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Palicomp Phoenix i5 Lightning review

£749 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Palicomp

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

With an overclockable Intel Core i5-2500K processor at the helm and a Z68-chipset motherboard inside, Palicomp’s Phoenix i5 Lightning PC offers cutting-edge hardware.

With an overclockable Intel Core i5-2500K processor at the helm and a Z68-chipset motherboard inside, Palicomp’s Phoenix i5 Lightning offers cutting-edge hardware.

Along with the standard 4GB of DDR3 memory, Palicomp supplies a generous 2TB hard drive with the Phoenix i5 Lightning. This will be ideal if you’re into video editing or have a huge media library.

A Radeon HD 6870 graphics card is capable of playing most games at their highest-quality settings, taking advantage of the Palicomp Phoenix i5 Lightning's supplied 23.6in full-HD monitor. It’s not as fast as the nVidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti in our tests, however.

The Gigabyte Z68X-UD3P motherboard supports advanced overclocking features and enthusiasts will appreciate its Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI). The Palicomp Phoenix i5 Lightning offers USB 3.0 and 6Gbps SATA.

The Z68 chipset allows automatic switching between integrated and dedicated graphics, and enables the processor’s accelerated graphics- and video-processing features. Add a solid-state drive (SSD) to speed up the Palicomp Phoenix i5 Lightning's hard-drive performance using Intel’s Smart Response Technology.

Unfortunately, all the desirable features in the world are no use if a PC’s performance isn’t very good to begin with. The Palicomp Phoenix i5 Lightning‘s 148-point WorldBench 6 score is evidence of noticeably slower performance in non-gaming tasks than the competition. 

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3.3GHz Intel Core i5-2500K
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (choose Windows 7 32bit at no extra cost)
10 x USB 2.0
2 x USB 3.0
Gigabyte Z68X-UD3P motherboard
500W Cooler Master PSU
23.6in AOC 2436VWA (0.27mm pixel pitch, 1920x1080)
1GB XFX ATI Radeon HD 6870 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 84/43fps, Stalker: Call Of Pripyat [Medium/Ultra] = 161/85fps)
onboard sound
2 x Logitech S220 speakers and subwoofer
24x DVD-R/24x +R/12x -R DL/16x +R DL/6x -RW/8x +RW/12x -RAM/16x -ROM
one-year return-to-base warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 148
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

The overclockable Palicomp Phoenix i5 Lightning has an up-to-date specification and a decent selection of peripherals. It just needs to perform better.

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