The Bottom Line
- Good Performance
- Blu-ray Compatible Drive
- Two Front Panel SATA Drive Bays For Easy Expansion
- Limited Internal Expansion
- Lots of Installed Trialware
- Intel Core i7-930 Quad Core Desktop Processor
- 9GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Memory
- 1.5TB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
- Blu-ray Reader And Dual-Layer DVD Burner
- ATI Radeon HD 5850 Graphics Card With 1GB Memory
- Intel HDA 7.1 Audio
- Gigabit Ethernet
- Ten USB 2.0, FireWire, Two eSATA, 15-in-1 Card Reader
- Windows 7 Home Premium, Office Starter, Norton Internet Security
Guide Review - Gateway FX6803-35 Performance Desktop PC
Dec 7 2010 - Gateway's FX series of desktops keeps expanding with additional models. The FX6803-35 takes a bit more powerful approach than the previous FX6831 by using the Intel X58 chipset and its options for triple channel memory for added performance. It comes with the Intel Core i7-930 quad core processor that should run just about any application without issue. The 9GB of DDR3 memory prevent the system from slowdowns from memory intensive applications or multitasking.
While previous incarnations of the Gateway FX desktop have generally hard larger than average hard drives, the FX6803-35 does have a sizable 1.5TB drive but this is fairly typical for desktops in this price range now. The case design does still retain the two front panel drive bays that allow for easy expansion for two SATA hard drives. Gateway does include a Blu-ray combo drive that allows the system to playback high definition movies. This is a nice addition since many performance desktop still opt to not include this function. The drive also has the ability to record or playback CDs or DVDs.
The graphics on the Gateway FX6803-35 is quite capable of 3D gaming but might fall short of a true gaming system. The ATI Radeon Mobility 5850 graphics card offers some good performance and can easily handle gaming up to the 1920x1200 resolution but there are newer offerings that can achieve higher resolutions or additional filter effects. The systems power supply and internal slot configuration also prevent any adding of a second card for a CrossFire configuration for extra performance.
Gateway's FX series case has some really nice features on the exterior such as the hard drive bays that were mentioned earlier, but the same can't be said about the interior. The internal expansion space is pretty much almost non-existent. The internal slots only include the PCI-Express graphics slot that taken by the graphics card plus a single PCI-Express x1 slot. The cabling within the system is also a bit muddled making finding connectors more difficult if you add a second optical drive.
One of the more annoying aspects of the Gateway performance system is that it is plagued with the various trialware and applications that get loaded on just about every other Gateway class system. Companies like Dell have realized that many performance buyer's don't care for these applications and their effects to the memory and performance of the system. Be prepared to uninstall a fair number of applications.