Yoyotech Warbird RS3 review
The newest addition to Yoyotech’s Warbird range, the RS3, is one of the most affordable at £590. However, it still pulls its weight as far as gaming is concerned.
Bucking the trend
Eschewing the Nvidia graphics cards that power the rest of its stablemates, Yoyotech has instead plumped for a Sapphire-branded AMD Radeon R7 260X. It does the job, achieving a respectable average of 55fps at High quality settings in our Crysis benchmark. The CPU – a 3.9GHz, six-core AMD FX-6350 processor – looks impressive on paper; however, this two-year-old processor came up a little short in our tests, with an Overall score of 0.75 in the Real World Benchmarks.
Similarly, the RS3’s physical design and upgradability are a mixed bag. From the exterior, the RS3 looks fantastic. It’s pitch black, compact, and has a hinged, matte plastic door that opens to reveal a USB 2 port, headphone and microphone jacks, and a flash-card reader. Around the back of the case are two USB 3 and another four USB 2 ports.
Unfortunately, the small case makes upgrades tricky. The Warbird possesses a free RAM slot, but the board is so crowded that the Enermax cooler completely obstructs it; the fan must be removed if you want to add another stick. There are no free PCI slots at all, and the drive bay arrangement is similarly compromised. While there are two SATA/600 ports free on the motherboard, the tiny drive cage has only one spare bay, and the rather messy cable routing doesn’t help matters either.
Yoyotech’s Warbird RS3 is by no means a bad desktop PC. Its graphics performance is respectable and it looks great. But it doesn’t offer quite enough to justify that premium. Had it cost £50 or £60 less, we’d have been a lot more enthusiastic. As it is, we’d advise you go for the Chillblast Fusion Quasar or the Wired2Fire Diablo Ultima instead.
|Warranty||1 yr return to base|
|CPU nominal frequency||3.90GHz|
|CPU overclocked frequency||4.20GHz|
|PCI-E x16 slots free||0|
|PCI-E x16 slots total||1|
|Memory sockets free||1|
|Memory sockets total||2|
|Graphics card||Sapphire R7 260X|
|Graphics card RAM||2.00GB|
|Hard disk||Seagate Barracuda ST100DX001|
|Optical disc technology||DVD writer|
|Chassis||Coolermaster 352 Silencio|
|Dimensions||188 x 447 x 360mm (WDH)|
|Power supply||Coolermaster Elite|
|USB ports (downstream)||5|
|3.5mm audio jacks||1|
Operating system and software
|OS family||Windows 8|
Noise and power
|Idle power consumption||45W|
|Peak power consumption||255W|
|3D performance (crysis) low settings||112fps|
|Overall Real World Benchmark score||0.75|