Yoyotech Dragon F-58 review

£599
Price when reviewed

Silverstone has produced some exciting PC enclosures in its time, but the new FT03 – which houses the Yoyotech Dragon-F58 – is truly outlandish. Abandoning the conventional layout, its motherboard has been rotated 90 degrees and its components arranged from top to bottom in a tall, towering column design unlike anything we’ve seen.

The PSU sits at the bottom of the FT03 and acts as ballast for the thin body. It’s fitted so snugly that the power socket isn’t readily accessible, so an extension cable connects it to a secondary input at the bottom of the case. Four feet keep the base raised to allow air to be drawn in, and cables are hidden away in the side of the case behind the motherboard tray.

Yoyotech Dragon F-58

Beside the PSU is one of the FT03’s two 120mm case fans. It’s angled at 45 degrees, and draws cool air from a vent on the underside of the machine upwards towards the graphics card and CPU cooler. There are a couple of neat additions on top of the PSU, too: room for a slot-loading optical drive and a bracket for an SSD. It’s a shame that the FT03’s minimal façade means the eject button on the drive can’t be used, though.

The FT03 can only handle micro-ATX motherboards – Yoyotech has chosen the Asus M4A88TD-M EVO – and the interior is necessarily cramped. The vertical graphics card next to the side of the chassis blocks access to the empty PCI slot and trio of spare 6Gbits/sec SATA ports along the bottom of the board. You can get to the two vacant RAM sockets behind the Thermaltake Contac29 cooler, but it’s a bit of a squeeze.

The hidden cable area ensures the Yoyotech is tidy, and it also includes a couple of hard disk bays. The main 3.5in bay is hot-swappable and can be opened using a switch at the top of the case, and there’s a second less simple bay too. Silverstone has even found room to include a third hard disk bay that hangs down from the top at a slight angle.

Warranty

Warranty 1 yr return to base

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity 1,000GB
RAM capacity 4.00GB

Processor

CPU family AMD Phenom
CPU nominal frequency 2.80GHz
CPU overclocked frequency 3.60GHz
Processor socket AM3
HSF (heatsink-fan) Thermaltake Contac 29

Motherboard

Motherboard Asus M4A88TD-M EVO
Motherboard chipset AMD 880
Conventional PCI slots free 1
Conventional PCI slots total 1
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 0
PCI-E x4 slots total 0
PCI-E x1 slots free 0
PCI-E x1 slots total 1
Internal SATA connectors 0
Internal SAS connectors 1
Internal PATA connectors 1
Internal floppy connectors 0
Wired adapter speed 1,000Mbits/sec

Memory

Memory type DDR3
Memory sockets free 2
Memory sockets total 4

Graphics card

Graphics card Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 Xtreme
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards? no
3D performance setting Low
Graphics chipset ATI Radeon HD 5850
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 Western Digital Caviar Blue
Capacity 1.00TB
Hard disk usable capacity 931GB
Internal disk interface SATA/300
Spindle speed 7,200RPM
Cache size 32MB

Drives

Optical disc technology DVD writer

Additional Peripherals

Sound card Realtek HD Audio

Case

Chassis Silverstone FT03
Case format Micro ATX
Dimensions 235 x 284 x 487mm (WDH)

Power supply

Power supply rating 500W

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays 0

Rear ports

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

Front ports

Front panel USB ports 2
Front panel eSATA ports 1
Front panel memory card reader no

Operating system and software

OS family Windows 7

Noise and power

Idle power consumption 143W
Peak power consumption 378W

Performance tests

3D performance (crysis) low settings 129fps
3D performance setting Low
Overall Real World Benchmark score 0.80
Responsiveness score 0.96
Media score 0.79
Multitasking score 0.66

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