Acer Veriton VX275 Business Desktop Review: Performance, Power, Conclusion

August 10, 2010 by Chaz Reads (24,907)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 9
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 3
    • Usability
    • 8
    • Design
    • 3
    • Performance
    • 6
    • Features
    • 4
    • Total Score:
    • 5.50
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Performance
The VX275 has modest specifications bordering on low-end; it uses an older Intel Core 2 Duo processor (albeit a high-clocked one) and not one of the newer Core i3/i5 models. The other specifications are spartan; again, as a basic business desktop unlikely to end up in the hands of someone requiring a lot of power, it should be more than enough.

We ran a full suite of benchmarks on the VX275 to demonstrate its performance capabilities.

wPrime CPU performance comparison results (lower = better):

Desktop Time to complete
Acer Veriton VX275 (Core 2 Duo E7600 @ 3.06GHz) 25.462s
Lenovo ThinkCentre A70z (Core 2 Duo E7500 @ 2.93GHz) 30.137s
Dell Studio One 19 (Pentium Dual Core E5200 @ 2.5GHz) 30.999s
ASUS EeeTop ET2203 (Core 2 Duo T6600 @ 2.6GHz) 36.797s
Lenovo A600 All-in-one (Core 2 Duo P7450 @ 2.13GHz) 37.363s
HP TouchSmart 600 (Core 2 Duo P7450 @ 2.13GHz) 38.393s

PCMark05 overall general performance comparison results (higher = better):

Desktop PCMark05 Score
Acer Veriton VX275 (Core 2 Duo E7600 @ 3.06GHz) 5803 PCMarks
Lenovo A600 All-in-one (Core 2 Duo P7450 @ 2.13GHz) 5589 PCMarks
Dell Studio One 19 (Pentium Dual Core E5200 @ 2.5GHz) 5433 PCMarks
Lenovo ThinkCentre A70z (Core 2 Duo E7500 @ 2.93GHz) 5431 PCMarks
HP TouchSmart 600 (Core 2 Duo P7450 @ 2.13GHz) 5173 PCMarks
ASUS EeeTop ET2203 (Core 2 Duo T6600 @ 2.6GHz) 5115 PCMarks

PCMark Vantage overall general performance comparison results (higher = better):

Desktop PCMark Vantage Score
HP Pavilion Slimline s5160f (Core 2 Quad Q8200 @ 2.33GHz) 5280 PCMarks
HP Pavilion p6130f (Phenom I X4 9750 @ 2.4GHz) 5157 PCMarks
Acer Veriton VX275 (Core 2 Duo E7600 @ 3.06GHz) 4885 PCMarks
Gateway DX4300 (Athlon II X4 810 @ 2.3GHz) 4667 PCMarks
Lenovo ThinkCentre A70z (Core 2 Duo E7500 @ 2.93GHz) 3989 PCMarks
ASUS EeeTop ET2203 (Core 2 Duo T6600 @ 2.6GHz)  3527 PCMarks

The VX275 puts up unremarkable numbers. Its Core 2 Duo E7600 is quite high-clocked at 3.06GHz, however is easily trounced by the newer Intel Core i3 and i5 processors across the board. 

The Intel integrated graphics are sufficient for everyday tasks such as office productivity and web surfing. It can also handle 720p YouTube video, even though the VX275 will not likely be used for multimedia purposes (nobody surfs YouTube at work, right?).

3DMark06 overall graphics performance comparison results (higher scores mean better performance):

Desktop 3DMark06 Score
ASUS EeeTop ET2203 (Core 2 Duo T6600, ATI Mobility HD4570) 3239 3DMarks
HP Pavilion Slimline s5160f (Core 2 Quad Q8200, NVIDIA G210) 2547 3DMarks
Dell Studio One 19 (Pentium Dual Core E5200, NVIDIA 9400) 1966 3DMarks
Dell Studio Slim (Core 2 Quad Q8200, ATI HD3450) 1820 3DMarks
Acer Veriton VX275 (Core 2 Duo E7600, Intel GMA X4500) 1191 3DMarks
Lenovo ThinkCentre A70z (Core 2 Duo E7500, Intel HD) 843 3DMarks

Playing modern 3D games on the VX275 is like entering a subcompact into a sports car race; even on low settings and resolution, Left 4 Dead 2 barely ran. Naturally, gaming is not remotely a targeted objective for the desktop; still, it provides something of a useful metric for its overall graphics capability.

If 3D performance is a concern, remember there is one PCI-e x16 expansion slot for a half-height video card. However, I do not recommend adding a video card to this desktop as the interior has poor airflow. With the existing components the temperatures are fine, however if any more heat is added to the mix it could get toasty.

CrystalDiskMark results:

Test Result (MB/s)
Sequential Read 117.8
Sequential Write 109.3
Random Read 512kB 32.68
Random Write 512kB 52.99
Random Read 4kB 0.356
Random Write 4kB 1.023
Random Read 4kB (QD=32) 0.615
Random Write 4kB (QD=32) 0.944

The 500GB 7200RPM Seagate hard drive is responsive, however it is important to note that Acer has the drive partitioned in half; the operating system resides on the first partition, meaning it is on the outside half of the hard drive platters. In addition to modest performance gains from keeping commonly-accessed system files closer to the faster-spinning outlying drive sectors, partitioning system data separate from a data partition makes sense should the time come to reinstall.  Properly configured, the operating system can be reimaged without having to sacrifice a user’s files.

Power and noise
One area where the VX275 excels is power and noise. There are three components capable of making noise in this system: the CPU fan, the tiny power supply fan, and the hard drive. The Seagate hard drive is quiet and emits no audible clicking sounds while reading/writing and produces minimal vibration. At idle I have to put my ears within 12 inches of the vent openings to even hear the fans. The fans do not audibly increase in speed when the system is put under load.

The VX275 gets lukewarm under load but nothing significant. There is a lack of active airflow in the case; warm air floats out the bottom side vent, rear, and power supply at a slow pace. Then again, not much heat is created to begin with. I monitored the temperatures using HWMonitor while benchmarking and found temperatures to be more than acceptable:

The hard drive gets slightly warmer than I expected but not to concerning levels.

I measured the VX275’s power consumption using a Kill-A-Watt device; all measurements are in Watts (W):

Startup (peak): 76
Idle at Windows Desktop: 42
Off: 0
Sleep: 2
CPU/GPU full load: 76

The idle power use of 42W is low and an attractive number for businesses looking for a low total cost of ownership (TCO). Under full load it pulls just 76W, which is happily on the low side when compared to a typical desktop machine.

Conclusion
The Acer Veriton VX275 is an unremarkable basic desktop at home in a business environment. The no-frills metal and plastic case is sturdy and durable and should easily last as long as the useful life of the components it houses. It produces little heat, essentially no noise, and has very low power consumption, all of which are important to business environments. Performance is more than sufficient for everyday use; power users, however, should look elsewhere.

The biggest downsides to this desktop are the lack of input/output port variety and expansion capabilities. Its only monitor connection is VGA, which is disappointing; at the very least it should have DVI. Expansion capabilities are limited as there are only two RAM slots with an already-maxed 4GB total limit and no way to install another hard drive. The only open slots are a PCI-e x1 and a PCI-e x16.

For businesses there are definitely more pros than cons, but home users will likely want to look for something with a greater multimedia slant.

Pros:

  • Low power consumption
  • Very quiet
  • Sturdy build quality
  • Business-friendly

Cons:

  • Conservative looks
  • Analog video only
  • Limited expansion opportunity
  • Outdated (though-capable) processor


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