eMachines has done well in our systems evaluation program before, but can they keep the momentum up with a slightly beefier system?
As many of you might know by now, [H] Consumer doesn’t "review" systems; we evaluate the experiences they facilitate. We order the system the same as you would and evaluate every aspect of the end-user experience. Not only does this give us a better idea of what hardware an end user actually receives, it also allows us to obtain a more accurate picture of just how each company functions and treats its customers. As fast as PC hardware has become over the years, we think giving a personal computer "5 stars" based on how fast it ran a synthetic benchmark is simply irresponsible. We think service, support, and reliability are much more important factors in today's climate than speed. Fast is easily bought, but purchasing and ownership satisfaction can be elusive.
The T6528 is the next level up from the T3418, which we evaluated earlier. The main difference between the two is that the T6528 uses an Athlon 64 processor while the T3418 uses a Sempron. While both CPUs are 64 bit capable, the Athlon 64 has more L2 cache, and can utilize dual-channel memory. There's only a difference of $50 dollars between the two systems. The benefit of the Athlon 64 in a Socket 939 package is that you have more options for upgrading down the road, including the dual-core Athlon 64 X2 series.