Thus far our AMD vs Intel face-off has considered the AMD side of things (we've reviewed the Mesh Titan 5000 PPX here and the Cube247 Delphinius ST6 here).

So our sole Intel representative, the Evesham Solar Plus, is overdue its moment in the spotlight – and indeed the Evesham gets our vote for best deal. Nonetheless, we're not totally convinced that this PC has soaked every last drop of potential from the rather stunning Intel Core 2 Duo 6700 processor.

Of the three PCs, this one has the lowest complement of memory – only 1GB of DDR RAM. Even allowing for the fact that this is high-grade Corsair memory, we do feel this isn't enough to get the true performance out of these high-end chips. Sure, the Cube247's 4GB could be construed as overkill, but a configuration closer to the 2GB of the Mesh – or indeed a large number of the systems in our Power PCs chart – would surely seem more desirable.

The Evesham also trails on the graphics chip stakes and, while the 7900 GT is a very fast card, it doesn't have the bleeding-edge performance of the GTX or 7950 GX2 products. This is particularly noticeable when you bump up the resolutions and detail levels. While the Mesh 7950 holds firm as the pressure grows, the Evesham quickly loses its lustre under pressure.

But you can't keep a good chip down, and the Intel is nothing if not a spectacularly good processor. As such then, this PC still boasts the best overall performance – the WorldBench score of 138 is testament to that. And there are some nice components. The 19in ViewSonic flat-panel is smooth, and the 320GB hard drive ample. We're not so keen on the onboard sound controller, but Windows XP Media Center Edition is a nice inclusion.

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Evesham Solar Plus: Specs

  • Intel Core 2 Duo 6700 processor
  • Windows XP Media Center 2005
  • 1GB DDR RAM
  • 320GB hard drive
  • 19in ViewSonic VX922 flat-panel
  • 256MB WinFast GeForce 7900 GT
  • onboard Intel audio
  • 16x/16x/16x/8x/4x/6x/8x/5x (DVD-ROM/-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM)
  • 3-year onsite warranty
  • Intel Core 2 Duo 6700 processor
  • Windows XP Media Center 2005
  • 1GB DDR RAM
  • 320GB hard drive
  • 19in ViewSonic VX922 flat-panel
  • 256MB WinFast GeForce 7900 GT
  • onboard Intel audio
  • 16x/16x/16x/8x/4x/6x/8x/5x (DVD-ROM/-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM)
  • 3-year onsite warranty

OUR VERDICT

The Evesham Solar Plus is an impressive, well-priced package. But a few more pounds will secure you an even more resounding success.

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