Gateway DT70

  • Editors' rating
    8.0 Excellent

Pros

  • Understated, functional design
  • Decent performance
  • Low power consumption
  • Quiet in operation
  • Good expansion potential

Cons

  • Quite bulky
  • Lacks FireWire and eSATA ports

Gateway has recently re-emerged in the UK as Acer's business-to-business brand and now offers a range of SME- and enterprise-focused notebooks, desktops, monitors, servers and storage via a chain of resellers. We've been looking at the DT70, a tower-format desktop PC powered by the latest Intel CPUs (Core i3/i5/i7) with integrated HD Graphics and DDR3 memory support.

Design
The DT70 is a understated-looking desktop measuring 18cm wide by 44cm deep by 35.2cm high. It's mostly black, with an orange strip on the front housing the power button. At the top there's a raised panel housing four USB 2.0 ports and a pair of audio jacks (microphone, headphone). The side panel is easily removed by undoing a couple of screws at the back, and the internal components are sensibly and tidily arranged. Overall it's a functional and businesslike design.

Features
Our review unit ran Intel's 3.2GHz Core i5-650, which has 4MB of Level 2 cache and includes HD Graphics as part of the CPU package. Core i3 and i7 processors are also available for the DT series. Four DIMM slots support up to 16GB of DDR3 RAM, although our review sample had 4GB (2x2GB). The operating system on our DT70 was Windows 7 Professional, but you can get Home Premium, XP Professional (SP3), Linux (Linpus) or FreeDOS.

There are two externally accessible 5.25in. bays at the front of the machine, one of which was occupied by a multi-format DVD rewriter on our sample. There's also a pair of front-facing 3.5in. bays, both empty in our unit. Inside, facing towards the open side panel, are a further four 3.5in. bays, one of which housed a fast (7,200rpm) 320GB SATA 2 (3Gbps) Seagate hard drive. If you install further drives, the Intel controller supports RAID configurations 0, 1, 5 and 10 for extra performance and data security. All drive bays use a convenient slide-out housing, labelled clearly in green.

The DT70 has a tidy internal layout, with easily accessible drive bays

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There are four expansion slots: one PCI Express 2.0 x16, one PCIE 2.0 x1 and two 5V PCI 2.3 slots — all empty in our review unit. The backplane provides the following ports: six USB 2.0, serial, parallel, two PS/2 (keyboard, mouse), Ethernet (RJ-45), VGA and DVI. There's also a trio of audio connectors to service the on-board Realtek HD audio.

There are only two fans inside the DT70: one for the 300W PSU and one for the processor. In use, the machine ran impressively quietly.

Performance & power consumption
The DT70's Windows Experience Index (WEI) is 4.9 (out of 7.9), the WEI score corresponding to the lowest component rating, which in this case is for Graphics (Desktop performance for Windows Aero). The remaining component scores are all very respectable: 5.2 for Gaming graphics (3D business and gaming graphics performance); 5.5 for Memory (RAM); 5.9 for Primary hard disk (Disk transfer rate); and 6.9 for Processor (Calculations per second).

We also ran Passmark Software's Performance Test 7.0 and compared the results with online scores for desktops with the same CPU/graphics/OS platform. The DT70's overall Passmark Rating of 1,179 compares favourably to a 'class average' of 1,168 for similarly-specified systems in Passmark's database. As with WEI, the strongest subsystem is the processor (CPU Mark of 2,800 versus 2,616) and the weakest is 2D graphics (2D Graphics Mark of 359 versus 459). Overall, the DT70 is a decent performer.

Power consumption is becoming as important a consideration for business buyers as performance these days, and Gateway duly stresses the energy efficiency of the DT series. We examined the system's power consumption when idle and under load using a Voltcraft VC940 Plus multimeter and got the following average figures: 29.2W idling at the Windows 7 desktop; 48.3W running Performance Test 7.0. This quite impressive for a desktop system that performs pretty well too. The system meets Energy Star 5.0 requirements.

