Reference BenchmarksBefore we get to general usage and findings, lets take a look at what CPU-Z reports and run the gambit of synthetic benchmarks to give you an idea of where this system stands in the market.
The Athlon 64 X2 4850e falls right where it should compared to the other reference X2 chips in its operating range.
Memory performance suffers a bit in SiSoft Sandras results, but you cant expect too much from PC2-6400 memory operating at 5-5-5-28 timings.
The hard drive is usually an area where the manufacturer will cut corners to save on cost, but that wasn't the case with the X1200. Hard drive performance was very impressive, with HD Tune reporting 92.4 MB/s on average, outing even a 10,000 RPM Raptor drive.
Bluntly put, this is not a gaming rig. Most new games simply wont play on this system, even at the lowest resolution and graphics settings. Older games like Far Cry, however, are still decently playable at medium settings. If you are a casual gamer, the on-board Nvidia GeForce 8200 graphics will just suffice, but dont expect to play any newer titles with this system.