Menu
Gateway GT5692 value desktop PC

Gateway GT5692 value desktop PC

The GT5692 is the first PC we've reviewed that comes configured with AMD's triple-core Phenom processor. In this case, it's a 2.1-GHz X8450 model fed by 4GB of PC5300 DDR2 memory and a 500GB, 7200-rpm Western Digital SE16 Caviar Blue hard drive. What did we think of the triple-core? There's certainly no reason to avoid one; but if you have the software to take advantage of more than two cores, you might as well spend a little extra to move up to a four-core processor instead.

In our tests, the GT5692's delivered solid but unspectacular performance for a value desktop PC. Its score of 82 on our WorldBench 6 test suite indicates that it will manage everyday computing tasks with aplomb. Though the integrated ATI HD3200 graphics don't deliver the worst frame rates we've seen, smooth game play in all of our tests maxed out at a 1024 by 768 resolution.

The GT5692's case is solidly constructed, with enough open slots and bays for most users' upgrade needs. However, we didn't like the way the cables were tied off on our test unit. The SATA cable connecting to the hard drive lay loose, and the power lead cable bundle dangled a bit too close to the exposed CPU fan. The case is very well ventilated, but over time the bundle could droop and interfere with the fan, which could lead to thermal shutdown. The bottom line is that it's a good idea to check the interior of any new PC: You never know if the new hand on the assembly line is a slow learner. Gateway normally does better.

As you might expect, the styling of the GT line isn't of the same caliber that you'd find on the company's higher-end FX models, but the GT's subdued black-and-silver color scheme and its black, wired optical mouse/keyboard combo give the system a solid businesslike demeanor. The mouse felt quite nice, and the keyboard action, though a bit soft, supported reasonably comfortable typing.

Minor gripes and finish issues aside, the GT5692 is a bargain for your home or small office at US$770 (as of October 10, 2008).


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Events

Featured

Slideshows

Meet the Reseller News 30 Under 30 Tech Awards 2020 winners

Meet the Reseller News 30 Under 30 Tech Awards 2020 winners

This year’s Reseller News 30 Under 30 Tech Awards were held as an integral part of the first entirely virtual Emerging Leaders​ forum, an annual event dedicated to identifying, educating and showcasing the New Zealand technology market’s rising stars. The 30 Under 30 Tech Awards 2020 recognised the outstanding achievements and business excellence of 30 talented individuals​, across both young leaders and those just starting out. In this slideshow, Reseller News honours this year's winners and captures their thoughts about how their ideas of leadership have changed over time.​

Meet the Reseller News 30 Under 30 Tech Awards 2020 winners
Reseller News Exchange Auckland: Beyond the myths — how partners can master cloud security

Reseller News Exchange Auckland: Beyond the myths — how partners can master cloud security

This exclusive Reseller News Exchange event in Auckland explored the challenges facing the partner community on the cloud security frontier, as well as market trends, customer priorities and how the channel can capitalise on the opportunities available. In association with Arrow, Bitdefender, Exclusive Networks, Fortinet and Palo Alto Networks. Photos by Gino Demeer.

Reseller News Exchange Auckland: Beyond the myths — how partners can master cloud security
Reseller News welcomes industry figures at 2020 Hall of Fame lunch

Reseller News welcomes industry figures at 2020 Hall of Fame lunch

Reseller News welcomed 2019 inductees - Leanne Buer, Ross Jenkins and Terry Dunn - to the fourth running of the Reseller News Hall of Fame lunch, held at the French Cafe in Auckland. The inductees discussed the changing face of the IT channel ecosystem in New Zealand and what it means to be a Reseller News Hall of Fame inductee. Photos by Gino Demeer.

Reseller News welcomes industry figures at 2020 Hall of Fame lunch
Show Comments