PC Specialist Enigma GT3K review

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It’s hard to fault the PC Specialist Enigma GT3K when it comes to specification. As well as a 3.3GHz Core i5-3550 Ivy Bridge processor, the motherboard’s Intel Express 7 Chipset supports PCI Express 3 and 6Gbits/sec SATA III. Add an Nvidia GeForce GT640 graphics card, a 90GB SSD and 8GB of DDR3 RAM, and you get a system that won’t baulk at demanding applications, as demonstrated by its benchmark score of 0.97.

PC Specialist Enigma GT3K review

There’s a price to be paid in terms of size – this is a big system that takes up a lot of desktop space – but in use it’s surprisingly quiet. PC Specialist has been smart here, replacing the stock Intel processor fan with a quieter Titan CPU cooler. What’s more, the big case means that there’s plenty of room to upgrade later, whether you want to add more storage or a higher-end graphics card.

PC Specialist Enigma GT3K

You shouldn’t need to upgrade your storage for a while, however. As well as a generous 1TB Seagate Barracuda hard disk, the Enigma GT3K has a 90GB SSD to get Windows and applications up and running as rapidly and smoothly as possible, while USB 3 support means you can easily plug in a high-speed external drive. Given the level of the rest of the specification, the lack of a Blu-ray drive is mildly disappointing, but there’s plenty of room to add one to go alongside the existing DVD rewriter.

It hasn’t been ruggedised for schools use, but the GT3K is solidly built both inside and out. Connectivity options include a digital audio output and a built-in multicard reader. It comes with Windows 7 Professional (though there is an option to have it without an operating system for £100 less) and a suite of Nero multimedia tools pre-installed.

The three-year warranty is return to base rather than on-site, but otherwise the £599 price seems extremely reasonable given the performance, the high level of the components and the overall quality of the system. If you want to get your school a PC that will storm through just about everything, the Enigma GT3K is an excellent buy.


Warranty3 yr return to base

Basic specifications

RAM capacity8.00GB


CPU familyIntel Core i5
CPU nominal frequency3.30GHz


Memory typeDDR3

Graphics card

Graphics chipsetNvidia GeForce GT 640

Hard disk

Hard disk usable capacity931GB
Hard disk 2 make and modelSSD
Hard disk 2 nominal capacity90GB


Optical disc technologyDVD writer

Operating system and software

OS familyWindows 7

Performance tests

Overall Real World Benchmark score0.97

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