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Linux Desktop PC on Steroids From ZaReason

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


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"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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