Palicomp Touch Diamond review

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The Enforcer chassis comes from Cooler Master’s CM Storm gaming range and, with its red lights, mesh and jutting door, it certainly looks the part. The plastic façade is a little flimsy – the door noticeably wobbles on its hinges – but thankfully build quality is better throughout the rest of the steel case.

The interior is painted black, boasts a separate motherboard tray and is extremely tidy, thanks in part to the modular PSU. It’s sensibly designed and, despite the enclosure’s relatively modest size, there’s a fair amount of upgrade room: the motherboard has pairs of PCI Express x16 and PCI slots (although one of the former runs at 4x speed) and a single PCI Express x1 socket free, and there are four side-facing hard disk bays.

The four DIMM slots are already occupied, and those hard disk bays aren’t tool free. The HD 6970 graphics card is about the longest this case can handle, and the modular PSU doesn’t serve up more than two PCI-Express eight-pin power connectors, so you’ll have to drop a long way down AMD or Nvidia’s ranges before you can run two cards.

Palicomp Touch Diamond

Case fans can be found on the front, rear and top of the machine, but the Palicomp still had trouble keeping its cool. The processor is the main culprit: the Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 Pro is a competent budget cooler, but it’s unable to cope with the big overclock – the i5-2500K hit a dangerous peak of 97°C. The dual-fan graphics card was more comfortable, peaking at 69°C.

It’s not exactly a quiet machine, with the reasonable idle rumble escalating to a distracting roar during our more demanding tests. It’s disappointing when compared to the Chillblast, which proved both cool and quiet under pressure.

It’s worth bearing in mind that Palicomp will also sell the Touch Diamond with a Samsung SyncMaster B2430L for the same price; unless you really want to be touch-ready for Windows 8, it’s a good alternative. Even then, we’d still recommend the Chillblast Fusion Flash over this: while it’s marginally slower in games, it’s got a faster SSD, is virtually as quick in applications, and it’s cooler and quieter.


Warranty1 yr return to base

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity2,120GB
RAM capacity8.00GB
Screen size22.0in


CPU familyIntel Core i5
CPU nominal frequency3.30GHz
CPU overclocked frequency4.80GHz
Processor socketLGA 1155
HSF (heatsink-fan)Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 Pro


MotherboardAsus P8Z68-V
Motherboard chipsetIntel Z68
Conventional PCI slots free2
Conventional PCI slots total2
PCI-E x16 slots free2
PCI-E x16 slots total3
PCI-E x8 slots free0
PCI-E x8 slots total0
PCI-E x4 slots free0
PCI-E x4 slots total0
PCI-E x1 slots free1
PCI-E x1 slots total1
Internal SATA connectors4
Wired adapter speed1,000Mbits/sec


Memory typeDDR3
Memory sockets free0
Memory sockets total4

Graphics card

Graphics cardAMD Radeon HD 6970
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards?no
3D performance settingMedium
Graphics chipsetAMD Radeon HD 6970
Graphics card RAM2.00GB
DVI-I outputs2
HDMI outputs1
VGA (D-SUB) outputs0
DisplayPort outputs1
Number of graphics cards1

Hard disk

Hard diskOCZ Vertex 3
Hard disk usable capacity93GB
Internal disk interfaceSATA/600
Hard disk 2 make and modelSeagate Barracuda 7200.12
Hard disk 2 nominal capacity2,000GB
Hard disk 2 formatted capacity1,862
Hard disk 2 spindle speed7,200RPM
Hard disk 2 cache size32MB


Optical disc technologyBlu-ray reader/DVD writer combo


Monitor make and modelAOC E2239FWT
Resolution screen horizontal1,920
Resolution screen vertical1,080
Resolution1920 x 1080
Pixel response time5ms
Contrast ratio1,000:1
Screen brightness250cd/m2
DVI inputs0
HDMI inputs1
VGA inputs1
DisplayPort inputs0

Additional Peripherals

SpeakersLogitech S220
Speaker type2.1
Sound cardRealtek HD Audio


ChassisCM Storm Enforcer
Case formatFull tower
Dimensions229 x 523 x 485mm (WDH)

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays3

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream)8
eSATA ports1
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports1
3.5mm audio jacks6

Front ports

Front panel USB ports4
Front panel memory card readerno

Mouse & Keyboard

Mouse and keyboardMicrosoft wireless keyboard and mouse

Operating system and software

OS familyWindows 7

Noise and power

Idle power consumption132W
Peak power consumption498W

Performance tests

3D performance (crysis) low settings136fps
3D performance settingMedium
Overall Real World Benchmark score1.18
Responsiveness score1.14
Media score1.21
Multitasking score1.18

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