Zoostorm Core 2 Duo E6850 review

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This Zoostorm is the cheapest system in the Labs. While every other manufacturer has pushed the £500 budget as far as it will go, Zoostorm has opted to lower the price.

Zoostorm Core 2 Duo E6850 review

Surprisingly, its core specification doesn’t suffer much. Its Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 is, in fact, one of the better processors this month. It loses out to the E8000 parts by virtue of a smaller cache and front side bus, but it has a superb clock speed of 3GHz and delivers a benchmark result of 1.46 – the third highest in this Labs.

Its 3D performance is less spectacular. The GeForce 8600 GT is an older mid-range graphics card and can’t handle our High or Medium detail Crysis benchmarks, although it scored 68fps at Low detail. Gaming will be limited to older titles or lower-quality settings.

The Hannspree New York comes with familiar, divisive styling, and we’ve evaluated its performance in the Chillblast Fusion Rogue review.

The interior isn’t the neatest either, and cables block the free 5.25in and 3.5in bays. Zoostorm has forgone the standard Intel heatsink for a superior Akasa fan, however, so the Core 2 Duo E6850 could be a stable overclocker.

The exterior includes a card reader and a good selection of ports, but the build quality is suspect. The metallic base has an excessively stiff Power button, and the plastic upper half houses three flimsy doors that attract fingerprints too easily.

Still, these are minor quibbles in the face of excellent performance from the processor. Only the ageing graphics card puts a dent in the Zoostorm’s claim on a Labs award this month.

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