Palicomp Phoenix i5 Destiny review

There’s no motherboard tray, but the array of rainbow-coloured cables is neatly tucked away or anchored to nearby bays, and there’s a reasonable amount of upgrade room. Its spare DIMM sockets aren’t impeded, and there are two PCI Express x16 slots and two PCI sockets within easy reach, although only one of those spare PCI Express x16 slots will prove useful for graphics card installation, as the second runs at just x4 speed.

The range of drive bays is fine, with three spare 5.25in bays and four spare hard disk sockets, all boasting tool-free mounting clips, although we couldn’t access either PCI-Express x1 socket – one is obscured by the graphics card, and another is blocked by a USB 3 extension that’s plugged into a PCI blanker. It’s also worth noting the 550W power supply isn’t modular, so you’ll need to check its connections before making any upgrades.

Palicomp Phoenix i5 Destiny - interior shot

The position of the Thermaltake ISGC-300 CPU cooler and the rear exhaust fan also surprised us a little, with the processor heatsink facing towards the rear fan – so the traditional passage of air through the chassis is interrupted, with both fans sucking air from the same small area. That could prove disastrous for cooling, but the Destiny doesn’t suffer too badly: the processor’s peak temperature of 84 degrees isn’t cause for concern, and the GPU’s peak of 67 degrees is even better.

Noise output was more of an issue. When idling, the Destiny emitted a barely perceptible purr that’s difficult to notice unless you’re in the quietest of rooms, but the decibel levels jumped when the system was stressed. It’s not an offensive level of noise, but it’s certainly noticeable.

Overall, though, Palicomp’s latest has far more hits than misses: the fine processor, Blu-ray drive, solid chassis and peripherals outweigh the middling graphics card and noise issues. If you’re looking for a PC that’s affordable and doesn’t compromise too much on performance, you could do a lot worse than pick this.

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