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CCL CCL-CS1209 review

Alan Lu
21 Dec 2009
CCL CCL-CS1209
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
399
inc VAT

CCL's CCL-CS1209 is a quick yet quiet computer that performs well, particularly in games, but we'd have liked better application performance.

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Specifications

2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200, 4.000000 RAM, N/A display, Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit

With its CS1209, CCL has attempted to build a powerful PC capable of handling every job; it's come very close to succeeding, too. The 2.33GHz Core 2 Quad Q8200 processor and 4GB of RAM are a powerful combination, helping this PC to a fast overall score of 90.

There's also a dedicated graphics card for playing games. The 1GB GeForce GT220 managed 14.2fps in our Call of Duty 4 benchmark. This is a little jerky, but turn off anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering and drop the resolution and smooth frame rates are possible. The only downside of this card is its size; it blocks a PCI slot, but fortunately there's a second PCI slot and a PCI Express x1 slot for internal upgrades.

Despite its quick performance, the CS1209 was one of the quieter desktop computers here. It's not completely silent, producing an audible hum even when idle, but it's far less noticeable than many other PCs.

Although the 500GB hard disk should be large enough for all but the biggest media libraries, there are plenty of drive bays for adding more internal storage. There are six 3?in bays for adding more hard disks and three 5?in bays for accommodating more optical drives, but only two available SATA ports on the motherboard. You'll need a PCI card with more SATA ports should you want more than two hard disks.

CCL has managed to keep the price of this system down by not including a mouse or keyboard. Considering this is really a PC for someone upgrading that wants to keep their existing peripherals, this isn't a problem.

The CCL-CS1209 is a decent all-rounder. Its capable of playing 3D games, is quiet and fast in Windows. It's a great choice, but there's stiff competition. If you want the best games performance at this price, CyberPower's Ultra Athena delivers it in spades, but better application performance would have been good.

Basic Specifications

Rating****
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Quad Q8200
Processor external bus333MHz (1,333MHz quad-pumped FSB)
Processor multiplierx7
Processor clock speed2.33GHz
Processor socketLGA775
Level 1 cache4x 32KB
Level 2 cache2x 2,048KB
Memory4.000000
Memory typePC2-6400
Maximum memory8GB
MotherboardAsus P5QPL-VM EPU
Motherboard chipsetIntel G41
Power consumption standby2W
Power consumption idle65W
Power consumption active96W

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

Casemidi tower
PCI-E x1 slots (free)1 (1)
PCI-E x16 slots (free)1 (0)
Free Serial ATA ports2
Free memory slots0
Free 3.5in drive bays6

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s)WD Caviar Blue 500GB
InterfaceSATA 300
Total storage capacity500GB
Spindle speed7,200rpm

Graphics

Graphics card(s)1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 220
Graphics/video portsHDMI, DVI, VGA

Sound

SoundRealtek ALC887
Sound outputs7.1 line out, optical S/PDIF out
Speakersnone

Removable Drives

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

Display

Screen modelN/A
Native resolutionN/A
Response timeN/A
Screen inputsN/A

Other Hardware

ModemNo
Keyboardnone
Mousenone

Software

Software includednone
Operating systemWindows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
Operating system restore optionWindows disc

Buying Information

Warrantyone year RTB
Price£399
Detailswww.cclonline.com

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