Wired2Fire Hellspawn Xtreme review

Price when reviewed

Upgrade room is reasonable. Three DIMM sockets lie empty between the tall heatsinks affixed to the Corsair memory, and three 5.25in bays can all be used without tools. Four empty hard disk bays face the side of the chassis and, while the bays are fitted with caddies, they’re made of plastic and weak.

The graphics cards restrict room on the motherboard: the pair of PCI slots is totally obscured and, while there’s a single PCI-Express x1 socket free, the one empty PCI-Express x16 slot runs at just x1 speed. It’s unlikely you’ll want to add a third graphics card, but it’s worth knowing.

The lack of upgrade room is less critical when the rest of the specification is considered. Taking centre stage is Intel’s Core i7-930 processor, overclocked from its stock speed of 2.8GHz to 4GHz. It’s a boost that pays dividends: the Xtreme’s overall score of 2.79 in our benchmarks isn’t far behind the record-breaking 2.87 of the Yoyotech. It’s worth noting that the combined processor and graphics power on offer here contributes to a high power draw of 508W at peak performance.

Elsewhere, 6GB of 1,600MHz Corsair DDR3 RAM is more than enough, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit is loaded on a Corsair Nova 128GB SSD, and traditional storage comes in the form of a 1TB Samsung drive. There’s a Blu-ray drive, too.

Wired2Fire Hellspawn Xtreme

The processor is chilled by Corsair’s H70 water-cooling kit, a small unit made up of a reservoir sandwiched between a pair of 120mm fans. While it reined in the overclocked CPU to a palatable maximum temperature of 71°C, we were wary about noise; our previous experience of the H70 saw its loud whirr prove unpalatable.

Wired2Fire has assuaged our concerns by replacing the Corsair fans with Sharkoon Silent Eagle units, which are far quieter. It’s a shame the same can’t be said of the rest of the Hellspawn Xtreme; the GPU fans worked themselves up into a high-pitched frenzy during our more demanding graphics tests. The noise is dampened by the beefy chassis, but it’s still pretty loud.

It’s that pair of graphics cards, though, that provides the Xtreme’s main selling point: the strongest gaming performance we’ve seen in a PC. The Wired2Fire can’t quite compete with the Yoyotech in other areas, though, thanks to the XDNA’s faster application performance, quieter operation and more sophisticated build.

But it depends what you’re looking for in a high-end machine. For most of us, looking for a bit more all-round polish than this raw system can give, the Yoyotech is still the better PC. But if you’re a hardcore gamer on the hunt for the fastest system going, the Wired2Fire Hellspawn Xtreme won’t disappoint.


Warranty2 yr return to base

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity1,128GB
RAM capacity6.00GB
Screen sizeN/A


CPU familyIntel Core i7
CPU nominal frequency2.80GHz
CPU overclocked frequency4.00GHz
Processor socketLGA 1366
HSF (heatsink-fan)Corsair H70 water-cooling


MotherboardAsus P6X58D-E
Motherboard chipsetIntel X58
Conventional PCI slots free0
Conventional PCI slots total2
PCI-E x16 slots free1
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 total1
Internal SATA connectors4
Internal SAS connectors1
Internal PATA connectors1
Internal floppy connectors0
Wired adapter speed1,000Mbits/sec


Memory typeDDR3
Memory sockets free3
Memory sockets total6

Graphics card

Graphics cardAMD Radeon HD 6850
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards?yes
3D performance settingLow
Graphics chipsetAMD Radeon HD 6850
Graphics card RAM1.00GB
DVI-I outputs4
HDMI outputs2
VGA (D-SUB) outputs0
DisplayPort outputs0
Number of graphics cards2

Hard disk

Hard diskCorsair Nova 128GB SSD
Hard disk usable capacityN/A
Internal disk interfaceSATA/600
Spindle speedN/A
Hard disk 2 make and modelSamsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ
Hard disk 2 nominal capacity1,000GB
Hard disk 2 formatted capacity931
Hard disk 2 spindle speed7,200RPM
Hard disk 2 cache size32MB
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


Optical driveSamsung SH-B083L
Optical disc technologyBlu-ray reader
Optical disk 2 make and modelN/A
Optical disk 3 make and modelN/A


Monitor make and modelN/A
Resolution screen horizontalN/A
Resolution screen verticalN/A
ResolutionN/A x N/A
Pixel response timeN/A
Contrast ratioN/A
Screen brightnessN/A
DVI inputsN/A
HDMI inputsN/A
VGA inputsN/A
DisplayPort inputsN/A

Additional Peripherals

Speaker typeN/A
Sound cardRealtek HD Audio


ChassisCorsair Graphite Series 600T
Case formatFull tower
Dimensions265 x 592 x 507mm (WDH)

Power supply

Power supply rating750W
Power supply efficiencyN/A

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays3

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream)8
FireWire ports1
PS/2 mouse portyes
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports1
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports1
3.5mm audio jacks8

Front ports

Front panel USB ports5
Front panel memory card readerno

Mouse & Keyboard

Mouse and keyboardN/A

Operating system and software

OS familyWindows 7
Software suppliedN/A

Noise and power

Idle power consumption194W
Peak power consumption508W

Performance tests

Overall application benchmark score2.79
Office application benchmark score2.46
2D graphics application benchmark score2.96
Encoding application benchmark score2.29
Multitasking application benchmark score3.44
3D performance (crysis) low settings141fps
3D performance settingLow

Disclaimer: Some pages on this site may include an affiliate link. This does not effect our editorial in any way.

Todays Highlights
How to See Google Search History
how to download photos from google photos