Wired2Fire Diablo GTX review

4 Oct 2011

It’s fast, well built and comes with a stunning screen, even if it can't quite beat the best out there

Price when reviewed 
1,199
5

Wired2Fire’s latest high-end PC, the Diablo GTX, is built around the impressive Arc chassis from Fractal Design. There’s little innovation in the matte finish and meshed facade, but there’s no denying it looks the part: squat, wide and imposing, and with little frippery to spoil its clean lines. It’s a stylish start.

It feels reassuringly sturdy and the interior offers all the essentials. The motherboard tray is used well thanks to attentive cable routing, and many of the upgrade paths are sensibly designed. The six free hard disk bays all boast rubber-mounted, side-facing caddies, and they’re divided into two larger cages that can be removed to help accommodate longer graphics cards. The free 5.25in bay is tool-free, and there's also a vertical backplate slot for expansion cards that don't use PCI.

Wired2Fire Diablo GTX

The Diablo GTX falls down when the motherboard is factored into the equation. We're not sure why, but Wired2Fire has chosen an Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z – a mini-ITX board that, for all of its Republic of Gamers branding, severely limits upgrade potential. The second PCI Express x16 slot runs at 8x, accompanied by a single PCI Express x4 socket, and there are only two SATA 6Gbits/sec sockets, one of which is occupied. Two DIMM sockets are free, but one is blocked by the chunky CPU heatsink.

At least the cooler in question, a Thermaltake Frio, does its job well. It's topped by two 120mm fans, and they keep the overclocked processor reigned in to a peak of 81°C. The graphics card’s maximum temperature of 76°C is even more impressive, and that’s partly due to the amount of air coursing through the Arc: the front, rear and top panels are all fitted with 140mm fans. That efficiency comes with a noisy downside, though. While the difference between idle and peak sound output is minimal, the overall effect is definitely noticeable.

Details

Price ex VAT £999
Price inc VAT £1,199
Overall rating 5
Performance 5
Features & Design 5
Value for Money 5

Warranty

Warranty 1 yr return to base

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity 1,000GB
RAM capacity 8.00GB
Screen size 24.0in

Processor

CPU family Intel Core i5
CPU nominal frequency 3.30GHz
CPU overclocked frequency 4.90GHz
Processor socket LGA 1155
HSF (heatsink-fan) Thermaltake Frio

Motherboard

Motherboard Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z
Motherboard chipset Intel Z68
Conventional PCI slots free 1
Conventional PCI slots total 2
PCI-E x16 slots free 0
PCI-E x16 slots total 0
PCI-E x8 slots free 0
PCI-E x8 slots total 0
PCI-E x4 slots free 1
PCI-E x4 slots total 1
PCI-E x1 slots free 0
PCI-E x1 slots total 0
Internal SATA connectors 4
Wired adapter speed 1,000Mbits/sec

Memory

Memory type DDR3
Memory sockets free 2
Memory sockets total 4

Graphics card

Graphics card Nvidia GeForce GTX 570
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards? no
3D performance setting Medium
Graphics chipset Nvidia GeForce GTX 570
Graphics card RAM 1.27GB
Number of graphics cards 1

Hard disk

Hard disk Samsung Spinpoint F3
Capacity 1.00TB
Hard disk usable capacity 931GB
Internal disk interface SATA/600
Spindle speed 7,200RPM
Cache size 32MB
Hard disk 2 make and model Intel 311 Series SSD
Hard disk 2 nominal capacity 20GB
Hard disk 2 formatted capacity 20

Drives

Optical disc technology Blu-ray reader/DVD writer combo

Monitor

Monitor make and model Asus VS247H
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 300cd/m2
DVI inputs 1
HDMI inputs 1
VGA inputs 1
DisplayPort inputs 0

Additional Peripherals

Sound card Realtek HD Audio

Case

Chassis Fractal Design Arc
Case format Full tower
Dimensions 230 x 515 x 460mm (WDH)

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays 1

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream) 10
eSATA ports 2
PS/2 mouse port yes
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports 0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports 0
Modem no
3.5mm audio jacks 8

Front ports

Front panel USB ports 3
Front panel memory card reader no

Mouse & Keyboard

Mouse and keyboard Microsoft keyboard and mouse

Operating system and software

OS family Windows 7

Noise and power

Idle power consumption 83W
Peak power consumption 427W

Performance tests

3D performance (crysis) low settings 146fps
3D performance setting Medium
Overall Real World Benchmark score 1.16
Responsiveness score 1.13
Media score 1.17
Multitasking score 1.17