by June 3, 2005 0 comments

This is an ordinary PC for office or home users alike. It has an attractive ATX cabinet in black and silver combination, with a provision for adding a chassis fan on its side. The configuration is also pretty much standard, comprising of an Intel D915GAV motherboard, P4 3 GHz processor, 256 MB DDR RAM, 10/100 Mbps Ethernet card and 40 GB 7200 RPM HDD. It has a 15” flatscreen monitor, which is a Samsung OEM. 

We wished it had a SerialATA hard drive instead, considering the fact that it has four SATA ports onboard. It comes with a 52X CD drive, but it could have been better if it had a DVD or combo drive in place of that. The Black Tornado has an optical mouse and a multimedia keyboard, which has an extensive array of keys for controlling your Web browser, Windows Media Player, mail client and many others. But the default machine ships with Linux, so these extra keys would actually be of no use. You’ll have to get it changed to Win XP by paying an extra amount. 

While it’s a barebone machine with its default configuration, it does have plenty of room for expansion. It has an x16 PCI Express slot to add a better graphics card, four PCI slots for adding other cards and four USB slots on the rear panel. It has four large bays out of which three are free for you to add more drives. As far as the results are concerned, performance with the default configuration is average for Business Winstone with a score of 28.4 and above average in Multimedia Content Creation Winstone, with 43 Winstone units. These benchmarks are meant for checking performance in
business and multimedia productivity 

Bottom Line: Overall, a good buy with plenty of room for expansion.

Sukhsagar Prajapati

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