TI AMD Deluxe 3800

The TI AMD 3800 Deluxe is quite a bargain, it is among the first sub-$1500 desktop PC's we have seen with a RAID array. Two 80GB SATA drives have been configured in a RAID 0 array (for a total of 160GB), which boosts the read and write performance to the drives and helps overall system performance. However, for data safety, you may wish to opt for a RAID 1 array, which sacrifices hard drive space in order to mirror data instead. For extra storage, the installed LG double-layer DVD burner is a speedy and reliable device.

Running on an AMD Athlon 64 3800+ CPU with two 512MB DDR400 memory modules, the TI AMD Deluxe is a great performer. It scored 100 in PC WorldBench 5, which is the first time a machine in a sub-$1500 price range has reached this mark and this is due to the RAID 0 array and the powerful CPU. For 3-D graphics performance, TI has included a 128MB Eagle 6600GT video card and it posted 3665 in 3DMark 2005. This is a decent score for a machine in this price range. Since the GA K8N-SLI motherboard has two PCI Express (PCIe) graphics slots, it does allow for an upgrade with another 6600GT, which will cost about $200 and will give about an extra 15 frames per second (fps) when playing games with high detail settings turned on. The motherboard will also support up to 4GB of RAM.

The monitor is a 17in Mitsubishi CRT with a flat screen. It is bulky, but offers excellent image quality.

Verdict: This is good all-round system for productivity and entertainment. It has a very fast CPU, good connectivity and it brings the benefits of RAID to the mainstream for the first time.

Specifications: AMD 64 3800; 2 x 80GB hard drive; Eagle 6600GT graphics card with 128MB RAM; 2 x 512MB DDR400 RAM, mid-tower case; Ports: 10 x USB 2.0, FireWire, 10/100/1000 Ethernet; 17in CRT SVGA monitor; DVD burner.

URL: www.ticomputers.com.au

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