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Acer Aspire X3300 Small Form Factor Desktop PC

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Acer Aspire X3300 Small Form Factor Desktop PC

Acer Aspire X3300

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The Bottom Line

Mar 2 2010 - Acer's Aspire X3300 is a very affordable slim desktop system at just $500 but the system is a series of trade offs that will work for some but not others. The terabyte hard drive is certainly welcome for those that need a lot of space for media files and programs. Performance is decent for the cost although new Core i3 dual core systems do outperform the quad core Athlon II X4. This system is best used as a low cost general purpose system for those that don't want a large desktop.
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Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Large Hard Drive
  • CHANGE

Cons

  • Lacks Dedicated Graphics
  • Performance Trails Core i3 Dual Core Systems
  • Lots of Trialware

Description

  • AMD Athlon II X4 620 Quad Core Desktop Processor
  • 4GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Memory
  • 1TB 5400rpm (Variable) SATA Hard Drive
  • 16x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer DVD Burner
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9200 Integrated Graphics
  • 5.1 Audio Support
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • Nine USB 2.0, eSATA, HDMI, VGA, 12-in-1 Card Reader
  • 13.9" x 3.9" x 10.4"
  • Windows 7 Home Premium, Works, NTI Media Maker, McAfee Security Center

Guide Review - Acer Aspire X3300 Small Form Factor Desktop PC

Mar 2 2010 - Acer's X series small desktop systems were previously based around Intel parts. With the new Aspire X3300, Acer has decided to switch to the AMD processor platform which helps keep costs down. Unfortunately, it doesn't help the system's overall performance. The Athlon II X4 620 processor has four cores and runs decently well but it is overshadowed by the Core i3 dual core processors from Intel that can do more with just two cores.

Even though the Aspire X3300 is a budget system, Acer didn't skimp when it comes to storage features. It uses a large one terabyte hard drive that provides a large amount of space for programs and data. This is very useful for those with very large media file collections and it is also larger than most small form factor desktops that favor smaller drives. It uses a green series drive with a variable spin rate to reduce power consumption that can impact performance at times but it should still work for things like media streaming. They also include an eSATA port for use with high speed external storage peripherals.

Graphics are another area where the Aspire X3300 could really use some work. It uses a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce 9200 graphics processor. Now, this is a step up from Intel's solutions but it still lacks any significant 3D performance. Don't expect to be using this system for gaming beyond low detail levels at low to moderate resolutions. There is a PCI-Express graphics slot in the system but it is a low profile slot and a small 220W power supply that severely limits what can be installed in it.

Those who do elect to buy the Aspire X3300 should be prepared to spend a fair amount of time cleaning up the operating system. Acer installs a fair amount of trialware applications onto the system that clutter up the desktop and state menu. While Windows 7 doesn't take as much of a performance hit as Vista did it is still annoying to have to deal with the various programs that you likely will not use.

So, is the Acer Aspire X3300 worth considering? If you want a relatively small desktop class system for general purpose computing then it is probably fine. If you might be using it for gaming or heavy duty computing tasks, then their are some better options for just a bit more money.

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 4 out of 5
Acer Aspire X3000, Member Gamerguru

I bought This computer last week They were selling like hot cakes. There are many diffrent models of this computer shoveled into this small computer I have the 1TB HD 4 gigs DDR3 dual channel Windows 7 ..The 1TB and windows 7 was the seller to me ..who runs vista? LOL But they do come with it aswell. I do like to play older online games and run 3 montors while playing. so here is my Pro's / Con's Pro 1 Terra Gig Hard drive. 4 Gig DDR3 dual this combo with the Athon dual core makes for a snappy internet click and use of programs and the CPU still runs very cool at 28 degrees And you can still upgrade some of the things on the computer to make it even better with alittle shopping and asking around you can make it a ( good gamming computer) Cons first thing that jumps out at me is the video card Nvida 9200 No fan for cooling and runs way hotter then the CPU at 55 degrees just at normal use in a small boxed computer ..what a waste that and its a main stream vid card However the computer is a low voltage system 220 i think? so any upgrading you do i would start with the A/C and it in it's self is in a werid form in the computer .so homework is needed to find the right A/C upgrade and Video card with a fan to fit a low profile Overall : If your looking to get somthing better then your old Dell P4 and like a smaller computer with a punch at a good price this is your buy size of a lap top and a half its good for tucking away but works better then a lap top don't try to use this for New online games till you find a Low profile / low voltage video card with a fan ..i would even drill holes on the other side to help air in lol ..

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