The Palicomp Core i7 Blitz 860-24 power desktop PC comes with a configuration much like many others at this price point. But there are two exceptions: a high-quality 24in monitor and two Raid 0-configured 500GB hard drives.

Another system powered by a 2.8GHz Intel Core i7 860 processor, a Radeon HD 5850 graphics card and 4GB of DDR3 RAM, the Palicomp Core i7 Blitz 860-24 power desktop PC comes with a configuration much like many others at this price point. But there are two exceptions: a high-quality 24in monitor is supplied and the Blitz's 1TB of storage is provided in two 500GB drives.

Raid 0 configurations stripe data across multiple drives. This means the Palicomp Core i7 Blitz 860-24 power desktop PC can write data to disk much faster than the competition can with their single 1TB drives, but it also makes total data loss a higher risk should one drive fail.

The Palicomp Core i7 Blitz 860-24 power desktop PC's 24in Acer monitor is the largest display in the chart. It's an excellent model that comes with dual inputs and supports a 1080p full-HD resolution. A pair of stereo speakers and a subwoofer are also provided.

The Palicomp Core i7 Blitz 860-24 power desktop PC's Cooler Master Scout case is a smart, solid-looking chassis with a mesh front and a black paint job inside and out. It features four front-facing USB ports, which are conveniently tilted upwards for easy access, as well as eSATA and auto connectors.

The Palicomp Core i7 Blitz 860-24 power desktop PC's Gigabyte GA-P55-US3L motherboard offers plenty of expansion slots and can support a pair of graphics cards in CrossFireX mode. It also comes with greater upgrade potential than its sibling, the GA-P55M-UD2, which is favoured by the Arbico i7 HD8650 Pro.

With such well-specified hardware, we expected decent performance from this system. However, our tests revealed some decidedly underwhelming results. Later investigation found that the Palicomp Core i7 Blitz 860-24 power desktop PC's 2.8GHz Intel Core i7 processor was underclocked in the Bios to 2GHz. As a result, the Blitz fared worse than many sub-£500 systems, with just 105 points scored in our WorldBench 6 real-world speed test - some 30 points lower than its competition here.

Chart ranking (July 2010 issue)

  1. Chillblast Fusion Reactor
  2. Eclipse Evolution i786R587
  3. Arbico i5 HD6650 XL
  4. Arbico i7 HD8650 Pro
  5. Palicomp Core i7 Blitz 860-24

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