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Dino PC Elmisaur 2500K review

£749 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Dino PC

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

With a better processor, motherboard and graphics card, plus a fantastic 24in Iiyama screen, Dino PC's Elmisaur 2500K desktop PC is a vast improvement over its predecessor.

Our second machine built around Intel’s speedy Core i5-2500K processor, Dino PC’s Elmisaur 2500K offers an enormous performance improvement over the company’s previous entrant to this chart, the Elmisaur 2400.

The Dino PC Elmisaur 2500K's 3.3GHz i5-2500K is already faster than the 3.1GHz i5-2400 out of the box, and its ‘K’ designation signals a multiplier-unlocked chip that can run at still faster clock speeds.

Although the Dino PC Elmisaur 2500K is fitted with just half the RAM allocation of its predecessor, the money has been better spent on an upgraded processor, motherboard and graphics card.

Budget desktop PCs chart ranking

  1. Chillblast Fusion Delta
  2. Dino PC Elmisaur 2500K
  3. Eclipse Plasma P67i525r695
  4. Arbico i5-2556 XL
  5. Arbico i5-2568 Pro HD

nVidia’s GeForce GTX 560 Ti graphics card delivers excellent performance at this price. With this installed, the Dino PC Elmisaur 2500K defeated the Chillblast’s AMD Radeon HD 6870 and came close to the Eclipse’s AMD Radeon HD 6950 in our tests.

The Dino PC Elmisaur 2500K’s 24in Iiyama monitor is another high point in the specification. It offers a full-HD image, VGA, DVI and HDMI connections, plus a height-adjustable stand. You can rotate the screen through 90 degrees to adopt a portrait format, and the pair of supplied stereo speakers means you don’t need to rely on those built into the display for audio playback. As with the Chillblast, no subwoofer is supplied.

The Dino PC Elmisaur 2500K's Asus P8P67 LE motherboard is neither as fully featured as the ‘Pro’ version seen elsewhere, nor does it have such strong overclocking capabilities.

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Dino PC Elmisaur 2500K Expert Verdict »

3.3GHz Intel Core i5-2500K
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
6x USB 2.0
2x USB 3.0
Asus P8P67 LE motherboard
500W Xigmatek PSU
24in Iiyama ProLite B2409HDS-B1 (0.27mm pixel pitch, 1920x1080)
1GB Zotac nVidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 97/42fps, Stalker: Call of Pripyat [Medium/Ultra] = 175/98fps)
onboard sound
2x Dino PC speakers
22x/22x DVD-R/+R, 12x/16x DVD-R DL/+R DL, 6x/8x DVD-RW/+RW, 12x/16x DVD-RAM/-ROM
three-year return-to-base warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 160
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

The Dino PC Elmisaur 2500K is an excellent PC all round. The monitor alone may be enough to secure a purchase.

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