Wired2Fire Hellspawn Predator review

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After months of secrecy, Intel’s long-awaited Ivy Bridge processors have finally broken cover. Now, the first flurry of desktop PCs eagerly sporting Intel’s latest chip have begun to arrive, and Wired2Fire is the first manufacturer to get an Ivy Bridge system through PC Pro’s door.

Wired2Fire’s weapon of choice is Intel’s Core i5-3570k processor, which has a nominal clock speed of 3.4GHz. In this system, though, it has taken full advantage of the 3570k’s unlocked multiplier and upped the core voltage to 1.3V to get the CPU running at a heady 4.8GHz.

It isn’t all about the processor, though. For storage, there’s a Corsair 120GB Force 3 SSD, ensuring lightning-quick boot times and a seriously snappy feel, and launching applications in a blink of the eye. Working alongside this is one of Samsung’s speedy Spinpoint F3 drives, which provides another 2TB of storage.

Wired2Fire Hellspawn Predator

With 8GB of 1,866MHz DDR3 RAM to round off the package, performance is hardly lacking. The Wired2Fire scythed through our Real World Benchmarks with an overall score of 1.15, and while it isn’t the fastest we’ve seen, that power is matched with impressive efficiency. Idling on the Windows desktop, the whole system drew a mere 70W from the mains, and it was only once the CPU and the graphics card were working flat out that the figure rose to 332W.

The card in question is a Sapphire-supplied AMD Radeon HD 7950 – a highly capable performer. At Full HD resolutions it simply breezes through even the most demanding games, and we saw it dispatch our Crysis benchmark at Very High quality settings with a silky-smooth average of 63fps. Even once the resolution rose to that of a 30in monitor, a massive 2,560 x 1,600, the HD 7950 kept frame rates playable with an average of 38fps. If there’s a downside, it’s noise – the Sapphire’s cooling fans quickly drown out the case fans and CPU cooler during gaming sessions.

It’s thanks to Ivy Bridge’s 22nm die shrink and lower running temperatures that Wired2Fire hasn’t had to resort to expensive watercooling. Slide back the side panel and a huge Be Quiet Dark Rock Pro cooler dominates the upper part of the case, with two sets of fins cooled by twin 120mm fans, while further front and rear 120mm fans pull air past all the other components. It’s an arrangement that’s whisper-quiet in desktop applications, yet incredibly efficient. Even after running at 100% for several hours, temperatures on the hottest core never exceeded 75˚C, and the coolest core reached only 66˚C.


Warranty1 yr return to base

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity2,120GB
RAM capacity8.00GB


CPU familyIntel Core i5
CPU nominal frequency3.40GHz
CPU overclocked frequency4.80GHz
Processor socketLGA 1155
HSF (heatsink-fan)Be Quiet! Dark Rock Pro


MotherboardAsus P8Z77-V Pro
Motherboard chipsetIntel Z77
Conventional PCI slots free2
Conventional PCI slots total2
PCI-E x16 slots free2
PCI-E x16 slots total3
PCI-E x8 slots free0
PCI-E x8 slots total0
PCI-E x4 slots free0
PCI-E x4 slots total0
PCI-E x1 slots free1
PCI-E x1 slots total2
Internal SATA connectors4
Wired adapter speed1,000Mbits/sec


Memory typeDDR3
Memory sockets free2
Memory sockets total4

Graphics card

Graphics cardSapphire Radeon HD 7950
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards?no
3D performance settingMedium
Graphics chipsetAMD Radeon HD 7950
Graphics card RAM2.93GB
DVI-I outputs2
HDMI outputs1
VGA (D-SUB) outputs0
DisplayPort outputs1
Number of graphics cards1

Hard disk

Hard diskCorsair Force 3 SSD
Hard disk usable capacity111GB
Internal disk interfaceSATA/600
Hard disk 2 make and modelSamsung Spinpoint F3
Hard disk 2 nominal capacity2,000GB
Hard disk 2 formatted capacity1,800
Hard disk 2 spindle speed7,200RPM
Hard disk 2 cache size64MB


Optical disc technologyBlu-ray reader

Additional Peripherals

Sound cardRealtek HD Audio


ChassisCorsair Carbide 300R
Case formatFull tower
Dimensions210 x 490 x 450mm (WDH)

Power supply

Power supplyCorsair CX600
Power supply rating600W

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays2

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream)2
PS/2 mouse portno
3.5mm audio jacks6

Front ports

Front panel USB ports2

Operating system and software

OS familyWindows 7

Noise and power

Idle power consumption70W
Peak power consumption332W

Performance tests

3D performance (crysis) low settings63fps
3D performance settingMedium
Overall Real World Benchmark score1.15
Responsiveness score1.03
Media score1.25
Multitasking score1.16

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