Wired2Fire Diablo Predator VR review

The Diablo Predator VR is far from the cheapest VR-ready PC you can buy, but you also get more for your money, not only in the way it looks but also in how it performs. See also: Zoostorm StormForce Hurricane review

Wired2Fire Diablo Predator VR review: Price

When Wired2Fire originally sent us the Predator VR for review, it was equipped with a GTX 980 Ti graphics card and cost £1199 inc VAT. Since then, the card has been upgraded to a GTX 1070, and the price dropped to £1150 inc VAT. You can buy the Predator VR in this spec directly from Wired2Fire.

See also: The complete guide to virtual reality

Wired2Fire Diablo Predator VR review: Specs and features

It’s no surprise it performs well given its specs: a 3.5GHz Intel Core i5 6600K CPU overclocked to 4.4GHz combined with 16GB of RAM, with graphics duties fulfilled by a GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card.

A 256GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD provides high speed storage, while a 1TB Seagate hard drive provides extra capacity. No corners have been cut with the motherboard either – the Asus Z170-E ensures full overclocking capability along with the enhanced performance and expandability that comes with the Intel Z170 Express chipset.

The Phanteks Eclipse P400 system case makes the Wired2Fire system a fairly large PC, but also one of the best looking. It retains gamer-friendly features such as a transparent side window and a smattering of understated LED illumination, which looks rather tasteful alongside the brash, brawny looks of some of its competitors. Rather than large, brightly lit fans, this case features a gently sloping front panel, which beams softly coloured light downwards onto the desk. RGB lighting allows you to select from 10 different colours of light according to your mood. It also features multiple dust filters to help preserve clean air flow through the system.

Wired2Fire also includes a Cooler Master Devastator Keyboard and Mouse set.

Wired2Fire Diablo Predator VR review: Performance

What this adds up to is excellent performance across the board. The Palicomp i5 Matrix edges ahead in most of the PCMark tests, but the Diablo Predator VR trounces it at gaming and suffers from none of the Palicomp’s overheating problems.

Most importantly for VR fans, it gains a ‘Very High’ rating in the SteamVR Performance Test with an average quality of 11, the same that Yoyotech’s Warbird RS14 achieves.

When it comes to non-VR gaming, the Diablo Predator VR is pretty much neck and neck with the Yoyotech right at the top of the performance chart, but for outside of gaming, it’s considerably faster thanks to the overclocked processor which the Yoyotech Warbird doesn’t have.

The extra speed and RAM also help more in real world use where you’re likely to have other applications running in the background when you launch a game.

Wired2Fire Diablo Predator VR review: Benchmark results

Here we've compiled the test results from the Diablo Predator VR with both the 980 Ti installed and then upgraded to the 1070. You can see that both cards perform almost identically, yet you're saving £50 by opting for the newer graphics card. In some cases the 1070 will perform better thanks to its extra 2GB of VRAM.

Wired2Fire Diablo Predator VR: Specs

  • Intel Core i5 6600K (3.5GHz stock, 4.4GHz Overclocked)
  • ID Cooling SE-214 CPU Cooler
  • 16GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM
  • 250GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD + 1TB Seagate Barracuda hard drive
  • FSP 750W Gold Rated power supply
  • Asus Z170-E motherboard
  • Windows 10 64-bit
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 8GB graphics card
  • onboard audio
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • 4x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, 1x USB Type-C
  • 2x DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort
  • Phanteks Eclipse P400 case
  • Cooler Master Devastator Keyboard and Mouse set
  • 2-years return to base + 3 years labour-only warranty
  • Intel Core i5 6600K (3.5GHz stock, 4.4GHz Overclocked)
  • ID Cooling SE-214 CPU Cooler
  • 16GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM
  • 250GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD + 1TB Seagate Barracuda hard drive
  • FSP 750W Gold Rated power supply
  • Asus Z170-E motherboard
  • Windows 10 64-bit
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 8GB graphics card
  • onboard audio
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • 4x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, 1x USB Type-C
  • 2x DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort
  • Phanteks Eclipse P400 case
  • Cooler Master Devastator Keyboard and Mouse set
  • 2-years return to base + 3 years labour-only warranty

OUR VERDICT

The Wired2Fire Diablo Predator VR isn't cheap but it delivers superb performance without compromise on components and is well worth the extra money if you can afford it.