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Dino PC Maxosaur 2600 review

£1,199 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Dino PC

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

As the least expensive PC here, Dino PC’s Maxosaur 2600 looks rather impressive at first glance. You get a large 24.6in monitor and a Zalman system case that’s not short on bells and whistles, including a fan-speed control wheel and an illuminated three-digit temperature readout.

As the least expensive PC here, Dino PC’s Maxosaur 2600 looks rather impressive at first glance. You get a large 24.6in monitor and a Zalman system case that’s not short on bells and whistles, including a fan-speed control wheel and an illuminated three-digit temperature readout.

As the least expensive PC here, Dino PC’s Maxosaur 2600 looks rather impressive at first glance. You get a large 24.6in monitor and a Zalman system case that’s not short on bells and whistles, including a fan-speed control wheel and an illuminated three-digit temperature readout.

The Maxosaur 2600's Crucial SSD is one of the fastest versions we’ve tested, but Dino PC hasn’t used the case’s dedicated bay to install it.

Dino PC has plumped for the standard Core i7-2600 CPU. It’s a fast chip, but the Maxosaur 2600 underperformed in our tests – systems based on the older i7-950 and 12GB of RAM can beat its 165-point WorldBench 6 score.

The Dino PC Maxosaur 2600 redeems itself in gaming, where a GTX 570 delivers similar performance to most of the competition.

A Blu-ray drive is separate to the DVD writer, enabling the Dino PC Maxosaur 2600 to offer fast DVD-burning speeds. The same can’t be said for the Blu-ray drive, but this is adequate for watching HD movies.

The Dino PC Maxosaur 2600's Asus P8P67-M motherboard is the smaller micro-ATX version of the board selected by every PC on test. It comes with two rather than four SATA 6 gigabits per second (Gbps) ports, an eSATA port and a single PCI Express slot, but no Bluetooth.

Power desktop PCs: chart ranking

  1. Chillblast Fusion Solar
  2. Palicomp Phoenix i7 Stealth
  3. Mesh Evolution 2600K PCA
  4. Arbico i7-2656 Stealth Gamer
  5. Dino PC Maxosaur 2600

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3.4GHz Intel Core i7-2600
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
8GB DDR3 RAM
1TB SATA
64GB SSD
10 x USB 2.0
2 x USB 3.0
Asus P8P67-M motherboard
650W Corsair PSU
24.6in Hanns-G HH251DPB (0.28mm pixel pitch
1920x1080)
1.28GB Palit nVidia GeForce GTX 570 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 99/48fps
Stalker: Call of Pripyat [Medium/Ultra] = 193/115fps)
onboard sound
2 x Dino PC speakers
4 x BD-ROM
24x/24x/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: 165
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

If the Dino PC Maxosaur 2600 had been a little faster in our benchmark, it would have offered much better value for money. It’s got a fancy – but arguably unnecessary, given the multiplier-locked processor and standard cooler – system case.

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