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Zoostorm 4-2354 budget desktop PC review

£500 inc VAT

Manufacturer: PCNextDay

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

The Zoostorm 4-2354 is the first sub-£500 quad-core PC to break into Budget PCs category.

The Zoostorm 4-2354 is the first sub-£500 quad-core PC to break into Budget PCs category. Current software doesn’t take full advantage of quad-core systems’ power, and the Zoostorm’s WorldBench 6 processing-speed score is some distance behind the leading dual-core systems. However, 105 points is still very creditable and, in the future, applications and games will take better advantage of multicore technology.

It’s also worth mentioning that in two sections of the WorldBench test, Autodesk 3DS Max 8.0 rendering and Nero 7.0 Ultra, the Zoostorm 4-2354 outperformed all of the competition in the Budget PCs category, and even beat all five of this month's Power PCs. In some areas quad-core technology already offers significant benefits.

Avid gamers need not apply, however. With graphics powered by an onboard Intel G33, most modern games will be pretty much unplayable. Audio is also handled by an onboard chipset. This leaves all the Zoostorm 4-2354's internal slots free for upgrades – although, with only a 350W power supply, it would be unwise to load up the system with anything too demanding. The case is also rather small.

Budget PCs chart ranking (May issue)


  1. Arbico CD8400 XL
  2. CyberPower Gamer Infinity 750
  3. Eclipse Matrix A64N88GS
  4. Zoostorm 4-2354
  5. Arbico CD6570 SX

Verdict

The Zoostorm 4-2354 isn’t for everyone. Depending on your requirements it’s either terrible (for games), average (for general office work) or superb (for multithreaded applications).

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Zoostorm 4-2354 Expert Verdict »

2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
Windows Vista Home Premium
2GB DDR RAM
250GB SATA
ECS G33T-M 1.0
6 x USB
19in Cibox C-1905 (0.285mm pixel pitch
1,440x900 max resolution @75Hz)
onboard Intel G33 graphics
onboard Realtek ALC883
Genius SP-Q06S 2.0
max DVD speeds: 20x/20x/12x/16x (DVD-R/+R/+R DL/-ROM)
BullGuard Antivirus trial
Microsoft Office trial
three-year limited warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 105
  • 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 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

The Zoostorm 4-2354 isn’t for everyone. Depending on your requirements it’s either terrible (for games), average (for general office work) or superb (for multithreaded applications).

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