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So what’s left to mention? Well, you get a 56k dial up modem and a set of Creative Labs Inspire T7700 speakers and a Microsoft keyboard and mouse. On the software side the machine ships with a copy of Windows XP Home and Microsoft Works 8, which is pretty much what you can expect at this price point. An added bonus of the nForce 4 motherboard is the built in nVidia accelerated firewall, but this only works if you connect to the Internet via the Ethernet connector.
Overall build quality is very good and internally the Axis Nforce R is very tidy with easy access for any future upgrades. Evesham has fitted a very reasonable 350W power supply which should be plenty for the current configuration and should even be able to cope with a graphics card upgrade in the future. The only criticism I have is that Evesham hadn’t fitted the FireWire bracket in the review system, but we were assured this will be done in the retail machines.
Let’s have a look at the performance numbers, since no matter how little or how much a PC costs, if it doesn’t perform, it’s not worth the asking price. Luckily the Axis Nforce R is no slouch and it managed a fairly impressive overall score of 170 in SYSMark 2004, which is about what you would expect from a 3500+ processor. The PCMark 2004 scores are again pretty much where I expected them to be, apart from the memory score which seems quite low.
The 3D scores are nothing spectacular, but as long as you don’t enable Anti-Aliasing you should be able to play all the current games at a frame rate well over 60fps. So there are no concerns here for the current crop of games, but the graphics card will probably be the first component in this system that will need an upgrade further down the road.
This is however a fairly minor issue and by the time the graphics card is due for an upgrade, you should be able to get something a lot more powerful for a lot less than it would cost today. Remember that you’re also limited by the 1,280 x 1,024 resolution of the ViewSonic display, which makes the choice of graphics card quite sensible.
Overall it’s hard not to like the Axis Nforce R especially considering that it will only set you back £1,199 inc VAT. I personally think this is a very reasonable price considering what you’re getting. If you’re looking for a well rounded PC that will handle everything but the very most demanding 3D applications, then the Evesham Axis Nforce R is well worth considering.
The Evesham Axis Nforce R is not the fastest computer around, nor does it have any unique selling points unless you specifically want an nForce 4 motherboard, but it is well rounded system with an attractive price tag.
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