Palicomp’s Core i5 Blast 750-24 Plus is very similar in its specification to the Chillblast. The Palicomp edges fractionally ahead in Worldbench 6, but misses out on a couple of future-proofing features.

Palicomp’s Core i5 Blast 750-24 Plus is very similar in its specification to the Chillblast. Both offer 4GB of DDR3 RAM, a speaker set, a full-HD display and a fast Radeon HD 5770 graphics card. They’re also both powered by Intel’s quad-core Core i5 750. The Palicomp edges fractionally ahead in Worldbench 6 to achieve a creditable score of 131, but misses out on a couple of future-proofing features, including USB 3.0.

Quad-core PCs such as the Palicomp Core i5 Blast 750-24 Plus don’t tend to shine in our speed tests, which don’t include many applications that exploit multiple cores. Here, it’s the clock speed that is crucial, and it’s no surprise that the 2.66GHz 750 lags behind the 3GHz-plus dual-core chips. But if you run several apps simultaneously or use intensive programs such as Adobe Photoshop and After Effects, you’ll gain a real boost from going quad-core.

The Radeon HD 5770 graphics card is supplied with two other machines in this round-up, but the Palicomp Core i5 Blast 750-24 Plus turns in the best performance in every test. It’s sure to be a hit with gamers.

The Palicomp Core i5 Blast 750-24 Plus bucks the trend by supplying a terabyte (1TB) hard drive, which is twice the capacity supplied with any other PC in the chart, as well as the largest monitor. Its 24in AOC displays full-HD content that’s easier to read than on the smaller screens.

Budget desktop PCs chart ranking

  1. Chillblast Fusion Stronghold
  2. Palicomp Core i5 Blast 750-24 Plus
  3. Arbico i5 6607 Pro
  4. Eclipse Galaxy i567r557
  5. CyberPower Ultra Triton XT

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