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Palicomp Core i5 Blast 750-24 Plus review

£749 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Palicomp

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Palicomp’s Core i5 Blast 750-24 Plus is very similar in its specification to the Chillblast. The Palicomp edges fractionally ahead in Worldbench 6, but misses out on a couple of future-proofing features.

Palicomp’s Core i5 Blast 750-24 Plus is very similar in its specification to the Chillblast. The Palicomp edges fractionally ahead in Worldbench 6, but misses out on a couple of future-proofing features.

Palicomp’s Core i5 Blast 750-24 Plus is very similar in its specification to the Chillblast. Both offer 4GB of DDR3 RAM, a speaker set, a full-HD display and a fast Radeon HD 5770 graphics card. They’re also both powered by Intel’s quad-core Core i5 750. The Palicomp edges fractionally ahead in Worldbench 6 to achieve a creditable score of 131, but misses out on a couple of future-proofing features, including USB 3.0.

Quad-core PCs such as the Palicomp Core i5 Blast 750-24 Plus don’t tend to shine in our speed tests, which don’t include many applications that exploit multiple cores. Here, it’s the clock speed that is crucial, and it’s no surprise that the 2.66GHz 750 lags behind the 3GHz-plus dual-core chips. But if you run several apps simultaneously or use intensive programs such as Adobe Photoshop and After Effects, you’ll gain a real boost from going quad-core.

The Radeon HD 5770 graphics card is supplied with two other machines in this round-up, but the Palicomp Core i5 Blast 750-24 Plus turns in the best performance in every test. It’s sure to be a hit with gamers.

The Palicomp Core i5 Blast 750-24 Plus bucks the trend by supplying a terabyte (1TB) hard drive, which is twice the capacity supplied with any other PC in the chart, as well as the largest monitor. Its 24in AOC displays full-HD content that’s easier to read than on the smaller screens.

Budget desktop PCs chart ranking

  1. Chillblast Fusion Stronghold
  2. Palicomp Core i5 Blast 750-24 Plus
  3. Arbico i5 6607 Pro
  4. Eclipse Galaxy i567r557
  5. CyberPower Ultra Triton XT

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Palicomp Core i5 Blast 750-24 Plus Expert Verdict »

2.66GHz Intel Core i5 750
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
4GB DDR3 RAM
1TB SATA
12 x USB 2.0
ASRock P55 Pro motherboard
PowerCool 750W PSU
24in AOC 2436VWA (0.27mm pixel pitch
1920x1080)
1GB PCI Express MSI ATI Radeon HD 5770 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 67/26fps
Fear = 200fps)
onboard sound
2 x Logitech S220 speakers and subwoofer
max DVD speeds: 24x/24x/12x/16x/6x/8/12x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM)
one-year return-to-base warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 131
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

The Palicomp Core i5 Blast 750-24 Plus is a well-balanced system with the best core specification of the bunch. Its large monitor and set of two speakers and a subwoofer enhance its multimedia credentials, while its gaming performance is second to none. Although the dual-core Arbico and Eclipse are faster in our tests, neither offer a full-HD display or speakers as standard.

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