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Zoostorm 2-5406 Advanced PC budget PC

£750 inc VAT

Manufacturer: PCNextDay

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

The Zoostorm 2-5406 Advanced PC sits at the foot of the chart, but it's got one feature that sets it apart from the rest: a quad-core Intel Core 2 Q6600 processor. This should give you a considerable speed boost when using multithreaded software.

The Zoostorm 2-5406 Advanced PC sits at the foot of the chart, but it's got one feature that sets it apart from the rest: a quad-core Intel Core 2 Q6600 processor. This should give you a considerable speed boost when using multithreaded software.

Currently, however, there isn't a great deal of multithreaded software available. We're assured these should be trickling onto the market shortly but, in the meantime, you're left with a PC that struggles to live up to its theoretical power on current software. The Zoostorm 2-5406 Advanced PC's WorldBench 6 real-world speed score of 94 isn't disastrous, but it is the lowest in the chart, trailing the Best Buy Eclipse Evolution i685n88s by 14 points.

As a general PC, the Zoostorm 2-5406 Advanced PC is pretty solid, if slightly left behind by the other machines in an impressive budget PCs chart. The Zoostorm 2-5406 Advanced PC's GeForce 8600 GTS card is decent - but no match for the 8800 GTS - while the 19in GNR flat-panel is adequate. The Zoostorm 2-5406 Advanced PC's 400GB hard drive is the largest in the chart, however, and the Zoostorm 2-5406 Advanced PC's Philips speakers are better than those found on the other budget models.

Verdict

The Zoostorm 2-5406 Advanced PC won't cause much excitement. However, if you're looking to buy a quad-core PC on a budget, the Zoostorm 2-5406 Advanced PC is far and away the most affordable version yet.

Chart ranking: budget PCs October 07 issue


  1. Eclipse Evolution i685n88s
  2. Arbico 807 Pro
  3. PC Specialist Apollo 675GTS
  4. Eclipse Matrix I67N88-VSTA
  5. Zoostorm 2-5406 Advanced PC

Zoostorm 2-5406 Advanced PC Expert Verdict »
2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
Windows Vista Home Premium
2GB DDR RAM
400GB serial ATA
MSI P35 Neo motherboard
7 x USB ports
19in GNR TS902W (0.285mm, 1,440x900)
256MB PCI Express Inno3D nVidia GeForce 8600 GTS
onboard Realtek HD sound
5 x Philips MMS460 speakers
subwoofer
DVD speeds: 16x/18x/18x/8x/8x/6x/8x/12x (DVD-ROM/-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/+RW/-RW/-RAM)
WorldBench 6 score: 94 points
1-year onsite warranty
flash memory drive
  • Build Quality: We give this item 7 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 7 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

The Zoostorm 2-5406 Advanced PC won't cause much excitement. However, if you're looking to buy a quad-core PC on a budget, the Zoostorm 2-5406 Advanced PC is far and away the most affordable version yet.

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