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Gateway DX4300-03 review: Gateway DX4300-03

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The Gateway's remaining outputs are surprisingly spare. You get a FireWire jack on the back panel, but there's no eSATA output for even faster external data transfers. And while you can piggyback a digital audio signal over the HDMI video output, there's no standalone digital audio output. Instead you get only the traditional array of 7.1 analog audio jacks.

Juice box
Gateway DX4300-03  
Off (watts) 1
Sleep (watts) 2.92
Idle (watts) 102.28
Load (watts) 159.54
Raw (annual kWh) 389.56596
Energy Star compliant No
Annual operating cost (@$0.1135/kWh) $44.22

Annual power consumption cost
Gateway DX4300-03

You might think the Gateway DX4300-03 should at least offset its slow performance by drawing less power, but as you can see from our results it comes in second to last in annual power costs, behind only HP's also-slow Pavilion Elite e9120y. We're hesitant to say outright that this has to do with an AMD-Intel contrast, since our testing doesn't isolate CPUs, and the motherboard and the power supply in particular could also affect power draw. But it's certainly noticeable that the two PCs on the bottom of this list, as well as the HP Pavilion Slimline s5120y at the bottom our budget back-to-school desktops power efficiency chart, are all AMD-based.

The competing Asus desktop might have made this Gateway look bad from a hardware value perspective, but Gateway can at least hold its head up when we compare online support offerings. Asus' are basically nonexistent for its desktops. Gateway, on the other hand, has all of the usual support features we expect, including system-specific features and other help online. Gateway also boasts 24-7 toll-free phone support, and a one-year parts and labor warranty with this PC.

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System configurations:

Gateway DX4300-03
Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit (SP1); 2.4GHz AMD Phenom X4 9750; 8GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 1GB ATI Radeon HD 4650; 1TB 7,200 rpm Hitachi hard drive

Acer Aspire M5800-U5802A
Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit (SP1); 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400; 8GB 1,600MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 1.5GB Nvidia GeForce GT 230; 750GB 7,200 rpm Seagate hard drive

Asus Essentio CG5270-BP003
Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit (SP1); 2.5GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300; 8GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 220; 750GB 7,200 rpm Seagate hard drive

Gateway SX2800-01
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 2.3GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200; 4GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 32MB (shared) Intel GMA X4500 integrated graphics chip; 640GB 7,200 rpm hard drive

HP Pavilion e9120y
Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit (SP1); 2.6GHz AMD Phenom II X4 910; 8GB 1,066MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 512MB ATI Radeon HD 4350; 1TB, 7,200 rpm Western Digital hard drive

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