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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Yoyotech Warbird Titanium Pro SLI review - the fastest gaming PC in town


Yoyotech has selected the 3.4GHz Intel Core i5-3570K and, like Wired2Fire, pushed it to 4.8GHz through overclocking. This PC is fitted with a Corsair H55 sealed-unit liquid cooler which manages to keep temperatures relatively low despite this high speed. 

Like Chillblast's Fusion Carbine, the Yoyotech Warbird Titanium Pro SLI uses a pair of nVidia graphics cards to accelerate gaming speeds. This time we find two MSI-branded GeForce GTX 660 Ti cards. These are faster than the entry-level 650 Ti Boost cards used by Chillblast. Together they form a formidable graphics sub-system which delivered very noticeable performance gains in all tests, except Final Fantasy XIV at its highest-quality settings where results were more average. 


One of three systems housed in the Corsair Carbide 300R system case, the Warbird Titanium Pro SLI looks, externally, very familiar. Blue interior lighting shines brightly through the transparent side panel, through which all of those expensive internal components can be seen clearly.

In addition to two graphics cards, you get a 3TB hard disk, and 120GB Samsung 840 SSD to boost performance. The system also features built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi.

External components are rather less impressive, because there aren't any. Pay careful attention when considering the cost of this PC as the £1300 Yoyotech is asking for this model doesn't include any peripherals such as monitor, keyboard and mouse.

Add decent examples of these and you're looking at at least another £200 on the price tag, making it one of the most expensive of the group. Also note that this system comes without a Blu-ray drive. It's not an essential for just gaming use, but it's conspicuous when it's the only system here that omits what can be a useful asset. 

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