Rounding up the Intel Core i7 desktops
CNET reviews five Intel Core i7-based PCs.
As you may have read, we are impressed by Intel's
We've spent the better part of November reviewing Core i7-equipped desktops, five to be exact. The highest-end model, the $8,000
In between, we saw a Core i7-based Alienware Area-51 X58 with 2TB of traditional hard drive storage, as well as a pair of Samsung solid-state hard drives. That's a truly impressive amount of hardware, even for its $6,500 price tag. We just wish there was an overclocking option with that system. And finally, Velocity Micro's upper-midrange Edge Z55 impressed us as PCs from that company often do, with its workman-like design and superior performance for the dollar.
Anyone shopping for a performance PC this holiday will make their loved ones happy with any of these Core i7-based desktops, but we're also eager to see what AMD has to show us with its next CPU update, thedue out early next year. Until we see what those new chips and systems look like, your best bet is a Core i7 CPU or a desktop that uses it.