Wired2Fire Hellspawn XFire review

£1379
Price when reviewed

Wired2Fire’s first Hellspawn PC won a PC Pro award and a place on the A List. This machine follows suit, with two ATI Radeon HD 4890 graphics cards running in CrossFireX matched to a very good specification.

Wired2Fire Hellspawn XFire review

The result is one of the best gaming performances we’ve seen, with the Hellspawn scoring 40fps in our 1,920 x 1,080 very high-quality benchmark. And in our 2,560 x 1,600 test it managed 28fps, an almost playable rate.

Processing power is provided by Intel’s Core i5-750 chip, overclocked from its stock 2.66GHz to 3.8GHz and cooled by a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus HSF. The resulting benchmark result of 2.45 is impressive but not quite as quick as the original Hellspawn with its overclocked 2.66GHz Core-i7. Nevertheless, the XFire is still one of the fastest machines we’ve seen, offering enough power for the most demanding applications.

Elsewhere, the Wired2Fire impresses. The 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F1 hard disk is from the same stable as the 750GB drive that won our last hard disk Labs test, and the LG Blu-ray reader scored top marks when we reviewed it. The 4GB of included RAM is more than enough, too, and is clocked at 1,600Mhz.

The Antec Nine Hundred Two chassis is remarkably tidy given the wealth of hardware inside. It isn’t the quietest machine we’ve seen – two 200mm fans and the pair of GPUs contribute to a near-constant whirr – but its noise level isn’t intrusive. Nevertheless, the Mesh Elite Ice 5 Pro could be a better option if low noise takes precedence over power, as it uses the excellent NZXT Hush chassis, which has several noise-cancelling features.

Samsung’s SyncMaster 2433BW is one of the best 24in panels around, with a native resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 and superb colour accuracy and sharp detail, and the Razer Salmosa gaming mouse offers both comfort and pin-point accuracy. Logitech’s X-240 speakers are a decent 2.1 set, and slightly punchier than the Logitech S220 speakers we’re used to seeing.

Wired2Fire combines devastating power with quality throughout its PC and peripherals. The Hellspawn XFire is certainly expensive but, when its all-round performance is considered, it’s worth the money

Warranty

Warranty1yr collect and return

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity1,000
RAM capacity4.00GB
Screen size24.0in

Processor

CPU familyIntel Core i5
CPU nominal frequency2.66GHz
CPU overclocked frequency3.80GHz
Processor socketLGA 1156
HSF (heatsink-fan)Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus

Motherboard

MotherboardMSI P55-GD65
Motherboard chipsetIntel P55
Conventional PCI slots free1
Conventional PCI slots total2
PCI-E x16 slots free1
PCI-E x16 slots total2
PCI-E x8 slots free0
PCI-E x8 slots total0
PCI-E x4 slots free1
PCI-E x4 slots total1
PCI-E x1 slots free1
PCI-E x1 slots total2
Internal SATA connectors6
Internal SAS connectors0
Internal PATA connectors1
Internal floppy connectors1
Wired adapter speed1,000Mbits/sec

Memory

Memory typeDDR3
Memory sockets free2
Memory sockets total4

Graphics card

Graphics cardXFX Radeon HD 4890
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards?yes
3D performance settingHigh
Graphics chipsetATI Radeon HD 4890
Graphics card RAM1.00GB
DVI-I outputs4
HDMI outputs0
VGA (D-SUB) outputs0
DisplayPort outputs0
Number of graphics cards2

Hard disk

Hard diskSamsung SpinPoint F1
Capacity1.00TB
Hard disk usable capacity931GB
Internal disk interfaceSATA/300
Spindle speed7,200RPM
Cache size32MB
Hard disk 2 make and modelN/A
Hard disk 2 nominal capacityN/A
Hard disk 2 formatted capacityN/A
Hard disk 2 spindle speedN/A
Hard disk 2 cache sizeN/A
Hard disk 3 make and modelN/A
Hard disk 3 nominal capacityN/A
Hard disk 4 make and modelN/A
Hard disk 4 nominal capacityN/A

Drives

Optical driveLG GGC-H20L
Optical disc technologyBlu-ray reader
Optical disk 2 make and modelN/A
Optical disk 3 make and modelN/A

Monitor

Monitor make and modelSamsung SyncMaster 2433BW
Resolution screen horizontal1,920
Resolution screen vertical1,080
Resolution1920 x 1080
Pixel response time5ms
Contrast ratio1,000:1
Screen brightness300cd/m2
DVI inputs1
HDMI inputs0
VGA inputs1
DisplayPort inputs0

Additional Peripherals

SpeakersLogitech X-240
Speaker type2.1
Sound cardRealtek HD Audio

Case

ChassisAntec Nine Hundred Two
Case formatFull tower
Dimensions218 x 472 x 493mm (WDH)

Power supply

Power supplyCooler Master RS-850-ESBA
Power supply rating850W

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays2

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream)9
FireWire ports1
eSATA ports2
PS/2 mouse portyes
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports1
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports1
Modemno
3.5mm audio jacks6

Front ports

Front panel USB ports2
Front panel eSATA ports1
Front panel memory card readerno

Mouse & Keyboard

Mouse and keyboardLogitech Internet 350 Keyboard, Razer Salmosa mouse

Operating system and software

OS familyWindows 7
Recovery methodWindows disc
Software suppliedCyberlink Power DVD

Noise and power

Peak noise level42.0dB(A)

Performance tests

Overall application benchmark score2.45
2D graphics application benchmark score2.72
Encoding application benchmark score2.18
3D performance (crysis) low settings64fps
3D performance settingHigh

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