YoYoTech Intel Spartan 300 Gaming System
By taking a budget Intel Core 2 Duo Chip, applying some heavy overclocking and mixing it all together with a Sapphire HD4850 graphics card, YoYoTech have produced a Gaming system that can undoubtedly give systems of more than double its £500 price tag a run for their money. Managing to hold its own in the most taxing of games such as Crysis and GRID with medium graphical settings and resolutions up to 1900x1200, the Spartan produced steady frame rates and lag-free gameplay.
Of course, for £500 you can't expect miracles, and while gaming with high settings in games such as Unreal Tournament and Call of Duty 4 is a proverbial walk in the park for the Spartan, slapping on extra texture filtering and increased levels of detail in some games is enough to bring the system to its knees.
In terms of the components used within the Spartan 300, YoYoTech certainly haven't cut any corners. In areas such as the PSU and Memory where most system integrators usual shave off a few pounds, YoYoTech have gone for well known and widely respected brands such as OCZ an Antec. However, as mentioned earlier in the review we did experience intermittent problems powering the machine on which was extremely disappointing, but most likely down to an issue with the MSI mainboard rather than anything YoYoTech had done. Never less, from the point of view of a consumer there is only one person to blame if their brand new system doesn't switch on, and for this reason YoYoTech need to get to the bottom of this issue promptly.
One final area we'd like to make a point of mentioning is the YoYoTech website. While following through the build process is a fairly simple affair, we found certain area's of the website to contradicted others as we referred to it during the review. Also information such as the warranty provided with the Spartan is non-existent, but YoYoTech have informed us that all of their systems come with a 12 month RTB warranty.
With everything considered, and on the provision that YoYoTech take steps to ensure than their systems power on first time, we have awarded the Spartan 300 both our Recommended and Value for Money awards.
- Great Performance thanks to a hefty overclock.
- Handles most recent games with ease.
- Challenging games such Crysis & GRID play well at medium detail levels.
- System budget evenly spread across all components.
- Motherboard comes with legacy ports such as Serial & Parallel.
- Packaging could be improved to protect the system during shipping.
- No accessories or welcome pack with our test system.
- Website has missing and contradicting information.
- Had to jump through hoops in order to get the system to boot.
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