PC Specialist Vanquish X79 review

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Six of its eight DIMMs sockets are also vacant and easily accessible, and the Asus P9X79 Pro motherboard can handle a maximum 64GB of memory. The two hefty graphics cards mean both PCI Express x1 slots are blocked, but there are two more PCI Express x8 sockets free in between the GPUs. Rounding off the connections are four free SATA ports (two at 3Gbits/sec and two at 6Gbits/sec), and the bottom of the motherboard has three free USB 3 headers.

The level of performance calls for plenty of cooling. Two 120mm fans in the front of the machine propel cool air into the chassis, and two 120mm fans in the roof of the case pull it out. The watercooling unit on the CPU has its own 120mm spinner, and each graphics card also has two 70mm fans of its own.

PC Specialist Vanquish X79

That’s a lot of fans, so it’s no surprise that the processor idled at 45°C and peaked at a respectable 79°C despite the large overclock. Both graphics cards hit peak temperatures of 82°C, a fine distance below their danger threshold.

That cooling, though, also provides the PC Specialist’s biggest headache. The idle rumble it emits is not too bad, but the two graphics cards with four fans between them, and all those other fans in the case, mean it hit an uncomfortable volume during our stress tests and gaming benchmarks. You’ll want a set of speakers to drown it out when you’re gaming.

The PC Specialist does have its flaws, then, but they’re mainly a result of it being a frighteningly powerful system. It costs a bit more than the Chillblast and it’s certainly noisier, but it’s also much faster in games. As long as you can drown that noise out, the Vanquish X79 is an impressive high-end gaming package.


Warranty3yr collect and return

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity1,120GB
RAM capacity8.00GB


CPU familyIntel Core i7
CPU nominal frequency3.20GHz
CPU overclocked frequency4.60GHz
Processor socketLGA2011
HSF (heatsink-fan)Intel water-cooling


MotherboardAsus P8X79 Pro
Motherboard chipsetIntel X79
Conventional PCI slots free0
Conventional PCI slots total2
PCI-E x16 slots free2
PCI-E x16 slots total4
PCI-E x8 slots total0
PCI-E x4 slots free0
PCI-E x4 slots total0
PCI-E x1 slots free0
PCI-E x1 slots total2
Internal SATA connectors4
Internal SAS connectors0
Internal PATA connectors0
Internal floppy connectors0
Wired adapter speed1,000Mbits/sec


Memory typeDDR3
Memory sockets free6
Memory sockets total8

Graphics card

Graphics cardNvidia GeForce GTX 580
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards?yes
3D performance settingMedium
Graphics chipsetNvidia GeForce GTX 580
Graphics card RAM1.50GB
DVI-I outputs4
HDMI outputs2
VGA (D-SUB) outputs0
DisplayPort outputs2
Number of graphics cards2

Hard disk

Hard diskKingston Hyper X SSD
Hard disk usable capacity111GB
Internal disk interfaceSATA/600
Hard disk 2 make and modelSeagate Barracuda 7200.12
Hard disk 2 nominal capacity1,000GB
Hard disk 2 formatted capacity931
Hard disk 2 spindle speed7,200RPM
Hard disk 2 cache size64MB


Optical disc technologyBlu-ray reader/DVD writer combo

Additional Peripherals

Sound cardRealtek HD Audio


ChassisCorsair Carbide 400R
Case formatFull tower
Dimensions201 x 531 x 498mm (WDH)

Power supply

Power supplyCorsair TX850
Power supply rating850W

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays3

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream)6
eSATA ports2
PS/2 mouse portno
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports1
3.5mm audio jacks8

Front ports

Front panel USB ports2
Front panel memory card readerno

Operating system and software

OS familyWindows 7

Noise and power

Idle power consumption293W
Peak power consumption972W

Performance tests

3D performance (crysis) low settings126fps
3D performance settingMedium
Overall Real World Benchmark score1.31
Responsiveness score1.00
Media score1.42
Multitasking score1.51

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