For anyone hoping that AMD could start doing more than cleaning up the crumbs, the disappointing performance of this Evesham Axis R6 XT's Athlon 64 X2 6000+ processor might give pause for thought.
- CyberPower Infinity Crossfire GT
- Arbico CD8800 XL
- Mesh Elite E6700 GTS PCA
- Mesh Elite Q6600 PCA
- Evesham Axis R6 XT
After fasting for several years on the trot, Intel has recently been gobbling up as many processor performance awards as it can. For anyone hoping that AMD could start doing more than cleaning up the crumbs, the disappointing performance of this Evesham's Athlon 64 X2 6000+ processor might give pause for thought. It's not that the 6000+ is a massive distance away from the scores being notched up by the Intel faithful, but this chip isn't really doing enough yet to offer true competition.
Which is a shame as, otherwise, this is a mostly fairly pleasing PC. We say mostly, because Evesham's decision to rely on onboard sound doesn't really make sense when you look at some of the wonderful effects being produced by the X-Fi cards found in the other PCs. The Evesham is reasonably cheap though, so you could always take the £50 that you'll save on, for instance, the Arbico, and use it to bolster the audio capabilities. And in most other areas, this is a very decent machine.
The 20in ViewSonic flat-panel is one of the best in the chart, and its gorgeous colours and rock-steady image should make up for any shortcomings you have over the 20 inches of screen space. In our opinion, this is more than large enough for typical PC use, but some users will still have their heads turned by the 22in models. The ATI HD 2900 XT graphics card is one of the best in the chart, although the Evesham did struggle to beat the Mesh Elite E6700 in our games tests, despite that PC having an inferior 8800 GTS. The CyberPower was significantly faster, so we assume the AMD processor was having a significant effect here too. And sadly that about sums up the Evesham.