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Zoostorm 64-5300 review

£750 inc VAT

Manufacturer: PCNextDay

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

The Zoostorm 64-5300 proved a good performer in our Test Centre, but would benefit from a little more elbow room inside its compact case.

The Zoostorm 64-5300 proved a good performer in our Test Centre, but would benefit from a little more elbow room inside its compact case.

Zoostorm's E8600-based 64-5300 comes in a smart, compact case with gentle curves and a brushed-metal finish. It's a little smaller than the other PCs in the chart, and lacks some of their expansion room.

Inside, things are a bit cluttered, with cable wraps keeping the Zoostorm 64-5300's internal wiring tidy but also obstructing the few remaining internal expansion bays. The compact motherboard leaves little expansion room, with no room for additional memory and only one free PCI slot. The 4GB allocation of RAM and 500GB hard drive should be adequate for most users, however.

Zoostorm is unique in its choice of graphics-card manufacturer this month. Its 896MB GTX 260 performed a little slower than the HD 4850 in Fear, but we wouldn't grumble at 164fps. And where the performance counts, in more demanding games such as Crysis, the Zoostorm 64-5300's GTX 260 outperformed the ATI card favoured by the competition.

The Zoostorm 64-5300 didn't fare quite so well on desktop apps, however; its performance was generally high, but there were individual tests in which the system struggled.

The 22in AMW monitor has a thin, silver bezel, which fits in well with the case design. It comes with both digital and analogue inputs, and provides good image quality for a budget display. It also features a pair of concealed speakers; the Zoostorm 64-5300 doesn't have a standalone set, giving it a distinct disadvantage when compared to the audio offerings of the Chillblast, Arbico and Mesh.

Budget PCs chart ranking (April 09 issue)

  1. Chillblast Fusion Anubis
  2. Arbico CD8850 XL
  3. Mesh Matrix II 920
  4. CyberPower Gamer Infinity Silent Edition
  5. Zoostorm 64-5300

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Zoostorm 64-5300 Expert Verdict »

3.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E8600
Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit
4GB DDR2 RAM
500GB SATA
G31MX-K motherboard
6 x USB 2.0
22in AMW X2210WDS (0.28mm pixel pitch
1,440x900)
896MB PCI Express Inno3D nVidia GeForce GTX 260 (games scores: Crysis High = 73fps, Very High = 22fps
Fear = 164fps) onboard Realtek ALC662
speakers built into flat-panel
subwoofer
20x/20x/12x/8x/6x/8x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-ROM)
Nero
one-year onsite warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 122
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

Gamers will appreciate the Zoostorm 64-5300's strong 3D performance, although its limited upgrade potential and lack of external speakers make the other four PCs more attractive in terms of value for money.

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