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Summary

Our Score

9/10

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The 17in Viewsonic TFT monitor (review here) adds to the overall feel of a super charged PC kitted out with some of the best bits around. All this does of course add up to something horrendously expensive, but if you’re going to buy the latest and greatest processor, why not make sure that you get a great PC to go with it. But let’s have a quick look at the benchmarks first, just to keep you in suspense a little bit longer before you find out if you can afford this beast of a PC or not.

As with any processor speed bump, benchmark numbers go up, but the question is by how much and whether it will make a difference to the way you use a computer? Those are usually easy questions to answer: not very much and not really. The reason for this is that most computers today are much faster than most users need or ever take advantage of, unless of course you work with heavy 3D applications, video and audio or of course, play the latest 3D games.

The Evesham Evolution 3.4 is however amazingly fast and adds 37 points over the 3.2GHz processor in Sysmark 2002. It is even 28 points faster than the 3.2GHz Pentium 4 Extreme Edition. This is by far the fastest PC I have ever seen and it blows away anything else that we’ve tested at TrustedReviews to date. Looking at the graphics benchmarks the numbers are even more amazing with a 3DMark 2001 score of 19,416 and 3DMark03 score of 6,669. It does also perform well across the board in both Aquamark and SPECviewperf, but I won’t go into any greater detail about those numbers as the graphs speak for themselves.

So what about the price then? Well, Evesham is asking for a whopping £1,820.08 inc VAT for this monster machine, but you have to take into consideration that you get a lot of hardware for your money. Ultimately it’s the age old situation, if you want cutting edge technology, you’ll have to dig deep to afford it.

Verdict

Intel’s latest Pentium 4 processor adds a lot of speed, but the price tag is very high. Evesham has built a first rate PC around it that has blown everything we’ve tested so far away without breaking a sweat. The Evolution 3.4 is definitely worth having as long as it doesn’t break your bank account.

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