Pros

  • Relatively affordable
  • Excellent performance

Cons

  • Weak power supply

At A Glance

This Micro Express machine packs Intel's new Sandy Bridge Extreme Edition processor, serving up tons of power and great performance, for a mere $2000.

Manufacturer’s Website

http://www.microexpress.net

The Specs

Processor
Processor type Intel Core i7
Processor speed 3.2 MHz
Cache size 12.288 KB
Processor count 1
Graphics
Graphics Type Discrete
Secondary Graphics Chipset Nvidia GeForce
Number of Graphic Cards included 1.0
Storage
Drive size 1120.0 GB
Drive type
  • Hard Disk Drive
  • Solid-State Drive
Expansion slots
Number of PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slots 2.0
Number of PCI-Express x16 slots 2.0
Number of PCI-Express x1 slots 1.0
Open PCI Express X1 Slots 1.0
Ports and Connections
Available Interfaces
  • Audio - Center/Bass Out (1/8" mini)
  • Audio - Headphone Out (1/8" Mini)
  • Audio - Line Out (1/8" Mini)
  • Audio - Microphone In (1/8" Mini)
  • Audio - Rear Surround Out (1/8" mini)
  • Audio - Side Surround Out (1/8" mini)
  • Bluetooth
  • DVI
  • Ethernet - RJ45
  • HDMI
  • USB - Universal Serial Bus 2.0
  • USB - Universal Serial Bus 3.0
  • eSATA
Ethernet Type Ethernet (10/100/1000 Mbps)
Memory
Memory size 16362.0 MB
Memory type DDR3
Power
Power Supply Wattage 550.0 watts
Optical Drive
Optical Drive Speed 48.0
Included Software
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Case
Chassis style Tower (Midsize)

Performance

Overall Rating
WorldBench 6 Score 219.0
Office Productivity
Web Browsing 111.0   seconds (lower is better)
Office Suite Use 296.0   seconds (lower is better)
File Compression 115.0   seconds (lower is better)
Content Creation
Image Editing 200.0   seconds (lower is better)
GPU Graphics Rendering 250.0   seconds (lower is better)
CPU Graphics Rendering 125.0   seconds (lower is better)
Video Encoding 110.0   seconds (lower is better)
DVD Burning 96.0   seconds (lower is better)
Video Editing 135.0   seconds (lower is better)
Power Usage
Idle power usage 164.0   Watts
Sleep power usage 8.2   Watt hours
Off power usage 2.4   Watt hours
Multitasking
World Bench 6 Multitasking 130.0
Gaming
Unreal Tournament 3 Medium 1024x768 393.6   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3 Medium 1680x1050 351.3   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3 Medium 1920x1200 303.0   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3 Medium 2560x1600 198.6   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3 Highest 1024x768 229.2   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3 Highest 1680x1050 232.2   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3 Highest 1920x1200 214.4   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3 Highest 2560x1600 155.1   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, High Quality, 1024x768 195.8   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, High Quality, 1680x1050 142.8   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, High Quality, 1920x1200 121.5   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, High Quality, 2560x1600 80.7   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 1024x768 221.4   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 1680x1050 189.7   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 1920x1200 176.8   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 2560x1600 136.5   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, High Quality, 1024x768 198.3   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, High Quality, 1680x1050 154.8   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, High Quality, 1920x1200 133.5   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, High Quality, 2560x1600 86.5   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, Low Quality, 1024x768 233.8   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, Low Quality, 1680x1050 228.5   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, Low Quality, 1920x1200 224.9   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, Low Quality, 2560x1600 156.7   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, Ultra Quality, 2560x1600 77.8   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, Ultra Quality, 2560x1600 76.1   Frames per second (higher is better)
Stalker 2, Ultra Quality, 2560x1600 37.1   Frames per second (higher is better)