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Summary

Our Score

9/10

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Underneath these, another 5.25in bay contains a break-out box for the Fatal1ty edition of the Creative X-Fi sound card. The box provides, a whole host of connections, such as optical and S/PDIF in and out, phono outputs, and midi in and out. Unless you're into music production on some level, it's debatable if you'll need any of this. However, the Extreme Music version that doesn't have the break out box also doesn't have X-RAM, so if you feel want a fully specced X-Fi card you have to have one with a break out box. You could of course, just not install the break-out box.

Beneath this is a floppy disc drive that also contains multiple card readers, which is a great inclusion as it means you don't have to choose between old, but sometimes still necessary, and new technology.

Beneath this you'll find a fan-guard, covering an 80mm fan that draws air into the PC. This air comes in underneath the single hard disk. If a single disc seems lean for such an expensive PC, it is at least a very large capacity drive - a 500GB Western Digital, with 16MB of cache. The only disappointment is that Evesham has not partitioned this into C and D drives, which I always feel is a good idea - if only because it enables you to recover or reinstall Windows without having to worry about data on the D partition.

As mentioned at the top of the review, the processor is an AMD Athlon FX-62, no less than the very top of the pile for performance from AMD. It's a dual-core processor and runs at 2.8GHz, with 1MB of Level cache for each core. It's a powerhouse and as you can see from the scores it helps make this the fastest machine we've ever tested - though that's a claim we seem to make every couple of months or so as newer machines come in.

The motherboard Evesham has used is a Foxconn C51XEM2AA, board based on the nForce 590 SLI chipset. There are two x16 speed PCI Express slots filled with nVidia GeForce 7900 GTX graphics cards. There are x4 and x1 PCI Express card slots, both unoccupied. However, the dual-slot GeForce 7900 GTX cards means that the x1 slot is obscured and can't be used. You might be able to get a card in between to fill the x4 slot but it would have to fit underneath the SLI bridge adaptor and might overly restrict the air flow.

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