The Bottom Line
- Eight Gigabytes of DDR3 Memory
- Very Reasonable Price
- Wireless Networking Card
- Odd Hard Drive Partitioning
- Graphics Card Decent But Extra Video Memory Doesn't Provide Any Benefit
- Could Use Some Front Panel Ports Rather Than All on the Top of Case
- Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 Quad Core Desktop Processor
- 8GB PC3-8500 DDR3 Memory
- 750GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 18x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner With Label Flash Support
- NVIDIA GeForce G230 Graphics Card With 1.5GB Memory
- Intel HDA 7.1 Audio With Stereo Speakers
- v.92 56Kbps Modem, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g Wireless
- Ten USB 2.0, FireWire, 15-in-1 Card Reader
- Vista Home Premium 64-bit, Works, NTI MediaMaker, McAfee Security Center
Guide Review - Acer Aspire AM5800-U5802A Mainstream Desktop PC
Jul 20 2009 - Acer's Aspire AM5800-U5802A is their current Prestige class desktop that offers a relatively strong value for a good general performance system to be used for a variety of different tasks. At $800, it is more expensive than many budget classed systems but comes equipped with more features that will allow it to last for a longer time.
The system's performance comes from an Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 quad core processor. It also comes with a surprising 8GB of DDR3 memory that when combined with the processor allows the system to run a large number of applications concurrently without any slowdowns from memory or processor swapping. Applications such as video editing benefit greatly from this combination.
Storage on the system is pretty much standard fare for the desktop in this price range. The 750GB hard drive provides a fair amount of space but Acer causes some issues by partitioning the drive. Rather than a single 750GB drive, it is divided into two drives with half the full size. This makes saving data a bit more complicated than it should be and doesn't really provide any benefit for the consumer. The dual layer DVD burner supports reading and writing to CDs or DVDs and also offers burning labels to Label Flash media.
One aspect of the Acer Aspire AM5800-U5802A that could use some work is the graphics. They are acceptable for this price range but seem to imply much more. The NVIDIA GeForce G230 graphics are essentially a rebadged GeForce 9600 GT graphics processor. This can support many games up to a 1680x1050 resolution. The odd part is the video memory. With 1.5GB you would think it could handle filtering better but it doesn't really do any better than a standard 512MB version. Users at least have the ability to upgrade the card to a moderate level card thanks to the 450W power supply.