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DinoPC Maxosaur 870 review

£1,195 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Dino PC

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

DinoPC’s Maxosaur 870 desktop PC saves some cash by running a Core i7-870 CPU, and it still scored a very fast 152 points in our WorldBench 6 real-world speed test.

DinoPC’s Maxosaur 870 desktop PC saves some cash by running a Core i7-870 CPU, and it still scored a very fast 152 points in our WorldBench 6 real-world speed test.

DinoPC’s Maxosaur 870 is the only desktop PC here to shun Intel’s Core i7-950 processor. Instead running a Core i7-870, the Maxosaur saves some cash on a P55 rather than X58 chipset that is put to better use elsewhere – and it still scored a very fast 152 points in our WorldBench 6 real-world speed test.

Many high-end PCs are provided with a speed-boosting SSD in addition to the main hard drive; the DinoPC Maxosaur 870 desktop PC is the first to be fitted with two. By combining a pair of 60GB Crucial SSDs in a Raid 0 setup, DinoPC has delivered the fastest disk sub-system in the chart. Unfortunately, performance is hampered by the lack of USB 3.0 and 6Gbps SATA support on the motherboard.

With a greater amount of flash storage available, applications can be installed here rather than on the DinoPC Maxosaur 870 desktop PC's main 1TB hard drive. This will drastically reduce load times.

A 25in full-HD Hanns-G monitor is supplied with the DinoPC Maxosaur 870 desktop PC. Despite it being only slightly larger than others here, it looks considerably more impressive. A Blu-ray drive complements the screen nicely, but the external speaker set lacks surround-sound and a subwoofer.

DinoPC has plumped for a Radeon HD 6870 graphics card for the Maxosaur 870 desktop PC, which isn’t as fast as the Chillblast and Palicomp’s HD 5870s.

Power PCs chart ranking

  1. Chillblast Fusion Reaper
  2. Arbico Elite i7 9568 HSD
  3. DinoPC Maxosaur 870
  4. Palicomp Core i7 Blitz 950-24 SSD
  5. CyberPower Infinity White Knight

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2.93GHz Intel Core i7-870
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
8GB DDR3 RAM
1TB SATA
2 x 60GB SSD
10 x USB 2.0
Asus P7P55 LX motherboard
430W Corsair PSU
25in Hanns-G HH251DPB (0.28mm pixel pitch
1920x1080)
1GB Asus ATI Radeon HD 6870 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 77/41fps
Stalker: Call of Pripyat [Medium/Ultra] = 152/87fps)
onboard sound
2 x Gigabyte GP-S4600
4x BD-ROM
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: 152
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

With a great monitor and two SSDs onboard, the DinoPC Maxosaur 870 desktop PC has buckets of potential. Other components are less attractive, however.

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