This, with 2GB of RAM, scored a very fast 1.58 in our benchmarks – 16% faster. Plus, whereas the 8800 was a noisy beast the 8500 was near silent (a testament to Penryn’s better power consumption).
Also present is a 512MB GeForce 8800 GT, which averaged an impressive 62fps in our high-end Call of Duty 2 test. Also, running the punishing built in Crysis benchmark at 1280 x 1024 with 4x antialiasing and 8c anisotropic filtering and Very High detail settings, it averaged 17fps: not particularly smooth running but high compared to most graphics cards. You won’t need to drop settings much to make it playable.
At $1860 it’s almost $1200 cheaper than the 8800. It’s also 29% faster than the previously A-Listed quad-core Pacstar 88GT Gamer. As such, it’s great value and a powerful, well-designed machine. The Pacstar’s LCD might be better, but TI beats it everywhere else.
Great performance, fantastic value and near silent operation makes this our new A-List mid-range PC winner.
• TI Computers: www.ticomputers.com.au
3.16GHz Core 2 Duo E8500; 2GB PC2-6400 RAM; Gigabyte P35-DS3 motherboard; 2 x 500GB hard disks; dual-layer DVD writer; 512MB GeForce 8800 GT graphics; 22in Chimei 221D LCD; Windows Vista Home Premium; 2yr RTB warranty; delivery from $45 to $120