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Wired2Fire Hellspawn Gaming PC review

Ardjuna Seghers

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Wired2Fire Hellspawn Gaming PC
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  • Wired2Fire Hellspawn Gaming PC
  • Wired2Fire Hellspawn Gaming PC
  • Wired2Fire Hellspawn Gaming PC
  • Wired2Fire Hellspawn Gaming PC
  • Wired2Fire Hellspawn Gaming PC
  • Wired2Fire Hellspawn Gaming PC
  • Wired2Fire Hellspawn Gaming PC
  • Wired2Fire Hellspawn Gaming PC
  • Wired2Fire Hellspawn Gaming PC

Summary

Our Score:

7

Relative newcomer DinoPC sent us its best shot at a sub-£1,000 gaming PC recently with the brilliantly-named DinoPC i7-Osaurus. Indeed it represented great value for money and thus won itself a Recommended Award. Now we're looking at a new entrant at this price point, the £949 Wired2Fire Hellspawn. With the company's previous Hellspawn ALC winning one of the same awards, we have great hopes that it will be a worthy challenger.

At a quick glance, the Hellspawn offers an inferior list of components. It sports the same 4GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive capacity, but uses a Core i5 750 processor instead of the i7-Osaurus' i7 860, and comes with a slower AMD/ATI Radeon HD 5850 rather than the DinoPC's significantly better 5870. However, to balance the scales a bit, the Hellspawn utilises a massive custom cooler where the i7-Osaurus used the stock Intel one. Accordingly, Wired2Fire has worked its usual overclocking magic to give a guaranteed CPU speed of between 3.8 and 4GHz. You also get a Blu-ray drive to make for a more complete entertainment experience.

The PC comes very well packaged, though the chassis lacks complete internal padding. It uses neither a CoolerMaster nor an Antec case, thus setting it apart from many rivals (not to mention its Hellspawn Xfire and Xtreme cousins) from the get-go. Instead, this PC is housed in a mid-tower Asgard case by relatively little-known Xigmatek. This is a 'budget' case easily available online for around £30, but it's far better than you would expect, offering quite a few premium features.

For one thing, Xigmatek claims "the inviolable Asgard is the world's first black coating entry-level chassis". In plain English, it's the only case below £35 we've come across that's finished in matte black both outside and inside. Not that you'll be able to appreciate its insides too much, as there's no proper side window; but there is a large perforation pattern on the left side which with some lighting inside (conspicuously absent in the Hellspawn) should be adequate to appreciate this extra.

The main body, side panels and mesh front are constructed using steel, with only some glossy black strips and connection panel evidencing use of plastic. Build quality is very solid indeed for the price, its relatively lightweight, and its dimensions of 185(W) x 475(D) x 408(H) mm make it compact enough to be easy to carry. Its front panel houses four 5.25in mesh drive bays, one 3.25in one and a mesh 120mm fan intake panel with its own dust filter. Remove the black thumb screws and the side panels come away easily.

merty boy

February 25, 2010, 5:51 am

I bought the dino i7 last month, and im afraid to say that is also has the same motherboard- crossfire is only supported in x16/x4! This is not made clear on dinopc's website. Please trusted reviews, check your info when reviewing products as your review for the dinopc stated that x8/x8 mode was supported. Unfortunately i had to drop a grand on their product to find this was the case...

jingyeow

February 25, 2010, 7:56 pm

I was thinking transfomers too looking at the picture on the second page. Branding opportunity missed?

TechVegan

February 25, 2010, 10:36 pm

@merty-boy:


In fact it doesn't use the same motherboard; you can see the difference in the heatsink and slots if you look carefully. The Dino PC uses the Asus P7P55D, while the Wired2Fire uses the Asus P7P55D-LE.





Unfortunately you are right about it only supporting 16x/4x despite its somewhat misleading claimed support for CrossFire. I do apologize for not picking up on this when I reviewed the PC.





To be honest it wouldn't have made any difference to the verdict as the 5870 is a much more powerful card to begin with so you're less likely to need to upgrade it. It also uses far more electricity and is noisier, so frankly is not the most attractive CrossFire proposition. The price is also still excellent value for what you're getting.





I will of course add an addendum to clarify this to the DinoPC review. Also, could you add a comment on how you have found the company's customer service?

merty boy

February 26, 2010, 12:23 am

Thank you Trusted Reviews for responding to my earlier message. With regard to DinoPc customer service, I can honestly say that I had no issues with them at all. I spoke to them on a few occasions both via email and telephone. They answered the phone promtly, replied quickly to my emails and answered all of my questions. The pc turned up on time and was set up with all drivers installed, and the pc build was neat and tidy. Could'nt really have asked for more.

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