CCL Elite Raven II Gaming PC Review
Published: 5th February 2013 | Source: CCL Online | Price: Ã‚£499 |
Let's get a few things out of the way first. First of all, the system was a pleasant surprise - CCL have managed to build a PC that is very capable and versatile which is priced very competitively at £499 (inc VAT). At that price point it's important to make the right choices in the right places. Cutting corners can prove costly for both the consumer and retailer themselves. This is where CCL have hit the nail on the head and done so with the force of Thor smiting one of his foes!
One of the things we feel have been achieved successfully is value for money. Whilst the Raven II is no heavyweight in the world of PC's, it's certainly a pound for pound contender that is punching several levels above its weight class - much of which is credited to choosing the right tools for the job. It would have been easy for CCL to have thrown together a much lesser spec'd system and priced it at the same price and some end users may have been satisfied with those results, however what they have managed to bring together is a well-planned, thought-out system which, combined with a bit of witchcraft - is something a little special.
Usually there is always a price to pay with a pre-built gaming system and for those looking for a powerhouse system delivered to their door that is readily built for them - It's hard to come across anything more impressive in the sub £500 price bracket. Add this together with a keyboard, mouse, monitor and speakers of your choice - you will have a PC you will be happy with for quite some time.
Performance is something that the Raven II delivers in spades. The 7850 does the job nicely with almost all of the games we tested and it would continue to do so for a long time to come. It may not be able to run 'every' game maxed out with 8x AA and 16x AF but to be honest if you expected to achieve that with this system, then you might be missing the point a little. Whilst the Raven II is ultimately a 'Jack of all trades' it surpassed all expectations and delivered consistently good results throughout.
To end this review, the Raven II is a very well-rounded system for anyone who wants a system that will handle almost anything 'well'. Its value for money is something that is impossible to ignore for a system of this specification. It remains quiet when under the stress of gaming and synthetic benchmarks and it is put together with thought and attention to detail by the CCL team.
A well deserved Gold award.