The Athlon 64 FX-53 processor has been available for a few weeks now, but not being a mainstream product means that the uptake has been somewhat slow. Evesham is one of a handful of UK system vendors that ships machines based on the FX-53. The Axis 64 FX53 is priced at well over £2,000 which puts it out of the reach of just about everyone that’s not willing to spend a small fortune on a PC.
But as always with computers, the more you spend, the higher the performance, well maybe not always but in this case it’s holding true. Apart from the Athlon 64 FX-53 processor Evesham has pulled out all the stops and fitted 1GB of registered ECC PC3200 DDR SDRAM which, on its own adds quite a hefty price tag to any system.
The Asus SK8V motherboard adds onboard Gigabit LAN; six USB 2.0 ports, with two of them front mounted and a single rear mounted FireWire port. The motherboard also supports up to four S-ATA devices and six IDE devices. The only problem is that the case won’t be able to cater for that many drives, but there shouldn’t be any reason to upgrade the Axis 64 FX53 for some time.
The graphics card of choice is a Radeon 9800XT, which is currently the fastest graphics card you can buy. Again this adds quite a bit to the price tag of the system. Sound comes courtesy of a SoundBlaster Audigy 2 ZS sound card with an accompanying front mounted breakout box. A set of Creative Labs 7.1-channel speakers are also supplied to complete the package. This is pretty much as good as it gets with PC sound systems without delving into semi-professional kit.
But it doesn’t stop there as Evesham has included two 160GB Maxtor S-ATA hard drives in a RAID-0 configuration, which means that there is a whopping 320GB of storage running at optimal speed. To backup important data Evesham has fitted an Sony DVD writer which can burn both DVD+R and –R media at eight-speed, as well as DVD+RW and –RW at four-speed. There is of course a DVD-ROM drive as well which can read discs at up to 16-speed.
Finally a 19in ViewSonic TFT display puts the icing on the cake. This is a superb screen with excellent image quality. The ViewSonic also has dual D-SUB inputs as well as a single DVI, so it can be used with multiple PCs if necessary. Even the stand is first rate, with dampened vertical movement, panning and tilt functionality.