Overclockers Titan Prodigy Arctic review

£1471
Price when reviewed

Amazingly, the cramped confines don’t cause any cooling issues. The two fans on the watercooling unit kept the processor down to a peak temperature of 64˚C and, while the graphics card was hotter, we’re not concerned about its top temperature of 83˚C.

This pint-sized desktop PC will handle any game on the market – unless, that is, you’re planning to play on multiple screens. If multimonitor gaming is top of your shopping list, you’d be wise to look at a full-size system that can accommodate two graphics cards. And one thing we’d note with regards to the KFA2 card is its odd selection of display outputs: the single DisplayPort socket is joined by three mini-HDMI outputs.

Overclockers Titan Prodigy Arctic

Storage comes from a Mach Xtreme MX-DS Turbo 240GB SSD and 1TB Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.D hard disk. The latter has proven quality – it was the best hard disk in our recent storage Labs – but we’ve never seen the SSD before. In the AS SSD benchmark the SSD read and wrote large files at 505MB/sec and 299MB/sec – a fine comparison to our favourite SSD, the Corsair Performance Series Pro, which scored 471MB/s and 413MB/s in the same tests.

The only minor issue is noise. When idling the Prodigy is quiet, but gaming sees the three fans on the graphics card spin up to a reasonably loud whirr. It isn’t a disaster, though: we’ve certainly heard worse, and speakers or headphones will drown out the noise.

Overclockers Titan Prodigy Arctic

At £1,471 inc VAT, it isn’t cheap, and there’s certainly a premium to be paid for the Titan’s small stature, but it’s quicker than the Wired2Fire system – as well as virtually every other base unit we’ve seen – and offers stellar quality throughout.

Those keen on upgrading their system and adding new components will find the BitFenix case a little restrictive, but the judiciously chosen specification means there’s enough power here to keep most users sated for several years – and it’s portable, well built and reasonably priced, too. If a full tower just won’t do, the Overclockers Titan Prodigy Arctic is an excellent alternative.

Warranty

Warranty1 yr return to base

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity1,240GB
RAM capacity8.00GB

Processor

CPU familyIntel Core i5
CPU nominal frequency3.40GHz
CPU overclocked frequency4.20GHz
Processor socketLGA 1155
HSF (heatsink-fan)Overclockers water-cooling

Motherboard

MotherboardASRock Z77E-ITX
Motherboard chipsetIntel Z77
Conventional PCI slots free0
Conventional PCI slots total0
PCI-E x16 slots free0
PCI-E x16 slots total1
PCI-E x8 slots free0
PCI-E x8 slots total0
PCI-E x4 slots free0
PCI-E x4 slots total0
PCI-E x1 slots free0
PCI-E x1 slots total0
Internal SATA connectors4
Internal SAS connectors0
Internal PATA connectors0
Internal floppy connectors0
Wired adapter speed1,000Mbits/sec

Memory

Memory typeDDR3
Memory sockets free0
Memory sockets total2

Graphics card

Graphics cardNvidia GeForce GTX 680
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards?no
3D performance settingHigh
Graphics chipsetKFA2 GeForce GTX 680
Graphics card RAM2.00GB
DVI-I outputs0
HDMI outputs3
VGA (D-SUB) outputs0
DisplayPort outputs1
Number of graphics cards1

Hard disk

Hard diskMach Extreme SSD
Capacity240GB
Hard disk usable capacity223GB
Internal disk interfaceSATA/600
Hard disk 2 make and modelHitachi Deskstar 7K1000.D
Hard disk 2 nominal capacity1,000GB
Hard disk 2 formatted capacity931
Hard disk 2 spindle speed7,200RPM
Hard disk 2 cache size64MB

Drives

Optical disc technologyBlu-ray reader/DVD writer combo

Additional Peripherals

Sound cardRealtek HD Audio

Case

ChassisBitFenix Prodigy
Case formatSmall form-factor
Dimensions250 x 359 x 404mm (WDH)

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays0

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream)2
PS/2 mouse portno
Modemno
3.5mm audio jacks6

Front ports

Front panel USB ports2
Front panel memory card readerno

Operating system and software

OS familyWindows 7

Noise and power

Idle power consumption78W
Peak power consumption389W

Performance tests

3D performance (crysis) low settings99fps
3D performance settingHigh
Overall Real World Benchmark score1.09
Responsiveness score1.15
Media score1.06
Multitasking score1.06

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