Acer Veriton 7600 (Pentium 4 3.06 GHz review: Acer Veriton 7600 (Pentium 4 3.06 GHz

Acer Veriton 7600 (Pentium 4 3.06 GHz

Julie Polito

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The Acer Veriton 7600G's trim minitower case offers enough expansion room for business types; all three of its PCI slots are free, along with an open 5.25-inch bay and one free internal 3.5-inch drive bay. Acer fills the other bays with a better assortment of drives than you'll find in most corporate PCs, including an 80GB hard drive and both DVD-ROM and CD-RW drives, as well as a floppy drive. But while the IBM ThinkCentre S50's easy-open chassis practically invites you to tinker, the four screws closing off the Veriton 7600G's interior are annoying, if not daunting. We needed a screwdriver to set up the 17-inch AL716 LCD flat-panel monitor that shipped with our test system; the panel arrives detached from its base.


Acer Veriton 7600 (Pentium 4 3.06 GHz

The Good

Ample room for expansion; attractive, bright LCD monitor.

The Bad

No online option for customizing; case is harder to get into than need be; no software, period.

The Bottom Line

Although it's well configured and more than powerful enough for business tasks, the Acer Veriton 7600G may still fail to live up to IT expectations.
Review summary
Aimed squarely at the SOHO and corporate markets, the Acer Veriton 7600G employs Intel's new 865G chipset that brings Hyper-Threading technology and dual-channel memory support to mainstream desktops. With a 3GHz Pentium 4 processor at its core, the system has more than enough power to handle day-to-day business projects, but it comes with a relatively high price of nearly $2,000. And you can't customize the system via Acer's site; you can choose among only a set of preconfigured models sold through a host of resellers. Our test system included premium features such as a 17-inch flat-panel monitor and a dedicated graphics card (albeit last year's model), which add to the overall cost. Still, at this price, we would expect a productivity suite, such as Microsoft Office or Works, to be included, along with some IT-support features. And a set of speakers to support the DVD-ROM and CD-RW drives would sweeten the deal.
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Two of the system's six USB 2.0 ports are located on the front panel.
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Of the two blue VGA ports, only the one on the graphics card is operable out of the box.

Intel's 865G chipset provides the Veriton 7600G's Ethernet and six USB 2.0 ports (two are located on the front panel), as well as integrated sound and graphics. Both the onboard graphics and the installed, standalone Nvidia GeForce4 Ti 4200 card have VGA ports. However, you must use the VGA port on the Ti 4200 card because the motherboard's VGA port is inoperable. (If you want to hook up two monitors, you'll need to enable the second VGA slot in the BIOS.) A speaker set isn't part of the bundle, but that's not a business essential.

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DVD-ROM and CD-RW drives should serve most, if not all, business needs.

The Acer Veriton 7600G pairs Intel's 865G chipset with a 3GHz Pentium 4 and 512MB of DDR memory, giving top-notch application performance to this business PC. Acer doesn't let you configure the system to suit your specific needs, but it does offer preconfigured 7600G models with slower Pentium 4 chips, if your business doesn't need the power--and price premium--of 3GHz processing. The included Nvidia GeForce4 Ti 4200 graphics card may be a generation old now, but for business use, it's probably graphics overkill. The 7,200rpm, 80GB hard drive offers ample storage and speedy Serial ATA connection--only moonlighting DV editors working with large video files will require more room. The pair of optical drives--a 48X CD-RW drive for backing up data files and a DVD-ROM for viewing training videos, for example--handily cover your basic business needs.

The Veriton 7600G outpaces its corporate competition in performance, but it lags in the software department. It ships with Windows XP Professional and some DVD and CD-RW utilities, but it has none of the IT-management and deployment software that are a must for big and midsize corporations. Even SOHO users are left without a productivity app.

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The Acer AL716 17-inch flat panel will look good on your desk.
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That small, flat orange cable is evidence that the hard drive uses the Serial ATA interface.

Acer does not include a monitor or speakers, but the company does offer a choice of several monitors for an additional price. In our case, we looked at the 17-inch AL716 flat-panel monitor, which had a bright picture and a spacious screen. In addition to the aforementioned lack of customization options, Acer's online shopping tools trail those of other PC vendors in providing guidance and information. You can buy preconfigured systems on its Web site if they're in stock, but you'll have more luck, and probably more selection, buying from an Acer reseller face to face. What's more, the online spec sheets are confusing, and it's hard to tell which features are included and which are optional. Acer's systems may be up to par, but the company's online presence isn't.

Application performance
The Acer Veriton 7600G uses Intel's new 865G chipset, which is targeted at mainstream consumer and business systems. Acer made an unusual decision by including a 3GHz Pentium 4 processor in this system. Of the other Intel 865G-based systems we've tested, the Veriton 7600G is the only one with it; all of the other 3GHz and 3.2GHz systems we've seen to date have used the Intel 875P chipset. Because the 875P and 865 chipsets are similar to one another, we expected the Acer to perform similarly to the other 3GHz systems we've tested, and we were not disappointed. Its application performance was top-notch. Compared with a similarly configured system using the higher end 875P chipset, the Dell Dimension 8300, the Veriton 7600G bested the 8300 in office-productivity and Internet-content-creation performance. Overall, we were surprised by the Acer's performance results and would be confident in its ability to run any application that is thrown at it.

