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The Acer M3970 desktop pleases with its solid design, plethora of ports, and quiet fans, but ultimately fails to impress with an underwhelming graphics card. Desktops lost their dominance of the consumer market to laptops years ago, but that doesn’t mean they packed up and went home. If you visit a big box retailer, you’ll still see a fair number of inexpensive desktops, and they’re there for the obvious reason: Folks buy them. And why not? Here at Digital Trends we usually end up looking at the most extravagant desktops available, but there’s something to be said for a simple tower PC. These computers are inexpensive relative to their power, quiet and easy to maintain. Unlike a laptop – which has to be throw out or sent in for expensive repair for even the most mundane issue, such as a broken keyboard – a desktop can be upgraded and improved without much issue. Our Acer Aspire AM3970-UR11P review unit is certainly built to be a simple, inexpensive machine. The tower came equipped with an Intel Core i5-2320 processor, AMD Radeon HD 6450 graphics and eight gigabytes of RAM. Also included is a 1TB hard drive and built-in Wi-Fi. These aren’t blistering specifications, but the price is reasonable. Most retailers will ask you to part ways with about $700 for it. This system has its work cut out for it.
“There was a time,” as the song goes, when desktop systems that earned high performance scores on our benchmark tests were heralded as best-in-class devices; a time when pushing a performance score into the 100s, the 130s, and even the 150s meant that a system was primed for perfection. And these speed kings often brought with them the best technology, the highest gaming frames per second, and the largest storage capacities. Acer’s Aspire AM3970 is decidedly not that. While we commend this supremely inexpensive system ($500 as of 10/13/2011) for delivering Sandy Bridge without breaking a user’s bank account, this otherwise humdrum rig offers little else to celebrate--unless you really like USB ports. If you do, this system is your gold mine. An Intel Core i3-2100 CPU serves as this system’s heart and soul. And the 3.1GHz Sandy Bridge chip truly highlights the power of the platform on our WorldBench 6 suite of tests: The AM3970’s final score of 131 doesn’t set speed records among other Sandy Bridge-equipped budget desktops, but it surges past all other similarly priced offerings with AMD or lesser Intel chips (go figure). A full 6 gigabytes of DDR3-1333 memory and a terabyte drive give this all-black machine the appearance of power at first glance. But that’s as far as the accolades go.