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Evesham Solar Flare power PC

£1,000 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Evesham

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

While the Evesham Solar Flare is hardly the foundation on which Evesham can rebuild a glittering reputation, it's the kind of sturdy and reliable power PC that can guarantee its owner years of hard and rewarding service.

After its recent woes, Evesham will be looking to build its reputation once again. And while the Evesham Solar Flare is hardly the foundation on which to build a glittering palace, it's the kind of sturdy and reliable system that can guarantee its owner years of hard and rewarding service.

There's little to quicken the heartbeat, but the Evesham Solar Flare is composed of a string of tried and trusted components. And though the Evesham Solar Flare's E6750 chip has been put in its place by the Arbico 880 GTX's E6850, the Evesham Solar Flare's WorldBench score of 111 is competitive. The 2GB of DDR RAM offers very ample performance for those dipping a toe into Vista-infested waters and the 500GB hard drive is gargantuan.

The Evesham Solar Flare's 19in GNR screen isn't a flashy model, yet offers an adequate picture with faithful, if slightly uninspiring, colour reproduction. The Evesham Solar Flare's graphics card, meanwhile, is one of the better examples in the chart. Where most manufacturers offer a 320MB version of the GeForce 8800 GTS, Evesham goes for broke with the 640MB incarnation. The Evesham Solar Flare lacks the awesome framerates of the Arbico 880 GTX's GTX but the other cards are no match for the it.

We also applaud the Evesham Solar Flare's sound system, a finely honed Creative one-two. The Evesham Solar Flare's XtremeGamer and Inspire T6100 speakers are a combo that neither of the Arbico systems come close to. Add an ample software bundle and the zippy Samsung DVD writer and you get a PC that has plenty to offer. Maybe not so much as some of the other machines here, but the Evesham Solar Flare is still an extremely effective system.

Verdict

It might not compare to the other PCs in the chart, but the Evesham Solar Flare is still an extremely effective system.

Power PCs chart ranking as of Nov 07 issue


  1. Arbico 880 GTX
  2. Arbico CD-8870GS - last month 1
  3. Mesh Elite Q-Express TV PCA
  4. Mesh Elite Quad-Express PCA - last month 2
  5. Evesham Solar Flame

Evesham Solar Flare Expert Verdict »

2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E6750
Windows Vista Home Premium
2GB DDR RAM
500GB serial ATA
MSI P6N SLI V2 motherboard
6 x USB ports
19in GNR TS902W flat-panel (0.285mm pixel pitch, 1,400x900 maximum resolution at 75Hz)
640MB PCI Express XFX nVidia GeForce 8800 GTS
Creative X-FI XtremeGamer sound card
5 x Creative Inspire T6100 speakers
subwoofer
maximum DVD speeds: 16x/18x/18x/8x/8x/8x/8x/12x (DVD-ROM/-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM)
1-year onsite, 2-year RTB warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 111
bundles Microsoft Works 8.5, Roxio Creator 9.0 XE, BullGuard 7.0
  • Build Quality: We give this item 7 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 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

It might not compare to the other PCs in the chart, but the Evesham Solar Flare is still an extremely effective system.

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