The Bottom Line
- Two Full Gigabytes of Memory
- Relatively Low Cost
- Integrated Graphics
- Slower Core 2 Duo Processor
- Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 Dual Core Desktop
- 2GB PC2-4200 DDR2 Memory
- 320GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 16x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- Intel GMA 950 Integrated Graphics
- Intel HDA Audio with Stereo Speakers
- v.92 56Kbps Modem and 10/100 Ethernet
- Six USB 2.0, Two FireWire and 15-in-1 Card Reader
- Vista Home Premium, Works 8, PowerDVD and McAfee Internet Security
Guide Review - Gateway GT5412
3/22/07 – Cosmetically, the Gateway GT5412 doesn't look all that different from what they offer from their online site with the DX models. Underneath the exterior though, there are some significant differences.
Powering the Gateway GT5412 desktop system is the lesser known Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 dual core processor. This has the same feature sets at the more well known E6300 processor, but it runs at a slower clock speed give it less performance. It still is better than what is offered in budget systems and is typically sufficient for most general purpose computing. Surprisingly though, the GT5412 comes with a full two gigabytes of memory that lets the system run smoothly even with the more memory hungry Vista operating system.
Storage is quite good for the GT5412 and even rivals what Gateway offers in the DX430. The 320GB hard drive is of an average size for a desktop in this price segment but it is double that of the DX430. A standard 16x dual layer DVD burner is included for reading or recording CD and DVD media.
Graphics wise the GT5412 is somewhat of a letdown. Most mainstream desktops now come with dedicated graphics cores. Instead the GT5412 uses the Intel GMA 950 integrated graphics. This does restrict some of the features of the new Vista Aero interface that run better with a dedicated card. It also prevents the system from playing 3D games without adding a PCI Express graphics card.
What all this does add up to is a relatively inexpensive mainstream desktop system. It is less expensive than many of the other systems available on the market, but it does cost more and provide more than the traditional budget desktop PC.