YoYoTech Intel Spartan 300 Gaming System

Conclusion

Conclusion
 
YoYoTech Spartan 300By 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.
 
 
The Good
- 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.
 
The Mediocre
- 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.
 
The Bad
- Had to jump through hoops in order to get the system to boot.
 
 
 Overclock3D Recommended Award Overclock3D Value for Money Award 
 
Thanks to YoYoTech for providing the Spartan 300 for review. Discuss this review in our forums.
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30-07-2008, 16:25:31

JN
"How far can YoYoTech make 500 stretch into building a mid-range gaming rig? We find out as we review their latest Spartan 300 Gaming PC."

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...183854708s.jpg

YoYoTech Intel Spartan 300 Gaming System

30-07-2008, 17:03:47

Rastalovich
I`ll open by being brutally honest in that I`ve never forgiven YoYoTech for advertizing the IX38-MAX, and it of course not making the shops

However, great review Jim, and I have equally be honest that if some1 came to me with the story we all get "can u build me a pc" - for 500, I`d point them at this. Jim had to technicalities.. but here`s the beauty about it - the person who bought it wouldn`t be on my phone all the time with an issue That my friends is priceless.

Once going and benching is pretty darn decent, and there`s a fair bit of expansion u can add to it in the future - which is the downfall of most pre-made systems.

Good stuff.

http://www.yoyotech.co.uk/demos/Imag...-animation.gif

30-07-2008, 17:04:31

FarFarAway
Cracking VFM, shame about the slight issues. Still, they've stretched 500 a long way

30-07-2008, 20:15:20

BUFF
Several times you mention the mobo as a P45 chipset but it's not, it's a P43.

Rumour has it that P43 has been constrained to ~400fsb (way down on P45) for overclocking which I would love you to test if you still have the system.

30-07-2008, 21:52:31

WC Annihilus
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='BUFF'
Several times you mention the mobo as a P45 chipset but it's not, it's a P43.
Fixed, good catch

31-07-2008, 01:10:02

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='BUFF'
Several times you mention the mobo as a P45 chipset but it's not, it's a P43.

Rumour has it that P43 has been constrained to ~400fsb (way down on P45) for overclocking which I would love you to test if you still have the system.
From what I've been told the board that was used in that system is actually a P45 board and MSI have just changed the sticker on it to read P43 so that they can sell it at a lower price.

If you check the pics in the review, have a look at the model number printed on the PCB and punch it into Google.

Maybe MSI have done something to it...but to me it looked like a P45 with a sticker on it.

31-07-2008, 01:40:19

WC Annihilus
Out of curiosity I went to MSI's site and downloaded the manual for those board. By the looks of it, there are three different boards bearing the model number (P45, P43, and G45). From my reading, the P43 is essentially the same chip as the P45, just with a few features disabled (only 1 x16 PCI-E, weaker official memory support). Possibly low-binned P45's. The G45 is just a P45 with an integrated graphics solution. So I suppose you could look at this board as being a lower-binned, feature-capped P45 board

31-07-2008, 03:47:12

Luigi
Thats really strange how they gave you an ES chip :S

Pretty cool if they gave everyone one though

31-07-2008, 11:39:10

BUFF
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Jim'
From what I've been told the board that was used in that system is actually a P45 board and MSI have just changed the sticker on it to read P43 so that they can sell it at a lower price.

If you check the pics in the review, have a look at the model number printed on the PCB and punch it into Google.

Maybe MSI have done something to it...but to me it looked like a P45 with a sticker on it.
Oh, I'm sure that P43 & P45 are pin compatible allowing mobo manufacturers to re-use PCBs - afterall that's what many have done with IX38/IX48 mobos, Asus P5N32 uses a Striker PCB etc. etc.

05-08-2008, 08:08:19

cl0ck_ed
This is by far the best budget gaming setup someone possible could get right now. The arctic cooler is great. Very nice choice of components.

35 for them to build it, overclock and RTB warranty!!!! GREAT VFM!!!

1.445v Vcore !! ouch. I thought the 45nm chips were failing at voltage close to that. Seems a bit steep for Yoyotech to get stability?? Intel spec VID up to 1.365v. Very risky imo.

Great review. And hope this pc sells like hot cakes. It is miles infront of other system builders in terms of value!!
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