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Dino PC Fermiodon review

£1145 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Dino PC

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Dino isn’t a big name in the PC industry. But if you want to make a big impression, a PC like the Fermiodon seems a pretty effective route to the top.

Dino PC isn’t a big name in the PC industry. But if you want to make a big impression, a PC like the Fermiodon seems a pretty effective route to the top

Dino PC isn’t a big name in the PC industry. But if you want to make a big impression, a PC like the Fermiodon seems a pretty effective route to the top. A machine that looks very decent on paper, the Dino PC Fermiodon lifts itself to the heights with some fiercely competitive scores in our WorldBench 6 and gaming tests.

The 2.66GHz Intel Core i5 750 is a very solid CPU to build a machine around, but in today’s market, it’s no world beater – the Dino Fermiodon PC shouldn’t be ordinarily be able to comprehensively beat an i7 920 or 930, for instance.

However, Dino PC Fermiodon has one cunning trick up its sleeve – it overclocks the i5 750 from 2.66GHz to 4.0GHz. This is a massive increase, although even in the middle of a scorching sun spell, the Fermiodon PC carried on trundling away, so there would seem to be little sign of instability caused by thermal overload.

In our WorldBench 6 test suite, the Dino PC Fermiodon galloped to a staggering 154 points – easily besting the standard-clocked Core i7 920s and 930s dominating our most expensive PC chart.

The 4GB of Corsair 1600MHz DDR3-RAM helps performance, while the Dino Fermiodon PC's Seagate Barracuda ST3500418AS hard drive is a fast model that runs at 7,200rpm. Its 500GB capacity isn’t great for the price, however, and serious users will want to look at upgrading this, perhaps adding an additional disk.

Probably the Dino PC Fermiodon’s most significant addition, besides the overclocked CPU, is the Inno3D GTX 480 graphics card with its 1536MB of memory. One of the most powerful on the market (and worth several hundred pounds in its own right), it pushes the Fermiodon PC's graphics performance almost to the max.

A score of 98fps in Crysis at a resolution of 1024x768 is astonishing, as is the dramatic 369fps in Fear. This level of gaming performance places the Dino Fermiodon PC far ahead of most of the other PCs in the chart.

The Dino PC Fermiodon's Xigmatek Midgard case isn’t one of the most striking we’ve seen, but it’s robust and also compact enough that it won’t dominate the room. There’s also a reasonable amount of room inside, and even this sizeable graphics card fits in nicely – although we wouldn’t want to chance the Radeon 5970.

The Dino PC Fermiodon's Asus P7P55D-E LX motherboard has two full size PCI slots available, and you can just about reach all of the memory slots. The 10 drive bays are readily accessible, while the 10 USB ports include two USB 3.0.

Of course, the massive amount of cooling technology does cut down on some of the available room, although the Arctic Cooling Freezer Xtreme cooler makes a very good job of compensating for the Dino PC Fermiodon's hot overclocked chip.

The main down side is the level of noise – the Dino PC Fermiodon is a PC you’ll need a dedicated room for. You could also argue that the OCZ 700W PSU doesn’t give much headroom here, given the requirements of the overclocked CPU and the hungry GPU in this PC.

The Samsung SH-S223C is a decent 22-speed DVD writer – some drives come with 24-speed, but this will be a small difference for most users. The Dino PC Fermiodon's three-year warranty is lengthy, although only labour charges are covered after 12 months.

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2.66GHz Intel Core i5 750 (overclocked to 4.0GHz)
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Asus P7P55D-E LX motherboard
4GB PC3-12800 (1600MHz) DDR3-RAM
Xigmatek Midgard case
Arctic Cooling Xtreme cooler
Inno3D GTX 480 graphics card with 1536MB RAM
10x USB (2x USB 3.0)
2x eSATA
22x DVD ±RW DL drive
Worldbench 6 score 154
  • Build Quality: We give this item 7 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 9 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

The Dino Fermiodon PC is a chassis only, so you’ll need to have ready (or buy) a flat-panel and keyboard and mouse. However, even given this, £1,145 is a fair price for a PC that pushes beyond the capabilities of most complete systems in the £1300+ bracket. The main down sides we can think of are the skimpy hard drive, high levels of noise and the limited terms of the warranty. However, graphics and processing power are stunning.

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