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AOpen EZ65 XCcube SFF PC Review

AOpen EZ65 XCcube SFF PC Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Aopen EZ65 XCcube handled the benchmarks superbly; it would certainly keep me satisfied if it were my 24/7 machine.
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Filed under: Computer / SFF PCs Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Aopen Apr 28 2004   Colin Sun  
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Benchmarks: X2: The Threat, UT2003

X2: The Threat Source: Egosoft

A completely rewritten 3D engine based on DirectX8 encompasses many visual effects such as volumetric Nebulae (gas clouds) that have a real impact in the game (you can hide in them), many new engine, shield, weapon and explosion effects. Objects cast real dynamic 3D shadows! Dynamic DP3 bump mapping allows a previously unseen level of detail.

X2: The Threat - Benchmark Results 640x480-16bit
System FPS Ranking

MSI MEGA PC

70.15

Soltek QBiC

132.96

AOpen EZ65 XCcube

136.58

X2: The Threat is a new 3D benchmark and here we see the AOpen EZ65 XCcube squeak out a tiny lead.

Unreal Tournament 2003

Source: Epic

Unreal Tournament 2003 is the sequel to 1999's multiple 'Game of the Year' award winner. It uses the very latest Unreal Engine technology - where graphics, sound and game play are taken beyond the bleeding edge. Unreal Tournament 2003 employs the use of Vertex as well as Pixel Shaders and it's recommended that you use a DirectX 8 videocard to get the most out of the game.

Unreal Tournament 2003 - 640x480
Flyby FPS Ranking

MSI MEGA PC

129.4

Soltek QBiC

232.63

AOpen EZ65 XCcube

240.18

Botmatch FPS Ranking

MSI MEGA PC

49.03

Soltek QBiC

77.35

AOpen EZ65 XCcube

80.54

It should be pretty obvious that the AOpen EZ XCcube can swing with the best of them. Do not fear this SFF PC if you're a gamer!

What an awesome SFF PC!

To be honest, before testing out the AOpen EZ65 XCcube I really never liked the concept of the "Small Formfactor PC." AOpen have changed my opinion, and in big way!

Clearly, gone are the days of underpowered novelty SFF PCs which couldn't really handle much on the intensive front, particularly gaming. The AOpen EZ65 XCcube can easily go toe-to-toe with the most powerful Pentium 4 PC's on the market thanks to its Intel i865G chipset.

The case design of the AOpen EZ65 XCcube looks a lot like a Mac at first glance, but AOpen certainly haven't abandoned the PC market. What they have done is assemble what I consider to be one of the most desirable SFF PCs out there; with great hardware under the hood, an incredibly well engineered case, simple good looks, and a good dose of quality!

The key of course to much of this winning combination is the Aopen UX4SG-1394 i865G based motherboard. If all you need is a system to play DVD's, the EZ65 could be built with a slowish Pentium4 processor, but if you need power, this system supports the top of the line P4 C processors without sweat. Team that up with Intel's excellent dual channel memory controller, and an 8X AGP slot, Gigabit Ethernet, and you've got yourself the potential for a little screamer...

And, just think about the power to weight ratio! ;-)

The AOpen EZ65 XCcube is certainly nice to look at, but sometimes the inside of a SFF PC can be more important - especially when it comes to installation and good airflow for cooling. In this case, everything fits together nicely, and even when the system was fully equipped with CDROM, HDD, memory and videocard, it was still easy to access individual components. On the performance front, the Aopen EZ65 XCcube handled the benchmarks superbly; it would certainly keep me satisfied if it were my 24/7 machine. Overclocking was a no-go, but since this SFF PC is geared for low noise that's one sacrifice you'll have to live with.

Bottom line, the AOpen EZ65 XCcube is currently the fastest SFF PC we've tested to date; and if you're looking for a highly recommended SFF PC, this is THE ONE to get!

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Contents of Article: Aopen EZ65 XCcube
 Pg 1.  AOpen EZ65 XCcube SFF PC Review
 Pg 2.  Clean White Lines
 Pg 3.  Inside the XCcube Case
 Pg 4.  The SFF Motherboard
 Pg 5.  Test Specs and Sysmark 2004
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2002, Winbench 99
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra 2004, Super Pi, PCMark2002
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, AquaMark3, Comanche 4
 Pg 9.  — Benchmarks: X2: The Threat, UT2003

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