Palicomp's Core i7 Blitz 920-T24-4890 offers little that we haven't seen higher up the chart in terms of its specification. There's a pair of 500GB hard drives, teamed up in a Raid 0 array. The Asus motherboard is the same CrossFireX-compatible component as used by Chillblast and Mesh - here, it comes with a beefy 1,050W power supply unit that's easily able to support a second graphics card. There's also 6GB of RAM, with space available for an additional 6GB.

But if you're wondering why you might choose the Palicomp Core i7 Blitz 920-T24-4890 over its faster rivals, look to its 24in Acer monitor. It's the largest panel here, and it supports a full-HD (1,080p) resolution. If only it had a Blu-ray drive to go with it.

A pair of stereo speakers and a subwoofer are also supplied with the Palicomp Core i7 Blitz 920-T24-4890 - an important and often overlooked addition. A front-facing multiformat memory-card reader should also help to keep photography enthusiasts happy.

Performance scores are pretty average for general-purpose use. We recorded 128 points in our WorldBench 6 real-world speed test, tying the Palicomp Core i7 Blitz 920-T24-4890 with the third-placed Mesh. The Blitz's gaming scores were also very similar to the competition in our gruelling Crysis and Fear tests.

Chart ranking: Power desktop PCs (Nov 09 issue)

  1. Chillblast Fusion Apex
  2. Arbico HD 7090 Pro
  3. Mesh Elite Ice7 920 PCA
  4. Palicomp Core i7 Blitz 920-T24-4890
  5. CyberPower Gamer Infinity i7 Hercules

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