by November 17, 2001 0 comments

You can add either a PIII or a Celeron to this PC’s socket 370 motherboard

Price: 20,000 + 1 year warranty (parts replacement)
Meant for: Office users
Features: Integrated Ethernet, sound and display, 50x CD-ROM, floppy drive
Contact: Navinder Chauhan, Aditya Infotech.
Tel: 011-6816986-90
Fax: 6372438.
B-254, Okhla Phase-1, New-Delhi. 

The Asus Terminator Barebone comes with a few basic components, like an Asus motherboard based on Sis 630-chipset, cabinet, CD-drive, and floppy drive, and you can add the remaining components (CPU, RAM and hard drive). The cabinet’s small size is ideal for office use where space is important. The motherboard is socket 370, so you can add either a PIII or Celeron. It has onboard display, with no AGP slot, so you cannot add an AGP card. Ethernet, sound, display, and two USB ports are integrated onboard. It also has two PCI slots and an AMR for additional cards.

To check the PC’s performance, we ran Business Winstone (BW) 2001 and Content Creation Winstone (CCW) 2001 with two configurations. First it was a Celeron 800 MHz, 64 MB RAM and 5,400 rpm drive. Here it got 17.9 and 19.1 in BW and CCW respectively, which are average figures. Then we changed it to 128 MB RAM, and 7,200 rpm drive, and the scores shot up to 24.1 and 24.8–a difference of more than 25 percent in BW and 23 percent in CCW. A quick market enquiry revealed that the second configuration costs a mere Rs 1,500 more, making it a better configuration.

The barebone system costs Rs 20,000. Adding the cost of processor (Celeron 800), 5400 rpm hard drive, 64 MB RAM, 15” monitor, and Windows 98 SE brings the total to about Rs 39,000, which is a little high for this configuration.

Sachin Makhija

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