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CCL CCL-CS1009 review

Kat Orphanides
13 Oct 2009
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Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
499
inc VAT

Despite the mediocre monitor, this PC packs in a lot of power for a low price.

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Specifications

2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400, 4.000000 RAM, 18.5in 1,366x768 display, Windows Vista Home Basic 64-bit

CCL's CCL-CS1009 outperformed the other £500 PCs here, and its benchmark scores even matched or exceeded those of more expensive PCs.

This isn't surprising when you look at its specification, which includes an Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 processor, 4GB of RAM and a Radeon HD 4850 graphics card.

The Q8400 isn't a cheap processor, and has led to costs being cut on the monitor, which is a disappointing 18?in AOC 931Swl. It has a resolution of just 1,366x768 and suffers from slightly uneven backlighting. However, viewing angles and contrast are fairly good and colours look vivid. It only has a VGA port, though.

It's nice to see a decent set of wireless peripherals in Logitech's Deluxe keyboard and mouse. Inside the case, the CCL-CS1009 has a 512MB ATI Radeon HD 4850 graphics card, with DVI, HDMI and VGA outputs. The card put in a good performance in our tests, but you may have to settle for resolutions below the monitor's native setting to make the most demanding games run smoothly.

The Gigabyte microATX motherboard doesn't have much room for expansion and the case is a little cramped, but everything inside is neatly laid out, including all the wiring. One PCI slot is obstructed by the graphics card. The slot below it is free, but installing a card may block airflow to the Radeon's fan. A single PCI-E x1 is positioned above the occupied PCI-E x16 slot, so there's nothing blocking it. The board can take a maximum 4GB of memory, which is already installed. There's a 500GB hard disk; you'll need to buy SATA cables with right-angled connectors if you want to connect any more, though, as the other three SATA ports are directly beneath the graphics card.

Another reservation is that the CCL-CS1009 comes with Windows Vista Home Basic edition as opposed to Home Premium. However, as long as you order on or after 22nd October, CCL will be selling the CCL-CS1009 for the same price with Windows 7 Home Basic, which has full media-playing capabilities. If you're happy to live with the drawbacks for the great performance on offer, the CS1009 is a good choice and wins a Budget Buy award.

Basic Specifications

Rating*****
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Quad Q8400
Processor external bus333MHz (1,333MHz quad-pumped FSB)
Processor multiplierx8
Processor clock speed2.66GHz
Processor socketLGA775
Level 1 cache4x 64KB
Level 2 cache2x 2,048KB
Memory4.000000
Memory typePC2-6400
Maximum memory4GB
MotherboardGigabyte GA-73PVM-S2
Motherboard chipsetNvidia GeForce 7100 + nForce 630i
Power consumption standby54W
Power consumption idle72W
Power consumption active167W

Ports

USB2 ports (front/rear)2/6
Firewire ports (front/rear)0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear)0/0
Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking supportnone
Other portsVGA, DVI

Internal Expansion

Casemidi tower
PCI-E x1 slots (free)1 (1)
PCI-E x16 slots (free)1 (0)
Free Serial ATA ports3
Free memory slots0
Free 3.5in drive bays4

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s)Western Digital Caviar (WD5000AAKS-00M9A0)
InterfaceSATA 300
Total storage capacity500GB
Spindle speed7,200rpm

Graphics

Graphics card(s)512MB ATI Radeon HD 4850
Graphics/video portsHDMI, DVI, VGA

Sound

SoundRealtec ALC662
Sound outputs5.1 line out
Speakersnone

Removable Drives

3.5in floppy driveno
Supported memory cardsnone
Optical drive modelOptiarc AD-7200A
Optical drive type(s)DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Display

Viewable size18.5 in
Screen modelAOC 931Swl
Native resolution1,366x768
Response time5ms
Screen inputsVGA

Other Hardware

ModemNo
KeyboardLogitech Deluxe 660 Cordless Keyboard
MouseLogitech Cordless Optical Mouse RX 650

Software

Software includednone
Operating systemWindows Vista Home Basic 64-bit
Operating system restore optionWindows disc

Buying Information

Warrantyone year RTB
Price£499
Detailswww.cclonline.com

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