Wired2Fire Reaper PC on a desk

Wired2Fire Reaper gaming PC review

Quiet and cool, the Wired2Fire Reaper is about the absolute 1440p gaming PC.

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Our Verdict

The last-gen SSD lets the arrangement bottomward a bit, but otherwise, this is a well-specified arrangement that will handle 1440p gaming brilliantly. 4K isn't off the table either.


  • Strong amount components
  • Runs quiet and cool
  • Plenty of allowance for upgrades


  • Miserable SSD performance
  • Front console lacks USB Type-C

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The prevailing acumen is that pre-built systems are still the best way of accepting an abreast cartoon card. As prices for cartoon cards normalise this may not be the case in the not too abroad future, but appropriate now, it's still our advocacy for the best approved cards. Cards like the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 you'll acquisition central this new Wired2Fire Reaper gaming PC.

Wired2Fire has approved to allotment calm a apparatus that offers appropriate amount for money, acclimation the blueprint in adjustment to hit its £1,649 amount point. So while it employs one of the latest Intel Alder Basin CPUs, it isn't the top model, but the added affordable Core i5 12600KF

Don't let that put you off though, this is a astounding dent and absolutely is our top advocacy for gaming CPUs appropriate now. Sure, there are faster chips out there, but this hits that amount for money candied atom bigger than any added back it comes to gaming in 2022.

With that in mind, it shouldn't appear as too abundant of a abruptness to apprentice that the Reaper ships with DDR4 anamnesis as against to the newer DDR5. While it would accept been abundant to accept DDR5 in here—simply because it's the latest accepted and absolutely accurate by this CPU—this accommodation agency that the apparatus comes with 32GB of DDR4 for beneath than it would accept amount to address this with 16GB of DDR5. That's a accommodation I can absolutely get behind. 

Reaper specs

Wired2Fire Raptor PC on a desk

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CPU: Intel Amount i7 12600KF
GPU: Nvidia RTX 3070 8GB
RAM: 32GB DDR4-3600
Motherboard: MSI Z690-A Pro WIFI DDR4
CPU Cooler: Chill Aqueous Freezer II 240
Storage: 1TB NVMe SSD
PSU: MSI MAG A650BN 650W 80 Additional Bronze
Connectivity: 6x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0, 1x USB Type-C, RJ45, 6x Audio, Wi-Fi 6, PS/2 keboard/mouse, HDMI, DisplayPort, advanced audio
OS: Windows 11 Home
Warranty: 5 year

Along with a affection cartoon agenda in the appearance of the RTX 3070, an alarming CPU, and a whopping 32GB of DDR4 memory, you additionally get a affection motherboard in the appearance of the MSI Z690-A DDR4 WIFI, a 1TB NVMe SSD, and a affection CPU cooler. All of this is congenital neatly into a Lian Li Lancool II Cobweb case. 

As the name suggests this is a cobweb fronted case affording affluence of airflow, and acknowledgment to the three RGB admirers abaft that mesh, it makes for absolutely the ablaze appearance as well. It's annoying that the advanced console USB Type-C anchorage has been blanked out though, abnormally as there is a adapter on the motherboard. At atomic there is a USB Type-C anchorage on the rear IO.

The alone absolute mark adjoin the Reaper is that the installed SSD is a PCIe 3.0 model. Back you're bottomward as abundant money as this on a system, you appetite added than aloof competent, you appetite article special, and the Lexar 1TB SSD you'll acquisition central this apparatus comes up abbreviate on this front.

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This drive produced one of the slowest loading times in Final Fantasy XIV at over 11 seconds. PCMark 10's accumulator basis additionally angry its adenoids up at the drive, with an basis of 966 (where affluence of avant-garde systems hit 3,000 or so). In agreement of beeline throughput, AS SSD benched the drive at aloof 1,871MB/s consecutive reads and 1,347MB/s writes, beneath than bisected that of alike affordable PCIe 4.0 SSDs.

You can advancement the accumulator at the time of acquirement to a 1TB Samsung 980 Pro for an added £75, which seems a little steep, but you'll about amateur the throughput if you do so. And while you could altercate that accumulator isn't that important, the approaching absolution of DirectStorage could appear aback to chaw you on the ass here. 

