Gateway FX6831-03: The Heart and Soul of a Performance PC

PCWorld: Gateway FX6831-03 – The Heart and Soul of a Performance PC

In a recent comparison of high-performance desktop PCs, PCWorld was particularly impressed by this hot model from Gateway, powered by Intel’s Core i7-860 processor running at 2.8GHz.

“The Gateway FX6831-03 is in many ways a match for one of the power PC category’s best price-for-performance systems, the Micro Express MicroFlex 95B. But while the systems share similar performance characteristics, the FX6831-03 surpasses the 95B in features and extras. Though this PC packed with awesome add-ons might not top the charts, you won’t find a better value for the $1699 (as of March 1, 2010) cost.

The FX6831-03’s Intel Core i7-860 processor runs at 2.8GHz, a little below the speed of the MicroFlex 95B’s 3.2GHz Intel Core i7-950 CPU. Even so, Gateway’s machine was able to deliver comparable performance on our WorldBench 6 suite, earning a score of 142 (close to the 95B’s mark of 148). That result is thanks in part to the FX6831-03’s memory configuration: The Gateway PC’s 16GB of DDR3-1333 memory–no, that’s not a typo–is the largest amount we’ve seen on any system gracing our charts. We have to ask, however, what typical PC activities actually benefit from 16GB of RAM. Would a reduction in price and a switch to 8GB have been a better choice?”

Small Business Computing Staff
Small Business Computing Staff
Small Business Computing addresses the technology needs of small businesses, which are defined as businesses with fewer than 500 employees and/or less than $7 million in annual sales.

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