The Bottom Line
- High Performance Core i7 Processor
- Easy Access Hard Drive Bay
- Relatively Low End Graphics
- No USB 3.0 or eSATA Ports
- Lots Of Preloaded Software
- Intel Core i7-2600 Quad Core Desktop Processor
- 8GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Memory
- 1.5TB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 16x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- NVIDIA GeForce GT 520 Graphics Card With 1GB Memory
- Intel HDA Audio
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless
- Ten USB 2.0, HDMI, DVI, VGA, Multicard Reader
- Windows 7 Home Premium, Office Starter
Guide Review - Gateway DX4860-UR21P Mainstream Desktop PC
Aug 12 2011 - Gateway has packed a surprisingly amount of performance into the DX4860-UR21P which would be much more expected from their FX series. This is primarily from the Intel Core i7-2600 quad core processor that is packed into the system. It is one of the fastest processors currently available for the desktop market and it provides plenty of performance even for demanding tasks such as desktop video editing. With the 8GB of DDR3 memory included with the system, the desktop should be able to handle multitasking or demanding tasks with very few slowdowns.
With the high performance of the processor, Gateway has sacrificed the performance somewhat with the hard drive. It does provide a fair amount of storage space with a large one and a half terabyte capacity. This should provide plenty of space for applications, data and media files. The downside is that the drive is of a green variety that has a base 5400rpm spin rate. This means that its performance will be a bit below drives that spin at the more traditional 7200rpm rate. Upgrading the storage has both good and bad aspects. The system lacks a newer USB 3.0 or eSATA port for use with high speed external peripherals. This is offset however by a drive bay that is accessible from the front panel that can be used to install a standard sized desktop hard drive.
The one major weak spot for the Gateway DX4860-UR21P is the graphics system. Since it isn't part of their FX performance series, it gets a more budget oriented NVIDIA GeForce GT 520 graphics card. While this is a step up from the new Intel HD Graphics 2000 that are built into the processor, it still has very limited 3D performance. It will be able to play PC games but will be limited to lower resolution and detail levels and be the bottleneck for the system especially considering the high end processor it is equipped with. At least the system comes equipped with a 450 watt power supply that will allow the system to run a more middle range 3D graphics cards for those that may want to upgrade it. It still doesn't quite have the performance to be upgraded to a top of the line gaming system.
One problem that has plagued Gateway in its recent systems is the preloaded software. As with past models, the DX4860-UR21P comes loaded with a large number of applications that users probably won't necessarily use. These programs can cause the system to take longer to boot because of their autoloading features. To get the best performance out of the system, buyer's will want to take the time to clean the system of unwanted programs to help boost the performance and unclutter the windows desktop.