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PC Nextday Zoostorm 65-5301 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £800
inc VAT and delivery


2.83GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550, 4.000000 RAM, 22in 1,680×1,050 display, Windows Vista Home Premium

PC Nextday

PC Nextday’s Zoostorm 65-5301 is the only PC here with one of Nvidia’s latest graphics cards, the 896MB GeForce GTX 260.

It couldn’t keep up with the Radeon HD 4870-equipped Arbico Elite 8400 OCX, but it performed very well in our 3D graphics tests, coming second overall. It managed almost 60fps in our Call of Duty 4 test and a playable 30fps in Crysis.

The 65-5301 is fitted with 4GB of RAM and an Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 processor. It couldn’t match the Phenom II-equipped PCs in our TV & Movies benchmark, but it edged ahead in our Memories test. Overall, the Phenom II-based PCs were faster, but the Zoostorm 65-5301 is still one of the fastest PCs here.

This PC and its £650 counterpart – the Zoostorm 64-4303 – are the only two in this Labs to come with surround-sound speakers. Both use the same Edifier M1550 5.1 speakers, but we’d have liked to see a better-sounding set with an £800 PC. Their bass is disappointing and you’ll have to position them carefully for the best possible sound. They’re still useful for watching movies and playing games, though.

You also get the same 22in AMW monitor supplied with the cheaper Zoostorm 64-4303. This is a shame as we were unimpressed with its image quality. Backlighting is uneven and images have a green tint. Again, we’d expect a better-quality display with a PC at this price.

The similarities between the Zoostorm 65-5301 and its cheaper counterpart don’t end there. Foxconn’s G31MX motherboard makes an appearance here, too. It has only two memory slots, which are already occupied, so you’ll have to throw away the existing RAM if you want to add more. However, the 65-5301 uses a different case with fewer drive bays – two empty 3?in bays and one spare 5?in bay.

PC Nextday, like Advent, provides a year of onsite warranty, which will save you a lot of hassle if the PC breaks down. The Zoostorm 65-5301 is fast, but the mediocre monitor and motherboard mean Mesh’s better-equipped Matrix II 940 CS takes the Best Buy award.

Basic Specifications

Rating ****
Processor Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550
Processor external bus 333MHz (1,333MHz quad-pumped FSB)
Processor multiplier x8.5
Processor clock speed 2.83GHz
Processor socket LGA775
Level 1 cache 4x 32KB
Level 2 cache 6,144KB (cores one and two 3,072KB shared, cores three and four 3,072KB shared)
Memory 4.000000
Memory type PC2-6400
Maximum memory 4GB
Motherboard Foxconn G31MX
Motherboard chipset Intel G31 + ICH7
Power consumption standby 5W
Power consumption idle 95W
Power consumption active 230W


USB2 ports (front/rear) 2/4
Firewire ports (front/rear) 0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear) 0/0
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support none
Other ports none

Internal Expansion

Case mini PC
PCI-E x1 slots (free) 1 (0)
PCI-E x16 slots (free) 1 (0)
Free Serial ATA ports 2
Free memory slots 0
Free 3.5in drive bays 2

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Hitachi Deskstar 7K500 (HDS725050KLA360)
Interface SATA 300
Total storage capacity 500GB
Spindle speed 7,200rpm


Graphics card(s) 896MB Nvidia GeForce GTX 260
Graphics/video ports 2x DVI, TV out


Sound Realtek ALC662
Sound outputs 5.1 line out
Speakers Edifier M1550 5.1

Removable Drives

3.5in floppy drive no
Supported memory cards none
Optical drive model Sony NEC Optiarc AD-5200S
Optical drive type(s) DVD+/-RW +/-DL


Viewable size 22 in
Screen model AMW X2210WDS
Native resolution 1,680×1,050
Response time 5ms
Screen inputs DVI, VGA

Other Hardware

Modem No
Keyboard Microsoft Basic Keyboard 1.0A
Mouse Microsoft Basic Optical Mouse 1.0A


Software included none
Operating system Windows Vista Home Premium
Operating system restore option restore partition

Buying Information

Warranty one year onsite
Price £800

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