Palicomp Phoenix i5 Sonar Advanced review

Palicomp promises a lot for your money in the Phoenix i5 Sonar Advanced. Besides the ubiquitous Intel Core i5-2500K processor, it has 8GB of DDR3 RAM and is the only PC here to include a subwoofer with its Logitech speakers. This offers improved bass.

The Cooler Master Elite 330 system case offers the Palicomp Phoenix i5 Sonar Advanced smart, yet relatively sober, looks. It’s a budget model, but still one of the best featured in our chart.

We’re far more impressed by the Palicomp Phoenix i5 Sonar Advanced's  Z68-chipset motherboard, however. It makes the Sonar Advanced the only PC here able to take full advantage of the overclockable Core i5 processor.

The Asus P8Z68-V LX motherboard also offers four memory slots, which is two more than is provided by the H61 board used by the competition. It also supports 6Gbps SATA and, should you want to add a solid-state drive (SSD), Smart Response Technology. This enables the SSD to act as a high-speed cache, boosting operation of the Palicomp Phoenix i5 Sonar Advanced's main hard drive.

At stock speed, the Palicomp Phoenix i5 Sonar Advanced turned in a respectable 162-point tally in WorldBench 6. It was narrowly beaten by the Chillblast.

Unsurprisingly, this Palicomp Phoenix i5 Sonar Advanced budget PC uses integrated graphics rather than a costly dedicated card. The Core i5 chip’s graphics are up to the job of low-level gaming and serving up HD multimedia.

The catch is in the Palicomp Phoenix i5 Sonar Advanced one-year return-to-base warranty. Chillblast offers a far more appealing two-year collect-and-return policy. However, this PC offers good performance.

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  1. 1. Chillblast Fusion Neutrino
    2. Arbico eXcel 5250MX V2
    3. CyberPower Ultra Triton
    4. Palicomp Phoenix i5 Sonar Advanced
    5. Eclipse Voyager i525H61


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