At a Glance
Decently priced system offers solid performance and features, including plenty of expansion room; but its design is dull.
Ajump's NBP1005 is a solid machine that performed well in both our WorldBench 5 and graphics tests, but otherwise it doesn't stand out from the crowd. Powered by a 2.2-GHz Athlon 64 X2 4200+ CPU with 1GB of RAM, it earned a WorldBench 5 score of 97, 12 percent lower than the mark of 110 set by Polywell's MiniBox 939NP-4200, which has the same CPU and amount of system memory. With a graphics card based on nVidia's GeForce 7300GS GPU, the Ajump's gaming performance was good, logging 82 frames per second at 1280 by 1024 resolution and 32-bit color in our Return to Castle Wolfenstein test.
The NBP1005's nondescript black case has a reasonably quiet fan that vents on the left side. A seven-format media-card reader, two USB 2.0 ports, and headphone and microphone jacks adorn the front of the system.
This is one of three dual-core value PCs (in the group of six that we tested for our August issue) to offer two optical drives: a double-layer DVD burner and a 16X DVD-ROM reader. The two drives allow you to rapidly copy directly from disc to disc or to view a movie while burning files. The back has typical connections, including a Wi-Fi card and four more USB 2.0 ports, but the system lacks a FireWire port, which is a fairly common feature found on most other value systems.
Although I needed to use a screwdriver to remove the machine's side panel, the NBP1005's roomy case offers easy access to all the interior components. Two slots--one PCI Express x1 and one PCI--plus two internal bays and two externally accessible bays remain available for expansion.
The accompanying 19-inch AG Neovo F-419 LCD monitor, with VGA analog and DVI connections, looked good and had clearly labeled controls positioned on the front right. Ajump includes a printed monitor setup manual as well as on-screen guides for the monitor, the wireless LAN, and the motherboard, but doesn't provide an integrated system guide.
Overall the NBP1005 is reasonably priced and relatively fast, but in other respects it's an undistinguished value desktop.