Yoyotech XDNA Platinum review
Stupendous speed for a silly price, and all housed in a chassis of truly stunning beauty
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Price ex VAT||£2,082|
|Price inc VAT||£2,498|
|Features & Design||5|
|Value for Money||4|
|Warranty||1 yr return to base|
|Total hard disk capacity||1,060GB|
|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||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 sockets free||4|
|Memory sockets total||8|
|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|
|VGA (D-SUB) outputs||0|
|Number of graphics cards||2|
|Hard disk||OCZ Agility 3 SSD|
|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|
|Optical disc technology||Blu-ray reader/DVD writer combo|
|Sound card||Realtek HD Audio|
|Chassis||SilverStone Fortress FT02|
|Case format||Full tower|
|Dimensions||212 x 616 x 497mm (WDH)|
|Power supply||Enermax ERV850EWT|
|Power supply rating||850W|
Free drive bays
|Free front panel 5.25in bays||3|
|USB ports (downstream)||8|
|PS/2 mouse port||no|
|Electrical S/PDIF audio ports||0|
|Optical S/PDIF audio output ports||1|
|3.5mm audio jacks||8|
|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|
|3D performance (crysis) low settings||129fps|
|3D performance setting||Medium|
|Overall Real World Benchmark score||1.37|