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AVADirect Core 2 Duo SLI review: AVADirect Core 2 Duo SLI

This is AVA Direct's debut PC with CNET, and we like what we see so far. A few minor design and config issues aside, the overclocked parts squeeze as much performance as possible, while helping to keep the price somewhat reasonable. We're eager to see more from this small vendor.

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Rich Brown

Executive Editor / Reviews - Home and Wellness

Rich moved his family from Brooklyn to Louisville, Kentucky, in 2013 to start CNET's Appliances and Smart Home review team, which includes the CNET Smart Home, the CNET Smart Apartment, and the Appliances Review lab. Before moving to Louisville, Rich ran CNET's desktop computer review section for 10 years. He has worked as a tech journalist since 1994, covering everything from 3D-printed guns to Z-Wave smart locks.

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Unlike many vendors submitting their first system to us for a review, AVA Direct didn't try to blow the doors off our benchmarks. Instead, this $2,747 Core 2 Duo SLI system--while still a powerful, capable gaming machine--is a little more modest. It has a dual-core, overclocked Intel Core 2 Duo processor, a single GeForce 8800 GTS graphics card, and a towering, neatly assembled case with plenty of room for expandability. It's not without a few configuration and design issues, but nothing you can't fix by tweaking the build at AVA Direct's online configurator. Overall, AVA Direct has made a solid first impression on us. We recommend taking a look for yourself if you're in the market for a mid-to-high-end gaming PC.

7.4

AVADirect Core 2 Duo SLI

The Good

Overclocked CPU and graphics card give you extra performance; plenty of expandability; three-year parts and labor warranty comes standard without jacking up the price.

The Bad

Cluttered cables and an outdated serial game port need to go; barely acceptable power supply if you want to add a second graphics card after purchase; limited phone support hours.

The Bottom Line

This is AVA Direct's debut PC with CNET, and we like what we see so far. A few minor design and config issues aside, the overclocked parts squeeze as much performance as possible, while helping to keep the price somewhat reasonable. We're eager to see more from this small vendor.
7.4

AVADirect Core 2 Duo SLI

Score Breakdown

Design 7Features 7Performance 8Support 7
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