The Bottom Line
- Stylish Aluminum Chassis
- Wide Range of High Speed Peripheral Ports
- Older Generation Graphics Card
- Only 4GB Memory Base
- Upgrades Are As Expensive As Doing It Yourself
- Intel Core i5-2300 Quad Core Desktop Processor
- 4GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Memory
- 1TB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 20x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- NVIDIA GeForce GT 430 Graphics Card With 1GB Memory
- Intel HDA Audio
- Gigabit Ethernet
- Two USB 3.0, Four USB 2.0, eSATA, FireWire, HDMI, VGA, 8-in-1 Card Reader
- Windows 7 Home Premiums
Guide Review - Velocity Micro Vector Z25 Mainstream Desktop PC
Aug 17 2011 - Velocity Micro's Vector Z25 series is designed to be a general purpose or multimedia home desktop computer system. Because of this, it has a bit more sedate components installed within it but it still offers a solid level of performance for its base $850 price thanks to the Intel Core i5-2300 quad core processor. This is one of the lowest models of the quad core i5 series but it still offers solid support for just about any task one might have. It just will be a bit slower in more demanding tasks such as desktop video editing. Those wanting more performance can always opt for higher i5 models or even the i7.
It is disappointing to see Velocity Micro pack the system with just 4GB of DDR3 memory. This is typically what one finds on budget classed systems. It will impact the performance of the system in memory intensive applications or heavy multitasking. Users can upgrade to 8GB but the cost of the memory upgrade is far more than it would cost to buy the memory and install it yourself. In addition, the memory adds two addition 2GB modules to fill up all four slots rather than switching to two 4GB modules.
Storage features for this price range are pretty typical. A one terabyte hard drive provides a decent amount of storage for applications, data and media files. The drive offers a bit more performance than many of the big name brands as it spins at the traditional 7200rpm spin rate compared to the new green drives that spin at a slower rate. Since Velocity Micro does allow for customization of their PCs, buyers can opted to add a second drive or upgrade to a two terabyte model. A standard dual layer DVD burner handles playback and recording of CD or DVD media but users can opt to have a Blu-ray combo drive installed so that it can playback the high definition movie format.
If you want to add high speed external storage to your desktop, the Vector Z25 has you covered with just about every option available. Not only does it include USB 3.0 and eSATA ports, it is one of the few desktops systems that also includes a FireWire port for use with external storage or older digital video devices.
One of the more disappointing aspects of the Velocity Micro Vector Z25 is the graphics. The system comes with a dedicated graphics card, but it uses an older generation NVIDIA GeForce GT 430. It certainly is a step up from the base Intel HD Graphics that is built into the processor but it will still provide limited 3D graphics suitable only for casual PC gaming at low resolutions and detail levels. There are options to upgrade to the latest Radeon HD 6000 series cards, but the costs for the upgrades it essentially near the cost of buying the card yourself and dropping it into the system yourself. The system does pack in a large 700 watt power supply which can even handle the GTX 580 or Radeon HD 6970.
Reading through this review, you probably noticed a trend with Velocity Micro in terms of the system. Buyers have the options to choose from a variety of upgrades to the various parts within the system. While this is very nice, the costs for all of these options just ends up negating any benefit to the consumer in getting them as they can typically upgrade it themselves for the same amount or slightly less.