Summary: Here comes Ivy Bridge. The Asus Essentio CM6870 is one of the first budget desktops to run one of Intel’s brand-new Ivy Bridge processors and receive testing under the brand-new WorldBench 7 benchmarking suite.
Conclusion: As a family PC or an entertainment system with some serious productivity prowess and impressive upgrade potential, it's a great choice at its $999 price. That said, we're sure to see plenty of other systems soon with similar new Intel processors. Expect stiff competition on the market imminently, but know that this PC is a solid value by any measure, circa spring 2012.
Pros: Fast productivity performance, thanks to new Ivy Bridge processor, Large 2TB hard drive, Great expansion options
Cons: Gaming performance could be better for a system in this price range, Internal fans are noticeably noisy during bootup