Conclusion
Gateway's DT70 is a well-designed business desktop with good physical accessibility, and excellent manageability and security thanks to Intel AMT 5.0 and TPM 1.2 support. It's energy efficient, quiet in operation and powerful enough to handle mainstream business tasks without breaking stride.

Specifications

General
Product Form Factor Micro tower
Packaged Quantity 1
Embedded Security Trusted Platform Module (TPM 1.2) Security Chip
Processor / Chipset
CPU Intel Core i5 650 / 3.2 GHz
Number of Cores Dual-Core
64-bit Computing Yes
Chipset Type Intel Q57 Express
Cache Memory
Installed Size L3 Cache - 4 MB
Cache Per Processor 4 MB
Type L3 cache
RAM
Features dual channel memory architecture
Configuration Features 2 x 2 GB
Technology DDR3 SDRAM
Memory
Form Factor DIMM 240-pin
Storage
RAID Level RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10, RAID 5
Interface Type Serial ATA-300
Type none
Display
Type none.
Hard Drive
Capacity 1 x 320 GB
Interface Type SATA 3Gb/s
Type HDD
Interface Class Serial ATA
Installed Qty 1
Audio & Video
Memory Allocation Technology Dynamic Video Memory Technology 5.0
Storage Controller
Interface Type Serial ATA-300
Type Serial ATA
Installed Qty 1
Input
Type keyboard, mouse
Hard Drive (3rd)
Type none
Processor
Installed Qty 1
Max Supported Qty 1
Type Core i5
Processor Number i5-650
Manufacturer Intel
Optical Storage
Drive Type DVD SuperMulti
Type DVD±RW / DVD-RAM
Floppy Drive
Type none
Storage Removable
Type none
Header
Brand Gateway
Product Line Gateway
Model DT70
Country Kits United Kingdom
Packaged Quantity 1
Compatibility PC
Networking
Data Link Protocol Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet
Form Factor integrated
System
Type personal computer
Embedded Security Trusted Platform Module (TPM 1.2) Security Chip
Software
Microsoft Office Preloaded Includes a pre-loaded image of select Microsoft Office 2010 suites. Purchase an Office 2010 Product Key Card or disc to activate preloaded software on this PC.
Miscellaneous
Features chassis intrusion detection, security lock slot (cable lock sold separately)
Compliant Standards BSMI, CCC, FCC, GS, NEMKO, PC 2001, UL, VCCI
Monitor
Monitor Type None.
Chassis
Form Factor micro tower
Manufacturer Form Factor micro tower
Graphics Controller
Form Factor integrated
Graphics Processor Intel HD Graphics Dynamic Video Memory Technology 5.0
Video Interfaces DVI, VGA
Mainboard
Chipset Type Intel Q57 Express
Manufacturer Warranty
Type 3 years warranty
Audio Output
Form Factor integrated
Sound Output Mode 5.1 channel surround
Compliant Standards High Definition Audio
Printer
Type none
Keyboard
Interface USB
Environmental Standards
ENERGY STAR Certified Yes
Expansion / Connectivity
Slots 4 (total) / 2 (free) x DIMM 240-pin
1 (total) / 0 (free) x CPU
2 (total) / 2 (free) x PCI
1 (total) / 1 (free) x PCIe 2.0 x16
1 (total) / 1 (free) x PCIe 2.0 x1
Mouse
Interface USB
Physical Characteristics
Form Factor micro tower
Power
Type power supply
Operating System / Software
OS Provided: Type Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
OS Provided Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
Type Adobe Reader, Gateway Recovery Management, Intel Active Management Technology 6.0, Nero 9 Essentials, OneButton Recovery, Wave EMBASSY Security Center
Video Output
Graphics Processor Intel HD Graphics
Graphics Processor Series Intel HD Graphics
Video Interfaces DVI, VGA
Video Memory
Memory Allocation Technology Dynamic Video Memory Technology 5.0
Service & Support
Type 3 years warranty
On-Site Warranty on-site
On-Site Warranty Comment 1st year only
Service & Support Details
Type limited warranty
Location on-site
Full Contract Period 1 year, 3 years

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