Palicomp CORE6 1055OC35 review

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If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Palicomp must be very happy indeed: the firm has used the Cooler Master Scout for several months, and now other firms have begun to copy the look.

The original is still the best, though. The Cooler Master Scout boasts superb build quality, a strong handle, and a host of other features that will endear it to a wide variety of users. The combination of modular power supply and motherboard tray means cables can be kept out of sight, and Palicomp has done a commendable job of keeping things tidy inside. The result is a system that, while slightly cramped, is easier to work with than many of its competitors.

There are numerous small touches that should endear the Scout to buyers, too. The hard disk bays face the side of the case rather than the motherboard and so are easy to access, and the drive bays are equipped with clasps for tool-free entry. Thumbscrews allow the PCI slot blankers to be easily removed, while a switch on the front of the machine lets you turn off the red lights that sit in the 120mm case fans.

The interior is a little cramped, however, and that means upgrade room is limited. The Gigabyte GA-770T-USB3 motherboard offers no spare PCI-Express x16 slot, and the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2, while a quiet and effective cooler, overhangs one of the spare DIMM sockets.

Palicomp has ensured, though, that its latest machine won’t need to be upgraded for quite a while. The system boasts AMD’s cheaper six-core CPU – the Phenom II X6 1055T – and it’s overclocked from its stock speed of 2.8GHz to 3.5GHz here. The benchmark result of 2.09 isn’t the best we’ve seen – the Wired2Fire Hellspawn Ultima scored 2.38 from its overclocked Intel Core i3-530 processor – but it’s still more than good enough for most purposes.

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Gamers will be pleased with the ATI Radeon HD 5850 graphics card too. Its score of 57fps in our High quality Crysis benchmark is far in advance of the Wired2Fire’s performance, and it ran through our 1,920 x 1,200 Very High quality test at a playable 33fps. Only at a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600 did the card return a below par framerate of 21fps.

The graphics card does come with a sting in its tail, with this particular model (a Gigabyte GV-R58OC-1GB) featuring two rather insistent fans. While the resultant whirr isn’t catastrophic, those for whom a quiet PC is the main priority would be better off going with a system that’s been designed with a bit of sound insulation factored in, as the A-Listed Wired2Fire isn’t the quietest machine either.

The rest of the specification, meanwhile, is decent. Four gigabytes of RAM is enough to keep Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit ticking over nicely, and a pair of 500GB hard disks arranged in a striped RAID0 array.

The graphics card’s a tad on the noisy side, then, but this flaw isn’t enough to put us off the Palicomp. The combination of processor and graphics card delivers enough power to handle both intensive applications and demanding games, and the chassis is one of the most impressive around. It’s a worthy award winner.


Warranty1 yr return to base

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity1,000
RAM capacity4.00GB
Screen sizeN/A


CPU familyAMD Phenom
CPU nominal frequency2.80GHz
CPU overclocked frequency3.50GHz
Processor socketAM3
HSF (heatsink-fan)Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2


MotherboardGigabyte GA-770T-USB3
Motherboard chipsetAMD 770
Conventional PCI slots free2
Conventional PCI slots total2
PCI-E x16 slots free0
PCI-E x16 slots total1
PCI-E x8 slots free0
PCI-E x8 slots total0
PCI-E x4 slots free0
PCI-E x4 slots total0
PCI-E x1 slots free3
PCI-E x1 slots total4
Internal SATA connectors6
Internal SAS connectors1
Internal PATA connectors1
Internal floppy connectors1
Wired adapter speed1,000Mbits/sec


Memory typeDDR3
Memory sockets free2
Memory sockets total4

Graphics card

Graphics cardGigabyte GV-R580OC-1GB
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards?no
3D performance settingLow
Graphics chipsetATI Radeon HD 5850
Graphics card RAM1.00GB
DVI-I outputs2
HDMI outputs1
VGA (D-SUB) outputs0
DisplayPort outputs1
Number of graphics cards1

Hard disk

Hard diskSamsung EcoGreen F3 HD503HI
Hard disk usable capacity465GB
Internal disk interfaceSATA/300
Spindle speed7,200RPM
Cache size16MB
Hard disk 2 make and modelSamsung EcoGreen F3 HD503HI
Hard disk 2 nominal capacity500GB
Hard disk 2 formatted capacity465
Hard disk 2 spindle speed7,200RPM
Hard disk 2 cache size16MB
Hard disk 3 make and modelN/A
Hard disk 3 nominal capacityN/A
Hard disk 4 make and modelN/A
Hard disk 4 nominal capacityN/A


Optical driveSony Optiarc AD-7241S
Optical disc technologyDVD writer
Optical disk 2 make and modelN/A
Optical disk 3 make and modelN/A


Monitor make and modelN/A
Resolution screen horizontalN/A
Resolution screen verticalN/A
ResolutionN/A x N/A
Pixel response timeN/A
Contrast ratioN/A
Screen brightnessN/A
DVI inputsN/A
HDMI inputsN/A
VGA inputsN/A
DisplayPort inputsN/A

Additional Peripherals

Speaker typeN/A
Sound cardN/A


ChassisCooler Master Scout
Case formatFull tower
Dimensions197 x 500 x 495mm (WDH)

Power supply

Power supplyThermaltake Evo_Blue
Power supply rating750W

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays3

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream)10
FireWire ports2
eSATA ports1
PS/2 mouse portno
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports1
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports1
3.5mm audio jacks6

Front ports

Front panel USB ports4
Front panel memory card readerno

Mouse & Keyboard

Mouse and keyboardN/A

Operating system and software

OS familyWindows 7
Recovery methodWindows disc
Software suppliedAVG AntiVirus 9 Free, OpenOffice 3, Nero 9

Noise and power

Idle power consumption151W
Peak power consumption369W

Performance tests

Overall application benchmark score2.09
Office application benchmark score1.54
2D graphics application benchmark score2.52
Encoding application benchmark score1.72
Multitasking application benchmark score2.59
3D performance (crysis) low settings121fps
3D performance settingLow

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