Application performance  (Longer bars indicate better performance)
BAPCo SysMark2002 rating  
SysMark2002 Internet content creation  
SysMark2002 office productivity   
Acer Veriton 7600G (3GHz Intel P4, 1,024MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz)
Dell Dimension 8300 (3GHz Intel P4, 1,024MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz)
Velocity Micro Vector VX-W (3GHz Intel P4, 512MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz)
Polywell Poly 880NF3-3200 (AMD Athlon XP 3200+, 1,024MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz)
Dell Dimension 4600C (2.8GHz Intel P4, 512MB DDR SDRAM 333MHz)

To measure application performance, CNET Labs uses BAPCo's SysMark2002, an industry-standard benchmark. Using off-the-shelf applications, SysMark measures a desktop's performance using office-productivity applications (such as Microsoft Office and McAfee VirusScan) and Internet-content-creation applications (such as Adobe Photoshop and Macromedia Dreamweaver).

3D graphics and gaming performance
An Nvidia GeForce4 Ti 4200 is far from the speediest graphics card available today, but unless you are a hard-core game enthusiast, the Ti 4200 should have no problems driving your 3D games and educational titles, even at high screen resolutions. But if you think you'll need a little extra graphics oomph to vanquish those aliens, you might want to think about upgrading to an ATI Radeon 9800 or an Nvidia GeForce FX card, especially if you plan on playing new games in the future.

3D graphics performance  (Longer bars indicate better performance)
Futuremark's 3DMark 2001 Second Edition Build 330 (16-bit color)  
Futuremark's 3DMark 2001 Second Edition Build 330 (32-bit color)  
Dell Dimension 8300 (ATI Radeon 9800 Pro)
Velocity Micro Vector VX-W (ATI Radeon 9800 Pro)
Polywell Poly 880NF3-3200 (Nvidia GeForce FX 5800 Ultra)
Acer Veriton 7600G (Nvidia GeForce4 Ti 4200 (AGP 8X))
Dell Dimension 4600C (Intel 865G)

To measure 3D graphics performance, CNET Labs uses Futuremark's 3DMark2001 Pro Second Edition, Build 330. We use 3DMark to measure a desktop's performance with the DirectX 8 (DX8) interface at both 16- and 32-bit color settings at a resolution of 1,024x768. A system that does not have DX8 hardware support will typically generate a lower score than one that has DX8 hardware support.

3D gaming performance (in fps)  (Longer bars indicate better performance)
Quake III Arena  
Dell Dimension 8300 (ATI Radeon 9800 Pro)
Polywell Poly 880NF3-3200 (Nvidia GeForce FX 5800 Ultra)
Velocity Micro Vector VX-W (ATI Radeon 9800 Pro)
Acer Veriton 7600G (Nvidia GeForce4 Ti 4200 (AGP 8X))
Dell Dimension 4600C (Intel 865G)

To measure 3D gaming performance, CNET Labs uses Quake III Arena. Although Quake III is an older game, it is still widely used as an industry-standard tool. Quake III does not require DX8 hardware support--as 3DMark2001 does--and is therefore an excellent means of comparing the performance of low- to high-end graphics subsystems. Quake III performance is reported in frames per second (fps).

Find out more about how we test desktop systems.

System configurations:

Acer Veriton 7600G
Windows XP Professional, 3GHz Intel P4; Intel 865G chipset; 1,024MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; Nvidia GeForce4 Ti 4200 (AGP 8X) 128MB; Seagate ST380023AS 80GB 7,200rpm Serial ATA

Dell Dimension 4600C
Windows XP Home, 2.8GHz Intel P4; Intel 865G chipset; 512MB DDR SDRAM 333MHz; integrated Intel 865G 64MB (shared memory); Seagate ST3120023A 120GB 7,200rpm

Dell Dimension 8300
Windows XP Home; 3GHz Intel P4; Intel 875P chipset; 1,024MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB; WDC WD2000JB-75DUA0 200GB 7,200rpm

Polywell Poly 880NF3-3200
Windows XP Professional, 2.2GHz AMD Athlon XP 3200+; Nvidia Nforce-2 chipset; 1,024MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; Nvidia GeForce FX 5800 Ultra 128MB; two Western Digital WDC WD360GD-00FNA0, 36GB 10,000rpm; Highpoint RocketRAID 1520 SATA RAID controller

Velocity Micro Vector VX-W
Windows XP Home; 3GHz Intel P4; Intel 865PE chipset; 512MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB; WDC WD2000JB-00DUA0 200GB 7,200rpm

Acer includes an extensive manual for the Veriton 7600G series, but the manual covers all systems in the series, so its information may not be an exact match for the system you purchased. Although there's no quick-start guide, the manual is clear enough that you should be able to set up the computer and upgrade parts with little confusion.

The Veriton 7600G comes with Acer's standard one-year warranty, which gives you onsite repair service for one year and round-the-clock toll-free telephone support. For $54, you can upgrade to two years of onsite service. Acer's Web site also has some online help documentation and drivers. There is an e-mail contact for help questions, but for urgent matters, it's probably faster to phone; e-mail support is available only during weekday business hours.

To find out more about how this product's warranty really stacks up and what you should look for in terms of service and support, take a look at CNET's hardware warranty explainer.


Acer Veriton 7600 (Pentium 4 3.06 GHz

Score Breakdown

Design 7Features 6Performance 8Support 7