Gateway 9310 review: Gateway 9310

Leading-edge sound should come standard in a higher-end PC, and the 9310XL doesn't disappoint on this score either. Gateway throws in the Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS card, with its 24-bit high-resolution playback, low signal-to-noise ratio, and THX-certified, Dolby-Digital 7.1 surround sound. To go with this state-of-the-art audio subsystem, Gateway includes its almost laughably large GMax 5100 surround sound speakers with their huge, desktop-case-size subwoofer, (a $214 extra), which delivered skull-crunching power and exacting crispness (but were too loud even at volume-level 2 for comfortable listening). A wireless keyboard-and-mouse combo rounds out the package.

The price of our review unit included only the standard 9310XL software package: Microsoft Windows XP Home, Microsoft Works Suite 2005 for basic word processing and productivity, and a 90-day trial of Norton AntiVirus 2005. Gateway also backs the 9310XL with a respectable support package, including one year of parts-and-labor coverage (which you can extend in various ways, starting with $109 for a year of onsite service) and 24/7 phone support, although the call is not toll-free. If you want to read any documentation, you'll likely need to refer to Gateway's Web site, as the included documentation sadly goes only as far as a quick-setup guide. Online, there's more written info, in addition to driver downloads and other resources.

Application performance
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
BAPCo SysMark 2004 rating  
SysMark 2004 Internet-content-creation rating  
SysMark 2004 office-productivity rating  

To measure application performance, CNET Labs uses BAPCo's SysMark 2004, an industry-standard benchmark. Using off-the-shelf applications, SysMark measures a desktop's performance using office-productivity applications (such as Microsoft Office and McAfee VirusScan) and Internet-content-creation applications (such as Adobe Photoshop and Macromedia Dreamweaver).

3D gaming performance (in fps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Unreal Tournament 2003 Flyby-Antalus 1,600x1,200 4xAA 8xAF  
Unreal Tournament 2003 Flyby-Antalus 1,024x768  

To measure 3D gaming performance, CNET Labs uses Epic Games' Unreal Tournament 2003, widely used as an industry-standard benchmark. We use Unreal to measure a desktop's performance with the DirectX 8.0 (DX8) interface at a 32-bit color depth and at a resolution of 1,024x768 and 1,600x1,200. Antialiasing and anisotropic filtering are disabled during our 1,024x768 tests and are set to 4X and 8X respectively during our 1,600x1,200 tests. At this color depth and these resolutions, Unreal provides an excellent means of comparing the performance of low-end to high-end graphics subsystems. We report the results of Unreal's Flyby-Antalus test in frames per second (fps).

System configurations:

Gateway 7200XL
Windows XP Home SP2; 3.6GHz Intel P4 560; Intel 915GSE chipset; 1,024MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; 256MB ATI Radeon X800XT (PCIe); WDC WD2500JD-22HBB0 250GB 7,200rpm Serial ATA

Gateway 9310XL
Windows XP Home SP2; 3.2GHz Intel P4 640; Intel 915GSE chipset; 1,024MB DDR2 SDRAM 400MHz; 256MB Nvidia GeForce 6800 Ultra (PCIe); two WDC WD2500JD-22HBB0 250GB 7,200rpm Serial ATA

MPC Millennia 940i Dream Machine
Windows XP Professional SP2; 3.8GHz Intel P4 570; Intel 925X chipset; 1,024MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; 256MB Nvidia GeForce 6800 Ultra (PCIe); Hitachi HDS722525VLSA80 250GB 7,200rpm Serial ATA; two Hitachi HDS724040KLSA80 400GB Serial ATA 7,200rpm; integrated Intel 82801FR SATA RAID controller

*Overdrive Torque 64
Windows XP Home SP2; 2.0GHz AMD Athlon 64 3000+; Nvidia Nforce-3 250 chipset; 512MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; 256MB Nvidia GeForce 6800 GT (AGP); Maxtor 6Y200M0 200GB, 7,200rpm Serial ATA

Velocity Micro Vector SX-V
Windows XP Home SP2; 3.4GHz Intel P4 550; Intel 915G chipset; 512MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; 128MB Nvidia GeForce 6600 GT (PCIe); WDC WD2000JD-00HBB0 200GB 7,200rpm Serial ATA

Note: *Overdrive Torque 64 CPU and graphics card are overclocked.

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    Part Number: 9310x Released: Feb 24, 2005
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    • Release date Feb 24, 2005