The Bottom Line
Feb 20 2013 - The Avatar Gaming A1077 is a decently put together system. It offers a decent level of performance that allows the system to be used for gaming or general purpose computing. The system is even slightly less expensive than if you decided to build the exact same configuration from parts. The downside here is that the choice of the AMD processor puts it behind most Intel systems in gaming and other tasks. In addition, support for the product is a bit of an unknown compared to name brand companies or just putting it together yourself.
- Good General Balance Of Features And Performance
- Less Expensive Than Building It Yourself
- Much Easier To Expand Than Brand Name PCs
- Quad Core AMD Processor Slower Than Dual Core Intel
- Support For Product Is Rather Unkown
- A10-5800K Quad Core Desktop Processore
- 16GB PC3-12800 DDR3 Memory
- 1TB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
- Dual Layer DVD+/-RW Burner
- AMD Radeon HD 7770 Graphics Card With 1GB Memory
- 7.1 Audio Support
- Gigabit Ethernet
- Four USB 3.0, Four USB 2.0, DisplayPort, HDMI, Two DVI
- Windows 8
Review - Avatar Gaming A1077
Feb 20 2013 - The Avatar Gaming A1077 is a system that is built by a relatively new integrator that essentially builds systems for sale via NewEgg from standard OEM parts that buyers could theoretically purchase on their own and put together. For those that might be afraid of doing this, it is an option but the configurations such as the A1077 are not customizable as if they done on their own.
Powering the Avatar Gaming A1077 is an AMD A10-5800K quad core processor on a Gigabyte A85X based mATX motherboard. This is an interesting choice as the processor in most tests falls behind even the Intel Core i3 dual core processor for general performance, gaming and even media. Now, this is a clock unlocked processor so there is potential to push it further by overclocking which doesn't exist for the Intel dual core processor but it certainly would really need a better than stock CPU cooler for this to be done. They did match the processor up with 16GB of DDR3 memory which allows the system to not be bottle necked by memory at all and it probably work require a memory upgrade at all.
Storage features of the Avatar Gaming A1077 are pretty typical of most desktops in its $800 price range. There is a one terabyte hard drive that should provide sufficient space for most users. The drive spins at the traditional 7200rpm rate which gives it a good overall level of performance but it would have been nice to see a small SSD drive added for even better performance but they are still uncommon on desktops. If you need additional space, there are plenty of internal drive slots and lots of SATA III ports to hook up to. Externally, there are four USB 3.0 ports (two front, two back) for use with high speed external drives. A dual layer DVD burner allows the system to read and write to DVD or DVD media. There is no media card reader on the system which is typical of more brand oriented desktops.
Now the AMD A10 processor does feature a built in Radeon HD 7660D graphics processor which is far better than Intel's integrated graphics. Even with this, the Avatar Gaming A1077 comes with an XFX Radeon HD 7770 1GB graphics card that provides even better performance such that it can be used for PC gaming up to the 1920x1080 resolution level. Now for more demanding modern games some detail levels will likely need to be turned down to keep the frame rates up. Now it is possible to do CrossFire configuration between the integrated and dedicated graphics in the system but this can result in some performance issues with frame lag and jitter even though it can generally produce higher frame rates where it isn't really recommended. The system does provide a good level of acceleration in non-3D applications as well. The system does feature a 650 watt a power supply and a second PCI-Express graphics slot so that either a second Radeon HD 7770 could be installed for a proper CrossFire or replacing it with a faster graphics card.
Pricing for the Avatar Gaming A1077 is roughly $800. Now, if you put the system together from the same OEM parts purchase through NewEgg, the end price is around $820. This means that it is actually the same if not slightly cheaper than building it yourself but you do miss out on picking out your specific parts. In terms of competition, the ASUS CM1855 and HP ENVY h8-1430 are the two closest in price. The ASUS offers a higher performance eight core FX-8300 processor with the rest of the features being quite similar. The big difference is the ASUS has a lower wattage power supply which restricts upgrading the graphics card. The HP ENVY instead uses an Intel Core i5 processor, two terabyte hard drive and wireless networking but comes with a lower performance Radeon graphics card. The big question is how much support Avatar can provide compared to name brands and their support site does not install much confidence.