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Vibox Juggernaut XL review

£1,499 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Vibox

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

The Price of Vibox Juggernaut XL feels a little high when compared to its competition. However it does have excellent build quality and superb gaming peripherals Read our full review to find out more.

We’ve been impressed with the Juggernaut XL's systems using the Cooler Master CM 690 II system case in previous reviews and this Ivy Bridge system looks very well put together, taking full advantage of the internal cable management and making use of a Corsair Hydro H60 all-in-one liquid CPU cooler. See also Group test: what's the best desktop PC?

Vibox has taken the Intel Core i5-3570K up from 3.4GHz to 4.4GHz, a respectable if not over-ambitious overclock and teamed it up with an EVGA-branded nVidia GeForce GTX 670 graphics card to offer excellent performance for the price. Visit Group test: what's the best graphics card?

The Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H motherboard used here offers fewer goodies than the similar model used by Quiet PC. Among other omissions, it offers inferior audio support and lacks built-in Wi-Fi, although Vibox has added the latter via a plug-in card. The system case is also the “Lite” version of the CM 690 II and comes without the top-mount SATA dock.

Our main gripe with the Juggernaut XL is that, despite its 4.4GHz overclock is just isn’t very fast. Quiet PC’s Serenity Z77 achieved the same 200 points from WorldBench with a system clocked at only 4.2GHz and with half the available RAM.

Thankfully, gaming frame rates didn’t seem to suffer in the same way, and the Juggernaut XL easily kept up with the rest of the pack.

The PC comes with a 24in BenQ G2420HDBL monitor which is a good match for the level of graphic performance provided. You also get a decent input devices in the form of the Arctosa Black keyboard and Death Adder Re-Spawn mouse.

Vibox Juggernaut XL Expert Verdict »

Model name: Juggernaut XL
Processor (overclocked): 3.4GHz (4.4GHz) Intel Core i5 3570K
CPU cooler: Corsair Hydro H60 water cooler
Memory: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz RAM
Storage: 1TB SATA HDD, 120GB SATA 6Gbps SSD
Power suppply: Corsair 700W
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H
USB ports: 6x USB 3.0, 4x USB 2.0
Screen: 24in BenQ G2420HDBL (1920x1080)
Graphics, VRAM, core/memory/shader speeds: EVGA nVidia GeForce GTX 670, 2GB, 915/1502/915 MHz
Connectivity: Gigabit ethernet, 802.11n
VGA/DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort (on graphics card): N2YY
FireWire/eSATA: NY
Case: Cooler Master CM 690 II Lite
Keyboard & mouse: Razer Arctosa Black keboard, Razer Death Adder Re-Spawn mouse
Optical drive: BD-ROM/DVD±RW
Operating system: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Extras: 3 free game downloads from Steam
WorldBench 6 score: 200
Gaming performance (fps): 106/68/53/110
MediaEspresso time: 4min 1sec
Power consumption (Idle/Max): 61W/182W
  • Build Quality: We give this item 7 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 7 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 9 of 10 for value for money
  • Performance: We give this item 7 of 10 for performance
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

Despite excellent build quality and superb gaming peripherals, the price of the Juggernaut XL still feels a little high when compared to the competition especially when you consider the less feature-rich motherboard and lacklustre application performance.

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