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PC Specialist Vortex Enforcer review

Verdict

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)

Overall Rating
5 stars out of 6

Features & Design
4 stars out of 6

Value for Money
5 stars out of 6

Performance
5 stars out of 6

PCPRO Recommended

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.

Interior

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.

PC Specialist Vortex Enforcer

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.

Performance

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.

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User comments

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

dave1908

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

Re:dave1908

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

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