Summary: As an all-round, high-end home machine, the iPower is letdown by its imbalanced configuration. Although it is a quick app monster, its gaming performance is underpar, which is unfortunate considering its high asking price.
Pros: Great water-cooling kit, fast hard drive performance, good application machine, game-friendly keyboard and mouse, nVidia SLI support.
Cons: BIOS doesn’t allow overclocking, poor gaming performance, limited GPU upgrade path due to low wattage power supply.
Summary: Not a brand that leaps to mind when you think of high-end gaming systems but Packard Bell has a tendency to market computers at killer price points; the fact that you could walk out of PC World with an SLI system for £1400 is astounding. Witness the power This model hasn’t been named flippantly. It’s the most powerful PC that Packard Bell makes and has twin 256MB nVidia graphics cards, two RAID-arranged 250GB drives and 2GB RAM. Where’s the compromise, you’re thinking.