The Good The Velocity Micro Edge Z40 offers the best gaming performance for the dollar in its class.
The Bad Expanding this particular Edge Z40 build will be tricky, as it has an Nvidia 3D card, but for multiple graphics cards it supports only AMD's CrossFireX standard.
The Bottom Line Like previous Velocity Micro PCs, the Edge Z40 is an outstanding gaming PC and all-around performer for its price. We recommend it to anyone looking for a mainstream gaming desktop.
Velocity Micro Edge Z40
We recently recommended Maingear'sfor its performance and value as an upper-midrange gaming PC. Looking at the next lower price band, Velocity Micro's $1,199 Edge Z40 makes a strong impression of its own. We found no other boutique or mainstream vendor that offers the same components for the same price. The resulting speed, on top of Velocity Micro's typical build quality, makes this desktop easy to recommend to value-seeking PC gamers.
The Edge Z40 features Velocity Micro's familiar silver GX2-W case. We always appreciate this aluminum chassis' simple, sturdy design, and despite its age, this almost 3-year-old case makes a better visual impression than desktops from vendors with much deeper pockets than Velocity Micro has. You'll need to look elsewhere for amenities such as gadget trays, concealed ports, and front-panel drive bay access, but although we do appreciate those features, we'd willingly trade them for the overall value this system offers.
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