Which brings us to the most important part of any gaming machine: its graphics card setup. In this case it’s almost as good as it gets, since the DinoPC 6th Sense sports no less than two ATI Radeon 5870s in a CrossFireX setup, allowed full 16x/16x bandwidth by the Crosshair motherboard. Considering the 5870 trades places with the GTX 480 for the best-performing single-chip card around, two of them will be able to handle any game with consummate ease – especially since the cards used here have been overclocked from their standard 1,200MHz memory and 850MHz engine clock speeds to 1,320MHz and 930MHz respectively.
This is reflected in the scores (though not as much as we would have liked; it only starts really coming into its own at resolutions above 1,920 x 1,200), as DinoPC’s latest is the second-most powerful PC we’ve ever reviewed. It comes in just behind the £2,800 CyberPower Infinity i7 Phoenix, which currently holds every one of our PC performance records (doubtless helped by its 24GB of triple-channel memory and Intel X-25 SSD).
Nevertheless, DinoPC’s 6th Sense is one of the few machines able to comfortably run Crysis on maximum detail at 1,920 x 1,200, providing a consistent 35fps average (bettering the Cyberpower by a few frames per second thanks to its overclocked graphics setup).
Unfortunately, the gap in most other benchmarks is in the Cyberpower’s favour, but don’t worry as this AMD-based monster will still happily handle any game available now or in the near future, and in multi-threaded applications that can use more than four cores it will have few rivals.
Despite its generally lower performance, we prefer the DinoPC 6th Sense to the CyberPower Infinity i7 Phoenix on the basis of noise alone, and of course it’s also quite a bit cheaper. If you get along with its design, the Raven RV01 case offers unique features and DinoPC has done an excellent job of stuffing it with a balanced configuration for the money – including an excellent motherboard.
Mind you, £2,000 is more than we would recommend most people spend on a PC in the first place (although you can downgrade a few components, certain ones like the CPU are fixed so no matter what you do, it’s a bit expensive). A specification like that of the £1,000 Cryo Nano will be adequate for many gamers. Of course it will probably be slightly noisier, lack USB 3.0 and the CPU will ‘only’ have four cores, so it depends on your needs. Certainly, if you do see yourself taking advantage of Hexacore computing and can afford the cash (not to mention space on or under your desk), the 6th Sense is an attractive option.
The overclocked DinoPC 6th Sense combines high-end components, good build quality and some unique features into an attractive and relatively quiet beast. But at a penny under £2,000 it’s a niche offering (despite not being bad value for what you get), and if you don’t see yourself needing six cores, there are cheaper quad-core alternatives that will perform just as well in games.