PC Specialist Vanquish Enforcer review

£1499
Price when reviewed

PC Specialist is the first system builder we’ve seen to make use of a fourth-generation Haswell processor. Its Vanquish Enforcer uses Intel’s new top-of-the-range Core i7-4770K chip, with Turbo Boost overclocked from 3.5GHz to 4.4GHz.

PC Specialist Vanquish Enforcer

That represents some serious punch. Even at stock speeds, the i7-4770K delivers excellent desktop performance, and the leap to 4.4GHz allows the PC Specialist to deliver a record-breaking benchmark score of 1.3. By comparison, the A-Listed CyberPower Infinity Fusion GT ups its third-generation Core i5 processor to 4.6GHz, but it scored 1.19 overall. In short, there’s more than enough power here to brush aside even the most demanding applications.

The overclocked processor isn’t the Enforcer’s only new component – PC Specialist has also installed Nvidia’s new GeForce GTX 780 graphics card. The GPU still uses last year’s Kepler architecture and a 28nm manufacturing process, but its GK110 core has been beefed up in several key areas, with 2,304 stream processors – more than any last-generation Nvidia card – and a widened 384-bit memory bus. GPU Boost technology gives the base clock of 863MHz a small lift to 900MHz.

PC Specialist Vanquish Enforcer

In our tests, this allowed the PC Specialist to romp through our 1,920 x 1,080 Very High quality Crysis benchmark at 96fps. On a single screen, you won’t notice a difference between this and the 80fps scored by CyberPower’s machine, but if you intend to stretch to triple-panel gaming, the extra grunt will help keep things smooth.

This sort of muscle eats up a lot of electrical power: in our tests, the Enforcer hit a peak draw of 425W. However, thanks in part to Haswell’s power-saving optimisations, we measured an idle power draw of only 65W – almost 30% lower than the CyberPower’s result of 92W.

Warranty

Warranty 1yr collect and return, 3 yr return to base

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity 2,240GB
RAM capacity 16.00GB

Processor

CPU family Intel Core i7
CPU nominal frequency 3.50GHz
CPU overclocked frequency 4.40GHz
Processor socket LGA 1150
HSF (heatsink-fan) Corsair H60

Motherboard

Motherboard Asus Z87-K
Motherboard chipset Intel Z87
Conventional PCI slots free 3
Conventional PCI slots total 3
PCI-E x16 slots free 1
PCI-E x16 slots total 2
PCI-E x1 slots free 1
PCI-E x1 slots total 1
Internal SATA connectors 6
Wired adapter speed 1,000Mbits/sec

Memory

Memory type DDR3
Memory sockets free 2
Memory sockets total 4

Graphics card

Graphics card Nvidia GeForce GTX 780
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards? no
3D performance setting High
Graphics chipset Nvidia GeForce GTX 780
Graphics card RAM 2.93GB
DVI-I outputs 2
HDMI outputs 1
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 0
DisplayPort outputs 1
Number of graphics cards 1

Hard disk

Hard disk Kingston HyperX 3K SSD
Capacity 240GB
Hard disk usable capacity 223GB
Internal disk interface SATA/600
Hard disk 2 make and model Seagate Barracuda 7200.14
Hard disk 2 nominal capacity 2,000GB
Hard disk 2 formatted capacity 1,810
Hard disk 2 spindle speed 7,200RPM
Hard disk 2 cache size 64MB

Drives

Optical disc technology Blu-ray reader/DVD writer combo

Case

Chassis Cooler Master CM Storm Enforcer
Case format Full tower
Dimensions 250 x 578 x 605mm (WDH)

Power supply

Power supply Corsair HX750
Power supply rating 750W

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays 3

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream) 6
PS/2 mouse port yes
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports 0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports 1
3.5mm audio jacks 5

Front ports

Front panel USB ports 4
Front panel memory card reader no

Operating system and software

OS family Windows 8

Noise and power

Idle power consumption 65W
Peak power consumption 425W

Performance tests

3D performance (crysis) low settings 116fps
3D performance setting High
Overall Real World Benchmark score 1.30
Responsiveness score 1.20
Media score 1.36
Multitasking score 1.33

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