YoYoTech Warbird RS5 gaming PC review

YoyoTech Warbird RS5

Yoyotech's large and an imposing Warbird RS5 looks nothing like a budget PC. The EzCool Q7 system case really stands out, and only because of its size. The top surface of this gaming PC features curved coffee-toppling edges, perhaps to discourage you from risking spillage through the meshed surface and on to the internal components, while at the front of the case USB and audio ports are concealed behind individual plastic flaps – each bearing a logo of the socket beneath. See what's the best gaming PC?

Inside this PC, the case is full of tool-free drive bays and plenty of empty space, in the corner of which we find an MSI-H81 P33 motherboard fitted with a GeForce GTX 750 TI graphics card and an Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 heatpipe cooler for the CPU.

YoyoTech Warbird RS5 review: Intel Pentium Anniversary Edition

In this system, the Intel Pentium Anniversary Edition has been boosted in speed to 4.6GHz – the fastest overclock we've seen with this chip, if only by 100MHz. However the measured performance results were a mixed bag, with the slowest PCMark 7 Overall score we've seen on an Intel Pentium Anniversary Edition PC, and a frankly rubbish PCMark 7 Entertainment score showing up alongside superb PCMark 7 Lightweight and Creativity scores.

Sadly, the supplied CPU cooler wasn't able to keep the processor temperature below 99 degrees Celsius, leading us to wonder whether the overclock to 4.6GHz might have been a little overambitious. This could have implications for the long-term health of your PC.

Storage results were the best best we've seen in our recent batch of budget gaming PCs, thanks to the inclusion of a separate 120GB SSD installed along with the 1TB hard drive. This helps deliver super-fast boot speed and greatly reduced game load times, but only if you install your game collection on the SSD. You'll have to manage your storage carefully to ensure you can fit your most important games and applications on the faster drive.

YoyoTech Warbird RS5 review: graphics card

Having blown a portion of the budget on an SSD, there's enough money left for a GeForce GTX 750 TI, but not the faster GeForce GTX 760 found in other systems. So, despite the fastest processor and that SSD, the Warbird RS5 can't match the raw gaming performance of other PCs at the same price level. Neither does it use an Intel Z97 Express chipset like the other PCs with GTX 750 TIs.

If you spend a considerable amount of time doing non-gaming things with your PC, then you'll certainly notice the benefits of the SSD. It's also very well put together, offering superb build quality and great features but these are PCs designed for all-out gaming at the lowest possible price and in that respect the Warbird RS5 fails to deliver.

Also included is a 23.6in AOC E2470SWDA monitor, which is a basic TN-based display with a reasonably fast 5ms response time, but lacking an HDMI port for hooking up external devices. A Gigabyte HM6150 wired keyboard and mouse combo is included. The mouse supports an 800 dpi resolution, but neither of these devices could be described as gaming peripherals. See all budget PCs reviews.

YoyoTech Warbird RS5: Specs

  • 3.2GHz Intel Pentium G3258 (@4.6GHz)
  • Arctic Cooling Freezer 7
  • 8GB DDR3 1,600MHz
  • 120gb SSD and 1TB 7200rpm
  • 500w
  • MSI H81-P33
  • 2x USB 3.0, 4x USB 2.0
  • 23.6in AOC E2470SWDA, 1920 x 1080, TN, DVI, VGA MSI GeForce GTX750TI 2GB RAM, Core: 1059MHz, RAM 1350MHz
  • Gigabit Ethernt, 802.11n
  • 2x DVI, HDMI, VGA
  • PS/2 keyboard and mouse ports
  • EzCool Q7
  • Gigabyte KM6150 combo
  • Samsung 24x DVD-RW
  • Windows 8.1 64bit
  • 3-years RTB 30 Days collect and return
  • 3.2GHz Intel Pentium G3258 (@4.6GHz)
  • Arctic Cooling Freezer 7
  • 8GB DDR3 1,600MHz
  • 120gb SSD and 1TB 7200rpm
  • 500w
  • MSI H81-P33
  • 2x USB 3.0, 4x USB 2.0
  • 23.6in AOC E2470SWDA, 1920 x 1080, TN, DVI, VGA MSI GeForce GTX750TI 2GB RAM, Core: 1059MHz, RAM 1350MHz
  • Gigabit Ethernt, 802.11n
  • 2x DVI, HDMI, VGA
  • PS/2 keyboard and mouse ports
  • EzCool Q7
  • Gigabyte KM6150 combo
  • Samsung 24x DVD-RW
  • Windows 8.1 64bit
  • 3-years RTB 30 Days collect and return

OUR VERDICT

The YoyoTech Warbird RS5 offers a possibly over-ambitious overclock to 4.6GHz, but comes with an SSD – reducing boot times and speeding up game loading – at the expense of a faster graphics card which would deliver better frame rates. It offers excellent build quality and will take on all comers at general application performance, but will ultimately disappoint dedicated gamers.

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