5 stars out of 5
Xi 2400 MTower MP is housed in an attractive dark gray case with a
swing-away door that covers the drive bays and control buttons. This new
case from Xi is not only attractive and highly functional, it also reduces
noise levels. As a result, this is the quietest Xi unit that I've tested.
It's also one of the most rugged.
At the heart of the MTower MP are dual 1.2GHz AMD Athlon MP processors
(code-named Palomino) coupled with the AMD 760MP chipset, all housed on a
Tyan motherboard. The system was equipped with 768MB of DDR RAM (PC2100),
and the front-end bus speed is 266MHz.
With five expansion slots and six drive bays, the Xi 2400 MTower MP is
The system included the ELSA GLoria III graphics card equipped with its
full complement of 64MB of RAM. Now powered by the nVidia Quadro 2 Pro
chipset, the GLoria III is a very fast graphics card with a good selection
of drivers available, among them a PowerDraft driver for AutoCAD and the
remarkably fast MAXTreme driver for 3D Studio MAX. As with previous ELSA
drivers, we had to use the "threading workaround" option on our
MAXBench test to complete the test procedure.
Also included with the MTower MP was a Hewlett-Packard model 4500
32X12X8X CD-Rewritable drive, a Microsoft Optical Mouse, and a Logitech
Internet keyboard. As an extra, a CD-Label applicator and related software
are also included.
The Xi 2400 MTower MP ran smoothly through our bench-mark tests,
ultimately sharing top honors for overall performance. Not only is it a
fast system, the MTower MP is also the most economical of the systems
tested here, selling for an estimated street price of $4,159 when outfitted
to our test specifications. Speed, in combination with economy,
high-quality parts, a good warranty, and lots of room for expansion, make
the Xi 2400 MTower MP an excellent value. Highly Recommended. - R.L.