PC Advisor

WIRED2FIRE PYRO RYZEN DG

£1,675 inc VAT • wired2fire.co.uk

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Based on one of AMD’s latest Ryzen 7 1700X processors, the Pyro Ryzen DG delivers eight cores and a total of sixteen threads – double what you’ll get from a comparable Intel Core-i7 PC. It also comes with a powerful Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card,

Design

The first thing you’ll notice about the Wired2Fire is its eye-catching black and orange NZXT H440 mid-tower system case. If you can’t get past the orange, there’s a variety of other equally eye-catching options available, included a sober all-black version for the less flamboyant among us.

Key features of the NZXT H440 include a total absence of support for optical drives (remember those?), excellent cable management and a separate lower compartmen­t for the power supply and hard drives, which keeps the main compartmen­t extremely neat and tidy – perfect for viewing through the transparen­t side panel.

Filling the case is an Asus ROG CrossHair VI Hero motherboar­d. There’s no cut-price B350 chipset to be seen here. Instead, we get one of Asus’s premium models with all the bells and whistles of AMD’s advanced X370 chipset. These include extra USB 3.1 ports, improved overclocki­ng headroom and, in this case, Aura Sync RGB LED lighting control. Perhaps more importantl­y, it includes multi-GPU support for both AMD CrossFireX and Nvidia SLI technologi­es, providing an easy upgrade path by adding a second graphics card at a later date.

But for now you’ll be getting get a single Nvidia GTX 1080 which offers plenty of performanc­e for high quality gaming at high resolution­s and immersive VR experience­s.

Wired2Fire has selected AMD’s Ryzen 7 1700X eight-core processor for this PC, which is found here running at up to 3.7GHz. A Cooler Master Liquid 240 cooler is fitted with it’s huge 240mm radiator fixed to the top of the system case.

Three 120mm fans are concealed behind the blank front panel of the case, protected by a removable dust filter, as is the power supply fan below. A 140mm exhaust fan is installed at the rear keeping the PC cool without excessive noise.

The Pyro Ryzen DG combines super-fast solid-state storage with the capacity of a 2TB traditiona­l hard drive. A 250GB Samsung 960

Evo NVMe drive holds the operating system and as many games as you can fit on it, to deliver extremely fast loading times and generally snappier performanc­e on the desktop.

Performanc­e

While the 1700X turns in some impressive results in synthetic benchmarks, the problem for Ryzen-based systems such as this one is that, at the moment, most games can’t take full advantage of those eight processor cores, favouring faster individual core speeds instead. If you’re into processing 3D graphics or bulk editing photos, then you will love the speed of the Wired2Fire Pyro Ryzen, which can wipe the smile off the face of any Intel Core i7-7700K user when it comes to multi-core tests like Cinebench R15 where the Ryzen chip is more than 50 percent faster.

However, this doesn’t translate into similar improvemen­ts in those all important gaming frame rates. Of course, gaming performanc­e at decent resolution­s is dominated by the graphics card, but the Wired2Fire Pyro Ryzen comes in a hair behind a similarly specified Intel-based PC in most of our benchmark tests.

Thankfully, the GeForce GTX 1080 delivers excellent frame rates for your money, with 4K gaming possible at around 60fps in High and even Ultra quality settings in some cases, although tough modern games like Deus Ex: Mankind Divided are still going to knock you back to 30fps for UltraHD play. If you’re gaming on a single PC monitor though, this is likely to be all the performanc­e you’ll need up to 2560x1440 pixels.

That’s not to say the Pyro Ryzen DG is slow, far from it, but don’t expect Ryzen to give you a better gaming experience than a high end quad-core Intel setup for now.

The Pyro Ryzen DG also delivers extremely fast storage, in the form of a 250GB Samsung 960 EVO NVMe SSD. These Samsung drives are dominating PC storage performanc­e right now with speeds far in excess of SATA drives.

Warranty

Wired2Fire’s three-year warranty looks good at first glance, but note that any faulty PCs must be returned at the customer’s expense and parts are only covered for the first two years.

Verdict

This eye-catching PC is constructe­d from premium components and built to a very high standard. The eight-core Ryzen 7 1700X processor delivers excellent multi-threaded performanc­e and, combined with a GTX 1080, turns in some very impressive gaming results, however similar or better performanc­e can be had for less money.

The GeForce GTX 1080 delivers excellent frame rates, with 4K gaming possible at around 60fps in high quality settings

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