Yoyotech Warbird RS3 review

£589
Price when reviewed

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.

Yoyotech Warbird RS3

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 Warbird RS3

Verdict

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

Warranty 1 yr return to base

Basic specifications

RAM capacity 4.00GB

Processor

CPU family AMD
CPU nominal frequency 3.90GHz
CPU overclocked frequency 4.20GHz

Motherboard

Motherboard Asus M5A78M-LX
PCI-E x16 slots free 0
PCI-E x16 slots total 1

Memory

Memory type DDR3
Memory sockets free 1
Memory sockets total 2

Graphics card

Graphics card Sapphire R7 260X
Graphics card RAM 2.00GB
DVI-I outputs 2
HDMI outputs 1
DisplayPort outputs 1

Hard disk

Hard disk Seagate Barracuda ST100DX001
Capacity 1.00TB
Spindle speed 7,200RPM

Drives

Optical disc technology DVD writer

Case

Chassis Coolermaster 352 Silencio
Dimensions 188 x 447 x 360mm (WDH)

Power supply

Power supply Coolermaster Elite

Rear ports

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

Performance tests

3D performance (crysis) low settings 112fps
Overall Real World Benchmark score 0.75
Responsiveness score 0.83
Media score 0.80
Multitasking score 0.62

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