Yoyotech XDNA 760 review

£1498
Price when reviewed

Building a fast PC is easy these days thanks to the current generation of easily overclockable processors and lightning-quick graphics cards. Making that system stable, sturdy, tidy and quiet, however, is far trickier.

Yoyotech’s XDNA 760 certainly gets off on the right foot, exuding an air of quality and a range of features that will appeal to enthusiasts with money to burn. It’s all housed in a Cooler Master HAF X chassis, which is a good start. Its meshed, angular design is imposing, and build-quality is top notch, with thick side panels and sturdy metal throughout.

The front of the machine is dominated by a water-cooling reservoir and, more unusually, a Scythe Ultra Kaze fan controller. Four smart aluminium dials let you adjust the speed of fans at the front, rear, top and side of the case, while an LED screen lets you monitor processor, graphics card, hard disk and system temperatures. It’s not an essential addition, but it’ll undoubtedly appeal to tweakers.

Rather than stick with one of the under-performing pre-built units that we’ve seen from the likes of CoolIT, Yoyotech has put its own system together, consisting of a 240mm radiator in the roof of the chassis, a 12V pump towards the bottom of the case, and a reservoir occupying two 5.25in bays. The pipes themselves look striking too: they’re filled with red coolant, wrapped in black cable, and match the trio of red cold cathode tubes that illuminate the matte black interior.

Yoyotech XDNA 760

Yoyotech has worked hard to ensure the rest of its machine lives up to this high standard. The modular Thermaltake power supply, cable partition and roomy motherboard tray ensure wires are barely visible at all, making fleeting appearances to plug into the relevant sockets. It’s very neat indeed.

The HAF X also sports a number of smart touches. The hard disk bays are furnished with plastic trays that allow you to fit and remove hard disks without the need for tools, and the PSU sits on a rubber pad that absorbs vibrations. Yoyotech has routed a pair of USB 3 ports from the backplate to the front of the chassis, and there are plenty of ports and sockets elsewhere: the front panel sports two USB 2 ports, plus eSATA and FireWire, while the rear provides further eSATA, FireWire and optical S/PDIF ports.

Inside, two spare DIMM sockets are still accessible behind the pair of cooling tubes that loop towards the processor, and the Asus P7P55D-E motherboard offers a single PCI Express x16, two standard PCI and one PCI-Express x1 slots. Four SATA/300 ports lie empty at the base of the motherboard, and there’s a pair of free SATA/600 sockets empty too. Three hard disk bays lie vacant and, while there are only two 5.25in bays free, they’re easy to access. Once again, clips allow the mesh covers on the front of the chassis to be removed and new optical drives to be added quickly and without fuss.

Warranty

Warranty 1 yr return to base

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity 1,064
RAM capacity 4.00GB
Screen size N/A

Processor

CPU family Intel Core i5
CPU nominal frequency 2.80GHz
CPU overclocked frequency 4.20GHz
Processor socket LGA 1156
HSF (heatsink-fan) Watercool Heat Killer CPU block

Motherboard

Motherboard Asus P7P55D-E
Motherboard chipset Intel P55
Conventional PCI slots free 2
Conventional PCI slots total 2
PCI-E x16 slots free 1
PCI-E x16 slots total 2
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 1
PCI-E x1 slots total 2
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 Nvidia GeForce GTX 470
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards? no
3D performance setting Low
Graphics chipset Nvidia GeForce GTX 470
Graphics card RAM 2.00GB
DVI-I outputs 2
HDMI outputs 0
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 1
DisplayPort outputs 0
Number of graphics cards 1

Hard disk

Hard disk Kingston SSDNow V-Series 64GB
Capacity 64GB
Hard disk usable capacity 59GB
Internal disk interface SATA/300
Spindle speed N/A
Cache size N/A
Hard disk 2 make and model Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ
Hard disk 2 nominal capacity 1,000GB
Hard disk 2 formatted capacity 931
Hard disk 2 spindle speed 7,200RPM
Hard disk 2 cache size 32MB
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 Realtek HD Audio
Peripherals N/A

Case

Chassis Cooler Master HAF X
Case format Full tower
Dimensions 230 x 550 x 599mm (WDH)

Power supply

Power supply Thermaltake ToughPower XT
Power supply rating 775W

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays 2

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream) 6
FireWire ports 2
eSATA ports 2
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 4
Front panel FireWire ports 1
Front panel eSATA ports 1
Front panel memory card reader no

Mouse & Keyboard

Mouse and keyboard N/A

Operating system and software

OS family Windows 7

Noise and power

Idle power consumption 183W
Peak power consumption 452W

Performance tests

Overall application benchmark score 2.29
Office application benchmark score 1.43
2D graphics application benchmark score 2.91
Encoding application benchmark score 2.35
Multitasking application benchmark score 2.46
3D performance (crysis) low settings 167fps
3D performance setting Low

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