Prepare to get radioactive with this bite-size terror. But don't blame us if you nuke your house.
As PC hardware continues to shrink and become more efficient it’s seems crazy that giant cases are needed to contain hardcore gaming PCs. That is until you consider the huge power demands and ridiculous heat output of the latest must have gaming components.
Of course little things like a possible meltdown don’t deter the boffins over at Pioneer computers who have shoehorned billions of transistors into a tiny Silverstone SUGO SG07 case. In the middle sits an AMD X6 1055T Hex Core CPU running at 2.8GHz and cooled by a Corsair H50 Hydro CPU cooler. A mighty Radeon 6900 GPU with 1GB of DDR5 RAM handles the graphics from multiple monitors to the latest games. All this plus 4GB of DDR3 RAM sits in an ASUS M4A88T-I motherboard powered by a 600W PSU.
You also get a Hybrid 500GB Seagate HHD for fast access speeds plus a 1TB WD HDD and a slimline optical drive. It also comes with Windows 7 Professional 64-bit pre-installed, so you are ready to go straight out of the box.
Much like the Honey Badger, the Radium is compact and ferocious and easily ripped through all our benchmarks and games. It managed a 17,179 3DMark Vantage score and an equally impressive 103 fps in Far Cry 2. Considering the high end hardware and tiny size, the Radium is not unbearably loud.
The Radium includes 10 USB ports (2 on the front), including dual USB 3.0 connections for your faster devices. It also has a powered eSATA port, digital audio out and a Gigabit LAN port. Even better, the motherboard has built in 802.11n Wi-Fi as well as Bluetooth. The Radeon 6900 has dual DVI and dual HDMI ports and can support up to four separate displays. On the downside, the Radium doesn’t have SATA 6Gb/s support and only has a single 16x PCIe slot that is used up by the GPU.
Like all Pioneer PCs, the Radium is backed up by a one year warranty and can be completely customised online, so check it out today. Available from Pioneer Computers, retailing for $1,929
.APC rating: 8/10 (Highly Recommended)