Yoyotech XDNA Platinum review

27 Jan 2012

Stupendous speed for a silly price, and all housed in a chassis of truly stunning beauty

Price when reviewed 
2,498
5

It takes a special kind of case to overshadow one of Intel’s latest, fastest processors, but Yoyotech’s debut X79 system manages it, with the monumental SilverStone Fortress FT02. It’s the enclosure Scan chose for its Labs-winning Ultimate PC a few months ago, and it’s a class act.

The clean, curved, machined aluminium ensures this PC is a bit of a looker, and build quality is beyond reproach. There’s no give at all in the side panels, windows or strengthening struts inside – bomb-proof is the phrase that immediately comes to mind.

Yoyotech XDNA Platinum

It isn’t all about looks, though; the chassis is also very practical. The motherboard is mounted at 90 degrees to the normal orientation with the backplane faceing skywards, giving easier access to all the ports. Inside, a cavity at the bottom of the case allows air to flow to a trio of 180mm fans for interior cooling.

The front of the SilverStone is given over to five vertically arranged hard disk slots and a trio of 5.25in bays, and the power supply hangs from the top at the rear. As a finishing touch, Yoyotech has installed a pair of white strip lights – one along the bottom, one attached to the side – illuminating the components through a side-window. This may sound garish, but it actually looks pretty good.

Internals

Inside, it’s an impeccable build, with chunky braided power cables lashed to the bottom of the case as they make their way to the graphics cards, and more cable ties employed to keep other leads out of the way. The motherboard tray is used to great effect in hiding cable mess, and the modular power supply also helps in this regard.

The system’s Asus P9X79 Pro motherboard offers two PCI Express x16 slots, but they’re of limited use as they’re limited to 8x speed, and are hidden beneath two chunky graphics cards with an SLI connector in the way. The SATA ports and the empty jumpers at the bottom of the motherboard are also obstructed by the sheer size of the graphics cards.

Yoyotech XDNA Platinum

There are, fortunately, no such problems with the four vacant DIMM slots, with the low-profile Intel watercooling unit keeping well out of harm’s way. Three of those vertical hard disk bays are free, too, and you don’t need tools to access their sturdy caddies; the trio of vacant 5.25in bays function similarly.

Performance

Beneath the Intel cooler, is one of Intel’s new CPUs – a Core i7-3930K. This seems to be the Sandy Bridge E chip of choice, as it’s around half the price of the i7-3960X while still offering top performance.

Its six cores have been overclocked from 3.2GHz to 4.4GHz in this case, and in the PC Pro Real World application benchmarks it scored 1.37. That’s about on a par with the Chillblast Fusion Photo OC IV, and as much horsepower as any PC needs.

Details

Price ex VAT £2,082
Price inc VAT £2,498
Overall rating 5
Performance 5
Features & Design 5
Value for Money 4

Warranty

Warranty 1 yr return to base

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity 1,060GB
RAM capacity 16.00GB

Processor

CPU family Intel Core i7
CPU nominal frequency 3.20GHz
CPU overclocked frequency 4.40GHz
Processor socket LGA 2011
HSF (heatsink-fan) Intel water-cooling

Motherboard

Motherboard Asus P9X79 Pro
Motherboard chipset Intel X79
PCI-E x16 slots free 2
PCI-E x16 slots total 4
Internal SATA connectors 4
Wired adapter speed 1,000Mbits/sec

Memory

Memory type DDR3
Memory sockets free 4
Memory sockets total 8

Graphics card

Graphics card Nvidia GeForce GTX 580
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards? yes
3D performance setting Medium
Graphics chipset Nvidia GeForce GTX 580
Graphics card RAM 1.50GB
DVI-I outputs 4
HDMI outputs 2
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 0
DisplayPort outputs 2
Number of graphics cards 2

Hard disk

Hard disk OCZ Agility 3 SSD
Capacity 60GB
Hard disk usable capacity 54GB
Internal disk interface SATA/600
Hard disk 2 make and model Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ
Hard disk 2 nominal capacity 1,000GB
Hard disk 2 formatted capacity 931
Hard disk 2 spindle speed 7,200RPM
Hard disk 2 cache size 64MB

Drives

Optical disc technology Blu-ray reader/DVD writer combo

Additional Peripherals

Sound card Realtek HD Audio

Case

Chassis SilverStone Fortress FT02
Case format Full tower
Dimensions 212 x 616 x 497mm (WDH)

Power supply

Power supply Enermax ERV850EWT
Power supply rating 850W

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays 3

Rear ports

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

Front ports

Front panel USB ports 2
Front panel memory card reader no

Operating system and software

OS family Windows 7

Noise and power

Idle power consumption 238W
Peak power consumption 942W

Performance tests

3D performance (crysis) low settings 129fps
3D performance setting Medium
Overall Real World Benchmark score 1.37
Responsiveness score 1.08
Media score 1.53
Multitasking score 1.49