Dino PC’s Maxosaur 2600K looks rather different to the competition. It has a huge, 27in Iiyama monitor, which is one of the best displays we’ve seen submitted with a chart PC. Its full-HD resolution, generous screen size and height-adjustable stand make it ideal for playing games and watching films in maximum comfort.

The Dino PC Maxosaur 2600K's Zalman Z9 Plus system case sports a distinctive asymmetric front panel, above which sits an illuminated temperature display and a fan-speed controller – useful features for balancing cooling and noise in overclocked systems. Noise is also reduced by rubber mounts on the hard drive. However, Zalman’s quality control leaves something to be desired, with the main power switch often sticking.

As you might guess from the Maxousaur 2600K's name, Dino PC fits an Intel Core i7-2600K processor. Its performance was slightly behind the competition in WorldBench 6, where the Maxosaur scored a still-fast 169 points.

Power desktop PCs chart ranking

  1. Arbico Elite i7-2657 MX
  2. Chillblast Fusion Omega
  3. Eclipse Supernova P67i526r697
  4. Dino PC Maxosaur 2600K
  5. Mesh Evolution 2600K PCA

A standard 8GB of RAM leaves two memory slots free for upgrades, while a 60GB Corsair Force SSD complements the Dino PC Maxosaur 2600K's large 2TB hard drive. Two optical drives are supplied, with one supporting Blu-ray, plus a pair of external speakers and a subwoofer.

The Dino PC Maxosaur 2600K's nVidia GeForce GTX 570 graphics card delivers excellent gaming performance, although it’s noticeably slower than the GTX 580 selected by Chillblast for its less expensive Fusion Omega.

The Maxosaur 2600K is also let down by Dino PC’s poor choice of motherboard. The P8P67 LE lacks many features of Asus’ ‘Pro’ version, including SLI support and advanced overclocking options. In an enthusiast system at this price, there’s no good reason to opt for this cut-price board.

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