We'd already acquired the Velocity Micro Edge Z5 for review purposes prior to the release of Apple's updated Mac Pro desktops, but it sure made a handy comparison even before we finished writing it up. The Edge Z5 is the desktop we used earlier this week to show that while the Mac Pro is a great digital content creation tool, and even a decent gaming system, its relative value as a gaming box falls flat compared with the stalwarts of the PC gaming world. After giving the Edge Z5 the full review treatment, we've also determined that it's a gaming star among its Windows-based peers.
You can read the full review of the Velocity Micro Edge Z5 here. The short version is that it's the fastest gaming desktop we've seen for less than $1,000. Interestingly, despite the Edge Z5's overclocked Core 2 Quad Q9400 CPU, it's application test scores fell behind a $999 system from Dell with a Core i7 CPU on some cases. Even with overclocking that's perhaps to be expected given the Dell's more up-to-date Intel chip, but Velocity Micro also lists the Edge Z5 explicitly as a gaming box on its Web site. For that task the Edge Z5 is the clear winner.