Yoyotech Virtue RS1 family PC review

YoyoTech Virtue RS1

The Virtue RS1 from Yoyotech is a family PC that offers a reasonably good specification including a 3.4 GHz Intel Core i5-4670 processor and a fast 2 TB Seagate hybrid drive. This uses flash storage technology to significantly improve overall performance. Its nVidia GeForce GTX750 graphics card ensures that it can keep up with modern action games if required and it comes with an excellent 23in AOC IPS display for superior picture. Also included are a DVD writer and a Microsoft Wireless 3000 wireless keyboard and mouse combo. See also: What's the best family PC?

Yoyotech Virtue RS1 family PC review: not as fast as it should be

However, there are two things we really don't like about the Virtue RS1. The first is that it's simply not as fast as we think it should be, and the second is that it costs a crazy £860 plus delivery. Check our PC reviews and you'll see better features and performance are available elsewhere for less.

The compact AVP Defender system case disappointingly offers no front USB 3.0 ports and features a blanking plate for a card reader which hasn't been installed. It's a basic and cheap-feeling chassis with almost no room for expansion inside – even for hard drives, although you can tell that Yoyotech has taken great care during the assembly with very neat and tidy cabling.

The installed Asus H81M-Plus motherboard uses the H81 Express chipset, rather than the B85 Express chipset found in most of the competition. This means only two memory slots are provided, rather than four. As standard, the Virtue RS1 is fitted with a single 8GB stick of 1333 MHz memory, leaving a spare slot for expansion. It's worth noting that every other family PC we have tested this month - including cheaper models - is using faster 1600MHz RAM.

In our benchmarks, the Virtue RS1 delivers decent storage performance combined with large capacity, but in other areas it falls a little behind other PCs equipped with similar processors. Ordinarily we wouldn't care too much about small differences, but when the slower PC is also more expensive, we have to question it. Even the graphics card is of a lower specification than more of the competition. You may not need more gaming speed, but if you're paying for it you certainly deserve to get it.

Yoyotech Virtue RS1 family PC review: benchmarks

PCMark 7 Overall Score: 5742
PCMark 7 Lightweight Score: 4341
PCMark 7 Productivity: 4153
PCMark 7 Entertainment: 5738
PCMark 7 Creativity: 6739
PCMark 7 Computation: 14068
PCMark 7 System Storage: 3368
PCMark 8 2.0 Home: 4366
PCMark 8 2.0 Work: 4710
PCMark 8 2.0 Creative: 4255
PCMark 8 2.0 Storage: 3457
Alien vs Predator (fps): 60 / 31
Sniper Elite V2 (fps): 158 / 56/ 11
Final Fantasy XIV Creation Benchmark (fps): 176 / 49
Power Consumption Idle / Load (watts): 49 / 170

Yoyotech Virtue RS1: Specs

  • Virtue RS1
  • Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz (4 cores/ 4 Threads)
  • Standard Intel Cooler
  • 8GB DDR3 1333MHz
  • 2TB Seagate SSHD Hybrid Drive
  • Storm 650w
  • Asus H81M-Plus
  • 2 x USB3.0, 6 x USB 2.0
  • 23in AOC i2369VM 1920 x 1080, IPS, HDMI, DVI-D
  • MSI NVIDIA GTX750 OC
  • Gigabit ethernet, Tplink Pcie wifi card 802.11n
  • Line out, S/PDIF, headphone, HDMI audio
  • Line in, S/PDIF, mic, HDMI audio
  • 1 x HDMI, 1 x DVI, 1 x VGA
  • AVP Defender
  • Microsoft Wireless Desktop 3000
  • Samsung DVDRW
  • Windows 8.1
  • Microsoft Office Home and Student
  • Unlimited telephone setup support
  • First 30 days - Collect and Return, 1 year parts and labour return to base, 2nd & 3rd years labour only return to base
  • Virtue RS1
  • Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz (4 cores/ 4 Threads)
  • Standard Intel Cooler
  • 8GB DDR3 1333MHz
  • 2TB Seagate SSHD Hybrid Drive
  • Storm 650w
  • Asus H81M-Plus
  • 2 x USB3.0, 6 x USB 2.0
  • 23in AOC i2369VM 1920 x 1080, IPS, HDMI, DVI-D
  • MSI NVIDIA GTX750 OC
  • Gigabit ethernet, Tplink Pcie wifi card 802.11n
  • Line out, S/PDIF, headphone, HDMI audio
  • Line in, S/PDIF, mic, HDMI audio
  • 1 x HDMI, 1 x DVI, 1 x VGA
  • AVP Defender
  • Microsoft Wireless Desktop 3000
  • Samsung DVDRW
  • Windows 8.1
  • Microsoft Office Home and Student
  • Unlimited telephone setup support
  • First 30 days - Collect and Return, 1 year parts and labour return to base, 2nd & 3rd years labour only return to base

OUR VERDICT

Despite including some good peripherals, the Yoyotech Virtue RS1 delivers uninspiring performance and modest features at a relatively high overall price. You can get much more for less money.