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DinoPC Plutosaur 540 review

£499 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Dino PC

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

DinoPC’s Plutosaur 540 budget desktop PC delivers good Windows performance, and gaming framerates more than double those of the competition in our tests.

DinoPC’s Plutosaur 540 budget desktop PC delivers good Windows performance, and gaming framerates more than double those of the competition in our tests.

DinoPC’s Plutosaur 540 budget desktop PC uses a 3.06GHz Intel Core i3-540 processor to deliver good Windows performance, and its nVidia GeForce GT 240 graphics card offered gaming framerates more than double those of the competition in our tests.

Its general-speed score of 123 wasn’t the slowest of the group, but in WorldBench 6 the DinoPC Plutosaur 540 budget desktop PC trailed three points behind the Palicomp, which uses the same processor. And it was nine points behind the Arbico. Performance is still fast enough for all but the most demanding users, however.

Gaming performance is a different story. The DinoPC Plutosaur 540 budget desktop PC's nVidia GeForce GT 240 graphics card has double the video memory and considerably more processing power than the Radeon HD 5450 selected by Palicomp and Chillblast. Its 44fps score in our Fear gaming test (1024x768, ‘Maximum’ settings) was more than double that of the competition. This sub-£500 PC is no hardcore gaming rig, but it’ll happily cope with games that would leave the other PCs here trembling.

A standard 4GB of DDR3 RAM and a 500GB hard drive are provided. With the same Asus P7H55-M motherboard as the Arbico, there’s unfortunately no support for USB 3.0. This can be added to the DinoPC Plutosaur 540 budget desktop PC later, of course.

The stylish 21.5in AOC F22+ monitor has proved popular in this chart, also featuring in the Palicomp and Chillblast’s specifications. A set of Gigabyte external speakers complements the DinoPC Plutosaur 540 budget desktop PC's display, but no subwoofer is provided.

Budget PCs chart ranking

  1. Palicomp Core i3 Blast 540-22 USB3
  2. Arbico i3-5500 XL
  3. Chillblast Fusion Saturn
  4. DinoPC Plutosaur 540
  5. CyberPower Infinity i3 Apollo XT

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DinoPC Plutosaur 540 Expert Verdict »

3.06GHz Intel Core i3-540
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
4GB DDR3 RAM
500GB SATA
8 x USB 2.0
Asus P7H55-M motherboard
500W PSU
21.5in AOC F22+ (0.25mm pixel pitch
1920x1080)
1GB Palit nVidia GeForce GT 240 (Fear 'Maximum' settings, 1024x768: 44fps)
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: 123
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

None of the budget PCs in this group test is suitable for hardcore gamers, but the DinoPC’s nVidia GeForce GT 240 graphics card makes the Plutosaur 540 budget desktop PC the most capable if you want to play the occasional game. If games don’t interest you, we’d recommend the faster Windows performance and better all-round specification of our Best Buy Palicomp PC.

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