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Palicomp Phoenix E86C-22 review

£999 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Palicomp

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

Housed in a love-it-or-hate-it Trendsonic Wizard case and fronted by a pair of mandible-like ‘saloon doors’, Palicomp’s Phoenix E86C-22 is sure to look more at home at a gaming session than on your office desktop.

Housed in a love-it-or-hate-it Trendsonic Wizard case and fronted by a pair of mandible-like ‘saloon doors', Palicomp's Phoenix E86C-22 is sure to look more at home at a gaming session than on your office desktop.

Avid gamers should also love the Palicomp Phoenix E86C-22's huge, slow-moving fan that's fitted in the case's side-panel. This helps to keep the system cool while keeping noise to a minimum.

Under the Palicomp Phoenix E86C-22's bonnet we find an old friend: the Core 2 Duo E8600 processor, which for a brief time was unbeatable in our high-end PC charts. It's now been outclassed by Intel's Core i7-series, but there's a good reason to stick with the ageing dual-core CPU over the i7: cost. The processor is less expensive, as are dual-core-compatible motherboards and memory. Not to mention that the E8600 is still pretty quick in its old age.

With the money saved, Palicomp has splashed out on a set of external speakers and a Blu-ray-compatible DVD drive to assist HD video playback on the Phoenix E86C-22.

A decent PSU is always an important consideration; rather like a PC's heart, it gives life to every part of the system. The Palicomp Phoenix E86C-22 comes with an 850W AlphaPower model, which is considerably more powerful than any other in this month's chart. It also has the largest hard drive: a full terabyte.

Unfortunately for Palicomp, we've seen far better WorldBench 6 scores from similarly configured systems; 118 points is looking just a little slow. However, the Palicomp Phoenix E86C-22's inclusion of an nVidia GeForce GTX 260 keeps gaming framerates nice and high.

Chart ranking: Power desktop PCs

  1. Arbico Elite i748 XL
  2. Eclipse Galaxy X58n260
  3. Palicomp Phoenix E86C-22
  4. CyberPower Gamer Ultra HD II
  5. Chillblast Fusion Excalibur

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Palicomp Phoenix E86C-22 Expert Verdict »

3.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E8600
Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit (XP or Vista 32bit available at discount)
10 x USB 2.0
Asus Striker Extreme
850W AlphaPower PSU
22in Digimate L-2248WD (0.28mm pixel pitch
896MB PCI Express Palit nVidia GeForce GTX 260 (game scores: Crysis = 67fps (High), 24fps (Very High)
Fear = 224fps)
onboard AD1988B
2 x Logitech S220 and subwoofer
6x BD-rom
16x/16x/4x/4x/6x/8x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW)
AVG Free
one-year return-to-base warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 118
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

Overall, the Palicomp Phoenix E86C-22 is a well-rounded PC. Palicomp has used tried-and-trusted technology to deliver a fully featured machine, rather than create a raw speed demon that’ll need more expenditure to bring other aspects up to scratch.

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