Wired2Fire Diablo GTX review

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Wired2Fire’s latest high-end PC, the Diablo GTX, is built around the impressive Arc chassis from Fractal Design. There’s little innovation in the matte finish and meshed facade, but there’s no denying it looks the part: squat, wide and imposing, and with little frippery to spoil its clean lines. It’s a stylish start.

It feels reassuringly sturdy and the interior offers all the essentials. The motherboard tray is used well thanks to attentive cable routing, and many of the upgrade paths are sensibly designed. The six free hard disk bays all boast rubber-mounted, side-facing caddies, and they’re divided into two larger cages that can be removed to help accommodate longer graphics cards. The free 5.25in bay is tool-free, and there’s also a vertical backplate slot for expansion cards that don’t use PCI.

Wired2Fire Diablo GTX

The Diablo GTX falls down when the motherboard is factored into the equation. We’re not sure why, but Wired2Fire has chosen an Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z – a mini-ITX board that, for all of its Republic of Gamers branding, severely limits upgrade potential. The second PCI Express x16 slot runs at 8x, accompanied by a single PCI Express x4 socket, and there are only two SATA 6Gbits/sec sockets, one of which is occupied. Two DIMM sockets are free, but one is blocked by the chunky CPU heatsink.

At least the cooler in question, a Thermaltake Frio, does its job well. It’s topped by two 120mm fans, and they keep the overclocked processor reigned in to a peak of 81°C. The graphics card’s maximum temperature of 76°C is even more impressive, and that’s partly due to the amount of air coursing through the Arc: the front, rear and top panels are all fitted with 140mm fans. That efficiency comes with a noisy downside, though. While the difference between idle and peak sound output is minimal, the overall effect is definitely noticeable.


Warranty1 yr return to base

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity1,000GB
RAM capacity8.00GB
Screen size24.0in


CPU familyIntel Core i5
CPU nominal frequency3.30GHz
CPU overclocked frequency4.90GHz
Processor socketLGA 1155
HSF (heatsink-fan)Thermaltake Frio


MotherboardAsus Maximus IV Gene-Z
Motherboard chipsetIntel Z68
Conventional PCI slots free1
Conventional PCI slots total2
PCI-E x16 slots free0
PCI-E x16 slots total0
PCI-E x8 slots free0
PCI-E x8 slots total0
PCI-E x4 slots free1
PCI-E x4 slots total1
PCI-E x1 slots free0
PCI-E x1 slots total0
Internal SATA connectors4
Wired adapter speed1,000Mbits/sec


Memory typeDDR3
Memory sockets free2
Memory sockets total4

Graphics card

Graphics cardNvidia GeForce GTX 570
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards?no
3D performance settingMedium
Graphics chipsetNvidia GeForce GTX 570
Graphics card RAM1.27GB
Number of graphics cards1

Hard disk

Hard diskSamsung Spinpoint F3
Hard disk usable capacity931GB
Internal disk interfaceSATA/600
Spindle speed7,200RPM
Cache size32MB
Hard disk 2 make and modelIntel 311 Series SSD
Hard disk 2 nominal capacity20GB
Hard disk 2 formatted capacity20


Optical disc technologyBlu-ray reader/DVD writer combo


Monitor make and modelAsus VS247H
Resolution screen horizontal1,920
Resolution screen vertical1,080
Resolution1920 x 1080
Pixel response time5ms
Contrast ratio1,000:1
Screen brightness300cd/m2
DVI inputs1
HDMI inputs1
VGA inputs1
DisplayPort inputs0

Additional Peripherals

Sound cardRealtek HD Audio


ChassisFractal Design Arc
Case formatFull tower
Dimensions230 x 515 x 460mm (WDH)

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays1

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream)10
eSATA ports2
PS/2 mouse portyes
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports0
3.5mm audio jacks8

Front ports

Front panel USB ports3
Front panel memory card readerno

Mouse & Keyboard

Mouse and keyboardMicrosoft keyboard and mouse

Operating system and software

OS familyWindows 7

Noise and power

Idle power consumption83W
Peak power consumption427W

Performance tests

3D performance (crysis) low settings146fps
3D performance settingMedium
Overall Real World Benchmark score1.16
Responsiveness score1.13
Media score1.17
Multitasking score1.17

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