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Daily News Round #1 for December 19, 2004

Daily News Round #1 news post from TweakTown's online news computing and technology content pages for December 19, 2004
By Steve Dougherty from Dec 19, 2004 @ 17:45 CST

- Evesham Axis Nforce R System

Are you not one for building up your own rig(s)? Hell, I think it's half the fun when going for the next big upgrade myself but I guess not everyone sees it that way. Evesham Technology, makers of enthusiast and gaming PC systems have a new complete PC system on the market now which makes use of NVIDIA's highly acclaimed nForce4 Ultra. Surprisingly the motherboard is a slightly cut-down version of GIGABYTE's GA-K8NXP however all the important features still look to be there. You also get a 3500+, 1GB of branded PC3200 memory, a 6600 GT (6800 would've been nice :/), 17in ViewSonic VX715 TFT display and some other little enticements.


As Trusted Reviews find out for us today, it seems to be a well rounded package for the most part and at a reasonable price tag to boot. This is also a sure way to get your hands on an nForce4 platform while availability of the boards arn't all that plentiful just yet.


The nForce 4 chipset was announced close to two months ago, but as always when a new product is launched there is a certain delay before it appears in the retail market. The nForce 4 Ultra is the first version of this chipset to arrive and although initially there might be a limited availability of motherboards it shouldn't be long before volume starts shipping.


However, our first nForce 4 review is not of just a motherboard, but rather a complete PC - the Evesham Axis Nforce R, which doesn't give much away with its name. You might think that the first nForce 4 Ultra PC to arrive would be a super high-end machine that's only attainable by the financial elite, but Evesham has actually supplied an affordable and reasonably well specified PC instead.


Of course the word affordable is dependant on how deep your pockets are, but at just over £1,000 I think you'll agree that the Axis Nforce R is a pretty good investment. For starters the processor is an Athlon 64 3500+, while 1GB of branded PC3200 DDR memory backs the CPU up. The motherboard comes from Gigabyte, which wasn't what I expected to find, since MSI and Asus were the first board partners to announce products at the nForce 4 press launch.


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