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Ginger 6 G6 Nexus review

Barry de la Rosa
28 Jun 2011
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
550
inc VAT

Ginger6 has put together a decent package with the G6 Nexus, but it looks underspecified compared to other PCs at the same price

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Specifications

2.8GHz Intel Core i5-2300, 4GB RAM, 22in 1,920x1,080 display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Ginger 6's G6 Nexus has the kind of specifications we'd expect at this price. It's powered by an Intel Core i5 processor, has 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard disk, and comes with a 22in Full HD monitor. There's plenty of room inside the case for expansion, and a decent set of external outputs.

Ginger 6 has opted for a Core i5-2300 processor which runs at 2.8GHz, or 3.1GHz when it detects an application needs extra oomph. Its overall score of 87 in our multimedia benchmarks isn't the best, but the Nexus should be able to handle any application you care to run. With its four physical cores, it can run multiple applications simultaneously without becoming sluggish.

Ginger 6 G6 Nexus Inside

There's no dedicated graphics card, and the Core i5's integrated graphics processor isn't up to much. It failed most of our games benchmarks, and in our low-detail Dirt 3 test it managed an unplayable 13fps.

There's plenty of room for a dedicated graphics card, or even two, although you may have to re-house the hard disk to make room for some of the longer cards. The unbranded 500W power supply may or may not be able to handle the most powerful card, but mid-range AMD and Nvidia models shouldn't cause any problems. You might also want to add some case fans to reduce heat build-up, as there aren't any fitted.

Ginger 6 G6 Nexus Side

It's always good to see a couple of free RAM slots: this way, when you want to add more RAM, you don't have to get rid of the existing memory. As well as two PCI-E x16 slots for graphics cards, there are two normal PCI slots, as well as spare SATA headers for hard disks or optical drives which can be fitted to the numerous free drive bays.

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