Velocity Micro Raptor Z90 (i7-3770K)
A desktop PC for gamers
If you’ve tried many desktops in your gaming life and failed to find one to suit your prerequisites, a number of popular manufacturers fought hard with a lot of meaningful products to win consumers’ hearts. Some of them passed the tests, but others did not really rise up to expectations, no matter how hard they worked for that. Velocity situates itself in that lot. While its Micro Raptor Z90 (i7-3770K) comes with enough valuable offerings, they are simply not enough to make the system better than competing models. The following review will tell you why.
Asetek liquid cooler
The $2,799 Velocity Micro Raptor Z90 is a gaming desktop boasting Nvidia’s and Intel’s newest findings in terms of components. They are of the utmost importance in how the unit performs on the whole. But even if it features such novel technologies, they are certainly not so good that the desktop would win first place in gaming tests.
The system sports, for its design, a classic-looking chassis from VM. Like the one used by Velocity for its Micro Vector Holiday Edition model. So it’s not as big and heavy as the manufacturer’s other Micro Raptor Z90 (i7-3930K). On the outside is a brushed-aluminum material. The side door is windowed. Looking through it, we clearly saw the type of internal components. And trust us: they are quite many: the hard drive, an Intel SSD, a sealed Asetek liquid cooler (for the CPU) and 2 graphics cards. A pair of cooling fans lit by blue LED lights will keep your eyes glued to the unit’s interior.
Intel Core i7 processor
This classic VM chassis is endowed with much space if you want to add other components. We counted the following specifications: space for 3 additional hard drives (and also for 2 extra optical drives), one PCI Express (PCIe) x16 graphics card slot, 2 free RAM slots, a PCIe x1 slot and one free PCI slot. For each of the drives present on board, the Micro Raptor Z90 features plenty of free SATA ports. If the consumer wishes to have external expansion, she or he will dispose of 2 HDMI ports, 10 USB 2.0 ports, 4 USB 3.0 ports, a media card reader, a FireWire 400 port and 2 DisplayPorts. No eSATA, though. Internet browsing is covered with 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and an Ethernet port.
To reach good speeds, the Micro Raptor Z90 has an Intel Core i7-3770K CPU. It is both an economical and a fast processor. Lost Planet 2, one of our favorite games, was a pleasure to play on this system. Animation was very smooth. 180fps is a high quality level, but the system didn’t think of it as an issue. In the Adobe Photoshop CS5, the unit was faster than other models. Our Futuremark 3DMark 11 benchmark review didn’t give a brilliant score for the product. But all in all, the product still proved its worth.
GeForce GTX 680 graphics
The system’s Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 cards draws, along with the CPU, a smaller quantity of power. So the power supply provided by Velocity is of 850W. This allows for a couple of updates and for the pre-installed components to function.
While playing Lost Planet 2, we heard, a few times, white noises. But it couldn’t steal our attention away from the game. The sound became more audible when we listened to some songs. But still, it wasn’t ear-shattering.
Gaming desktops such as Velocity’s Micro Raptor Z90 (i7-3770K) deliver good speeds. But their features are not plenty. And they don’t boast as much system memory. Or hard drive space.