The 64-bit Windows and full use of all 4GB of memory works in the GT5692's favor on our Adobe Photoshop application speed test. The only system that gives it a run for its money is the more expensive Dell Inspiron 518 that ran the Photoshop test just eight seconds faster. The Dell's faster processor and the addition of an extra core are enough to bump the system to first place, with the GT5692 not far behind. Keep in mind, too, that the Dell is a $784 desktop. The Gateway falls behind the Dell on our other tests where CPU speed and the number of cores have a bigger impact, so 64-bit is by no means a cure-all, but for photo editors, the GT5692 is a strong bargain.
Gateway provides a standard one-year limited warranty that protects this system with 24-hour e-mail and phone technical support as well as a limited return-exchange program. In addition, we were impressed that the Gateway support Web site for the GT5674 has a comprehensive list of FAQs, driver downloads, various product views, user guides, and the option to chat for free with a Gateway technician 3 a.m. to 12 a.m. PT every day.
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Windows Vista Home Premium; 2.19GHz AMD Phenom 9500; 3GB DDR2 667MHz SDRAM; 256MB (shared) ATI Radeon HD 1250 graphics chip; 500GB 7,200rpm hard drive.
Dell Inspiron 530
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1; 1.8GHz Intel Pentium E2160; 2GB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 128MB Nvidia GeForce 8300 GS graphics card; 320GB, 7,200rpm hard drive.
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1; 2.1GHz AMD Phenom X3 8450; 4GB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM; ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics card; 500GB, 7,200rpm hard drive.
Dell Inspiron 518
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1; 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600; 2GB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 256MB ATI Radeon HD 3450 graphics card; 320GB, 5,400rpm hard drive.