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Palicomp Phoenix i7 Z68 Assassin review

£999 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Palicomp

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

Palicomp’s Phoenix i7 Z68 Assassin £1,000 desktop PC offers an impressive specification that includes a generous 16GB of RAM and a capacious 2TB Hitachi hard drive. It looks rather grand too, courtesy of a Cooler Master Dominator CM690 Advance II system case.

Palicomp’s Phoenix i7 Z68 Assassin offers an impressive specification that includes a generous 16GB of RAM and a capacious 2TB Hitachi hard drive. It looks rather grand too, courtesy of a Cooler Master Dominator CM690 Advance II system case.

Application performance is also very good, and the Palicomp Phoenix i7 Z68 Assassin scored 180 points in our WorldBench 6 speed test.

The Palicomp Phoenix i7 Z68 Assassin's Gigabyte motherboard uses Intel’s Z68 chipset. It allows overclocking and supports SRT, should you wish to add an SSD to boost hard-drive performance. The board has four 6 gigabits per second (Gbps) and four 3Gbps SATA ports, plus support for 18 USB connectors – four of them USB 3.0.
Notably absent is an HDMI connection, however, so the Palicomp Phoenix i7 Z68 Assassin won’t be able to use the processor’s integrated graphics.

Fortunately, an ATI Radeon HD 6950 is installed. It will be powerful enough for most users, but is no match for the faster HD 6970 and GTX 570 seen elsewhere in the chart. The Palicomp Phoenix i7 Z68 Assassin failed to complete our ‘Very High Quality’ Crysis test, but was able to produce 96fps in Stalker: Call Of Pripyat at its highest settings.

The 23.6in AOC monitor offers very good image quality and LED backlighting. It displays a noticeable improvement over the HKC supplied with the Eclipse, but the Palicomp Phoenix i7 Z68 Assassin's display isn’t as strong as Chillblast’s Asus model.

£1,000 PC chart ranking

  1. 1. Chillblast Fusion Volt
    2. Eclipse Cosmos i726n57
    3. Palicomp Phoenix i7 Z68 Assassin
    4. Arbico Elite i7-2697 Pro
    5. Dino PC Ravenous 2600K

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Palicomp Phoenix i7 Z68 Assassin Expert Verdict »
3.4GHz Intel Core i7-2600K
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (choose Windows 7 32bit at no extra cost)
16GB DDR3 RAM
2TB SATA
10 x USB 2.0
2 x USB 3.0
Gigabyte Z68X-UD3P motherboard
750W PowerCool PSU
23.6in AOC E2436VWA (0.27mm pixel pitch, 1920x1080)
2GB VTX3D ATI Radeon HD 6950 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 88fps/fail, Stalker: Call of Pripyat [Medium/Ultra] = 176/96fps)
onboard sound
2 x Logitech S220 speakers and subwoofer
12x BD-ROM/8x -R/8x -RE
16x DVD-R/16x +R/8x -R DL/8x +R9
one-year return-to-base warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 180
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

The fast Palicomp Phoenix i7 Z68 Assassin has a good specification and a superb system case. Be prepared to sacrifice gaming framerates, however.

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