The Medion Akoya E4217D takes a new Intel Core i5 processor but isn't quite sure what to do with it

The recently reviewed Yoyotech i650 gave us a high-tech glance at the new dual-core Intel Core i5 650 processor. This same chip gets a new airing in this Medion Akoya, albeit in altogether slower circumstances.

For a start, the Medion Akoya E4217D runs at the processor's official speed of 3.2GHz (the Yoyotech used supporting hardware to crank up CPU, overclocking it to 4.0GHz).

The resulting WorldBench score here on the Medion Akoya E4217D of 123 points, then, is very decent - if not a patch on the 144 points notched up by the hot-rodded Yoyotech.

This isn't just down to the default clock speed of the Intel CPU, but perhaps also the 4GB of slightly slower DDR3 memory chips (1333MHz instead of 1600MHz).

The 500GB Seagate Barracuda hard drive is relatively capacious, and a 22-speed GH22NS50 DVD±RW drive from LG takes care of DVD playing and burning.

Many of today's PCs are thoughtfully arranged inside, so the Medion Akoya E4217D's innards came as a disappointment. There's very little room to squeeze your hands into, so replacing components yourself won't be so easy. This is mostly due to a huge plastic cooling system sitting atop the CPU, although the compact case itself is also rather cramped. Two of the four memory slots are free for future upgrades.

The FSP power supply is only specified to 350W operation. This lowly PSU might not give as much scope for faster graphics cards in the future, which may be a shame, since the nVidia GeForce G310 card with its 512MB memory is the weakest point of this PC.

It stumbled to some dreadful figures in our games tests, struggling to get above 10fps in Crysis in the easier of our two modes.

The less demanding FEAR test saw the Medion Akoya E4217D reach the 49fps mark, so gaming isn't entirely out of the question.

The Medion Akoya E4217D does have WiFi wireless support which goes up to 11n. Loaded software is nothing to write home about: CyberLink Power2Go, the anaemic Microsoft Works 9.0, and time-limited trial software sponsored by Microsoft and Bullguard.

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Medion Akoya E4217D: Specs

  • 3.2GHz Intel Core i5-650
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Microstar MS-7616 motherboard
  • 4GB DDR3-1333 RAM
  • 500GB SATA HDD
  • FSP FSP350-60EMDN 350W PSU
  • nVIDIA GeForce G310 with 512MB
  • DVI, HDMI
  • 8x USB
  • 1x FireWire 400
  • 802.11b/g/n
  • 22x DVD±RW DL drive
  • Microsoft Works 9.0
  • 3.2GHz Intel Core i5-650
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Microstar MS-7616 motherboard
  • 4GB DDR3-1333 RAM
  • 500GB SATA HDD
  • FSP FSP350-60EMDN 350W PSU
  • nVIDIA GeForce G310 with 512MB
  • DVI, HDMI
  • 8x USB
  • 1x FireWire 400
  • 802.11b/g/n
  • 22x DVD±RW DL drive
  • Microsoft Works 9.0

OUR VERDICT

It’s difficult to place this PC from Medion. Is it a fast office spreadsheet cruncher? Or a relatively underpowered gaming power PC? The Medion is cheap; but it’s not that cheap. You don’t get a monitor, so you may need to budget an extra £100-plus for that. It’s more expensive than the complete systems in our £500 PCs chart, and the lack of graphics pace would be worrying for any entertainment-focused PC. Its base speed is fast enough for most duties, but there are clearly more well-rounded PCs out there.

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