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PC Nextday Zoostorm 65-5301 review

Alan Lu
18 Mar 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
800
inc VAT and delivery

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Specifications

2.83GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550, 4.000000 RAM, 22in 1,680x1,050 display, Windows Vista Home Premium

PC Nextday's Zoostorm 65-5301 is the only PC here with one of Nvidia's latest graphics cards, the 896MB GeForce GTX 260.

It couldn't keep up with the Radeon HD 4870-equipped Arbico Elite 8400 OCX, but it performed very well in our 3D graphics tests, coming second overall. It managed almost 60fps in our Call of Duty 4 test and a playable 30fps in Crysis.

The 65-5301 is fitted with 4GB of RAM and an Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 processor. It couldn't match the Phenom II-equipped PCs in our TV & Movies benchmark, but it edged ahead in our Memories test. Overall, the Phenom II-based PCs were faster, but the Zoostorm 65-5301 is still one of the fastest PCs here.

This PC and its £650 counterpart - the Zoostorm 64-4303 - are the only two in this Labs to come with surround-sound speakers. Both use the same Edifier M1550 5.1 speakers, but we'd have liked to see a better-sounding set with an £800 PC. Their bass is disappointing and you'll have to position them carefully for the best possible sound. They're still useful for watching movies and playing games, though.

You also get the same 22in AMW monitor supplied with the cheaper Zoostorm 64-4303. This is a shame as we were unimpressed with its image quality. Backlighting is uneven and images have a green tint. Again, we'd expect a better-quality display with a PC at this price.

The similarities between the Zoostorm 65-5301 and its cheaper counterpart don't end there. Foxconn's G31MX motherboard makes an appearance here, too. It has only two memory slots, which are already occupied, so you'll have to throw away the existing RAM if you want to add more. However, the 65-5301 uses a different case with fewer drive bays - two empty 3?in bays and one spare 5?in bay.

PC Nextday, like Advent, provides a year of onsite warranty, which will save you a lot of hassle if the PC breaks down. The Zoostorm 65-5301 is fast, but the mediocre monitor and motherboard mean Mesh's better-equipped Matrix II 940 CS takes the Best Buy award.

Basic Specifications

Rating****
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Quad Q9550
Processor external bus333MHz (1,333MHz quad-pumped FSB)
Processor multiplierx8.5
Processor clock speed2.83GHz
Processor socketLGA775
Level 1 cache4x 32KB
Level 2 cache6,144KB (cores one and two 3,072KB shared, cores three and four 3,072KB shared)
Memory4.000000
Memory typePC2-6400
Maximum memory4GB
MotherboardFoxconn G31MX
Motherboard chipsetIntel G31 + ICH7
Power consumption standby5W
Power consumption idle95W
Power consumption active230W

Ports

USB2 ports (front/rear)2/4
Firewire ports (front/rear)0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear)0/0
Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking supportnone
Other portsnone

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 bays2

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s)Hitachi Deskstar 7K500 (HDS725050KLA360)
InterfaceSATA 300
Total storage capacity500GB
Spindle speed7,200rpm

Graphics

Graphics card(s)896MB Nvidia GeForce GTX 260
Graphics/video ports2x DVI, TV out

Sound

SoundRealtek ALC662
Sound outputs5.1 line out
SpeakersEdifier M1550 5.1

Removable Drives

3.5in floppy driveno
Supported memory cardsnone
Optical drive modelSony NEC Optiarc AD-5200S
Optical drive type(s)DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Display

Viewable size22 in
Screen modelAMW X2210WDS
Native resolution1,680x1,050
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 optionrestore partition

Buying Information

Warrantyone year onsite
Price£800
Detailswww.pcnextday.co.uk

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