Medion Akoya P5704 review

11 Aug 2011

Middling performance in a mediocre chassis, and the price just isn’t competitive

Medion Akoya P5704
Price when reviewed 
848
3

Medion isn’t a name usually associated with high-end gaming machines, but that’s the focus of the Akoya P5704. It’s built inside a good-looking, glossy chassis, and it boasts both an Intel Core i7 processor and an AMD Radeon HD 6750 graphics card.

That sounds like a good foundation, although don’t expect the kind of touches we’re used to from enthusiast PC makers. The Core i7-2600 is left at its stock speed of 3.4GHz, returning a result of 1.01 in our application benchmarks – quick, but nothing out of the ordinary at this price. Palicomp, for example, overclocks the cheaper Core i5-2500K from 3.3GHz to 4.5GHz in its £650 inc VAT Phoenix i5 Destiny, and is rewarded with a better benchmark score of 1.1.

Still, it’s perfectly adequate performance from the Medion, and its Radeon HD 6750 is no slouch, averaging 35fps in our High quality Crysis test 1,920 x 1,080. Again, though, you can spend significantly less for better frame rates: the £599 inc VAT Yoyotech Dragon F-58 averaged 38fps in the same test at the much more demanding Very High settings, thanks to its Radeon HD 5850.

The other main enthusiast feature of the Medion is a 64GB Micron RealSSD, but it’s not a particularly outstanding performer. While a large-file write speed of 191.1MB/sec is slower than the A-Listed Kingston SSDNow 100V’s 274MB/sec, its large-file read speed of 254.9MB/sec far outpaced the Kingston’s 187MB/sec. The Micron was worse in our small-file tests, though, with read and write speeds of 71.4MB/sec and 27.3MB/sec well behind the Kingston.

The SSD is supplemented by a 1TB hard disk, 8GB of RAM, a Blu-ray drive and 802.11n WLAN, all inside a fairly bog-standard chassis. It looks okay, with its slanting façade and glossy finish, but upon closer inspection the squat 380mm case is good for little more than the basics.

Medion Akoya P5704

The thin, flimsy side panels are indicative of poor build quality throughout, and the interior layout is unusual. The motherboard is upside down and on the other side of the case to normal, with the processor towards the bottom of the board. The PSU is suspended from the top of the chassis, and the two hard disk bays sit at the front.

The stock-speed processor means there’s no need for fancy cooling, and Medion has cut costs by relying on a copy of Intel’s low-profile cooler, made by little-known Taiwanese firm AVC. Air is directed towards the side of the chassis via a plastic funnel and it works well: the processor hit a maximum temperature of 83°C, and the graphics card peaked one degree lower.

The ECS H67H2-EM motherboard, meanwhile, has free pairs of DIMM, SATA and PCI-Express x1 sockets, but there’s no second PCI Express x16 slot or basic PCI. The two traditional hard disk bays and single 5.25in bay are already occupied, but there is one additional bay to add more storage via a hot-swappable 3.5in caddy installed beneath the optical drive.

The bare metal interior doesn’t have a motherboard tray, and Medion hasn’t made much effort to make things tidy. Multicoloured cables are bundled right through the middle of the chassis, with smaller wires running towards the drives and graphics card where needed. It looks a mess and makes working inside the Medion tricky, compounded by its diminutive dimensions.

The port selection on the back-panel is basic, with no sign of eSATA, FireWire or anything else besides eight USB 2 sockets, Gigabit Ethernet, a single PS/2 port and a cluster of audio jacks. The front of the case is better, with two USB 3 ports and a card reader.

That’s little consolation, though, in a system this mediocre. For a little more cash you could buy the Palicomp, which is much faster and comes complete with a set of peripherals; or you could save over £100 and buy the Yoyotech, which is still faster in games and a lot more stylish. Either makes more sense than Medion’s poor attempt at a high-end PC.

Details

Price ex VAT £707
Price inc VAT £848
Overall rating 3
Performance 4
Features & Design 2
Value for Money 2

Warranty

Warranty 1 yr return to base

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity 1,064GB
RAM capacity 8.00GB

Processor

CPU family Intel Core i7
CPU nominal frequency 3.40GHz
Processor socket LGA 1155
HSF (heatsink-fan) AVC low-profile cooler

Motherboard

Motherboard ECS H67H2-EM
Motherboard chipset Intel H67
Conventional PCI slots free 0
Conventional PCI slots total 0
PCI-E x16 slots free 0
PCI-E x16 slots total 2
PCI-E x8 slots free 0
PCI-E x8 slots total 0
PCI-E x4 slots free 0
PCI-E x4 slots total 0
PCI-E x1 slots free 2
PCI-E x1 slots total 2
Internal SATA connectors 5
Wired adapter speed 1,000Mbits/sec

Memory

Memory type DDR3
Memory sockets free 2
Memory sockets total 4

Graphics card

Graphics card AMD Radeon HD 6750
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards? no
3D performance setting Low
Graphics chipset AMD Radeon HD 6750
Graphics card RAM 1.00GB
DVI-I outputs 1
HDMI outputs 1
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 0
DisplayPort outputs 1
Number of graphics cards 1

Hard disk

Hard disk Micron RealSSD
Capacity 64GB
Hard disk usable capacity 58GB
Internal disk interface SATA/300
Hard disk 2 make and model Seagate Barracuda 7200.12
Hard disk 2 nominal capacity 1,000GB
Hard disk 2 formatted capacity 900
Hard disk 2 spindle speed 7,200RPM
Hard disk 2 cache size 32MB

Drives

Optical disc technology Blu-ray reader

Case

Chassis Medion proprietary
Case format Full tower
Dimensions 186 x 407 x 380mm (WDH)

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays 0

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream) 8
PS/2 mouse port yes
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports 0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports 0
Modem no
3.5mm audio jacks 6

Front ports

Front panel USB ports 2
Front panel memory card reader yes

Operating system and software

OS family Windows 7
Recovery method Partition

Noise and power

Idle power consumption 98W
Peak power consumption 233W

Performance tests

3D performance (crysis) low settings 158fps
3D performance setting Low
Overall Real World Benchmark score 1.01
Responsiveness score 1.03
Media score 1.01
Multitasking score 0.99