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CCL CCL-CS1209 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £399
inc VAT

CCL's CCL-CS1209 is a quick yet quiet computer that performs well, particularly in games, but we'd have liked better application performance.


2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200, 4.000000 RAM, N/A display, Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit


With its CS1209, CCL has attempted to build a powerful PC capable of handling every job; it’s come very close to succeeding, too. The 2.33GHz Core 2 Quad Q8200 processor and 4GB of RAM are a powerful combination, helping this PC to a fast overall score of 90.

There’s also a dedicated graphics card for playing games. The 1GB GeForce GT220 managed 14.2fps in our Call of Duty 4 benchmark. This is a little jerky, but turn off anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering and drop the resolution and smooth frame rates are possible. The only downside of this card is its size; it blocks a PCI slot, but fortunately there’s a second PCI slot and a PCI Express x1 slot for internal upgrades.

Despite its quick performance, the CS1209 was one of the quieter desktop computers here. It’s not completely silent, producing an audible hum even when idle, but it’s far less noticeable than many other PCs.

Although the 500GB hard disk should be large enough for all but the biggest media libraries, there are plenty of drive bays for adding more internal storage. There are six 3?in bays for adding more hard disks and three 5?in bays for accommodating more optical drives, but only two available SATA ports on the motherboard. You’ll need a PCI card with more SATA ports should you want more than two hard disks.

CCL has managed to keep the price of this system down by not including a mouse or keyboard. Considering this is really a PC for someone upgrading that wants to keep their existing peripherals, this isn’t a problem.

The CCL-CS1209 is a decent all-rounder. Its capable of playing 3D games, is quiet and fast in Windows. It’s a great choice, but there’s stiff competition. If you want the best games performance at this price, CyberPower’s Ultra Athena delivers it in spades, but better application performance would have been good.

Basic Specifications

Rating ****
Processor Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200
Processor external bus 333MHz (1,333MHz quad-pumped FSB)
Processor multiplier x7
Processor clock speed 2.33GHz
Processor socket LGA775
Level 1 cache 4x 32KB
Level 2 cache 2x 2,048KB
Memory 4.000000
Memory type PC2-6400
Maximum memory 8GB
Motherboard Asus P5QPL-VM EPU
Motherboard chipset Intel G41
Power consumption standby 2W
Power consumption idle 65W
Power consumption active 96W


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 midi tower
PCI-E x1 slots (free) 1 (1)
PCI-E x16 slots (free) 1 (0)
Free Serial ATA ports 2
Free memory slots 0
Free 3.5in drive bays 6

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) WD Caviar Blue 500GB
Interface SATA 300
Total storage capacity 500GB
Spindle speed 7,200rpm


Graphics card(s) 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 220
Graphics/video ports HDMI, DVI, VGA


Sound Realtek ALC887
Sound outputs 7.1 line out, optical S/PDIF out
Speakers none

Removable Drives

3.5in floppy drive no
Supported memory cards none
Optical drive model Sony NEC Optiarc AD-5240S
Optical drive type(s) DVD+/-RW +/-DL


Screen model N/A
Native resolution N/A
Response time N/A
Screen inputs N/A

Other Hardware

Modem No
Keyboard none
Mouse none


Software included none
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
Operating system restore option Windows disc

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £399

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