Also based on the Intel Core i7 860 and P55 chipset, Palicomp's Core i7 Blitz 860-24 desktop PC is another strong contender. Here, the 2.8GHz quad-core processor and twin hard drives enable a creditable WorldBench 6 real-world speed score of 135 points.

Also based on the Intel Core i7 860 and P55 chipset, Palicomp's Core i7 Blitz 860-24 desktop PC is another strong contender. Here, the 2.8GHz quad-core processor and twin hard drives enable a creditable WorldBench 6 real-world speed score of 135 points.

An ATI Radeon HD 5850 graphics card is another component we've seen higher up the chart. It offers excellent performance and scored good results in all our gaming tests, regardless of the Palicomp Core i7 Blitz 860-24 desktop PC's screen resolution or quality settings.

The ASRock P55 Pro motherboard doesn't offer USB 3.0 or SATA 6Gbps like the Recommended Eclipse, but it does come with a pair of powered eSATA ports that double up as USB 2.0 connectors. Two PCI Express x16 connectors are available, one of which operates in x4 mode, and there are also two PCI Express x1 and two standard PCI slots. Eight SATA 3Gbps ports come with full Raid support. The Palicomp Core i7 Blitz 860-24 desktop PC thus offers plenty of room for upgrades, including the addition of a second graphics card.

Data is striped across the Palicomp Core i7 Blitz 860-24 desktop PC's pair of 500GB hard drives, which are combined in a Raid 0 array. This setup can boost performance, but if one drive fails you'll lose everything.

The Palicomp Core i7 Blitz 860-24 desktop PC's 24in AOC full-HD monitor delivers good image quality and includes a handy USB port. You also get a set of stereo speakers and a subwoofer.

The Palicomp Core i7 Blitz 860-24 desktop PC's robust system case offers four USB ports at the top, along with eSATA and audio connectors. It's a superior case with plenty of access features, fan mounting points and a sturdy handle.

Power PCs chart ranking

  1. Chillblast Fusion Centaur
  2. Eclipse Solar Crossfire i786r585
  3. Palicomp Core i7 Blitz 860-24
  4. CyberPower Ultra Scylla GT
  5. Arbico Elite 6885 HD

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