We don't apperceive the abounding requirements for DirectStorage at this stage, but about 5,000MB/s seems likely, and this is conspicuously abbreviate of that. 

Of course, it's gaming achievement that affairs best and the Wired2Fire Reaper puts in a acceptable appearance for itself on this front. At 1080p you're attractive at silky-smooth anatomy ante in appealing abundant any bold you can bandy at it. Of course, the RTX 3070 is a agenda that's been congenital with 1440p in mind, and abiding enough, you're attractive at actual able anatomy ante in our bold tests there, too.

I've compared this apparatus to the Novatech Administration Sentry, which costs the aforementioned as the Wired2Fire Reaper but appearance a Radeon RX 6700 XT and a Ryzen 5 5600X (and a WD_Black SN850 SSD). The £1,055 CyberpowerPC Beyond X125 is additionally included in these graphs so you can see what the added £600 gets you—silky bland 1440p achievement basically.

Playing at 4K is a bit added of a claiming and, while there are amateur area you'll see able-bodied over 60fps, it's a altered amount back you alpha flicking on ray tracing. Cyberpunk 2077 for instance is still playable at 1440p, with ray archetype pushed to Ultra and DLSS set to Counterbalanced you're attractive at 59fps. 

At 4K admitting you're attractive at a abundant beneath adorable 32fps. Busline Departure with ray archetype tells a agnate story, and while 51fps is still playable, you'd be bigger off adequate aggregate maxed out at 1440p with smoother anatomy rates.

If you're attractive at less-gaming focused workloads, again there's affluence to like actuality as well. The Cinebench R23 aftereffect of 17,227 shows that this apparatus will handle 3D apprehension well, as does the x264 video encoding of 52fps. While there are faster machines out there, you're activity to accept to pay appreciably added for the privilege.

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I'm abiding Wired2Fire's arrangement builders adulation a challenge

There's annihilation amiss with the cable administration in this apparatus but Wired2Fire additionally offers an 'Extreme Cable Management' advantage for an added £60 that will allegedly "make abiding your arrangement is attractive the best it can", which sounds admirable if a little pricey. It does acclaim advance to a modular ability accumulation in adjustment to get the best from this service, but you know, I'm abiding Wired2Fire's arrangement builders adulation a claiming either way.

One of the advantages of bigger cable administration is bigger airflow, although aloof how abundant aberration a hardly tidier set of affairs will accomplish is boxy to call. As it stands the Reaper has actually no problems on this front, however. In testing, the CPU ailing at 69°C and the cartoon agenda never got any hotter than 63°C. Both of these are cool, and able-bodied beneath what could be advised a problem. 

It's additionally the acumen why this apparatus is so quiet running.

It's account cartoon absorption to the absorbing assurance offered by Wired2Fire for its machines too—5 years in total, with 2 years aggregate and acknowledgment and 5 years labour. Obviously, you shouldn't accept any problems with a apparatus you buy, but this gives you affluence of accord of apperception should annihilation go wrong.

Wired2Fire has produced a tempting, affordable gaming apparatus with the Reaper. The amount bond of the Alder Basin CPU with an Nvidia RTX 3070 makes for a almighty gaming apparatus at 1440p, and with 32GB of RAM to alarm on, it should aftermost you for years of gaming after defective to pop accessible the tool-free case. 

The actuality it runs so air-conditioned and so quiet shouldn't be disregarded either. Agency in the advantageous assurance as able-bodied and there's affluence to adulation here. It's aloof a abashment the SSD is such a apathetic beast.

The Verdict
Wired2Fire Raptor

The last-gen SSD lets the arrangement bottomward a bit, but otherwise, this is a well-specified arrangement that will handle 1440p gaming brilliantly. 4K isn't off the table either.

Alan Dexter

Alan has been autograph about PC tech back afore 3D cartoon cards existed, and still vividly recalls accepting to action with MS-DOS aloof to get amateur to load. He affectionately remembers the analgesic admixture of a Matrox Millenium and 3dfx Voodoo, and seeing Lara Croft in 3D for the aboriginal time. He's actual animated accouterments has avant-garde as abundant as it has though, and is decidedly blessed back putting the latest M.2 NVMe SSDs, AMD processors, and laptops through their paces. He has a abiding Magic: The Acquisition attraction but banned this to MTG Amphitheatre these days.