ZT Home Theatre PC A5071 review: ZT Home Theatre PC A5071

3D gaming performance (in fps)  (Longer bars indicate better performance)
Quake III Arena  
ZT Home Theatre PC A5071 (ATI Radeon 9800 Pro)
335.2 
Polywell Poly 900NF3-FX1 (Nvidia GeForce FX 5900 Ultra)
326.8 
ViewSonic NextVision M2100 Digital Media Center (Nvidia GeForce FX 5600)
205.2 
HP Media Center PC m300y (Nvidia GeForce FX 5200)
149.4 
Dell Dimension 4600C with Media Center (ATI All-in-Wonder 9000 Pro)
134.8 

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).

Performance analysis written by CNET Labs technician David Gussman.

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System configurations:

Dell Dimension 4600C with Media Center
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004; 2.8GHz Intel P4; Intel 865G chipset; 512MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; ATI All-in-Wonder 9000 Pro 64MB; Seagate ST3120026A 120GB 7,200rpm

HP Media Center PC m300y
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004; 3.2GHz Intel P4; Intel 865PE chipset; 512MB DDR SDRAM 333MHz; Nvidia GeForce FX 5200 128MB; Maxtor 6Y200P0 200GB 7,200rpm

Polywell Poly 900NF3-FX1
Windows XP Professional, 2.2GHz AMD Athlon 64 FX-51; Nvidia Nforce-3 Pro 150 chipset; 1,024MB DDR SDRAM 333MHz; Nvidia GeForce FX 5900 Ultra 256MB; two WDC WD360GD-00FNA0 36GB Serial ATA 10,000rpm; WinXP Promise FastTrak 376/378 RAID controller

ViewSonic NextVision M2100 Digital Media Center
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004; 2.8GHz Intel P4; Intel 845GV chipset; 512MB DDR SDRAM 266MHz; Nvidia GeForce FX 5600 128MB; Maxtor 4R160L0 160GB 5,400rpm

ZT Home Theatre PC A5071
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004; 2.2GHz AMD Athlon 64 FX-51; Nvidia Nforce-3 Pro 150 chipset; 1,024MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 256MB; Seagate ST3160023AS 160GB 7,200rpm Serial ATA

Service and support are the least-impressive aspect of ZT's Home Theatre PC A5071. Although ZT Group covers the system with a lengthy three-year-parts and lifetime-labor warranty that includes onsite service, tech support is available only from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays (ET), and online support is minimal. Printed documentation is limited to a motherboard guide.

A large oversight on ZT Group's part has us questioning ZT Group's service: in addition to forgetting to include the remote, the company originally sent our system with the first version of the Media Center OS instead of the intended 2004 edition. To its credit, ZT Group fixed the problem quickly, but the company still should have gotten it right the first time.

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