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DinoPC Maxosaur 950 review

£1,349 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Dino PC

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

DinoPC's Maxosaur 950 is a fast power desktop PC with some good specifications, but it's expensive compared to its rivals.

DinoPC's Maxosaur 950 is a fast power desktop PC with some good specifications, but it's expensive compared to its rivals.

DinoPC’s Maxosaur 950 is very similar in design to the Arbico, with both power desktop PCs employing the Core i7-950 and a 60GB SSD. The DinoPC scored 153 WorldBench 6 points, putting it on a par with the iMac.

Also like the Arbico, the DinoPC Maxosaur 950 power desktop PC uses an Asus P6X58D-E motherboard. This supports SATA 6Gbps, USB 3.0 and up to three graphics cards.

A 6GB allocation of DDR3 RAM is supplied with the DinoPC Maxosaur 950 power desktop PC, while a 1TB hard drive supplements the SSD. Although the PSU is a modular version with convenient detachable cables, its 550W power rating is a little weak for a system with so much upgrade potential.

Graphics are provided by a factory-overclocked Radeon HD 5870 with 1GB of DDR5 memory. This card runs faster than the similar model provided by Arbico, allowing the DinoPC Maxosaur 950 power desktop PC to achieve a few extra frames in our Crysis tests and a noticeable speed boost in Stalker.

DinoPC also supplies a 24.6in Hanns-G monitor with the Maxosaur 950 power desktop PC. Its full-HD 1080p resolution and pleasingly thin bezel make it a rather impressive addition to the system.

Two optical drives are included in the form of a standard DVD burner and a separate quad-speed Blu-ray drive. A set of USB stereo speakers is supplied with the DinoPC Maxosaur 950 power desktop PC, but these can’t match the surround-sound playback of the set provided by Arbico.

Chart ranking: Power PCs

  1. Arbico Elite i7-9500 HSD
  2. Apple iMac 27in (Mid-2010)
  3. Eclipse Armageddon i795n460 SLi
  4. DinoPC Maxosaur 950
  5. CyberPower Infinity i7 Phoenix (repeat)

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DinoPC Maxosaur 950 Expert Verdict »

3.06GHz Intel Core i7-950
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
6 x USB 2.0
2 x USB 3.0
Asus P6X58D-E motherboard
550W Thermaltake PSU
24.6in Hanns-G HH251DPB (0.28mm pixel pitch
1GB Asus ATI Radeon HD 5870 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 77/45fps
Stalker: Call of Pripyat [Medium/Ultra] = 154/89fps)
onboard sound
2 x Gigabyte GP-S4600 speakers
max DVD speeds: 22x/22x/12x/16x/6x/8x/12x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM)
three-year return-to-base warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 153
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

The DinoPC Maxosaur 950 is a great power desktop PC, producing excellent all-round performance and offering some premium components. It’s expensive compared to its Windows 7 rivals, however.

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