Indeed the case is an odd mixture of traditional and tool-less design, though Fujitsu has got the basics right. Expansion cards, for example, are screwed in – but then you’re unlikely to want to add any cards to this machine for a very long time. Likewise the 5.25in bays use screws, but the same goes here. On the other hand the hard drive cage, which is rotated 90 degrees for easy access, offers four sophisticated screw-free caddies. Each of these caddies is constructed using thick metal with plastic clips and each is fitted with rubber grommets to dampen drive vibration, which is a nice touch.
Of course, only four 3.5in internal bays is very few for an enthusiast case, but with over 2,150GB of storage space as standard you should be okay for a while. Fujitsu has gone for the ideal scenario of one fast drive with the OS and essential applications on it, and two larger, slower drives for storage. Unfortunately the former isn’t an SSD, but at least it’s the fastest moving-parts hard drive on the planet: a 150GB Western Digital VelociRaptor spinning at 10,000rpm. The two lesser disks are 1TB Seagates at the normal 7,200rpm speeds. Having two identical drives also gives you the option of setting them up in RAID, though Fujitsu has left them as is.
It’s difficult to see much of the custom X58 motherboard, as the cooling shroud covers nearly that whole area. However, there is a helpful, detailed diagram sticker on the case’s side panel that shows the various connectors and ports. The board features twin PCIe x16 slots both capable of feeding their cards the full 16x bandwidth, twin PCIe 4x slots and two plain PCI slots, though with the dual-slot GTX video cards and Creative soundcard installed all you’re left with is a single PCI and one PCIe 4x slot free.
Two of the six SATA ports are left empty, but all six of the Fujitsu board’s triple-channel memory slots are filled with 2GB modules of 1,333MHz DDR3 Samsung memory. To be honest the lack of free RAM slots really shouldn’t be a problem, since 12GB is plenty for even the most performance-hungry user and should easily last as long as the rest of the machine; consider that most high-end gaming systems, such as the £1700 PC Specialist Vortex i950, still only come with 4GB of RAM.
As far as the processor goes, the Intel Core i7 975 Extreme Edition is the single most expensive part of this PC, coming in at around £770! That’s more than some fully kitted-out gaming systems and only £10 less than the CyberPower Infinity i5 Hercules SE with a Radeon HD 5850 DirectX 11 graphics card update. Ouch!
Mind you, you do get the fastest consumer CPU on the planet at stock clock speeds, since each of this CPU’s four cores runs at a base clock of 3.33GHz and can achieve a Turbo frequency of up to 3.6GHz on a single core (thanks to a mild overclock, this goes up to 3.78GHz with the Celsius ULTRA Gaming Workstation, and you should easily be able to push beyond 4GHz in your own overclocking since the 975EE is unlocked). However, even at stock speeds this monster’s 130W TDP is already well over what one might consider frugal.