The Bottom Line
- Strong Dual Core Processor
- Large Hard Drive
- Full Gigabyte Memory
- AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Dual Core Processor
- 1GB PC2-4200 DDR2 Memory
- 250GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 16x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- Integrated GeForce 6150 Graphics with 128MB Shared Memory
- Integrated 7.1 Audio with Stereo Amplified Speakers
- v.92 56Kbps Modem and 10/100 Ethernet
- Seven USB 2.0, Two FireWire and 9-in-1 Card Reader
- Windows XP MCE, Works 8, PowerDVD, McAfee Internet Security
Guide Review - Gateway GT5220
10/26/06 Unlike the systems sold from Gateway's website, the GT5220 retail product is based around the AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ processor. This dual core CPU provides strong multitasking performance and is good overall compared to many other budget processor. They provide a full gigabyte of PC2-4200 DDR2 memory to allow the system to run smoothly with most applications.
Storage is quite good for the Gateway GT5220. It comes with a large 250GB hard drive that provides plenty of space for programs and data. About the only users that might have problems are those who are heavily into digital video. It also comes with a 16x DVD+/-RW dual layer burner that allows it to record and playback audio, video and data CDs and DVDs.
Graphics might be the only area where the GT5220 really isn't ahead of its competitors. It uses the NVIDIA GeForce 61050 integrated graphics processor that shares up to 128MB of the system memory. It has improved 3D performance over other integrated graphics such as the Intel GMA 950 but those looking to do applications such as PC gaming will want to upgrade. Thankfully, the system does include a PCI-Express graphics slot for adding in a dedicated graphics board later.
The Gateway GT5220 is just a surprising machine that offers consumers a lot for the price.