Velocity Micro Edge Z5 Gaming PC Review

Posted: September 13, 2010
Velocity Micro Edge Z5 Gaming PC Review

Affordability and PC gaming go hand in hand with the Velocity Micro Edge Z5. Kevin Pereira and Chris Hardwick review the gaming rig with its Intel Core i5 processor, NVIDIA GT 240 video card and 4 GB of RAM, available starting at $750.

What You Need to Know

  • The PC is just over 1’ tall.
  • It’s only about 1.5’ deep.
  • It even has neon blue lights like every other gaming product.
  • Also, it's super light so you can bring it to a LAN party with no problem.
  • There are plenty of slots for extra DVD drives and hard drives.
  • You can put in up to 16 GB of RAM.
  • There is no support for SLI, so you won't be able to add a second video card.
  • Cables are managed very well, so the inside looks clean.
  • It did pretty well on our standard 3DMark Vantage tests, though it scored a little lower than we wanted.
  • The real test was whether or not it could play the higher-end games on the market, and it had virtually no problem, games like Bad Company 2 and Mafia 2 play like they should.
  • One other positive note; our PCMark Vantage productivity benchmarks did much better than we thought they would, which means you'll be able to edit photos and video, open multiple applications, and just do general computing tasks quicker.


  • Velocity Micro Mx2-W solid aluminum chassis
  • Asus P7H55- Motherboard
  • Intel® Core™ i5 650 processor, dual 3.2 GHz cores, Hyperclocked to 4.3GHz
  • 4GB DDR3-1333 Patriot Memory
  • 512MB NVIDIA GeForce GT 240 Graphics
  • 1 TB 7200 RPM Hard Drive
  • Single massive hard drive for storing videos, pictures, music, and documents
  • Lite On DVD RW with Lightscribe
  • Microsoft® Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • 1 year Velocity Micro Standard parts and labor warranty


  • The starting price is $750, but the unit we reviewed is $900.
  • Even though the design is a little bland and there aren't as many expansion options as we'd like, performance is great for the price.

Overall Rating

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Comments are Closed

  • Holycritzz

    I give a 2 out of 5, AMD Phenom II Quad Core 3.4 Ghz can kick that out of here... I own a Phenom II x2, the 555 black edition... Has 3.2 Ghz and 7 MB Cache... and theres no intel that its the same as mine for the price (110 USD At compusa)

    Posted: September 19, 2010 9:30 AM
  • rudysan

    seriously? that thing is a 3 out of 5 at most!
    built a trip core amd, 4g ddr3 with a ati 5750 for 650$
    thats a 5 out of 5,

    Posted: September 14, 2010 9:06 PM
  • Kajjarrin

    Even though it just came out I would have liked to see Velocity Micro at least give the option of letting you upgrade to the Nv gts 450 ($130 retail) on the lower end computers but you have to go all the way to the 1749 computer before it is even a option.

    Build your own if you can. Velocity Micro is not a bad company or sells bad products they just can't sell computers that compete with that you can build yourself.

    Btw DLex, They did flash the MarkVantage scores on the screen for like 4 seconds. 5,919 for the 3DMarkVantage, 10,061 for the PCMarkVantage

    Posted: September 14, 2010 6:02 PM
  • DLex

    I wish they would show the 3DMarkVantage score. Things like that are useful to know.

    Posted: September 14, 2010 3:02 PM
  • nvserg


    wow funny you bring that up. i just spend about $900 on my clone PC. got the Intel Extrem motherboard, i7 880 2.96 qoud core processer, ATI 5770 1GB crossfire graphic card, 4GB Coasir 1333MHz ram, tower, DVD burner/drive, & a 250GB hard drive. now thats a homey hook up right there. i7 costs about $400 but i found a bundle deal that was a steal =o)

    Posted: September 14, 2010 2:32 PM
  • applebook

    One could do significantly better for $900. Shop around and build a system with a MINIMUM of a Radeon 5770 (that GT 240 is a joke!) and get an 1156 i7 CPU with a budget motherboard (or a better SLI/Crossfire board if you have the funds). 1/5 stars for this computer.

    BTW. More than 4Gb is a waste for gaming.

    Posted: September 14, 2010 4:09 AM
  • obvious2me

    750 bones for a premade computer with these components is not really a good deal... I purchased my computer about a year ago with better specs for 800.

    Posted: September 13, 2010 6:59 PM