ClientPro 414 sets new all-in-one standard
- By John Breeden II
- Jan 19, 2005
The MPC ClientPro 414 cuts no corners. It's a fast desktop PC in a space-saving package.
All-in-one computers continue to make the case for replacing traditional desktop systems that consist of separate CPUs and monitors. While maintaining their space-efficient form factors, all-in-ones have increased in screen size and processor performance, which may render them all but irresistible to agencies.
One of the latest'and best'all-in-one systems is the MPC ClientPro 414. The GCN Lab got a look at a $2,577 model with a 19-inch SXGA screen, but agencies can also buy the system in 15- or 17-inch versions. MPC also offers a 17-inch touch-screen display.
Our test system came with a 3.2-GHz Pentium 4 processor, which, coupled with the Intel 915G chip set, lets data run between the processor and 512M of DDR2 SDRAM at top speeds of 800 MHz. This translated into exceptional performance, and a major boost over previous MPC all-in-ones. The ClientPro 414 earned a score of 9,099 on our GCN/Alterion Benchmarks, which is significantly above average for similarly configured systems, whether they're all-in-ones or not. And that score is a big im- provement over the 6,032 the MPC scored last March with a minimally slower processor'the 2.8-GHz Pentium 4.
The system doesn't skimp on features, either. It has room for two optical drives. And its main components employ the latest technology, including PCI Express for the ATI Radeon X600 graphics processor, and 7,200-rpm, Serial ATA-150 for the bundled hard drive, which runs up to 250G with an 8M cache.
For communicating, the ClientPro 414 comes with a built-in 56-Kbps modem and Gigabit Ethernet adapter. You could also add a $79 IEEE 802.11g wireless card in one of the system's two mini PCI sockets.
Overall there's not much to criticize about the ClientPro 414, although perhaps future versions will incorporate a memory card reader. Entry-level models start at around $1,799, making the ClientPro an attractive, space-saving platform for most agencies.
John Breeden II directs the GCN Lab.