Palicomp CORE6 1055OC35 review

£783
Price when reviewed

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.

Warranty

Warranty 1 yr return to base

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity 1,000
RAM capacity 4.00GB
Screen size N/A

Processor

CPU family AMD Phenom
CPU nominal frequency 2.80GHz
CPU overclocked frequency 3.50GHz
Processor socket AM3
HSF (heatsink-fan) Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2

Motherboard

Motherboard Gigabyte GA-770T-USB3
Motherboard chipset AMD 770
Conventional PCI slots free 2
Conventional PCI slots total 2
PCI-E x16 slots free 0
PCI-E x16 slots total 1
PCI-E x8 slots free 0
PCI-E x8 slots total 0
PCI-E x4 slots free 0
PCI-E x4 slots total 0
PCI-E x1 slots free 3
PCI-E x1 slots total 4
Internal SATA connectors 6
Internal SAS connectors 1
Internal PATA connectors 1
Internal floppy connectors 1
Wired adapter speed 1,000Mbits/sec

Memory

Memory type DDR3
Memory sockets free 2
Memory sockets total 4

Graphics card

Graphics card Gigabyte GV-R580OC-1GB
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards? no
3D performance setting Low
Graphics chipset ATI Radeon HD 5850
Graphics card RAM 1.00GB
DVI-I outputs 2
HDMI outputs 1
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 0
DisplayPort outputs 1
Number of graphics cards 1

Hard disk

Hard disk Samsung EcoGreen F3 HD503HI
Capacity 500GB
Hard disk usable capacity 465GB
Internal disk interface SATA/300
Spindle speed 7,200RPM
Cache size 16MB
Hard disk 2 make and model Samsung EcoGreen F3 HD503HI
Hard disk 2 nominal capacity 500GB
Hard disk 2 formatted capacity 465
Hard disk 2 spindle speed 7,200RPM
Hard disk 2 cache size 16MB
Hard disk 3 make and model N/A
Hard disk 3 nominal capacity N/A
Hard disk 4 make and model N/A
Hard disk 4 nominal capacity N/A

Drives

Optical drive Sony Optiarc AD-7241S
Optical disc technology DVD writer
Optical disk 2 make and model N/A
Optical disk 3 make and model N/A

Monitor

Monitor make and model N/A
Resolution screen horizontal N/A
Resolution screen vertical N/A
Resolution N/A x N/A
Pixel response time N/A
Contrast ratio N/A
Screen brightness N/A
DVI inputs N/A
HDMI inputs N/A
VGA inputs N/A
DisplayPort inputs N/A

Additional Peripherals

Speakers N/A
Speaker type N/A
Sound card N/A
Peripherals N/A

Case

Chassis Cooler Master Scout
Case format Full tower
Dimensions 197 x 500 x 495mm (WDH)

Power supply

Power supply Thermaltake Evo_Blue
Power supply rating 750W

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays 3

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream) 10
FireWire ports 2
eSATA ports 1
PS/2 mouse port no
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports 1
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports 1
Modem no
3.5mm audio jacks 6

Front ports

Front panel USB ports 4
Front panel memory card reader no

Mouse & Keyboard

Mouse and keyboard N/A

Operating system and software

OS family Windows 7
Recovery method Windows disc
Software supplied AVG AntiVirus 9 Free, OpenOffice 3, Nero 9

Noise and power

Idle power consumption 151W
Peak power consumption 369W

Performance tests

Overall application benchmark score 2.09
Office application benchmark score 1.54
2D graphics application benchmark score 2.52
Encoding application benchmark score 1.72
Multitasking application benchmark score 2.59
3D performance (crysis) low settings 121fps
3D performance setting Low

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