Like so many others, the PC is based on a 3.4GHz Intel Core i5-3570K processor, this time overclocked to 4.8GHz. Some hefty cooling is required to operate at this speed, and Wired2Fire has employed a huge Xigmatek Prime SD1484 cooler, fitted with a pair of 140mm fans. See all gaming PC reviews. See also: gaming PC buying advice and our latest gaming PC group test.
These run more slowly and quietly than the 120mm fans in the Xigmatek Dark Knight SD1283 Night Hawk Edition of the Dino PC, while delivering greater airflow. See all Power PC reviews.
Gaming graphics are provided by a factory-boosted AMD Radeon HD 7970 graphics card, much like that used in CyberPower's PC and delivering excellent performance for all games at a sensible, if not exactly budget, price. The model used here is the X Edition from VTX.
The system is housed in a Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 case which is proving very common, thanks to its relatively low cost combined with sturdy built quality and good features.
We were a disappointed with the overall PCMark 7 score of the Diablo Predator. Despite the system's high overclocking achievements, it managed to come in last place with a score of 5324 points. Scores in the individual sub-tests which make up this result were generally good, other than the Entertainment score which fell behind expectations. We also experienced two crashes when running our torture tests, in the form of the familiar Windows Blue Screen of Death.
Wired2Fire gaming PC: gaming performance
However, gaming results themselves are good – especially at high quality settings where this PC averaged about 40% better performance than the lowest-performing system.
The supplied monitor is the E2461FWH from AOC. It uses a TN panel that achieves the fastest blur-free graphics, but loses some of the sheer image quality and wide viewing angles of IPS versions.
A capacious 240GB Corsair Force GS SSD is included which means space enough for Windows and some installed games, making for faster level-load times.
A Zalman ZM-K500 keyboard is included, not specifically a gaming device, but it feels sturdy enough to withstand some frenzied gaming action and has a rated life of 20 million key presses. This is paired with a Razer Abyssus gaming mouse, with switchable dpi settings and three programmable buttons. See all gaming PC reviews. See also: gaming PC buying advice and our latest gaming PC group test.