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Palicomp Phoenix i5 Nitro review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £999
inc VAT

Impressive performance and a big monitor, but not quite the best available at this price.


4.7GHz Intel Core i5-2500K, 8GB RAM, 24in 1,920×1,080 display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

If we were handing out prizes for weight, Palicomp’s Phoenix i5 Nitro would win hands down. With thick metal sides and rubber feet that look like caterpillar tracks, it’s a veritable tank of a PC, complete with excellent insulation to keep noise in and dust out.

Its Asus P8P67 Pro motherboard houses an overclocked Intel Core i5-K2500. With its multiplier set to 47, the processor’s speed has been ramped up from its usual 3.3GHz to a blistering 4.7GHz. 8GB of 1,600MHz memory in the form of two 4GB modules occupies two of the motherboard’s RAM slots – adding even more is easy, as the CPU cooler doesn’t block any of the slots.

Palicomp Phoenix i5 Nitro inside

The computer achieved an overall score of 137 in our tests – not the fastest we’ve seen from an overclocked i5-2500K, but not far off. Its performance in our gaming frame rate tests was impressive, too. The 2GB ATI Radeon HD 6950 achieved 66.9fps in Crysis and 51.8fps in STALKER. That means it’s powerful enough to keep up with the most intensive games for at least a couple of years. It also supports ATI Eyefinity to drive up to four monitors.

Palicomp Phoenix i5 Nitro rear ports

A metal strut helps to hold the graphics card in place, but it’s easy to unbolt it to gain access to the motherboard. The P8P67 Pro has three PCI-E x16 slots, one of which is occupied by the graphics card, two PCI slots and two PCI-E x1 slots, of which only one is accessible. There are four SATA II and four SATA III ports, but all the SATA II ports are currently in use, servicing the hard disk, optical disk and external SATA ports. The case has enough room for seven internal 3½in drives and four externally-facing 5¼in drives. We like the 3½in drive cages, which let you screw your hard disk into a drawer-like caddy that simply slides into place. One is occupied by a 1.5TB hard disk and there’s a Blu-ray reader, DVD writer drive in one of the 5¼in bays.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ****
Processor Intel Core i5-2500K
Processor external bus 100MHz (Sandy Bridge DMI)
Processor multiplier x47
Processor clock speed 4.7GHz
Processor socket LGA1155
Memory 8
Memory type PC3-10666
Maximum memory 32GB
Motherboard Asus P8P67 Pro
Motherboard chipset Intel P67


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

Internal Expansion

Case midi tower
PCI-E x1 slots (free) 2 (1)
PCI-E x16 slots (free) 3 (2)
Free Serial ATA ports 4
Free memory slots 2
Free 3.5in drive bays 5

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Western Digital Caviar (WD15EARS-00Z5B1)
Interface SATA2
Total storage capacity 1,500GB


Graphics card(s) 2GB ATI Radeon HD 6950
Graphics/video ports 2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 2x mini DisplayPort


Sound Realtek ALC892
Sound outputs 7.1 line out, optical S/PDIF out, stereo line out, mic in
Speakers Logitech S220 2.1

Removable Drives

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


Viewable size 24 in
Screen model Samsung SyncMaster B2430
Native resolution 1,920×1,080
Screen inputs DVI, VGA

Other Hardware

Keyboard Labtec Media Wireless Desktop 800
Mouse Labtec Media Wireless Desktop 800


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

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £999

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