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Dino PC Maxosaur 2600K review

£1,399 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Dino PC

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

Dino PC’s Maxosaur 2600K looks rather different to its power desktop PC competition. It has a huge, 27in Iiyama monitor, and a Zalman system case with a distinctive asymmetric front panel.

Dino PC’s Maxosaur 2600K looks rather different to the competition. It has a huge, 27in Iiyama monitor, which is one of the best displays we’ve seen submitted with a chart PC. Its full-HD resolution, generous screen size and height-adjustable stand make it ideal for playing games and watching films in maximum comfort.

The Dino PC Maxosaur 2600K's Zalman Z9 Plus system case sports a distinctive asymmetric front panel, above which sits an illuminated temperature display and a fan-speed controller – useful features for balancing cooling and noise in overclocked systems. Noise is also reduced by rubber mounts on the hard drive. However, Zalman’s quality control leaves something to be desired, with the main power switch often sticking.

As you might guess from the Maxousaur 2600K's name, Dino PC fits an Intel Core i7-2600K processor. Its performance was slightly behind the competition in WorldBench 6, where the Maxosaur scored a still-fast 169 points.

Power desktop PCs chart ranking

  1. Arbico Elite i7-2657 MX
  2. Chillblast Fusion Omega
  3. Eclipse Supernova P67i526r697
  4. Dino PC Maxosaur 2600K
  5. Mesh Evolution 2600K PCA

A standard 8GB of RAM leaves two memory slots free for upgrades, while a 60GB Corsair Force SSD complements the Dino PC Maxosaur 2600K's large 2TB hard drive. Two optical drives are supplied, with one supporting Blu-ray, plus a pair of external speakers and a subwoofer.

The Dino PC Maxosaur 2600K's nVidia GeForce GTX 570 graphics card delivers excellent gaming performance, although it’s noticeably slower than the GTX 580 selected by Chillblast for its less expensive Fusion Omega.

The Maxosaur 2600K is also let down by Dino PC’s poor choice of motherboard. The P8P67 LE lacks many features of Asus’ ‘Pro’ version, including SLI support and advanced overclocking options. In an enthusiast system at this price, there’s no good reason to opt for this cut-price board.

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3.4GHz Intel Core i7-2600K
standard Intel CPU cooler
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
6x USB 2.0
2x USB 3.0
Asus P8P67 LE
650W Corsair PSU
27in Iiyama ProLite B2712HDS-B1 (0.31mm pixel pitch, 1920x1080)
1.28GB KFA2 nVidia GeForce GTX 570 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 100/52fps, Stalker: Call of Pripyat [Medium/Ultra] = 195/122fps)
onboard sound
2x Logitech S220 speakers and subwoofer
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: 169
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

Dino PC’s Maxosaur 2600K comes with the best monitor we’ve seen included with a chart PC, a fantastic 27in Iiyama ProLite B2712HDS-B1. However, PC performance is less impressive.

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