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Ginger6 G6 Studio 9600GTi review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : 510
inc VAT

The 9600GTi is a decent budget PC, but doesn't have the expansion options or performance to compete with Mesh's Nero 9950HD.

Specifications

2.5GHz Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5200, 4.000000 RAM, 22in 1,680×1,050 display, Windows Vista Home Basic

Ginger6

Ginger6’s G6 Studio 9600GTi is the only PC here capable of playing games, thanks to its Nvidia GeForce 9600GT graphics card.

It managed a decent 35fps in our Call of Duty 4 test and 16fps in Crysis. However, turning down detail settings and lowering the resolution can improve responsiveness in Crysis, while older games and more sedate titles, such as Civilization and The Sims, will play smoothly.

We were surprised to see fuzzy Windows text at the monitor’s native 1,680×1,050 resolution. After a little research on the web, we found that this is a known issue with this Hanns.G model: the fix is to press the ‘M’ and ‘>’ buttons on the monitor simultaneously. Once we’d done that, the monitor displayed a crisp Windows desktop. Colours were vibrant, although the backlight isn’t completely even and not particularly bright. It’s adequate for Windows use, and the high resolution of 1,680×1,050 will suit gamers. An Intel E5200 dual-core processor and 4GB of RAM resulted in a respectable performance that matched RL Supplies’ similarly specified Modula 9040IHD.

The 9600GTi is a decent PC, but it doesn’t lend itself to upgrades. Both RAM slots are full; most motherboards have four memory slots. There is, however, room for more hard disks if you fill up the existing 500GB. There are no eSATA or FireWire ports, and only three 3.5mm mini-jack outputs. Their purpose can be changed using the bundled software, so you can either have 5.1 audio outputs or stereo sound and microphone and line-in inputs. The graphics card has an HDMI port, but this won’t output sound as there’s no onboard sound controller.

The G6 Studio 9600GTi is a ready-made, entry-level gaming PC that compares well with the more upgradable machines from Mesh and Eclipse, and it shows how powerful a PC you can get for the same money as a nettop. However, if you’re into gaming and have a few more pounds to spend, it’s worth buying Mesh’s better-performing Nero 9950HD and a more powerful graphics card.

Basic Specifications

Rating ****
Processor Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5200
Processor external bus 200MHz (800MHz quad-pumped FSB)
Processor multiplier x12.5
Processor clock speed 2.5GHz
Processor socket LGA775
Level 1 cache 2x 64KB
Level 2 cache 2048
Memory 4.000000
Memory type DDR2
Maximum memory 4GB
Motherboard Asus P5KPL-AM
Motherboard chipset Intel G31 + ICH7
Power consumption standby 7W
Power consumption idle 92W
Power consumption active 118W

Ports

USB2 ports (front/rear) 2/4
Firewire ports (front/rear) 0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear) 0/0
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support none
Other ports none

Internal Expansion

Case mini PC
PCI-E x1 slots (free) 0 (0)
PCI-E x16 slots (free) 1 (0)
Free Serial ATA ports 0
Free memory slots 0
Free 3.5in drive bays 3

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Western Digital Caviar (WD5000AAKS-75A7B2)
Interface SATA 300
Total storage capacity 500GB
Spindle speed 7200rpm

Graphics

Graphics card(s) Nvidia GeForce 9600 GT
Graphics/video ports HDMI, DVI, VGA

Sound

Sound VIA HD Audio
Sound outputs 5.1 line out
Speakers none

Removable Drives

3.5in floppy drive no
Supported memory cards none
Optical drive model Optiarc AD-7201S
Optical drive type(s) DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Display

Viewable size 22 in
Screen model Hanns.G HG221A
Native resolution 1,680×1,050
Response time 5ms
Screen inputs VGA

Other Hardware

Modem No
Keyboard Logitech Deluxe Keyboard Y-SU61
Mouse Logitech M-UAE96

Software

Software included Bullguard Antivirus 7 12-month licence, PowerDVD, Nero Essentials
Operating system Windows Vista Home Basic
Operating system restore option Windows disc

Buying Information

Warranty one year collect and return
Price £510
Details www.ginger6.com

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