Today we are going to see a different computer in this Dell Vostro 230 Mini Tower review. We know you are used to reading about laptops in our reviews, but today we thought of giving our readers something else to read about. So we bought this Vostro 230 Mini Tower to see just how well it performed at just $399. At first glance, it looks like a very capable desktop computer that can be successfully used as a low end server. However, is it really that capable? Let’s see how it did when put to the test.
Just like in our laptop reviews, we started testing the desktop’s most important component, the central processing unit (or as it is commonly known, the CPU). We were thrilled to find a very potent and powerful Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 working at a very good speed of 3.00 GHz, on a high speed front side bus (otherwise known as FSB) of 1333 MHz and with an incredibly large L2 cache of 6 MB. All these specs looked very promising so we started testing it. We were amazed with how quickly it managed to pass all our tests. When put through our most resource intensive multi tasking tests, it did not encounter a single problem. In our Dell Vostro 230 Mini Tower review, this desktop receives its well deserved 10 points.
Next it was time to test its memory and hard disk drive. These are very important to any desktop personal computer, so we conducted these tests very carefully. We started with the random access memory (RAM) and were surprised to find 4 GB of DDR3 RAM working at a high speed of 1333 MHz. During our most intensive memory tests, the RAM behaved extremely well due to its technology and high frequency. We were so delighted with the results that we gave the RAM 10 points in our Dell Vostro 230 Mini Tower review. The hard disk drive was, however, less than we had expected. With a size of just 160 GB, it barely managed to accommodate all our media files. Its high speed of 7200 rotations per minute made up for part of this nuisance. However, we are unable to give it more than 7 points in this Dell Vostro 230 Mini Tower review.
We were very satisfied with the graphics processing unit (GPU), proudly represented by a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GT220. 48 processing cores assure you this video card will run any one of the latest titles in the gaming industry. We are glad to give the desktop its well deserved 10 points in our Dell Vostro 230 Mini Tower review.