must be real busy :)
By AntonyL on 21 Jun 2011
Still Awating Reply
I did receive a reply to my first email but not the one sent Saturday.
It seems that the oly way to communicate is through PC Pro.
Obviously don't want my business
By dave1908 on 22 Jun 2011
- What's on this week's PC Pro podcast?
- Virgin carpeted again for broadband speed claims
- Microsoft set to make more job cuts
- Sony warns of massive loss on smartphones
- Dropbox app doesn't work properly with iOS 8
- Dark clouds for Adobe as profits slide by 46%
- Amazon and Microsoft spend big on Google ads
- Narrow trenches help Virgin expand fibre network
- How to remove the U2 album from an iPhone: iTunes antivirus tool launched
- Windows 9 Technical Preview launch date revealed
- How to check your identity hasn’t been sold to the hackers
- Tim Cook: this is how much TV has changed since the 70s
- Westminster wins the .London battle
- 20 years of PC Pro: from deep pan pizza to virtualisation
- Five reasons why the Apple Watch leaves me cold
- Apple Watch, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus: Tim Cook's Apple back with a bang?
- BT Home Hub 5: how to get maximum speed
- 20 years of PC Pro: one-star reviews (including "the worst tablet we've ever seen")
- 20 years of PC Pro: our best covers
- Why we've closed the PC Pro forums
- The best smartwatches of 2014: what's the best smartwatch?
- Nexus 6 (X or Shamu) release date, price and specs rumour roundup
- Best of IDF: top tech and memorable moments from Intel's tech show
- How Apple Pay works and how to use it on your iPhone 6 or Apple Watch
- Putting people at the centre of software design
- How to use remote-access software
- Tech support horror stories
- Become a tech support superhero
- Best of IFA 2014: what smartphones, tablets, smartwatches are expected to launch at IFA this year?
- How to uninstall a program on Windows: remove unwanted apps from your PC
- How to sell more ebooks on Amazon
- 10 ways to make your business more secure
- Top five VoIP mistakes
- How to add in-app purchasing to an iPhone, Android or Windows app
- Remote-control ransomware: TeamViewer and software hardball
- Why laptops with serial ports matter to the Internet of Things
- Make your mobile battery last longer
- Small steps into handling Big Data
- Nexus 5: does it really run stock Android?
- How to get broadband to a garden office