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Evesham Axis AK47
Although the original AK47 became the most popular assault rifle in the world (although most of the weapons out in the field are Chinese copies, rather than Russian originals), I think Evesham would be happy enough if the Axis AK47 becomes the most popular SLI PC in the UK. The AK47 rifle was so widely used due to its simplicity, reliability and low cost. The Axis AK47 is also pretty basic for an SLI PC, it didn’t fall over once during our testing and the price is also pretty attractive.
I think that’s enough comparisons with firearms, but the Axis AK47 is the first affordable SLI system that we have seen at TrustedReviews to feature two GeForce 6800 cards. That might sound like a contradiction in terms, but with the latest generation of GeForce 6800 and 6800LE PCI Express cards based on the NV41 core sporting SLI connectors as standard, the cost of GeForce 6800 based SLI setups have dropped to a completely new level.
The two cards Evesham has gone with are from Leadtek, but gone are the big noisy coolers from the 6800GT cards we saw in the Duel SLi system – with the lower clock speeds of the GeForce 6800LE cards, a more discrete and quiet solution has been employed. The other major difference is that the GeForce 6800LE cards don’t have a power connector, which means less power draw but also less overclockability.
However, you don’t worry about this machine being a poor performer by any means, but more on that when we get to the benchmark results. The basic version of the GeForce 6800 range use DDR memory rather than GDDR3, which is also a limiting factor when it comes to memory clocks. On the upside the latest GeForce 6800LE cards now have 12 pipelines instead of the previous eight, which should improve the performance even though the cards in the Axis AK47 were only clocked at 334/618MHz core/memory. The Leadtek cards also have 256MB of graphics memory each, which again is up from 128MB of the previous generation of GeForce 6800LE cards.
Besides the two graphics cards the Axis AK47 comes with an Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe motherboard which offers a wide range of onboard features including dual Gigabit Ethernet, onboard 7.1-channel audio, support for up to eight SATA devices and onboard FireWire. Besides the graphics cards the only other card fitted is a 56K V.92 modem, but there is very little else that you might need.
The processor is a Socket-939 AMD Athlon 64 3700+ which is clocked at 2.2GHz and has 1MB of Level 2 cache. Add to this 1GB of Micron branded PC3200 memory and you’ve got a pretty good gaming machine. Remember, this is not a top of the range gaming PC so even though Evesham has used quality components you won’t find low latency memory or other high-value, super-fast kit in the Axis AK47.
Moving on to the storage devices there is 250GB Maxtor DiamondMax 10 SATA hard drive and a 16x Sony DVD+/-R DVD writer which also writes to DVD+/-RW media at 8x and DVD+R dual layer media at 4x. Finally we have a 16x Sony DVD-ROM drive as the floppy drive has finally become an optional extra. The front also houses two USB 2.0 ports, a single six pin FireWire connector as well as headphone and microphone connectors.
There’s plenty of space free inside the case with two empty 5.25in drive bays and four empty 3.5in drive bays. The PSU is a 420W unit from Tagan that should be more that sufficient for this setup. A rear mounted 120mm fan helps keep the system cool without creating too much extra noise. Build quality is up to Evesham’s normal high standards and all the cables have been tied up neatly with cable ties.