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Linux Desktop PC on Steroids From ZaReason

Sep 24, 2010, 10:32 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carla Schroder)

"Little dinky underpowered mobile phones, netbooks, and laptops are getting all the attention these days. Well what about us folks who still need good capable desktop PCs? So I asked for a hotrodded version of ZaReason's Limbo to review, even though the $799 base model has plenty of goodies for the demanding user. This is what I received:

* Intel i7 2.66 CPU; four physical cores plus four virtual cores
* 6 GB DDR-3 1333 RAM
* 320 GB SATA hard disk
* Nvidia 9800 GT dual-monitor digital video card
* Alcor Micro multi-card reader: SD, mini-SD, Compact Flash, XD, MD, MMC, Memory Stick, and a USB port
* Case by In-Win

"I got this about a month ago, and the specs on the base model are now close to my review unit. How quickly these things progress.

"All of this resides comfortably in a roomy case with a 350-watt PowerMan power supply (PowerMan is rebranded FSP Group, who make good power supplies), and a high-end ECS X58B-A2 motherboard. It is a tool-less case that is easy to get into, and easy to work in. The PC came with all the extras bundled with the motherboard, and was double-boxed. ZaReason's shipping department has a belt-and-suspenders mentality, which suits me fine."

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