Yoyotech Warbird Gam3r full review
Yoyotech's Warbird Gam3r certainly stands out from the mid-range gaming PC crowd, thanks to the distinctive cuboid shape of the CIT Kube micro-ATX system case. Finished in matt black, the front of the case features an all-mesh design, while both left and right side panels are almost entirely transparent, revealing the components inside. Also see: Best gaming PCs 2015.
The width of the case allows the MSI Z97M-G43 micro-ATX motherboard to be installed horizontally, which offers the advantage of easy access from either side, but at the expense of an unobstructed top-down view of the components. It also partitions off the lower portion of the case, where the power supply and storage drives are located.
Yoyotech has selected a 600W Aerocool Integrator PSU and provides a 240GB Patriot Blaze SSD, paired with a 2TB Seagate hard drive. Featuring an Intel Z97 Express chipset, the motherboard offers full support for overclocking as well as an M.2 socket for future high-performance SSD upgrades, but offers a little less expansion room due to its limited physical size, featuring a total of four PCI-E slots, two of which at the x16 type and two at x1.
Yoyotech Warbird Gam3r gaming PC review: processor
Based on the highly popular the Intel Core i5 4690K, here overclocked from 3.5GHz to 4.2GHz, the Warbird Gam3r offers good computing performance for its price range, achieving a score of 5315 points in the PC Mark 8 2.0 Home test. We've seen slightly better numbers from this processor, but only when the overclock has been pushed further – something which you're also likely to be able to achieve on this system. One disappointment is that, at this price, the Warbird Gam3r comes with only 8GB of RAM as standard. Also see: Best gaming laptops 2015.
The processor is cooled directly by a large SilentiumPC Fera 2 HE1224 heatpipe cooler which takes up a large proportion of the interior space, flanked by and MSI-branded Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 with 4GB of memory. This graphics card has been factory overclocked and, working in tandem with the main CPU, delivers some blistering gaming performance results.
It's not uncommon for a £999 gaming PC to come with a slower GTX 960 installed, but the GTX 970 is considerably more powerful, allowing you to play your favourite games with higher quality settings. In our toughest test, Sniper Elite V2, with all quality settings maxed out at 1080p, the Warbird Gam3r achieved 49.1fps making it the fastest overall PC in our mid-priced gaming PC round-up.
Yoyotech Warbird Gam3r gaming PC review: monitor, keyboard and mouse
The PC comes bundled with an attractive-looking 23.6in AOC i2476Vwm IPS monitor which offers a good balance of quality and performance at a reasonable price. Despite its generally higher picture quality, IPS might not be the first choice for gamers, but here the “m” in the model name denotes the multimedia version of the monitor which has a slightly lowered response time of 5ms to add a bit of clarity to fast-moving graphics.
Also included is the Gamdias Ares keyboard and Ourea optical mouse combo set, both items are laden with gaming features such as LED backlights, programmable macros.
We were very impressed with the Warbird Gam3r, both in terms of build quality and performance. We were less impressed, however, with the warranty which offers only one year parts and labour (up to three years labour-only). We believe an overclocked PC, containing moving parts and components pushed to the limit, requires something longer such as the Yoyotech Gold 3 year warranty which is available at extra cost. Also see: Best gaming PCs 2015.
Yoyotech Warbird Gam3r: Specs
- 3.5GHz Intel Core i5 4690K (4.2GHz OC)
- SilentiumPC Fera 2 heatpipe cooler - HE1224
- 8GB DDR3 1600MHz
- 240GB Patriot Blaze SSD, 2TB HDD
- 600W Aerocool Integrator
- MSI Z97M-G43
- Windows 8.1
- AOC 23.6in I2476VWM IPS Monitor
- MSI Nvidia GTX970 4GB
- Gigabit Ethernet
- 6 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0
- HDMI DVI VGA 2
- CIT Kube Case
- Gamdias Ares Keyboard and Mouse combo