PC Specialist Vanquish Enforcer review

£1499
Price when reviewed

The Vanquish Enforcer comes with no external peripherals – not even a keyboard and mouse – but there’s plenty of good stuff inside, including 16GB of memory, a 2TB data disk and a Blu-ray reader. The system drive is a Kingston HyperX 3K SSD with 223GB of formatted space: its sequential read and write results of 482MB/sec and 224MB/sec beat every other single drive we’ve tested, though it can’t outpace the dual-SSD RAID array in the CyberPower.

The interior is sensibly laid out, with side-facing 3.5in drive bays and tool-free 5.25in bays, and PC Specialist has taken care to keep cables tied down and out of the way. The chunky Corsair Hydro H60 CPU cooler doesn’t impede access to the motherboard, though the CPU’s peak temperature during our tests, 93°C, was a little too close to its nominal thermal peak of 100°C for our liking.

PC Specialist Vanquish Enforcer

Upgrade room includes a single PCI Express x16 slot running at x8 speed, one PCI Express x1 slot and three PCI sockets. The Asus Z87-K motherboard also offers three free SATA 6Gbit/sec ports. The port selection around the back isn’t particularly generous, though; the rear has only two USB 3 ports and three audio jacks, and there’s no sign of eSATA, S/PDIF or CMOS reset buttons.

It all comes housed in Cooler Master’s CM Storm Enforcer case, which is a good-looking chassis with a meshed, slatted front, a large fan and tasteful red LEDs. The metal side panels and internals feel sturdy, and four hard disk bays can be removed to improve airflow. The only note of cheapness is the plastic door, which wobbles on its hinges when open.

The PC Specialist Vanquish Enforcer is the most powerful desktop PC we’ve seen, but £1,499 is a lot to spend on a bare base unit – the CyberPower is £50 cheaper and includes an excellent 23in monitor. If you demand the ultimate in performance, and unparalleled multiscreen gaming capabilities, the Enforcer certainly delivers, but our A-List champion remains a better all-round deal.

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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