Looking in more detail at this case’s thermal performance, it’s testament to how effective the its design is that it only requires two fans above and beyond the CPU cooler and graphics cards to keep its innards cool. These consist of a large 180mm (700rpm) one mounted above the power supply, blowing up towards the graphics cards and CPU, and a 120mm (950rpm) one that sits above the CPU exhausting air out the top of the PC. These, along with the CPU cooler, run so slowly that they are barely audible. This leaves the video cards as the noisiest part of the DinoPC 6th Sense, making it one of the quietest high-end rigs we’ve reviewed!
With both of the case’s benefits taken together, the perpendicular motherboard is one of those brilliant and obvious ideas that you wonder why no-one has thought of before.
Thanks to the use of Asus’ brand-new Republic of Gamers (ROG) Crosshair IV motherboard, connectivity on the DinoPC 6th Sense is as good as it gets. Six USB 2.0 ports (seven if counting the ROG Connect port, for more information on which see our recent Asus ROG Maximus III Gene review) are joined by two USB 3.0 ports. There’s also a single PS2 port joined by FireWire and eSATA connections, supporting nearly every single data connection out there.
Audio comes courtesy of the motherboard’s integrated Creative SupremeFX X-Fi chip, which supports EAX 4.0 effects for games and provides 7.1 surround sound over digital optical or six analogue jacks. A Gigabit Ethernet connection takes care of networking, while video outputs are handled by the twin Radeon 5870s, meaning you get HDMI, DisplayPort and two DVI outputs. As you get two of these cards in CrossFire, you can use six connections to give you simultaneous six-monitor gaming!
Both of the 6th Sense’s side panels are easily removable, though getting them to go back on is a bit of a hassle. One of these has a large Perspex window offering a nice view of the motherboard, but unfortunately DinoPC hasn’t fitted any interior lighting to take advantage of this. All you’ll get is a few lit-up buttons from the ROG board.