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We have a harder time reconciling the ProMagix E2055's graphics card. We've known for awhile that with Windows Vista and current 3D games, 512MB is the way to go for graphics hardware. It also doesn't help the $1,499 ProMagix E2055 that its Radeon HD 3850 card is a lower-end midrange card, to the upper midrange GeForce 8800 GT in the $1,099 Gateway. The test scores speak for themselves, and it's also worth noting that the higher clock speed on the ProMagix E2055's dual-core CPU can't make up for the weak 3D hardware. The Velocity Micro system will still be able to handle most current 3D games, but it's not as fast as its less expensive competition.
Despite these price-performance issues, there are still some elements of the ProMagix E2055 that we like. We're impressed by the new, smaller midtower case, for example. Typically, we get Velocity PCs in larger full-size chassis, such as the ProMagix E2240 we reviewed at the end of 2007. Because of this smaller design, you sacrifice some expandability. You only get one free PCI slot and no extra graphics card slot. Still, the compact new case is attractive and in keeping with Velocity Micro's history of paying attention to its desktops' aesthetics. We're also glad to see that the hard drive cages face outward, easing the burden of swapping drives.
For the rest of the ProMagix E2055 package, Velocity Micro includes a wired keyboard and a laser gaming mouse, a media card reader, and the typical combination of a dual-layer DVD burner and a standalone DVD-ROM drive. Its Windows Vista desktop is almost entirely free of trialware and other icon clutter, the lone exception being a trial offer for Microsoft Office 2007. We have a hunch that if it were up to Velocity Micro, this icon wouldn't be there, either.
Like all Velocity Micro desktops, the standard warranty package grants you parts and labor coverage for one year. If you want extra coverage, you'll have to negotiate with Best Buy. Good luck with that. You can call Velocity Micro toll-free from 4:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m, Monday through Friday, and from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. PST on Saturdays. If you can't get 24-7 phone help, those hours seem generous to us. When Velocity is not reachable by phone, you can always try to help yourself through its informative Web site, which offers a broad array of help resources, including 24-7 e-mail-based assistance. The only catch is that to use it, you have to be able to get online in the first place.
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Dell XPS 630
Windows Vista Home Premium; 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Q6600; 2GB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM; (2) 512MB Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT graphics cards; 500GB 7,200 rpm Seagate hard drive
Windows Vista Home Premium; 2.3GHz AMD Phenom 9600; 3GB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM, 512MB Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT graphics card; 500GB 7,200 rpm Seagate hard drive
Windows Vista Home Premium (tested); Windows XP Professional SP2 (second partition); 3.2GHz (overclocked) Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600; 2GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM, 512MB Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT graphics card; 500GB 7,200 rpm Seagate hard drive
Velocity Micro ProMagix E2055
Windows Vista Home Premium; 3.13GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E8500; 3GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM, 256MB ATI Radeon HD 3850 graphics card; 500GB 7,200 rpm Seagate hard drive
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