Scorptec Mantis (Intel) review: Scorptec Mantis (Intel)

CNET Editors' Rating

4.5 stars Outstanding
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The Good Top-tier performance. Amazing build quality. Feature laden.

The Bad Premium pricing.

The Bottom Line Given the beautiful build quality, reams of storage and excellent performance, the Scorptech Mantis Intel is our recommended HTPC for those who demand the very best.

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We've got to hand it to Scorptec's local system builders; they pay as much intricate attention to their cable work as a neurosurgeon does to a patient's skull cavity. Every single wire is tucked away and tied into place, and there's not a stray cable in sight. It's not just pleasing to see; this craftsmanship also ensures the very best in airflow, helping to keep this powerful system nearly silent, even during the most intensive applications. They've even wired the power switch up to the TV tuner, so that extremely lazy users can switch the PC on with the media remote control.

The Silverstone GD06 case used here is a stunner, and will look right at home in any audiophile's A/V cabinet. The front flips down to reveal twin removable hard drive bays, which are always handy when a friend drops by to share some (legally acquired) files. The covers on these bays are a little fragile, though, with the latching mechanism prone to breakage. Hidden inside is Intel's new Core i5 3550, a quad-cored creature that purrs at 3.3GHz at default speeds, ramping up to 3.7GHz under load. Thanks to the inclusion of Intel HD Graphics 2500, this is a transcoding beast. Unfortunately, gaming is this system's Achilles' heel, as the HD Graphics 2500 just isn't up to the task. Thankfully, there's plenty of room to install a dedicated graphics card if your gaming needs demand it. A very healthy 8GB of memory has been installed, which should help performance when several users simultaneously connect to the PC.

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Scorptec Mantis (Intel)

Part Number: CNETScorptec Mantis (Intel)

Typical Price: $1,349.00

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