Pros

  • Top-notch general-purpose performance
  • Good connectivity for various devices

Cons

  • Unremarkable graphics performance
  • Aesthetically unimpressive older case

At A Glance

The MTower PCIe 965 offers strong general-purpose performance, but fails to excite as a gaming system.

The Specs

Processor
Processor type Intel Core i7 Extreme 965
Processor speed 3200.0 MHz
Display
Included monitor No
Monitor model number 2343bwx Samsung SyncMaster
Graphics
Primary Graphics Chipset EVGA GeForce 9800+ GTX
Video Bus PCI Express
Video Memory Type DDR3
Storage
Raid type RAID 0
Drive size 600.0 GB
Expansion slots
Open PCI Express X16 Slots 1.0
Number of PCI slots 4.0
Open PCI Express X1 Slots 2.0
Number of PCI-Express Slots 2.0
Ports and Connections
Available Interfaces
  • USB - Universal Serial Bus (rear) (x8)
  • USB - Universal Serial Bus (front) (x3)
  • FireWire Port (rear)
  • FireWire Port (front)
Ethernet Type Ethernet (10/100/1000 Mbps)
Slots 4
Parallel Port No
Memory
Memory size 3072.0 MB
Optical Drive
Optical Drive Type DVD±RW
Second Optical Drive Type DVD-ROM
Included Software
Operating System Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium (32 bit)
Case
Chassis style Tower (Midsize)
External Drive Bays 6.0
Internal Drive Bays 4.0

Performance

Overall Rating
WorldBench 6 Score 156.0
WorldBench 6 Rating Superior
Office Productivity
Web Browsing 152.0   seconds (lower is better)
Office Suite Use 306.0   seconds (lower is better)
File Compression 158.0   seconds (lower is better)
Content Creation
Image Editing 250.0   seconds (lower is better)
GPU Graphics Rendering 293.0   seconds (lower is better)
CPU Graphics Rendering 232.0   seconds (lower is better)
Video Encoding 151.0   seconds (lower is better)
DVD Burning 208.0   seconds (lower is better)
Video Editing 160.0   seconds (lower is better)
Multitasking
World Bench 6 Multitasking 170.0
Gaming
Overall Graphics Score Fair
Unreal Tournament 3 Medium 1024x768 227.9   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3 Medium 1680x1050 119.62   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3 Medium 1920x1200 107.64   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3 Medium 2560x1600 72.64   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3 Highest 1024x768 154.04   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3 Highest 1680x1050 103.64   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3 Highest 1920x1200 88.4   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3 Highest 2560x1600 60.06   Frames per second (higher is better)
Doom 3 with AA, 1280 by 1024, 32-Bit 260.17   Frames per second (higher is better)
Doom 3 with AA, 1024 by 768, 32-Bit 261.17   Frames per second (higher is better)
Doom 3, 1280 by 1024, 32-Bit 258.97   Frames per second (higher is better)
Doom 3, 1024 by 768, 32-Bit 260.2   Frames per second (higher is better)
Enemy Territory Quake Wars High 2560x1600 47.0   Frames per second (higher is better)
Enemy Territory Quake Wars High 1920x1200 67.97   Frames per second (higher is better)
Enemy Territory Quake Wars High 1680x1050 78.27   Frames per second (higher is better)
Enemy Territory Quake Wars High 1024x768 150.33   Frames per second (higher is better)
Enemy Territory Quake Wars Normal 2560x1600 83.57   Frames per second (higher is better)
Enemy Territory Quake Wars Normal 1920x1200 118.37   Frames per second (higher is better)
Enemy Territory Quake Wars Normal 1680x1050 126.4   Frames per second (higher is better)
Enemy Territory Quake Wars Normal 1024x768 156.53   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry with AA, 1280 by 1024, 32-Bit 329.82   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry with AA, 1024 by 768, 32-Bit 336.81   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry, 1280 by 1024, 32-Bit 331.02   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry, 1024 by 768, 32-Bit 336.27   Frames per second (higher is better)