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This was most clearly indicated by Battlefield 2 and Counter-Strike: Source, which when run on a system with high-end dual graphics card are patently CPU locked. The new combination of faster CPU and DDR2 memory increases performance across all tested resolutions in these titles. Battlefield 2 now leaps from just over 100fps to just over 131fps, while Counter-Strike goes from 72fps to round 83fps.
In Call of Duty, the lead isn’t quite as commanding because the graphics cards in the Alienware were clocked higher. Call of Duty is far more demanding on the graphics cards so at the top end – 2,048 x 1,536, the Evesham it’s actually slower. Of course, you can try and overclock the cards in the Evesham.
As a system though, the scores demonstrate that with the supplied monitor you can play any game that’s out right now, and probably for some time to come, at maximum detail.
The Axis Asteroid is another fine machine from Evesham. It’s stocked with the best components, and it delivers in the performance stakes and the monitor is a good choice too. As a bonus, Evesham also offer three years on-site warranty.
The only downsides are that the case isn’t really special enough and that it’s quite expensive, though for what you're getting it's not bad value. The problem is that most of the cash is going on the absolute high-end FX-62, which is at retail a £750 CPU - probably overkill for most people. Drop down a couple of notches and this would offer even better value - though it would no longer offer reference level performance.
However, if you’re looking a one-stop-shop system that’s the fastest thing around right now, but don’t want to pay through the nose for Alienware prices, this Evesham will certainly do the trick. Just stick it under the table rather than on the desk.
Fast and furious, this Evesham is the speediest machine we’ve ever tested. However, the case really doesn’t really do its contents justice - it just looks too cheap. Case aside though, this system ticks every box for performance, value, build quality, and support. For out and out speed it can’t be beaten and as such this system comes recommended.
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