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DinoPC Plutosaur 650 review

£499 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Dino PC

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

The only system in the chart to feature a Core i5 processor, DinoPC’s i5-650-powered Plutosaur 650 budget desktop PC benefits from Turbo Boost.

The only system in the chart to feature a Core i5 processor, DinoPC’s i5-650-powered Plutosaur 650 budget desktop PC benefits from Turbo Boost.

The only system in the chart to feature a Core i5 processor, DinoPC’s i5-650-powered Plutosaur 650 budget desktop PC benefits from Turbo Boost. When demanded, this mode briefly boosts the CPU clock speed from 3.2GHz to 3.46GHz.

The DinoPC Plutosaur 650 budget desktop PC failed to use this extra speed to its advantage in WorldBench 6, however. Its 131-point tally is very good for a budget PC, but four points behind the chart leader, which is clocked at 3.33GHz.

DinoPC has also missed a trick with its motherboard selection: it’s opted for the non-USB 3.0-compatible version of the Asus motherboard chosen by Chillblast and Arbico. With no discrete graphics card there’s plenty of room for add-in cards, however, and you can add USB 3.0 to the DinoPC Plutosaur 650 budget desktop PC later.

Although it relies on the graphics chip integrated into its processor, performance is adequate for general Windows use and multimedia playback. Games are less satisfactory: the DinoPC Plutosaur 650 budget desktop PC delivered just 17fps in Fear (1024x768, ‘Maximum’ detail).

If you’re not a gamer, this strategy makes sense, and Arbico and CyberPower have also saved some cash by omitting a dedicated graphics card. With the DinoPC Plutosaur 650 budget desktop PC, it’s more obvious where that cash has been spent.
Its 25in Hanns-G monitor is significantly larger than the 21.5in competition. This makes the DinoPC Plutosaur 650 budget desktop PC the best machine in our chart for watching films or simply minimising eyestrain, thanks to its larger text and icons.

The DinoPC Plutosaur 650 budget desktop PC's black case is reasonably smart and tidy, but it looks less impressive than some of the competition.

Budget desktop PCs chart ranking

  1. Chillblast Fusion Shogun
  2. Arbico i3 5600 XL
  3. DinoPC Plutosaur 650
  4. Palicomp Core i3 Blast 540-22 USB3
  5. CyberPower Apollo XT

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3.2GHz Intel Core i5-650
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
4GB DDR3 RAM
500GB SATA
8 x USB 2.0
Asus P7H55-M SI motherboard
500W EZCool PSU
25in Hanns-G HH251DPB (0.28mm pixel pitch
1920x1080)
Intel GMA HD (Fear: 17fps)
onboard sound
2 x DinoPC speakers
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: 131
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

If gaming isn’t your bag and you aren’t fussed about USB 3.0 support, DinoPC's Plutosaur 650 budget desktop PC offers a fantastic screen and very good Windows performance.

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