Ginger6 G6 GTX460 Destroyer review
A Blu-ray re-writer and surround-sound speakers make this a decent multimedia all-rounder, but the 21.5in display and slightly disappointing games performance take the shine off a little.
Review Date: 3 May 2011
Price when reviewed: £999
Reviewed By: Kat Orphnaides
The Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 graphics card has 768MB memory and VGA, DVI and HDMI outputs. Frame rates of 37.2fps in Crysis and 26fps in STALKER aren't going to break any records, but you'll still be able to play all the latest 3D games at fairly high quality settings. The Destroyer only has a 430W power supply, though, which is likely to struggle should you decide to add an extremely powerful graphics card later.
The Creative Inspire A500 5.1 surround speaker set is cheap, swamps you with cables and sounds a bit harsh, but it's good for gaming and can kick out plenty of volume for its size. The Microsoft 3000 BlueTrack mouse and keyboard set are a classier affair - comfortable to use and with an high quality finish. The monitor, a BenQ G2222HDL, is a long-standing favourite of ours, with outstanding image quality and rich colours. However, we expect a 24in display when we pay almost £1,000 for a computer system. This one's 21.5in size is disappointing.
The Destroyer is a great little PC, with a few features - particularly the Blu-ray re-writer - that many of its competitors lack. This and its surround sound speakers make the system a better all-round family multimedia PC than the snarling gaming rigs it's up against at this price. Meanwhile, the one-year collect-and-return warranty is handy, but not outstanding. The Wired2Fire Hellspawn XFire is a better choice for most people, with a more powerful graphics card and larger display.
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