Polywell Poly 939N4-SLI2/FX-60 review: Polywell Poly 939N4-SLI2/FX-60

Note: ** CPU and graphics are overclocked.

While its SysMark 2004 scores didn't set a new mark, we're impressed that on this test it flat-out beat the overclocked Velocity system by 6 points, posting an overall score of 295. We suspect that Polywell's fast hard drives lent it a significant boost, more so than the overclocked chip did for the Velocity Micro system. Only the Falcon Northwest Mach V's score of 306 topped the Polywell's. Then again, the Mach V was one of the systems that exhibited power stability problems. (Falcon is aware of them and has since addressed the cause.) The Polywell system might not be the prettiest of these ultraexpensive systems, but if you plan to purchase one, you can certainly take comfort knowing that it's just as fast as the other two systems, and it's the most stable system we've seen so far.

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System configurations

Falcon Northwest Mach V (AMD Athlon 64 FX-60)
Windows XP Professional SP2; 2.9GHz AMD Athlon 64 FX-60; Nvidia Nforce4 SLI X16 chipset; 2,048MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; two 512MB Nvidia GeForce 7800 GTX (SLI); two Maxtor 68300S0 300GB 7,200rpm Serial ATA 150; integrated Nvidia Nforce4 RAID class controller (RAID 0)

Maingear F131 SLI-AMD
Windows XP Professional SP2; 2.4GHz AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+; Nvidia Nforce4 SLI chipset; 1,024MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; two 256MB Nvidia GeForce 7800 GTX (SLI); two 74GB Western Digital Raptor 10,000 RPM SATA; one Maxtor 300GB 7,200rpm SATA

Overdrive PC Torque SLI
Windows XP Professional SP2; 2.8GHz AMD Athlon 64 FX-57; Nvidia Nforce4 SLI chipset; 1,024MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; two 256MB Nvidia GeForce 7800 GTX (PCIe SLI); two WDC WD740GD-00FLA2 74GB 10,000rpm SATA; one Seagate ST3200826AS, 200GB 7,200rpm Serial ATA; integrated Nvidia Nforce RAID class controller (RAID 0)

Polywell Poly 939N4-SLI2/FX-60
Windows XP Professional SP2; 2.6GHz AMD Athlon 64 FX-60; Nvida Nforce4 SLI X16 chipset; 2,048MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; two 512MB Nvidia GeForce 7800 GTX (SLI); two Western Digital WD946D 74GB 10,000rpm Serial ATA, one Western Digital WDC2500KS-00MJB0 250GB Serial ATA II; integrated Nvidia Nforce4 Serial ATA RAID Controller (RAID 0)

Velocity Micro Raptor 64 Dual X (AMD Athlon 64 FX-60)
Windows XP Professional SP2; 2.9GHz AMD Athlon 64 FX-60; Nvidia Nforce4 SLI x16 chipset; 2,048MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; two 512MB Nvidia GeForce 7800 GTX (PCIe); two Hitachi 500GB 7,200rpm Serial ATA; integrated Nvidia Nforce4 Serial ATA RAID controller (RAID 0)

Novices, take note: Polywell provides manuals for certain components only--nothing pertaining to the Poly 939N4-SLI2/FX-60 as a whole. The company backs the system with a generous warranty: three years for parts and five years for labor, and toll-free phone support, though you have to purchase a warranty upgrade if you want 24/7 service or onsite service, both of which are provided through a third-party company. We expect Polywell's own service and support to give you at least 24/7 phone support, especially with this class of system. While it is no doubt lame that Polywell asks you to pay extra for this support and the various onsite service plans, experts might at least appreciate that they have the option not to pay for it; other companies roll that cost into the price with no option to cut it out if you don't want it. We also found a decent support section on Polywell's Web site, including an option for live chat with a tech--always a plus.

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    Polywell Poly 939N4-SLI2/FX-60

    Part Number: SLIFX60CN0601 Released: Jan 10, 2006

    This product is available directly from the manufacturer's Web site.

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    • Release date Jan 10, 2006