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PC Nextday Zoostorm 62-2213 review

Alan Lu
18 Mar 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
500
inc VAT

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Specifications

2.93GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E7500, 4.000000 RAM, 19in 1,440x900 display, Windows Vista Home Premium

PC Nextday's Zoostorm 62-2213 has a tough mini tower case which, like Mesh's Nero 9850HD, has only enough room for a microATX motherboard.

The case is deeper than it is tall, so there should be enough room for long expansion cards. Poor positioning of the hard disk and some badly routed cables will make it a little difficult to fit a longer graphics card, though. The PC was fairly quiet, but it comes with only a single 80mm case fan.

The Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 processor is one of the fastest here and a strong rival to the AMD Phenom X4 9850 in the Mesh Nero. It also has a large 500GB hard disk and a good quality mid-range graphics card in the form of a 512MB Nvidia GeForce 9600 GT with two DVI outputs. PC Nextday includes an AMW X1910WDS 19in widescreen monitor, which has decent image quality, but slightly muted colours and annoying adjustment controls.

The Zoostorm 62-2213's gaming performance was respectable, with a frame rate of 36.6fps in Call of Duty 4 at 1,440x900. While this was the fastest Call of Duty 4 score in the £500 group, the 62-2213's performance was only average across all our tests.

Upgrade potential is limited as this PC is already equipped with its maximum 4GB of RAM in two memory slots. This is already more than the 32-bit version of Windows Vista can use, though. There's room for up to five more 3?in drives but only two unused SATA connectors. Both PCI slots are free and unimpeded, but the only PCI-E x1 slot is blocked by the graphics card. There are three 3.5mm audio ports, which you can use for either 5.1 surround sound or line in and a microphone, but not both at the same time.

The Zoostorm 62-2213 has limited upgrade potential and its performance in our PCMark benchmarks was unremarkable. The onsite warranty is a bonus, but if you want a fast gaming machine, buy Eclipse's Matrix i74n96GS instead. If you want a powerful system that's easy to upgrade, buy Mesh's Nero 9850HD.

Basic Specifications

Rating***
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo E7500
Processor external bus333MHz (1,333MHz quad-pumped FSB)
Processor multiplierx8.5
Processor clock speed2.93GHz
Processor socketLGA775
Level 1 cache4x 32KB
Level 2 cache12,288KB (cores one and two 6,144KB shared, cores three and four 6,144KB shared)
Memory4.000000
Memory typePC2-6400
Maximum memory4GB
MotherboardFoxconn G31MX
Motherboard chipsetIntel G31 + ICH7
Power consumption standby7W
Power consumption idle88W
Power consumption active132W

Ports

USB2 ports (front/rear)2/4
Firewire ports (front/rear)0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear)0/0
Wired network ports10/100/1000
Wireless networking supportnone
Other portsVGA

Internal Expansion

Casemini PC
PCI-E x1 slots (free)1 (0)
PCI-E x16 slots (free)1 (0)
Free Serial ATA ports2
Free memory slots0
Free 3.5in drive bays5

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s)Hitachi HDP7250GLA360
InterfaceSATA/300
Total storage capacity500GB
Spindle speed7200rpm

Graphics

Graphics card(s)512MB Nvidia GeForce 9600 GT
Graphics/video ports2x DVI

Sound

SoundRealtek High Definition Audio
Sound outputs5.1 line out
Speakersnone

Removable Drives

3.5in floppy driveno
Supported memory cardsnone
Optical drive modelLite-On iHAS122
Optical drive type(s)DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Display

Viewable size19 in
Screen modelAMW X1910WDS
Native resolution1,440x900
Response time5ms
Screen inputsDVI, VGA

Other Hardware

ModemNo
KeyboardMicrosoft Basic Keyboard 1.0A
MouseMicrosoft Basic Optical Mouse 1.0A

Software

Software includednone
Operating systemWindows Vista Home Premium
Operating system restore optionWindows disc

Buying Information

Warrantyone year onsite
Price£500
Supplierhttp://www.pcnextday.co.uk
Detailswww.pcnextday.co.uk

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