Yoyotech Piranha A866se review

£584
Price when reviewed

So it’s hit and miss performance-wise from the Piranha, but it does at least come in a fine-looking case. The X7 is manufactured by Gigabyte, but sports a shiny Yoyotech badge, and the matte black finish and red borders complete a stylish look.

Build quality is fine for a budget chassis, even if the interior is all bare metal, with nothing as fancy as a motherboard tray. Cables run in neat straight lines up and down the chassis, with some hidden behind drive bays. Upgrade space is decent, with four hard disk bays, three 5.25in bays and a single front-facing 3.5in bay vacant, and they’re all tool-free.

The basic Asus F1A75-M LE motherboard provides the usual expansion paths, too, with single PCI-Express x1 and PCI sockets free beneath the graphics card, and a pair of DIMM sockets unimpeded by the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2 processor cooler.

Yoyotech Piranha A866se

The modest specification ensures you’ll hear little noise. The combination of processor heatsink and small graphics card fan make for a system that’s extremely quiet when idle, and barely any louder at peak. This also heralds an impressive maximum temperature of 65°C from the overclocked APU.

By now we’ve established through a range of reviews that AMD’s Fusion is better at graphical tasks than they are at raw application speed, and this PC is no different. Llano can’t match most Core i3 processors, but it’s efficient and the ability to combine its integrated GPU with a cheap discrete card is intriguing. It’s perfectly suited to a small, media-focused PC.

That, however, is not what this PC is, and in the realm of mid-range desktop PCs the Yoyotech Piranha simply doesn’t stand out. It’s not a bad all-round system, but for similar money you can get an Intel PC with discrete graphics that easily outperforms it. Most people will go for that.

Warranty

Warranty1 yr return to base

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity1,000GB
RAM capacity4.00GB

Processor

CPU familyAMD A8
CPU nominal frequency2.90GHz
CPU overclocked frequency3.15GHz
Processor socketFM1
HSF (heatsink-fan)Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2

Motherboard

MotherboardAsus F1A75-M LE
Motherboard chipsetAMD A75
Conventional PCI slots free1
Conventional PCI slots total2
PCI-E x16 slots free0
PCI-E x16 slots total1
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 connectors5
Wired adapter speed1,000Mbits/sec

Memory

Memory typeDDR3
Memory sockets free2
Memory sockets total4

Graphics card

Graphics cardAMD Radeon HD 6670
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards?yes
3D performance settingLow
Graphics chipsetAMD Radeon HD 6670
DVI-I outputs3
HDMI outputs1
VGA (D-SUB) outputs2
DisplayPort outputs0
Number of graphics cards2

Hard disk

Capacity1.00TB
Hard disk usable capacity931GB
Internal disk interfaceSATA/300
Spindle speed7,200RPM
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 disc technologyDVD writer

Additional Peripherals

Sound cardRealtek HD Audio

Case

ChassisGigabyte GZ-X7
Case formatFull tower
Dimensions185 x 485 x 410mm (WDH)

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays3

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream)6
PS/2 mouse portyes
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports0
Modemno
3.5mm audio jacks5

Front ports

Front panel USB ports2
Front panel memory card readerno

Operating system and software

OS familyWindows 7

Noise and power

Idle power consumption59W
Peak power consumption203W

Performance tests

3D performance (crysis) low settings99fps
3D performance settingLow
Overall Real World Benchmark score0.71
Responsiveness score0.86
Media score0.66
Multitasking score0.61

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