CNET First Look
First Look: Velocity Micro Edge Z-55Velocity Micro's Edge Z55 provides a powerful example of the leap ahead in performance afforded by Intel's new Core i7 CPUs. Any PC gamer would love to make this upper midrange desktop their own.
[ Music ] ^M00:00:03 >> Rich: Hi, I'm Rich Brown, Senior Editor for CNET.com. Today we're going to take a look at the Editor's Choice winning Velocity Micro Edge Z55; this is kind of an upper mid-range gaming desktop and it's actually pretty cool because it has one of Intel's brand new Core I7 processors inside. It is the lower end of the those processors, it's the Core I7 920 but Velocity Micro has over-clocked it so you get a little bit more bang for your buck. Overall for its price this system is very impressive it blows away, ya know, the higher end systems from just a couple months ago it will play pretty much any game on the market, very high detail settings and high resolutions, very smoothly there's basically not a whole lot with this system that you can't do. So if you're familiar with Velocity Micro's PC's you'll recognize this case it's the typical sturdy simple design we actually really like it. On the front panel it's pretty straight forward you have a media card reader, DVD burner and that's about it there's no USB ports. So, on the back panel you can see this system offers a wide variety of inputs and outputs most interesting we've got a pair of HDMI ports back here, most people probably won't haul this system into their living room to connect to an HD TV but you do have the option and, ya know, we're starting to see more monitors come out traditional LCD computer displays. Up here you have the standard data inputs and outputs, you have USB 2 ports, Firewire input as well as standard Analog audio out. Up here we have 2 external SATA ports, that's for if you have an external hard drive you want to plug it in, eSATA will give you a nice fast connection. So, inside the case you'll see Velocity's typical well done design it's nice and clean, good air flow, the cables are pretty much tied down and you can see there's a fair amount of room for expansion at least with the hard drives. We like the outward facing bays makes it easier to pop drives in and out, there's 2 3D cards here it's a pair of 512 ATI Radeon 4870 cards, they might have been nice if Velocity had gone with the 4870 X2, which would have given you a dual chip card that only took up one slot. So, here you've Core O7 chip behind this fan and heat sync and back here you've got 3 DDR3 memory slots, so as you can see this system is pretty loaded and because of that it did very well on our benchmarks. Anyone looking for a fast PC that doesn't necessarily want to break the bank will be very happy with this system and that's why it's an Editor's Choice winner. So, I'm Rich Brown and this is the Velocity Micro Edge Z55. ^E00:02:16