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Zoostorm 5-6514 Edge PC power PC

£1,299 inc VAT

Manufacturer: PCNextDay

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

Once again, our Best Buy award doesn't go to the machine with the highest performance scores. We're dazzled by the Cube247 Nova ST3's mouthwatering price tag and quad-core capabilities, but if you want the best speed right now, the Zoostorm 5-6514 Edge PC is the PC to back.

Once again, our Best Buy award doesn't go to the machine with the highest performance scores. We're dazzled by the Cube247 Nova ST3's mouthwatering price tag and quad-core capabilities, but if you want the best speed right now, the Zoostorm 5-6514 Edge PC is the PC to back.

The Zoostorm 5-6514 Edge PC's E6850 processor is stunningly fast - significantly quicker on paper than the Cube247 Nova ST3's quad-core chip, although in speed tests the gap was fairly small. This suggests that the Zoostorm 5-6514 Edge PC's slower memory is holding it back, although it seems churlish to criticise a PC with 4GB of DDR RAM.

The Zoostorm 5-6514 Edge PC's hard drives are capacious, adding up to 650GB in all. That's a good 350GB behind the Cube247 Nova ST3, but more than enough for most users, and comfortably a match for the other machines here. The Zoostorm 5-6514 Edge PC earns more brownie points for its graphics card. The 8800 GTX might not be quite as fast as the Ultra, but it's a fantastic card that's only a few frames per second away from being the most blistering of all time. As a straight gaming machine, the Zoostorm 5-6514 Edge PC is marginally better than the Arbico 888 Extreme.

The Zoostorm 5-6514 Edge PC's 22in Asus display is extremely palatable, producing good colours and a clear image. The DVD writer is cracking - the AOpen's 20-speed DVD-R/+R facilities are the icing on a cake of beautifully supported drive formats. The same can't be said of the Zoostorm 5-6514 Edge PC's sound system.

The Zoostorm 5-6514 Edge PC's onboard Realtek audio controller is no substitute for a Creative sound card.

Verdict

For eyewatering performance on today's games, the Zoostorm 5-6514 Edge PC is king. We'd probably be tempted to spend our money on the lower-priced and more future-proof Cube247 Nova ST3, but many will view the Zoostorm 5-6514 Edge PC as the most outstanding power PC here.

Chart ranking: power PCs October 07 issue


  1. Cube247 Nova ST3
  2. Zoostorm 5-6514 Edge PC
  3. Arbico 888 Extreme
  4. Mesh Elite Q6600 R600 PCA
  5. CyberPower Gamer Infinity SLI GTX

Zoostorm 5-6514 Edge PC Expert Verdict »
3GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E6850
Windows Vista Home Premium
4GB DDR RAM
500GB + 150GB serial ATA
Foxconn P35A motherboard
10/3 x USB ports
22in Asus MW221U (0.282mm, 1,680x1,050)
768MB PCI Express Inno3D nVidia GeForce 8800 GTX
onboard Realtek sound
2 x Edifer C2 speakers
subwoofer
DVD speeds: 16x/20x/20x/8x/8x/6x/8x/12x (DVD-ROM/-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/+RW/-RW/-RAM)
WorldBench 6 score: 118 points
3-year RTB warranty
  • Build Quality: We give this item 9 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 9 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 9 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

For eyewatering performance on today's games, the Zoostorm 5-6514 Edge PC is king. We'd probably be tempted to spend our money on the lower-priced and more future-proof Cube247 Nova ST3, but many will view the Zoostorm 5-6514 Edge PC as the most outstanding power PC here.

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