Inside, DinoPC has done an even better job than with its previous i7-Osaurus, as every cable is neatly tucked away mostly out of sight – something that is helped in no small measure by the Raven’s extensive cable-routing provisions. The messiest element is the non-modular Corsair 950W power supply, the spare cables from which are crammed into the corner underneath the hard drive bays.
The case is completely tool-free, with easy push-locks for each of the five 5.25in drive bays and removable caddies for the six vertically-oriented 3.25 drive bays (which include rubber grommets for each drive and a 2.5in adapter for SSDs). An innovative expansion-card holding system that actually works well completes this excellent setup.
Getting to components, the headline-grabber here is of course the 6th Sense’s titular AMD Phenom II X6 1090T processor, which – though it won’t grant the power to see dead people – does provide you with six cores. AMD has also introduced Turbo CORE with this CPU, meaning that it can auto-overclock up to 3.6GHz (from a stock 3.2GHz) on up to three cores under lightly threaded applications.
However, that’s not particularly relevant here as DinoPC has heavily overclocked the processor to ensure all six of its cores run at a minimum of 4.2GHz. This is essential since – unfortunately for gamers – most games are barely taking advantage of four cores, let alone six. By upping its clock speed the company has insured that the CPU won’t be a bottle-neck for games, allowing you to take full advantage of the ridiculously powerful graphics setup. It’s cooled by an Arctic Cooling Freezer Xtreme CPU cooler, which is so quiet for a while we thought it might be passive. What’s more, it kept temperatures surprisingly low.
Storage is pretty high-end too – at least in that you get a relatively high-capacity 120GB SSD boot drive combined with a secondary 1TB hard drive. Neither are enthusiast parts: for example, the SSD is a member of OCZ’s value Solid 2 Series. However, the 120GB version still retails for over £220 and, as it’s based on an Indilinx controller (with TRIM support for Windows 7), will still give excellent performance.
The same can’t necessarily be said for the 3.5in hard drive, which is a Samsung EcoGreen model spinning at a lowly 5,400rpm. Mind you, with all the essentials installed on the SSD it shouldn’t have a negative impact, and keeps both noise and energy consumption down.
RAM is definitely worth a mention, if only for the massive black ribbed heatsinks that fit in perfectly with the case’s aesthetics. There’s 4GB of Corsair DDR3 memory installed, running at 1,600MHz default but here given a slight overclock to give the CPU some leeway. Arguably for such a high-end machine 8GB would be a more appropriate amount of RAM, though frankly we’ve never found 4GB a limitation ourselves (and you can of course specifiy more if you want).