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Evesham Oxegen RD1500 power desktop PC

£999 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Evesham

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

While there is very little to distinguish the top three PCs and the fourth-placed Arbico QC2900 XT has one eye on the future, the Evesham Oxegen RD1500 is further behind.

While there is very little to distinguish the top three PCs and the fourth-placed Arbico QC2900 XT has one eye on the future, the Evesham Oxegen RD1500 is further behind.

But let's start with the Evesham Oxegen RD1500's good points. If sound is important to you, you'll find the Creative one-two of an X-Fi XtremeGamer and a set of Inspire T6100 speakers a fantastic partnership - particularly given the rather average onboard sound cards found elsewhere. You also get a nice software bundle with the Evesham Oxegen RD1500, with BullGuard providing very decent antivirus facilities and Microsoft Works 8.5 taking care of the office suite.

Other components are less impressive. It's true that the Evesham Oxegen RD1500's Quad Q6600 processor could be one for the future, and we may not be seeing its true potential on today's software libraries. But if this is a PC that's designed to excel two years down the line, the decision to include just 2GB of DDR RAM seems a little strange. Evesham's choice of graphics card is also rather peculiar, with the 8600 GTS far and away the least capable of those found here - even the HD 2900 XT is in a different class.

Chart ranking: £751-£1,000 power PCs, January 08 issue


  1. Chillblast Fusion Tomcat
  2. Arbico 880 GTX (last month 1)
  3. Eclipse Genesis SLI i685n88GTX
  4. Arbico QC2900 XT
  5. Evesham Oxegen RD1500

Verdict

Evesham may have been a great name in the past, but it's going to need to start competing component-for-component if it's to lift itself back into the elite.

Evesham Oxegen RD1500 Expert Verdict »

2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
Windows Vista Home Premium
2GB DDR RAM
500GB serial ATA
MSI P6N SLI
7 x USB ports
22in AMW X2210WDS (0.277mm pixel pitch, 1,680x1,050 max resolution @ 75Hz)
256MB WinFast nVidia GeForce 8600 GTS (PCI Express)
Creative X-Fi XtremeGamer
5 x Creative Inspire T6100
subwoofer
max DVD speeds: 20x/20x/12x/16x/6x/8x/12x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM)
OpenOffice
Microsoft Works 8.5
Roxio DVD Media Creator
BullGuard AV
flash memory drive
one-year return-to-base warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 108
  • 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

Evesham may have been a great name in the past, but it's going to need to start competing component-for-component if it's to lift itself back into the elite.

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