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Medion Akoya X7371 D review

Kat Orphanides
8 Jan 2011
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
700
inc VAT

The X7371 has raw processor power and a low price, but little else

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Specifications

2.93GHz Intel Core i7-870, 4GB RAM, N/A display, Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit

It’s obvious that Medion has scrimped and saved on every possible bit of the Akoya X7371 D's hardware to leave enough in the budget for the insanely powerful Intel Core i7-870 processor. The case is the most obvious victim. It looks okay on the surface but inside we found a distressing number of poorly finished metal edges. We didn’t cut ourselves, but got a couple of nasty scrapes. The only good thing is a pair of front-loading 3.5in drive caddies, which allow you to remove or hot-swap two hard disks easily.

Medion Akoya X7371 D

The unbranded power supply also looks cheap, but it’s hard to tell, as there nothing except a part number written on it. It spawns a tangled mass of cables which then feed the Molex-to-SATA adaptors that power most of the X7371’s drives. We were no more impressed with the motherboard - a Medion own-brand affair with just four SATA ports. All of them are occupied but only two are actually in use, and the remaining pair is connected to the SATA disk caddies.

Medion Akoya X7371 D Inside PC

Memory slots are similarly thin on the ground - there are two, each occupied by a 1,333MHz DIMM of DDR3 RAM and able to take up to 3GB apiece. You’ll have to buy a 64-bit version of Windows if you want to upgrade your RAM, though, as the X7371 only comes with Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit.

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