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PC Specialist Fusion 9850 X2 power desktop PC review

£999 inc VAT

Manufacturer: PC Specialist

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

PC Specialist’s quad-core Fusion 9850 X2 offers a number of potential benefits over its dual-core rivals.

PC Specialist’s quad-core Fusion 9850 X2 offers a number of potential benefits over its dual-core rivals. Applications that lend themselves to multiprocessing – such as 3D rendering or encoding large multimedia files – will run considerably faster, for example.

But what if you’re not buying a system to run this sort of software? Well, it’s going to be some time before we see general office applications and games exploiting multicore technology to the full, and this leaves the PC Specialist Fusion 9850 X2 languishing at the bottom of our WorldBench 6 results.

The PC Specialist Fusion 9850 X2's graphics are handled by an ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2, which is capable of blistering performance, thanks to its dual graphics cores and 1GB of onboard memory.

Performance issues aside, the PC Specialist Fusion 9850 X2 is a very well-made, attractive system. The 22in Edge10 W223 display is solidly built, yet has a pleasingly thin bezel, dual VGA and DVI inputs and good image quality. But if you’re a fan of surround sound, you’ll be disappointed by the Logitech speakers – this is the only non-5.1 system here.

Verdict

Overall, the PC Specialist Fusion 9850 X2 isn’t for everyone: general performance lags behind the competition and it costs £100 more than competing systems from CyberPower and Arbico. However, if you want a system that’ll power through media encoding and image rendering tasks, the quad-core Phenom processor is a definite bonus.

Power desktop PCs chart ranking (July 08 issue)


  1. CyberPower Infinity Crossfire HD
  2. Arbico CD9800 PRO
  3. Mesh Elite HD24
  4. Chillblast Fusion Viper
  5. PC Specialist Fusion 9850 X2

See also: Power desktop PCs buying advice

PC Specialist Fusion 9850 X2 Expert Verdict »

2.5GHz AMD Phenom X4 9850
Windows Vista Home Premium (64bit)
4GB DDR2 RAM
465GB SATA
Asus M3A
9 x USB
22in Edge10 W223 (0.282mm pixel pitch, 1,680x1,050 native resolution)
1,024MB PCI Express Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2
Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio
2 x Logitech S220
subwoofer
20x/20x/10x/10x/6x/8x/12x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM)
Nero 7.0
PowerDVD 7.0
one-year collect-and-return warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 98
  • 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

Overall, the PC Specialist Fusion 9850 X2 isn’t for everyone: general performance lags behind the competition and it costs £100 more than competing systems from CyberPower and Arbico. However, if you want a system that’ll power through media encoding and image rendering tasks, the quad-core Phenom processor is a definite bonus.


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