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Ginger6 G6i5GTS250 review

Kat Orphanides
13 Oct 2009
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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.

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Specifications

2.66GHz Intel Core i5-750, 4.000000 RAM, 22in 1680x1050 display, Windows Vista Home Premium

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 1,680x1,050 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*****
ProcessorIntel Core i5-750
Processor external bus133MHz (2,400MHz QuickPath Interconnect)
Processor multiplierx24
Processor clock speed2.66GHz
Processor socketLGA1156
Level 1 cache4x 64KB
Level 2 cache4x 256KB
Memory4.000000
Memory typePC3-10600
Maximum memory16GB
MotherboardAsus P7P55D
Motherboard chipsetIntel P55
Power consumption standby6W
Power consumption idle100W
Power consumption active209W

Ports

USB2 ports (front/rear)2/8
Firewire ports (front/rear)0/1
eSATA ports (front/rear)0/1
Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking supportnone
Other portsnone

Internal Expansion

Casemidi tower
PCI-E x1 slots (free)2 (1)
PCI-E x16 slots (free)2 (1)
Free Serial ATA ports4
Free memory slots2
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 Nvidia GeForce GTS 250
Graphics/video portsHDMI, DVI, VGA

Sound

SoundVia VT1828
Sound outputs7.1 line out, optical S/PDIF out, stereo out, mic in
Speakersnone

Removable Drives

3.5in floppy driveno
Supported memory cardsnone
Optical drive modelOptiarc AD-5240S
Optical drive type(s)DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Display

Viewable size22 in
Screen modelHanns.G HG221AP0
Native resolution1680x1050
Response time5ms
Screen inputsVGA

Other Hardware

ModemNo
KeyboardLogitech Value Keyboard
MouseLogitech M-UAE96

Software

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

Buying Information

Warrantyone year collect and return
Price£800
Detailswww.ginger6.com

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