Costing £956 without a monitor, the Medion Akoya P5704 D is comparable with complete PC systems that would retail for around £1100 with a budget screen.

This pitches it against systems we test as part of our £1001+ Top 5 PC Charts, and so we expected great things from this gaming system.

The Intel Core i7-2600 has quickly established itself as the chip of choice for those PCs clustered around the £1000 mark. The Medion Akoya P5704 D follows suit, although as you might expect of a known brand, there’s no attempt to go down the riskier overclock route.

Instead the fireworks come courtesy of the drive options. The 1TB hard disk is standard enough for the money, but the Medion Akoya P5704 D also includes a 64GB solid-state drive. The operating system is packed onto this, so you get enhanced boot-up and operation speed as a result.

The Medion Akoya P5704 D is very quiet when booting into Windows. The score of 168 in WorldBench is very good, if fractionally below the circa-180 point score that is currently typical for this category of PC in our Top 5 Charts.

The problem doesn’t come with the 8GB of Samsung PC3-10600U DDR3 RAM, although it’s worth noting that you can get systems with as much as 16GB for the same money.

The real flaw for diehard gamers could be the graphics card. An AMD Radeon HD 6750 with 1GB memory is an unspectacular choice at this price.

Even the 68xx series offers more power, while the 6950 and 6970 favoured by the many of today’s sub-£1000 PCs are in a different class.

The Medion Akoya P5704 D managed a relatively uninspiring 133fps and 73fps in Stalker: Call of Pripyat at 720p Medium and 1080p Ultra settings.

In Crysis, it played at 76fps and 39fps at 1024x768 and 1680x1050 resolutions respectively. This places it some way behind the fastest-graphics PCs in this price bracket.

A Windows PC equipped with an AMD Radeon HD 6970 card can turn out half as many frames again in Stalker, for instance; that may be of interest if you think that 73 frames per second at maxed-out detail and full high-definition resolution is just too slow for your gaming skills.

The rather bulbous casing doesn’t lend the Medion Akoya P5704 D the most sophisticated of looks, although such styling is not unusual for gaming PCs.

In a machine of this calibre it’s perhaps more of a surprise to find that the PSU is only a 450W unit. It is manufactured by a top-tier power supply brand though, FSP, which is a better choice than say, a 600W unit from a no-name brand.

There is a sizeable cooler inside the case itself. So sizeable, in fact, that accessing the Medion Akoya P5704 D’s memory slots (two of which are free) is more of a chore than you might expect.

The cables are all tied up, but this doesn’t stop them looking rather messy. For a £1000 PC, the case is very much on the small and cramped side. The hard drive is hot-swappable. Otherwise, though, there’s a shortage of spare bays for installing any more new drives.

A memory card reader is supplied, and you get ten USB ports in all, two of which mounted to the front are USB 3.0.

Unlike the performance-first machines currently submitted for review in our Top 5 PC Charts, the Medion Akoya P5704 D includes a Blu-ray Disc writer. The LG BH10 is a very capable BD-R drive, offering 10-speed writing to BD-R media, with LightScribe support to inscribe labels.

An ample software bundle with the Medion Akoya P5704 D includes MS Office 2010 Starter, while the keyboard and mouse are fairly standard offerings. You also get 802.11n wireless support included as standard.

Our value rating of 3.5 out of 5 is based on the orginal £956 price. On the date this review was posted, the Medion Akoya P5704 D was being offered with £180 discount from the Medion UK website, making it £769 plus £6.95 delivery, making it very good value compared to the competition.

Medion Akoya P5704 D: Specs

  • 3.4GHz Intel Core i7-2600
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • H6H72-EM motherboard
  • 8GB DDR3 RAM
  • 1TB SATA HDD
  • 64GB SSD
  • 450W FSP450-60EMDN PSU
  • ATI Radeon HD 6750 with 1GB DDR5
  • VGA, HDMI, DVI
  • 2 x USB 3.0
  • 8 x USB 2.0
  • SD/MS/xD card drive
  • gigabit ethernet
  • Realtek RTL819SU 802.11n
  • LG BH10 BD-R/DVD±RW drive
  • WorldBench 6 score 168
  • 3.4GHz Intel Core i7-2600
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • H6H72-EM motherboard
  • 8GB DDR3 RAM
  • 1TB SATA HDD
  • 64GB SSD
  • 450W FSP450-60EMDN PSU
  • ATI Radeon HD 6750 with 1GB DDR5
  • VGA, HDMI, DVI
  • 2 x USB 3.0
  • 8 x USB 2.0
  • SD/MS/xD card drive
  • gigabit ethernet
  • Realtek RTL819SU 802.11n
  • LG BH10 BD-R/DVD±RW drive
  • WorldBench 6 score 168

OUR VERDICT

The Medion Akoya P5704 D finds itself in tough company. But depending on your priorities, it really can hold its own. The graphics card isn’t good enough for die-hard gamers, who now expect to play Crysis in full-HD resolution with all detail turned on. But if you want a gaming system from a reputable brand, with useful everyday features like Blu-ray writer and Wi-Fi working out of the box, the Medion is worth investigating.

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