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Ginger6 G6i5GTS250 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : 800
inc VAT

A reasonable package, but corners cut on the monitor, hard disk size and graphics card make the Ginger6 PC average value.

Specifications

2.66GHz Intel Core i5-750, 4.000000 RAM, 22in 1680×1050 display, Windows Vista Home Premium

Ginger6

Although you can buy a decent PC with a Core i5 for £650 – RL Supplies’ Modula Performa – you’ll get a better-specified computer if you can stretch your budget to £800.

For a start, the G6i5GTS250 comes with a 22in monitor, rather than the Modula’s 20in. It may not have a Full HD resolution, but the HannsG’s 1,680×1,050 pixels make icons easy to read while still providing plenty of desktop space.

The Core i5 750 processor and Asus P7P55D motherboard are expensive items, though, which goes some way to explaining why the monitor has only a VGA input and no digital interfaces. The built-in speakers are predictably poor quality and lack volume. Image quality is fine, though, with well-saturated colours and good brightness. Contrast is acceptable, too.

The black NZXT case is reasonably good. Construction is a little flimsy, but the internal layout is sensible. At the front, a 120mm fan cools the hard disk, which is mounted in a quick-release tray. There’s also room for an extra two disks, or three if you move the bundle of cables taking up the top bay. Below the DVD writer are three bays for extra optical drives or front panel devices. Three PCI slots are free, but the front-panel audio cable blocks two of these and is too short to re-route.

No fan is fitted to the 120mm mount at the rear, but the power supply has a quiet 120mm fan inside, and helps to expel hot air through the rear. The Intel processor cooler is fairly quiet, too, but the GeForce GTS 250’s fan is noisy, even when idle. You’ll want to keep the PC under a desk to avoid this distracting hum.

The graphics card didn’t fare too well in our game tests, managing just 24fps in Crysis. If gaming is a priority, there are better deals available. The 500GB hard disk is also a little stingy at this price.

Basic Specifications

Rating *****
Processor Intel Core i5-750
Processor external bus 133MHz (2,400MHz QuickPath Interconnect)
Processor multiplier x24
Processor clock speed 2.66GHz
Processor socket LGA1156
Level 1 cache 4x 64KB
Level 2 cache 4x 256KB
Memory 4.000000
Memory type PC3-10600
Maximum memory 16GB
Motherboard Asus P7P55D
Motherboard chipset Intel P55
Power consumption standby 6W
Power consumption idle 100W
Power consumption active 209W

Ports

USB2 ports (front/rear) 2/8
Firewire ports (front/rear) 0/1
eSATA ports (front/rear) 0/1
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support none
Other ports none

Internal Expansion

Case midi tower
PCI-E x1 slots (free) 2 (1)
PCI-E x16 slots (free) 2 (1)
Free Serial ATA ports 4
Free memory slots 2
Free 3.5in drive bays 4

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Western Digital Caviar WD5000AAKS-00M9A0
Interface SATA 300
Total storage capacity 500GB
Spindle speed 7,200rpm

Graphics

Graphics card(s) 512MB Nvidia GeForce GTS 250
Graphics/video ports HDMI, DVI, VGA

Sound

Sound Via VT1828
Sound outputs 7.1 line out, optical S/PDIF out, stereo out, mic in
Speakers none

Removable Drives

3.5in floppy drive no
Supported memory cards none
Optical drive model Optiarc AD-5240S
Optical drive type(s) DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Display

Viewable size 22 in
Screen model Hanns.G HG221AP0
Native resolution 1680×1050
Response time 5ms
Screen inputs VGA

Other Hardware

Modem No
Keyboard Logitech Value Keyboard
Mouse Logitech M-UAE96

Software

Software included none
Operating system Windows Vista Home Premium
Operating system restore option Windows disc

Buying Information

Warranty one year collect and return
Price £800
Details www.ginger6.com

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