The Gateway DX4300-11 takes a back seat to the competition in three out of the four benchmark tests. Ironically, the Editors' Choice-winning Gateway SX2800-01 takes last in the Cinebench test because of its slower processor speed, but the both systems still get taken for a ride by Asus across the board.
Luckily, Gateway balances its poor performance rating with a generous amount of motherboard connections and decent room for upgrades. Aside from the TV tuner, you also get an HDMI port on the back alongside the standard audio and visual plugs, Gigabit Ethernet, a standard 16x PCI Express slot, and two free 1X PCI Express slots. You can also add another hard drive and a second optical drive for extra storage, but we should note that all four memory slots are occupied by 2GB sticks.
|Gateway DX4300-11||Average watts per hour|
|Off (60 percent)||0.97|
|Sleep (10 percent)||2.96|
|Idle (25 percent)||80.59|
|Load (5 percent)||129.09|
|Annual energy cost||$35.14|
Gateway disappoints us once again with a last-place effort to conserve energy. Systems with quad-core processors do tend to trend toward the more expensive end of the energy-conservation scale, but the DX4300-01 costs $35.14 per year to operate, or $6.69 more than the Asus Essentio CG5270-BP004--a faster computer for less money.
Gateway offers all of the usual support features we expect, including system-specific features and other help online. Gateway also boasts 24-7 toll-free phone support, and a one-year parts-and-labor warranty with this PC. Find out more about how we test desktop systems.
System configurations :
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit; 2.5GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300; 8GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 32MB Intel GMA X4500 integrated graphics chip; 1TB, 7,200rpm hard drive
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit; 2.5GHz AMD Phenom II X4 805; 8GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 256MB ATI Radeon HD 3200 integrated graphics chip; 1TB, 7,200rpm hard drive
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit; 2.3GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200; 4GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 32MB (shared) Intel GMA X4500 integrated graphics chip; 640GB, 7,200rpm hard drive
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit; 2.6 GHz AMD Phenom II X4 810; 8GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 256MB ATI Radeon HD 4200 integrated graphics chip; 750GB, 7,200rpm hard drive
Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit (SP2); 3GHz AMD Phenom II X4 945 Quad Core ; 8GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 384MB (shared) ATI Radeon HD 4200 integrated graphics chip; 1TB 7,200rpm Seagate hard drive