With 8GB of memory installed, Dino PC’s Plutosaur 2500 has double the RAM of any of the competition. As such, it delivered the fastest score in our WorldBench 6 speed test with 160 points. However, in other areas the PC falls short of its rivals.
As we’ve mentioned previously, the standard i5-2500 chip has slower integrated graphics than the ‘K’ version. Framerates in the five-year-old game Fear didn’t highlight a huge difference in performance, but the Dino PC Plutosaur 2500's lack of pace was more noticeable in our intensive Crysis test.
Budget PCs chart ranking
- Chillblast Fusion Atom
- Arbico eXcel i5255 Pro
- Eclipse Matrix i525z68
- Dino PC Plutosaur 2500
- Chillblast Fusion Summit
Dino PC has provided the lowest-spec motherboard on test. It lacks 6Gbps SATA and HDMI, and the Plutosaur 2500 is the only PC here not to include USB 3.0 ports.
The 21.5in 2236SWA has a more traditional design than the other AOC monitors in the group. It incorporates a handy USB 2.0 port, which could be used to hook up a webcam or other device at desk height. But like the Eclipse’s F22s+, the Dino PC Plutosaur 2500's display has only a VGA (analogue) connection. Image quality will suffer as a result.
Unlike Arbico and Eclipse, Dino PC has squeezed a pair of external speakers into the Plutosaur 2500's budget. This could be important for first-time buyers of a budget system.
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