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Zoostorm 64-6503 review

£1,249 inc VAT

Manufacturer: PCNextDay

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

It’s now a previous-generation chip, but the Zoostorm 64-6503’s 2.83GHz Core 2 Quad Q9550 processor is still an excellent performer. And this desktop PC costs considerably less than the i7s.

It’s now a previous-generation chip, but the Zoostorm 64-6503’s 2.83GHz Core 2 Quad Q9550 processor is still an excellent performer. And this desktop PC costs considerably less than the i7s.

Scoring 127 points in WorldBench 6, the Zoostorm 64-6503 is capable of running most current applications at breakneck speed, with the added advantage of being able to race ahead of the dual-core systems in CPU-intensive multithreaded tasks such as encoding video.

Powered by nVidia’s flagship GeForce GTX 280 graphics card, the Zoostorm 64-6503 is capable of strong gaming performance; you should be able to play any current title, provided you don’t crank the settings too high. The HD 4870 X2 is a close rival, however, and may perform better on certain games.

The Zoostorm 64-6503’s standard case incorporates three 5.25in drive bays and a vertical sliding panel that reveals a multiformat card reader and a pair of USB connectors.

The MSI motherboard is capable of scaleable link interface (SLI) operation should you wish to add a second graphics card, and the Zoostorm 64-6503 is fitted with a high-quality 880W PSU providing ample power to the rather hungry graphics processor.

When you consider that the Zoostorm 64-6503 is one of the cheaper systems here, it’s really quite impressive. You even get a DVD burner that can read Blu-ray and HD DVD.

Unfortunately, costs have to be cut somewhere. In this case it’s the inclusion of a 22in rather than 24in monitor that lets the Zoostorm 64-6503 down. While the AMW X2210WDS is perfectly capable and offers dual inputs, it’s not exactly stylish – and most importantly, its 1,680x1,050 resolution means it won’t be able to play those Blu-ray movies at their full 1,080p resolution.

Nor will you be able to immerse yourself in their multichannel soundtracks, because only 2.1-channel speakers are provided with the Zoostorm 64-6503.

Chart ranking: Power desktop PCs (Feb 09 issue)

  1. CyberPower Gamer Infinity i7 Galaxy
  2. Mesh i7 920 HD
  3. Arbico Elite 8630 Pro
  4. Chillblast Fusion Medusa
  5. Zoostorm 64-6503

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Zoostorm 64-6503 Expert Verdict »

2.83GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550
Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit
4GB DDR2 RAM
1TB SATA
MSI P7N SLI Platinum
8 x USB 2.0
22in AMW X2210WDS (0.27mm pixel pitch
1,680x1,050)
1GB PCI Express Inno3D nVidia GeForce GTX 280 (games scores: Crysis [High] = 67
Fear = 238)
onboard Realtek ALC888
2 x Edifier M3200
subwoofer
6x BD-ROM
3x HD DVD
16x/16x/4x/4x/6x/8x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-ROM)
Nero
one-year onsite warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 127
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

The Zoostorm 64-6503 is a decent PC that will perform well with multithreaded applications. However, some corners have evidently been cut to keep the price low.

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