Dino PC Microraptor GTX 770 review

Dino PC Microraptor GTX 770

The Microraptor GTX 770 Gaming PC from Dino PC is a system that has been built into the Coolermaster Elite 130 system case. It therefore looks almost identical to Quiet PC's Serenity Nano and Yoyotech's Warbird RS4.0. (See also best gaming PC 2014.)

The Elite 130 is a very smart-looking Mini-ITX format case. While the front face is roughly square at 207 by 240 mm, the case stretches almost twice as far backwards, allowing the use of lengthy graphics cards while maintaining a very compact appearance. The front also features a pair of convenient USB 3.0 ports and a single USB 2.0 port below a dual-function power/reset switch.

The Microraptor GTX 770 distinguishes itself from very similar-looking brethren by the addition of a front-mounted tray-loading combo DVD burner. To find any other differences you'll have to look inside the case.

Like the Quiet PC and Yoyotech systems, the Microraptor GTX 770 uses an Intel Core i5-4670K processor, but this one's been overclocked to 4.3 GHz, giving the PC a distinct performance advantage. With a PCMark 7 score of 6861 and a PCMark 8 Home score of 4865 points, its right up there with the very fastest systems in terms of general computing.

Fitted with an nVidia GeForce GTX 770 graphics card, this PC is also capable of very good gaming frame rates, beaten only by Mesh's Elite Mini Gaming OC, and very narrowly by Quiet PC's Serenity Nano, both of which are considerably more expensive systems. Expect more than 60 frames per second even playing Aliens vs Predator at Maximum quality and full-HD resolution.

Inside the case, there's very little room to manoeuvre. The 600W Corsair power supply doesn't feature modular cabling and this results in large bundle of wires tied together in the middle of the case. The DVD drive also blocks access to the processor, but doesn't compromise airflow thanks to the use of a Corsair H80 liquid cooler which places a radiator and cooling fan right at the front of the case.

Dino PC Microraptor GTX 770: Specs

  • Processor (stock speed, overclocked speed): 3.4 GHz Intel Core i5-4670K @ 4.3 GHz (4 cores, 4 threads)
  • CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H80 liquid cooler
  • Installed memory (Capacity, type, speed): 16 GB DDR3 1600 MHz
  • Storage (Type, model and capacity): 128 GB Plextor PX-128M5S SSD, 1 TB Seagate Barracuda
  • Power supply (Model, rating): 600W Corsair Builder Series CX600
  • Motherboard (Model): Gigabyte GA-Z87N-WIFI
  • Operating system (name, version): Windows 8.1
  • Graphics card (core/memory/shader speeds): ZOTAC nVidia GeForce GTX 770 (2 GB), 1059 (1111 Boost)/7010
  • Sound (Card type/onboard): on-board
  • Networking (list network connections): 2x gigabit ethernet, 802.11n Wi-Fi
  • External USB ports (USB 3.0, USB 2.0): 6x USB 3.0, 3x USB 2.0
  • Other ports (list ports): 1x DVI-I, 2x HDMI, 1x PS/2, 1x Toslink, 5 x audio jacks
  • Optical drive (Vendor, model, type): LiteOn iHAS122 DVD-RW
  • Case (Vendor, model, size): Cooler Master Elite 130
  • Processor (stock speed, overclocked speed): 3.4 GHz Intel Core i5-4670K @ 4.3 GHz (4 cores, 4 threads)
  • CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H80 liquid cooler
  • Installed memory (Capacity, type, speed): 16 GB DDR3 1600 MHz
  • Storage (Type, model and capacity): 128 GB Plextor PX-128M5S SSD, 1 TB Seagate Barracuda
  • Power supply (Model, rating): 600W Corsair Builder Series CX600
  • Motherboard (Model): Gigabyte GA-Z87N-WIFI
  • Operating system (name, version): Windows 8.1
  • Graphics card (core/memory/shader speeds): ZOTAC nVidia GeForce GTX 770 (2 GB), 1059 (1111 Boost)/7010
  • Sound (Card type/onboard): on-board
  • Networking (list network connections): 2x gigabit ethernet, 802.11n Wi-Fi
  • External USB ports (USB 3.0, USB 2.0): 6x USB 3.0, 3x USB 2.0
  • Other ports (list ports): 1x DVI-I, 2x HDMI, 1x PS/2, 1x Toslink, 5 x audio jacks
  • Optical drive (Vendor, model, type): LiteOn iHAS122 DVD-RW
  • Case (Vendor, model, size): Cooler Master Elite 130

OUR VERDICT

The Dino PC Microraptor, delivers excellent performance for the price thanks to the combination of Intel Core i5-4670K overclocked to 4.3 GHz and nVidia GeForce GTX770 graphics. It may look almost identical to competition from Quiet PC and Yoyotech, but outperforms both.