AVADirect GT3 : Core i7 Gaming System
Nomad gamers who find themselves rolling from place to place know that portability can be almost as important as performance.The AVADirect GT3 is made for them. This gaming desktop has a compact chassis, yet boasts a full-blown Core 17 quad-core processor and high-powered ATI RadeonHD graphics card. Thanks to its manageable size and reasonable weight, the GT3 is a more practical gaming rig for LAN parties than the humongous speed machines.
The GT3's mostly ABS plastic chassis measures about 15.5 by 4.5 by 12.5 inches (HWD) and uses an internal riser card system that turns the graphics card orientation 90 degrees to fit a full-size graphics card. Because of the cooling needs of a quad-core processor and dual-width graphics card, the very noticeable fans make quite a din. There are also customization options for some of the components but not much room for expansion.
This system was a very good performer on our 3D games test, returning smooth, playable numbers for both Crysis (81 frames per second) and World in Conflict (93 fps) at our standard l,280-by-l,024 resolution. The GT3 also finished our Windows Media Encoder test in 34 seconds. In the niche market of hard-core gamers, the GT3 makes a good argument for buying over building.
2.66-GHz Intel Core i7-920 processor
6GB DDR3 SDRAM
500GB SATA hard drive
ATI Radeon HD 4850 graphics
ten USB 2.0 ports
one FireWire port
one eSATA port
Windows Vista Home Premium (64-bit)
AVADirect GT3 Core i7 Gaming System
PROS : Compact gaming rig with carrying handle. Decent 3D performance. No bloatware. Fits full-sized cards. Nice price.
CONS : Carbon fiber look is a decal. System is loud. No digital card reader. Upgrade/service-
ability is awkward. Only 350W power supply.
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