PC Specialist Vanquish Enforcer review

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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.


Warranty1yr collect and return, 3 yr return to base

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity2,240GB
RAM capacity16.00GB


CPU familyIntel Core i7
CPU nominal frequency3.50GHz
CPU overclocked frequency4.40GHz
Processor socketLGA 1150
HSF (heatsink-fan)Corsair H60


MotherboardAsus Z87-K
Motherboard chipsetIntel Z87
Conventional PCI slots free3
Conventional PCI slots total3
PCI-E x16 slots free1
PCI-E x16 slots total2
PCI-E x1 slots free1
PCI-E x1 slots total1
Internal SATA connectors6
Wired adapter speed1,000Mbits/sec


Memory typeDDR3
Memory sockets free2
Memory sockets total4

Graphics card

Graphics cardNvidia GeForce GTX 780
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards?no
3D performance settingHigh
Graphics chipsetNvidia GeForce GTX 780
Graphics card RAM2.93GB
DVI-I outputs2
HDMI outputs1
VGA (D-SUB) outputs0
DisplayPort outputs1
Number of graphics cards1

Hard disk

Hard diskKingston HyperX 3K SSD
Hard disk usable capacity223GB
Internal disk interfaceSATA/600
Hard disk 2 make and modelSeagate Barracuda 7200.14
Hard disk 2 nominal capacity2,000GB
Hard disk 2 formatted capacity1,810
Hard disk 2 spindle speed7,200RPM
Hard disk 2 cache size64MB


Optical disc technologyBlu-ray reader/DVD writer combo


ChassisCooler Master CM Storm Enforcer
Case formatFull tower
Dimensions250 x 578 x 605mm (WDH)

Power supply

Power supplyCorsair HX750
Power supply rating750W

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays3

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream)6
PS/2 mouse portyes
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports1
3.5mm audio jacks5

Front ports

Front panel USB ports4
Front panel memory card readerno

Operating system and software

OS familyWindows 8

Noise and power

Idle power consumption65W
Peak power consumption425W

Performance tests

3D performance (crysis) low settings116fps
3D performance settingHigh
Overall Real World Benchmark score1.30
Responsiveness score1.20
Media score1.36
Multitasking score1.33

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