The Xi 666 MTower DP
is undeniably the price/performance leader.
Its estimated street price of $2,149 is more than $1,200 below the
average cost of the other 333MHz systems. On the performance side, its
Release 14 C96-2D/3D benchmark score of 9.31 is just 1% off the top
mark. An awesome combination.
Xi Configured its
333MHz Pentium II workstation from the ground up for speed. It started
with the new IBM Ultra ATA 6.4GB IDE drive. This drive nearly matches
the performance of the Seagate UltraSCSI drives that spin at 10,000RPM,
but costs a lot less. The AccelSTAR II graphics card received a Five
Star Highly Recommended rating in our March 3D graphics card review. The
TEAC 32X speed CD-ROM drive and US Robotics 56k modem are both top
performers as well.
outstanding performance, and an unbelievable
price of only $2,149, the Xi 666 MTower DP seems like a
dream come true for AutoCAD users. Of course, it's more
of a nightmare
for the competition. Highly Recommended.
The Xi 800 MTower DP
arrived with a 400MHz Pentium II processor, 128MB of system memory, an
AccelECLIPSE II card with 32MB of memory, and a Seagate 4.5GB UltraSCSI
3DPRO graphics card is at the heart of the AccelECLIPSE II. Our
benchmark testing quickly revealed the strength- 3D - and the
weakness-2D- of this chipset. The 800 MTower DP's C96-2D score of 5.29
was nearly 25% slower than the top 333MHz system. Its 2D/3D score
totaled 11.38, 21% faster.
The 2D/3D score,
which is an average of the 2D and 3D tests, masks the real power of the
3DPRO. The score for the stand-alone 3D test
was an incredible 17.68, fully 43% faster than the top 333MHz system
reviewed here. If Mitsubishi can optimize the 3DPRO's 2D
functions, it could be a top contender in the AutoCAD market.
Thanks in large part
to the graphics stuffed with 32MB RAM, this system carries an estimated
street price of $5,499. Unless you're heavily into 3D modeling, I'd give
Xi Computer a call and ask how much you can save with an AccelSTAR II
graphics card. I bet
you'll be pleasantly surprised.