Wired2Fire Velocity XFire review

£783
Price when reviewed

We’ve recently been inundated with systems that use AMD’s new six-core Phenom processors and Wired2Fire’s is yet another. Inside it boasts an overclocked Phenom II X6 1055T processor, ATI Radeon HD 5000-series graphics card alongside 4GB of RAM and a 1TB hard disk. The difference with the Velocity XFire, though, is that it offers something a little different: it has a Blu-ray drive instead of a DVD writer.

As such it’s a prime candidate for use as a media centre PC, especially if you’re buying on a budget. The ATI Radeon HD 5750 graphics card is plenty powerful enough to churn through 1080p content, too, although it won’t be powerful enough to appeal to hardcore gamers.

Scores of 46fps in our High-settings Crysis benchmark and a near-playable 28fps in the Very High-settings test aren’t disastrous, however.

More impressively, Wired2Fire has overclocked its AMD Phenom II X6 1055T processor from its stock speed of 2.8GHz to 3.6GHz. The result is a storming result in our 2D application-based benchmarks. The Wired2Fire achieved 2.13, which is enough to motor through most applications and one of the best scores we’ve seen from this particular CPU.

It isn’t quite as good as we’ve seen from the best Intel-based systems – Wired2Fire’s own Hellspawn Ultima currently sits atop the A List and scored of 2.38 from its overclocked Core i3-530 processor – but it’s more than good enough.

Better still, it’s housed in a Xigmatek Asgard chassis – one of the best-looking budget cases on the market, and it continues to impress when the side-panel is removed. All the free drive bays offer tool-free access, and the motherboard tray has a hole in it so you can swap out the CPU cooler without having to unhook everything. Wired2Fire has been fastidious about its cable tidying, too, so it’s a neat system that’s easy to work with.

There are problems, however, and the first is with flexibility. As with many others machines in this price bracket, the Asus motherboard doesn’t offer too much upgrade room: there’s no free PCI Express x16 slot, for instance, and one of the two spare DIMM sockets is blocked by the CPU cooler. At least the Xigmatek Red Scorpion is easier to remove than most.

The other problem, unfortunately, is noise. While the CPU cooler and PowerColor graphics card are barely audible, the Thermaltake power supply is a different story and delivered a near-constant hum. It’s disappointing for media system and could prove annoying during quiet moments in movies.

The Velocity XFire is a competent all-round machine, then, with good performance and sound media PC credentials. But it falls down in a couple of key areas – noise and upgradeability – both of which put us off recommending it.

Warranty

Warranty 1 yr return to base

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity 1,000
RAM capacity 4.00GB
Screen size N/A

Processor

CPU family AMD Phenom
CPU nominal frequency 2.80GHz
CPU overclocked frequency 3.60GHz
Processor socket AM3
HSF (heatsink-fan) Xigmatek Red Scorpion S1283

Motherboard

Motherboard Asus M4A78TD/EVO
Motherboard chipset AMD 780G
Conventional PCI slots free 2
Conventional PCI slots total 3
PCI-E x16 slots free 0
PCI-E x16 slots total 1
PCI-E x8 slots free 0
PCI-E x8 slots total 0
PCI-E x4 slots free 1
PCI-E x4 slots total 1
PCI-E x1 slots free 1
PCI-E x1 slots total 1
Internal SATA connectors 6
Internal SAS connectors 1
Internal PATA connectors 1
Internal floppy connectors 1
Wired adapter speed 1,000Mbits/sec

Memory

Memory type DDR3
Memory sockets free 2
Memory sockets total 4

Graphics card

Graphics card PowerColor HD5770
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards? no
3D performance setting Low
Graphics chipset ATI Radeon HD 5770
Graphics card RAM 1.00GB
DVI-I outputs 2
HDMI outputs 1
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 0
DisplayPort outputs 1
Number of graphics cards 1

Hard disk

Hard disk Samsung EcoGreen F3 HD105SI
Capacity 1.00TB
Hard disk usable capacity 931GB
Internal disk interface SATA/300
Spindle speed 7,200RPM
Cache size 32MB
Hard disk 2 make and model N/A
Hard disk 2 nominal capacity N/A
Hard disk 2 formatted capacity N/A
Hard disk 2 spindle speed N/A
Hard disk 2 cache size N/A
Hard disk 3 make and model N/A
Hard disk 3 nominal capacity N/A
Hard disk 4 make and model N/A
Hard disk 4 nominal capacity N/A

Drives

Optical drive Samsung SH-B083L
Optical disc technology Blu-ray reader
Optical disk 2 make and model N/A
Optical disk 3 make and model N/A

Monitor

Monitor make and model N/A
Resolution screen horizontal N/A
Resolution screen vertical N/A
Resolution N/A x N/A
Pixel response time N/A
Contrast ratio N/A
Screen brightness N/A
DVI inputs N/A
HDMI inputs N/A
VGA inputs N/A
DisplayPort inputs N/A

Additional Peripherals

Speakers N/A
Speaker type N/A
Sound card N/A
Peripherals N/A

Case

Chassis Xigmatek Asgard
Case format Full tower
Dimensions 185 x 475 x 408mm (WDH)

Power supply

Power supply Thermaltake TR2-470
Power supply rating 470W

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays 3

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream) 8
PS/2 mouse port yes
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports 0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports 1
Modem no
3.5mm audio jacks 6

Front ports

Front panel USB ports 2
Front panel memory card reader no

Mouse & Keyboard

Mouse and keyboard N/A

Operating system and software

OS family Windows 7
Recovery method Windows disc
Software supplied N/A

Noise and power

Idle power consumption 144W
Peak power consumption 449W

Performance tests

Overall application benchmark score 2.13
Office application benchmark score 1.66
2D graphics application benchmark score 2.35
Encoding application benchmark score 1.82
Multitasking application benchmark score 2.70
3D performance (crysis) low settings 137fps
3D performance setting Low

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