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Dino PC Ravenous 2600K review

£999 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Dino PC

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

In a category filled with similar PCs, the Dino PC Ravenous 2600K stands out for its Z68 chipset and for having the fastest single-card graphics solution here.

In a category filled with similar PCs, the Dino PC Ravenous 2600K stands out for two reasons. First, it has the fastest single-card graphics solution here. More significantly, it’s one of the first PC's we’ve seen to use Intel’s new Z68 chipset.

Every PC in the group uses a 3.4GHz multiplier-unlocked Intel Core i7-2600K processor. Despite recording the second-lowest WorldBench 6 score, the Dino PC Ravenous 2600K's 167-point tally denotes staggeringly fast performance. And in this case, the difference between the machines is largely due to the CPU’s Turbo Boost configuration settings.

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  1. Dino PC Ravenous 2600K
  2. Eclipse Platinum i726n560
  3. Chillblast Fusion Quantum
  4. Arbico Elite i7-2695 HD
  5. Chillblast Fusion Zenith

The Dino PC Ravenous 2600K’s gaming performance is also excellent. Whereas Chillblast and Arbico have opted for an ATI Radeon HD 6950 with 2GB of video memory, Dino PC has plumped for the faster HD 6970. Its framerates were correspondingly higher in our tests.

With the ubiquitous 8GB of DDR3 RAM and one-terabyte (1TB) hard drive, the Dino PC Ravenous 2600K offers similar core components to the competition. But its Z68 chipset allows for several new features, including caching of the hard drive with a solid-state drive (SSD; not supplied), and automatic switching between integrated graphics and the dedicated card. The latter should reduce power consumption and noise, and let you take advantage of the processor’s high-speed video-encoding functionality with a graphics card installed (not possible with P67 chipsets).

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A Xigmatek Asgard system case offers tool-free drive bays and cable management, but lacks enthusiast features such as top and bottom fan-mounting points for extra cooling. The Dino PC Ravenous 2600K is also supplied with an excellent LED-backlit BenQ monitor, a Blu-ray drive and a pair of external speakers.

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3.4GHz Intel Core i7-2600K
standard Intel CPU cooler
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
8 x USB 2.0
2 x USB 3.0
Asus P8Z68-V Pro motherboard
500W Xigmatek PSU
24in BenQ G2420HDB (0.28mm pixel pitch, 1920x1080)
2GB Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 6970 (games scores: Stalker: Call of Pripyat [Medium/Ultra] = 184/110fps)
onboard sound
2 x Logitech S220 speakers and subwoofer
22x DVD-R/22x +R/12x -R DL/16x +R DL/6x -RW/8x +RW/12x -RAM/16x -ROM
three-year return-to-base warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 167
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

Dino PC’s Ravenous 2600K offers strong Windows performance, excellent gaming framerates and good multimedia functions. The cutting-edge motherboard has plenty of upgrade potential.

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