Wired2Fire Velocity XFire review

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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.


Warranty1 yr return to base

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity1,000
RAM capacity4.00GB
Screen sizeN/A


CPU familyAMD Phenom
CPU nominal frequency2.80GHz
CPU overclocked frequency3.60GHz
Processor socketAM3
HSF (heatsink-fan)Xigmatek Red Scorpion S1283


MotherboardAsus M4A78TD/EVO
Motherboard chipsetAMD 780G
Conventional PCI slots free2
Conventional PCI slots total3
PCI-E x16 slots free0
PCI-E x16 slots total1
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 total1
Internal SATA connectors6
Internal SAS connectors1
Internal PATA connectors1
Internal floppy connectors1
Wired adapter speed1,000Mbits/sec


Memory typeDDR3
Memory sockets free2
Memory sockets total4

Graphics card

Graphics cardPowerColor HD5770
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards?no
3D performance settingLow
Graphics chipsetATI Radeon HD 5770
Graphics card RAM1.00GB
DVI-I outputs2
HDMI outputs1
VGA (D-SUB) outputs0
DisplayPort outputs1
Number of graphics cards1

Hard disk

Hard diskSamsung EcoGreen F3 HD105SI
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


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 cardN/A


ChassisXigmatek Asgard
Case formatFull tower
Dimensions185 x 475 x 408mm (WDH)

Power supply

Power supplyThermaltake TR2-470
Power supply rating470W

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays3

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream)8
PS/2 mouse portyes
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports1
3.5mm audio jacks6

Front ports

Front panel USB ports2
Front panel memory card readerno

Mouse & Keyboard

Mouse and keyboardN/A

Operating system and software

OS familyWindows 7
Recovery methodWindows disc
Software suppliedN/A

Noise and power

Idle power consumption144W
Peak power consumption449W

Performance tests

Overall application benchmark score2.13
Office application benchmark score1.66
2D graphics application benchmark score2.35
Encoding application benchmark score1.82
Multitasking application benchmark score2.70
3D performance (crysis) low settings137fps
3D performance settingLow

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