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Ginger6 ND400 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £400
inc VAT

This little AMD system feels underpowered when compared to most Intel-based rivals, but it's also cheaper


2.9GHz AMD Fusion A8-3850, 4GB RAM, N/A display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit


Making up for the lack of internal expansion are two USB ports at the front of the case and another six at the back. Four of the rear ports are USB3 – a boon for connecting fast hard disks. Two PS/2 ports mean you can connect a keyboard and mouse without hogging any USB ports. The integrated graphics can be output via VGA and HDMI ports and there are three 3.5mm ports for 5.1 analogue surround sound.

Ginger6 ND400 back

The case is well finished and sturdy, but it does little to quell the noise of the stock AMD CPU cooler, which rattles and whines irritatingly. The sole case fan is almost silent, though. The bundled Genius mouse and keyboard set is unremarkable but comfortable to use. The keyboard rattles but allowed us to touch-type quickly and the ambidextrous mouse is handy if you’re a leftie. Both have PS/2 connectors, so you can take advantage of the ports on the motherboard.

If your budget is limited to £400, the ND400 isn’t terrible value. However, if you can stretch an extra £50, the Chillblast Fusion Shadow is considerably more powerful in both desktop applications and games.

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Basic Specifications

Rating **
Processor AMD Fusion A8-3850
Processor external bus 100MHz (HyperTransport)
Processor multiplier x29
Processor clock speed 2.9GHz
Processor socket FM1
Memory 4
Memory type PC3-10666
Maximum memory 16GB
Motherboard Asrock A75M-HVS
Motherboard chipset AMD A75


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

Internal Expansion

Case midi tower
PCI-E x1 slots (free) 0 (0)
PCI-E x16 slots (free) 1 (1)
Free Serial ATA ports 4
Free memory slots 0
Free 3.5in drive bays 3

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Western Digital Caviar (WD10EALX-009BA0)
Interface SATA2
Total storage capacity 1,000GB


Graphics card(s) 256MB AMD Radeon HD 6550D
Graphics/video ports HDMI, VGA


Sound Via HD Audio
Sound outputs 5.1 line out, stereo line out, mic in
Speakers none

Removable Drives

Supported memory cards none
Optical drive type(s) DVD+/-RW +/-DL


Screen model none
Native resolution N/A
Screen inputs N/A

Other Hardware

Keyboard Genius KB-06XE
Mouse Genius Netscroll 120


Software included none
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore option Windows disc

Buying Information

Warranty one year collect and return
Price £400

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