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Palicomp Phoenix i5 Nemesis review

Palicomp Phoenix i5 Nemesis
Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £800
inc VAT

The second Sandy Bridge PC we’ve seen is almost unbeatable value, with excellent performance and expansion potential.


4.4GHz Intel Core i5-2500K, 4GB RAM, 22in 1,920×1,080 display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Last month’s CyberPower Infinity i5 Silent Edition blew us away with incredible benchmark scores, thanks to its new Intel Sandy Bridge Core i5-2500K processor. Palicomp has risen to the challenge with the Phoenix i5 Nemesis, which achieves virtually identical results, but costs £100 less.

Like CyberPower, Palicomp has overclocked the i5-2500K to 4.5GHz, although it warns potential customers that some chips won’t run this fast, so it only guarantees a 4.4GHz speed. Its benchmark results are virtually identical to the Infinity i5’s, which is no real surprise. Those who like to dabble in 3D modelling will relish the prospect of getting what only recently would have been considered workstation-class rendering speeds from such a relatively cheap chip.

Unlike CyberPower, Palicomp has opted for an AMD (formerly ATI) graphics card, the Radeon HD 5770. Although this card has now been overtaken by a new 6000-series, it still managed to outperform the Infinity i5’s Nvidia GeForce GT 450 in all three gaming benchmarks, even achieving a playable 33fps in the demanding STALKER Sun Shafts test. While it may not be as future-proof as newer models, the 5770 will handle anything you can currently throw at it.

Palicomp Phoenix i5 Nemesis

The i5 Nemesis comes in a CoolerMaster Elite 330 case which has a huge array of tool-less drive bays, but we find its design is aging somewhat and it doesn’t look as menacing as the PC’s name would suggest. There are a total of seven 3.5in bays, two of which are external and available for upgrades such as a card reader or fan controller. The latter is hardly necessary, as despite three large fans plus the graphics card, we barely heard the i5 Nemesis, even under full load.

The motherboard also has plenty of room for upgrades: a total of eight SATA headers gives you the option of filling up most of those free drive bays. The 4GB of RAM is fitted as two 2GB DIMMs, so you could theoretically add another 16GB without throwing away your initial investment – although this would be overkill for most applications. One of the PCI-E x1 slots is covered by the graphics card’s heatsink, and the bottom PCI-E x16 slot is too close to the floor of the case to fit a graphics card, but this still gives you a choice of five free slots for a variety of expansion cards.

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Basic Specifications

Rating *****
Processor Intel Core i5-2500K
Processor external bus 100MHz (20Gbit/s DMI)
Processor multiplier x44
Processor clock speed 4.4GHz
Processor socket LGA1155
Memory 4
Memory type DDR3
Maximum memory 32GB
Motherboard Asustek P8P67 Pro
Motherboard chipset Intel P67


USB2 ports (front/rear) 2/6
Firewire ports (front/rear) 0/1
eSATA ports (front/rear) 0/2
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support none

Internal Expansion

Case tower
PCI-E x1 slots (free) 2 (1)
PCI-E x16 slots (free) 3 (2)
Free Serial ATA ports 6
Free memory slots 2
Free 3.5in drive bays 6

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Seagate Barracuda (ST31000528AS)
Interface SATA II
Total storage capacity 1,000GB


Graphics card(s) AMD Radeon HD 5770
Graphics/video ports DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort


Sound Realtek HD Audio
Sound outputs 7.1 line out, coaxial S/PDIF out, optical S/PDIF out
Speakers none

Removable Drives

Supported memory cards none
Optical drive type(s) DVD+/-RW +/-DL


Viewable size 22 in
Screen model LG Flatron E2240T
Native resolution 1,920×1,080
Screen inputs VGA, DVI

Other Hardware

Keyboard Microsoft Wireless Keyboard 3000
Mouse Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 5000


Software included none
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore option Windows disc

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £800

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