Pros

  • Lots of room for future upgrades
  • Excellent performance

Cons

  • Boring chassis

At A Glance

Micro Express's latest budget machine bucks the category trends—in all the right ways.

The Specs

Processor
Processor type Intel Core i3
Processor speed 3.3 MHz
Cache size 0.512 KB
Bus speed 100.0 MHz
Processor count 1
Graphics
Graphics Type Discrete
Secondary Graphics Chipset ATI Radeon HD
Number of Graphic Cards included 1.0
Storage
Drive size 500.0 GB
Hard Drive Speed 7200.0 RPM
Other storage
  • Memory Stick
  • SD Card
  • SD/MMC Card
Drive type Hard Disk Drive
Expansion slots
Number of PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slots 2.0
Open PCI Express X16 Slots 1.0
Number of PCI-Express x8 slots 3.0
Ports and Connections
Available Interfaces
  • DVI
  • DisplayPort
  • FireWire Port (rear)
  • HDMI
  • Keyboard - USB
  • Mouse - USB
  • USB - Universal Serial Bus (front) (x3)
  • USB - Universal Serial Bus (rear) (x4)
  • eSATA
SD/MMC Card 1.0
MultiMedia Card (MMC) or MultiMediaCard (MMC) Yes
Ethernet Type Ethernet (10/100/1000 Mbps)
Memory
Memory size 4096.0 MB
Memory type DDR3
Memory speed 667.0 MHz
Power
Power Supply Wattage 450.0 watts
Storage Media
Memory stick Memory Stick
SD card Yes
Included Software
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Case
Chassis style Tower (Midsize)

Performance

Overall Rating
WorldBench 6 Score 141.0
Office Productivity
Web Browsing 161.0   seconds (lower is better)
Office Suite Use 320.0   seconds (lower is better)
File Compression 157.0   seconds (lower is better)
Multitasking 205.0
Content Creation
Image Editing 295.0   seconds (lower is better)
GPU Graphics Rendering 282.0   seconds (lower is better)
CPU Graphics Rendering 308.0   seconds (lower is better)
Video Encoding 166.0   seconds (lower is better)
DVD Burning 262.0   seconds (lower is better)
Video Editing 161.0   seconds (lower is better)
Gaming
Unreal Tournament 3 Medium 1024x768 175.0   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3 Medium 1680x1050 104.9   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3 Medium 1920x1200 85.4   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3 Medium 2560x1600 51.4   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3 Highest 1024x768 118.4   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3 Highest 1680x1050 83.5   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3 Highest 1920x1200 70.1   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3 Highest 2560x1600 42.6   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, High Quality, 1024x768 58.7   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, High Quality, 1680x1050 36.2   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, High Quality, 1920x1200 30.9   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, High Quality, 2560x1600 20.6   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 1024x768 92.8   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 1680x1050 66.1   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 1920x1200 57.9   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 2560x1600 40.4   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, High Quality, 1024x768 64.1   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, High Quality, 1680x1050 41.5   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, High Quality, 1920x1200 35.7   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, High Quality, 2560x1600 23.0   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, Low Quality, 1024x768 126.9   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, Low Quality, 1680x1050 87.1   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, Low Quality, 1920x1200 73.0   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, Low Quality, 2560x1600 46.3   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, Ultra Quality, 2560x1600 20.8   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, Ultra Quality, 2560x1600 18.9   Frames per second (higher is better)