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Overclockers UK Primo 6200a review

Kat Orphanides
24 Oct 2011
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
477
inc VAT

Although it's well made, this Phenom II system is less powerful and more expensive than rivals

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Specifications

3.3GHz AMD Phenom II X4 850, 4GB RAM, N/A display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Overclockers UK is best known for its component business, but it also builds PCs. The Primo 6200a is the first system we've seen - it's a base unit that's supplied without a monitor - and we were immediately impressed by the sturdy yet understated case and tidy internal cable routing. The 550W OCZ power supply is also an excellent addition and includes a PCI-E power connector that's required to power some graphics cards.

Overclockers UK Primo 6200a

The case lacks dust covers and sound insulation, a slight problem, as neither the CPU fan nor the case fan are particularly quiet. Their whirr becomes a piercing whine when the fans spin up to full speed when running demanding tasks.

The processor is an AMD Phenom II X4 850 running at its stock 3.3GHz. Its performance was rather disappointing, with an overall score of 75 in our tests. That's plenty for most applications, but it's underpowered compared to the Intel Core i5 processors we've seen in similarly priced systems. As this CPU isn't a Black edition it isn't as easily overclockable.

Overclockers UK Primo 6200a inside

The Gigabyte GA-880GM-UD2H motherboard is rather unimpressive, even at this price. It lacks USB3 and SATA3 ports, has just two PCI slots - one of which will block the graphics card's airflow if used - alongside one PCI-E x1 slot and a PCI-E x16 slot. The latter is occupied by a modest 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 430 graphics card. It has the usual HDMI, DVI and VGA ports and produced a reasonable frame rate of 20.4fps in Dirt 3 at high quality settings and a 1,280x720 resolution. This is only a little better than the frame rates produced by more up-to-date integrated GPUs but should be able to smoothly play most 3D games at low quality settings.

The Primo is fitted with 4GB of 1,600MHz DDR3 RAM, leaving two memory slots free for upgrades. There's a DVD writer and a 500GB hard disk - half the size we'd expect, even in a budget PC. If you want to add extra storage there are six free 3 1/2in bays - one of them with front-panel access - and three unused 5 1/4in bays, which is more than enough for the three empty SATA ports.

There are two USB ports at the front of the case, alongside the usual mic and headphone ports. The back panel is fairly well equipped with six USB ports, a FireWire port and an eSATA port. There's also an optical S/PDIF audio output, 7.1 analogue audio outputs, a PS/2 port and a Gigabit Ethernet port. The PC comes with the Logitech Wireless Combo MK520 keyboard and mouse set, which won our Best Buy award last year. Both are traditionally designed but very comfortable to use.

Overclockers UK Primo 6200a back

Although it's well-made, the Primo 6200a is underpowered and doesn't make up for it in other areas. Its hard disk is smaller than we'd expect and the motherboard doesn't have as much upgrade potential as similarly priced PCs. In fact, for £27 less, the Chillblast Fusion Shadow musters almost twice as much raw power, twice the hard disk space and a warranty that's twice as long.

Basic Specifications

Rating**
ProcessorAMD Phenom II X4 850
Processor external bus200MHz (HyperTransport)
Processor multiplierx16.5
Processor clock speed3.3GHz
Processor socketAM3
Memory4
Memory typePC3-12800
Maximum memory16GB
MotherboardGigabyte GA-880GM-UD2H
Motherboard chipsetAMD 880G (SB710)

Ports

USB2 ports (front/rear)2/6
Firewire ports (front/rear)0/1
eSATA ports (front/rear)0/1
Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking supportnone

Internal Expansion

Casemidi tower
PCI-E x1 slots (free)1 (1)
PCI-E x16 slots (free)1 (1)
Free Serial ATA ports3
Free memory slots2
Free 3.5in drive bays6

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s)Western Digital Caviar (WD5000AAKX)
InterfaceSATA2
Total storage capacity500GB

Graphics

Graphics card(s)1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 430
Graphics/video portsHDMI, DVI, VGA

Sound

SoundRealtek ALC892
Sound outputs7.1 line out, optical S/PDIF out, stereo out, mic in
Speakersnone

Removable Drives

Supported memory cardsnone
Optical drive type(s)DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Display

Screen modelnone
Native resolutionN/A
Screen inputsN/A

Other Hardware

KeyboardLogitech Wireless Desktop MK520
MouseLogitech Wireless Desktop MK520

Software

Software includednone
Operating systemWindows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore optionWindows disc

Buying Information

Warrantyone year RTB
Price£477
Detailswww.overclockers.co.uk

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