Dino PC puts the now obligatory Intel Core i7-2600K to good use in its update to the Maxosaur 2600K (tinyurl.com/3reuxcw). This revision also embraces a new motherboard and is supplied with two monitors.

A pair of smart-looking 21.5in LG displays feature LED backlighting and a super-slim design. When combined, the extra screen space can boost productivity if you run more than one program at a time. One serious down side is that both the Dino PC Maxosaur 2600K V2's displays lack a digital input.

Dino PC has selected a similar motherboard to the CyberPower. It’s based on the Z68 chipset, but doubles up on its rival’s 6Gbps SATA and USB 3.0 offerings, with four of each. It also supports SLI. Like the Dino PC’s board, however, the Dino PC Maxosaur 2600K V2's lack of video connectors forces it to rely solely on its (very fast) factory-overclocked Palit nVidia GeForce GTX 580 graphics card.

The Dino PC Maxosaur 2600K V2 is fitted with a 64GB Crucial M4 SSD. This is a fast drive, but it doesn’t take advantage of Intel’s SRT to boost hard-drive performance. A 2TB hard drive is also supplied.

The Dino PC Maxosaur 2600K V2 comes with a Blu-ray drive and a pair of rather attractive Creative T20 speakers; the set lacks a subwoofer, but still offers better audio quality than most speakers we see bundled with desktop PCs.

Power PCs chart ranking

  1. 1. Arbico Elite i7-2657 MX mkII
    2. CyberPower Infinity Achilles Extreme
    3. Dino PC Maxosaur 2600K V2
    4. Eclipse Supernova i726n580 Sli
    5. Palicomp Phoenix i7 Attitude

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