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PC Nextday Zoostorm 3377-4400 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £550
inc VAT

The Zoostorm is unusually capable of running 3D games at this price, but almost everything else suffers


2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400, 8GB RAM, 18.5in 1,366×768 display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

While PC and component prices are always dropping, we didn’t expect to see a decent dedicated graphics card in a PCs costing this little. If gaming is high on your list of priorities, the Nvidia GeForce GTS 450 card should put the Zoostorm on your shortlist.

It managed a playable 29.4fps in our demanding Crysis benchmark, and blitzed the low-detail Dirt 3 test with over 80fps. Most PCs at this price can’t manage 20fps.

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The only problem is that the cost of the card has led to obvious compromises elsewhere. The most obvious is the monitor; we’d expect a 22in as a minimum, but it’s possible to get a decent 24in display at this price. By contrast, the AOC 936swa is a 19in model with a solitary analogue VGA input and a 1,366×768 resolution. It has a dull and uneven backlight but although contrast suffered, colours were reasonably vibrant and images were sharp.

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Another major compromise is the processor. We’d expect to see a processor from the latest ranges in any new PC, but the Zoostorm is powered by an Intel Core 2 Quad 8400, a processor that’s two years – and two generations – old. It may have four cores and come with a generous 8GB of RAM, but its overall score of 66 in our benchmarks is poor.

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Basic Specifications

Rating **
Processor Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400
Processor external bus 333MHz (1,333MHz quad-pumped FSB)
Processor multiplier x8
Processor clock speed 2.66GHz
Processor socket LGA775
Memory 8
Memory type DDR3
Maximum memory 8GB
Motherboard Asustek P5G41T-M LX2/GB
Motherboard chipset Intel G41


USB2 ports (front/rear) 2/4
Firewire ports (front/rear) 0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear) 0/0
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support none

Internal Expansion

Case tower
PCI-E x1 slots (free) 0 (0)
PCI-E x16 slots (free) 1 (0)
Free Serial ATA ports 2
Free memory slots 0
Free 3.5in drive bays 1

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Hitachi DeskStar (HDS721010CLA)
Interface SATA2
Total storage capacity 500GB


Graphics card(s) Nvidia GeForce GTS 450
Graphics/video ports 2x DVI, mini HDMI


Sound VIA HD Audio
Sound outputs 5.1 line out
Speakers none

Removable Drives

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


Viewable size 18.5 in
Screen model AOC 936swa
Native resolution 1,366×768
Screen inputs VGA

Other Hardware

Keyboard Zoostorm PK1100
Mouse Zoostorm MO42UOP


Software included Microsoft Office 2010 Starter
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore option Windows disc

Buying Information

Price £550

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