The Bottom Line
Mar 19 2012 - The Gateway SX2370-UR10P is a good, low cost option for those looking at a slim desktop system. The AMD A8-3820 quad core processor may not be the fastest there is on the market but it does a good job and also offers some decent 3D performance for even casual PC gaming which is good considering the options to upgrade to a dedicated graphics are very limited. While the ability to upgrade the hard drive is also a problem, it does have an advantage of space for extra memory and comes with two USB 3.0 ports for external storage. All of this at a price of $530 make it a compelling value system as long as you don't mind limitations such as all the software that comes installed on it that might be annoying.
- Decent Integrated Graphics System
- Lots Of Peripheral Ports
- Performance Does Fall Short Of Intel Based Quad Core System
- Limited Internal Upgrade Options
- Lots Of Trialware
- AMD A8-3820 Quad Core Desktop Processor
- 6GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Memory
- 1TB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 16x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- AMD Radeon HD 6550D Integrated Graphics Processor
- 5.1 Audio Support
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless
- Two USB 3.0, Nine USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, 5-in-1 Card Reader
- 10.1" x 3.9" x 13.9"
- Windows 7 Home Premium, Office Starter
Review - Gateway SX2370-UR10P
Mar 19 2012 - Gateway is no stranger to using AMD's processors and they have taken the AMD APU processors for their latest slim desktop. The Gateway SX2370-UR10P is based around the AMD A8-3820 quad core processor. The processor itself is very efficient in terms of power consumption but it does trail behind Intel's Core i5 quad core processors and is more favorably compared to the similarly priced desktops that feature the dual-core Core i3. It should provide more than enough performance for the average consumers user. Gateway pairs the processor up with 6GB of DDR3 memory which allows it to run multiple applications in Windows 7 smoothly. Unlike many other small or slim systems that only feature two memory slots, there are four slots available which makes upgrading the memory much easier to do.
The storage features of the Gateway SX2370-UR10P are pretty typical of a budget class desktop system regardless of slim or traditional design. A standard one terabyte hard drive provides a good deal of storage for applications, data and media files. It uses the traditional 7200rpm speed rather than the variable or green class of drives becoming popular on many slim desktops for power savings so it does offer slightly better performance. In addition to this, the system uses a dual-layer DVD burner for playback and recording of CD or DVD media. While the system lacks an additional space inside for extra hard drives to be added, it does at least come equipped with two USB 3.0 ports for use with high speed external storage options.
Since the system is based upon an AMD APU, the graphics are handled by an AMD Radeon HD 6550D that is built into the processor. Unlike the Intel HD Graphics system, this graphics unit actually does have some good performance behind it. It certainly won't be a powerhouse 3D gaming platform but it does have the ability to be used for a casual PC gaming platform which many integrated systems cannot. It is best used at lower resolutions such as 1366x768 at modest detail levels. It also provides improved support for accelerating non-3D applications. Now, if you want to upgrade to a dedicated graphics card, it is possible thank to the PCI-Express graphics card slot. The downside is that the space for the slot is fairly limited including room for only a single slot wide design that isn't too long. In addition, the power supply is a paltry 220W meaning it would pretty much need to be one that doesn't require any additional power connectors.
One problem that has plagued Gateway systems over the years has been the amount of software that comes installed on the system. The problem is that the sheer amount of software that is on the system does impact the performance particularly the boot times as the various applications have to load into the operating system. This is a tradeoff for consumers though as these software companies efforts do help reduce the overall cost of the systems. With pricing of roughly $530, this does make it a very affordable system.