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AdvanceTec AT-FX E430-AP power desktop PC

£750 inc VAT

Manufacturer: AdvanceTec

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

A newcomer to the PC Advisor charts, AdvanceTec’s first foray, the AdvanceTec AT-FX E430-AP, is a decent PC that’s dragged down by a disappointing processor.

A newcomer to the PC Advisor charts, AdvanceTec’s first foray, the AdvanceTec AT-FX E430-AP, is a decent PC that’s dragged down by a disappointing processor.

At a time when the other machines at this price point are able to offer at least a Core 2 Duo E6750, the AdvanceTec AT-FX E430-AP’s choice of a humble E4500 seems something of a miscalculation. This isn’t an expensive processor and it certainly isn’t a top performer – in a competitive chart the AdvanceTec AT-FX E430-AP clocked up the lowest scores in our WorldBench 6 real-world speed suite and games testing.

The AdvanceTec AT-FX E430-AP offers some decent components elsewhere, even if its shortage of power gives it little chance of a high chart position. The 750GB hard drive is a stand-out inclusion, for example – indeed, this may be overkill. How many users really need this much storage space? The AdvanceTec AT-FX E430-AP's 19in Asus flat-panel display is also quite pleasing, producing a vivid picture and a colourful palette.

The AdvanceTec AT-FX E430-AP's 512MB 8600 GT graphics card is one of the less impressive in the chart, while the sound system is nothing out of the ordinary.

Verdict

The three-year warranty is impressive, but it’s not enough to earn the AdvanceTec AT-FX E430-AP a higher placing than fifth.

£501-£750 desktop PCs chart ranking, Dec 07 issue


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AdvanceTec AT-FX E430-AP Expert Verdict »

2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E4500
Windows Vista Home Premium
2GB DDR RAM
750GB serial ATA
motherboard: Asus P5V-VM SE DH
4 x USB ports
19in Asus VW193S flat-panel (0.283mm pixel pitch, 1,440x900 maximum resolution at 75Hz)
512MB PCI Express Asus nVidia GeForce 8600 GT
onboard Realtek HD
speakers built into flat-panel
max DVD speeds 16x/18x/18x (DVD-ROM/-R/+R), 8x/8x (DVD-R DL/+R DL), 6x/8x/12x (DVD-RW/+RW/-RAM)
3-year return-to-base warranty
WorldBench 6 score = 88
  • 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 three-year warranty is impressive, but it’s not enough to earn the AdvanceTec AT-FX E430-AP a higher placing than fifth.

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