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Wired2Fire Diablo GTX review

Verdict

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

Review Date: 4 Oct 2011

Reviewed By: Mike Jennings

Price when reviewed: £999 (£1,199 inc VAT)

Overall Rating
5 stars out of 6

Features & Design
5 stars out of 6

Value for Money
5 stars out of 6

Performance
5 stars out of 6

PCPRO Recommended

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.

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User comments

Monitor

Isn't that a Benq screen not Asus as mentioned in the review?

By Nick23 on 4 Oct 2011

Monitor

Nah, don't all Asus screens have the word BENQ at the bottom?!

By JohnGray7581 on 5 Oct 2011

RE: Monitor

Hi,

Apologies for the mistake on this machine's photography. This PC comes with the Asus VS247H that is mentioned in the copy and was subjected to our usual battery of tests; the BenQ is there by mistake.

Thanks,

Mike

By Mikey_Jennings on 5 Oct 2011

Monitor

The monitor was upgraded when we managed to get the PC Pro Labs winning Asus VS247H. Unfortunately, the photoshoot had already taken place. For the review system on sale, it is indeed the Asus VS247H, as described in the review text.

By Wired2Fire on 5 Oct 2011

Monitor

The monitor was upgraded when we managed to get the PC Pro Labs winning Asus VS247H. Unfortunately, the photoshoot had already taken place. For the review system on sale, it is indeed the Asus VS247H, as described in the review text.

By Wired2Fire on 5 Oct 2011

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