Dino PC has selected a slightly slower Core i5 chip than our top two systems for its Elmisaur 2400: Intel's 3.1GHz i5-2400. And yet it managed the same 159-point tally in our WorldBench 6 real-world speed test as the Recommended Arbico PC.

Dino PC has selected a slightly slower Core i5 chip than our top two systems for its Elmisaur 2400: Intel’s 3.1GHz i5-2400. And yet it managed the same 159-point tally in our WorldBench 6 real-world speed test as the Recommended Arbico PC.

Key to this excellent result is the Dino PC Elmisaur 2400’s superior capability in the more disk-intensive parts of the benchmark (in other test components it actually performed slower than its rivals here). Its 8GB helping of DDR3 RAM is double what you’ll find in any of the other PCs on test, and a likely aid here.

The Asus P8H67-M motherboard is from the same family as the P8H67-M Pro and LE models seen elsewhere in the chart, but it lacks support for USB 3.0. The Dino PC Elmisaur 2400 esktop PC costs £30 less than the competition – no bad thing, but we’d rather this money had been spent on a better motherboard.

The ATI Radeon HD 6850 graphics card delivers much the same performance as any of the other systems using the same card, with the Dino PC Elmisaur 2400 PC averaging 35fps in Crysis (‘Very High’ settings) and 72fps in Stalker: Call of Pripyat (‘Ultra’ settings).

Also supplied with the Dino PC Elmisaur 2400 PC is a 23.6in AOC 2436SWA monitor. It’s of reasonably good quality and comes with a useful USB port, but this particular version of the screen lacks a digital DVI input.

Despite the similar overall performance result, we’d rather have the faster CPU and superior motherboard of the Arbico PC than the extra RAM of the Dino PC Elmisaur 2400 – memory can be easily upgraded later, whereas a motherboard replacement is much trickier.

Budget desktop PCs: chart ranking

  1. Palicomp Phoenix i5 Solar Flare
  2. Arbico i5-2568 Pro HD
  3. Chillblast Fusion Event
  4. Dino PC Elmisaur 2400
  5. Mesh Evolution GTX PCA

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