FX530XT Review: Gateway Gamer Gets 8800GTX

Other Optional Components

Our system included an optional Toshiba SD-H802A HD DVD-ROM drive, which stands out visually because it doesn't come with Gateway's smooth contour-matching faceplate. We pulled it out just to see when and where it was manufactured.

The new FX530XT still uses the same Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer audio upgrade that Gateway had included with the previous version of this system.

Gateway also included an upgrade from 2 GB to 4 GB of RAM in our configuration. The modules have changed from Samsung to Hynix; Gateway never indicates what brand is shipping with which system.

One strange inclusion was a RAID 0 pair of Western Digital Raptor 150 GB hard drives, which are no longer available from Gateway's system configuration web page. The site now lists a pair of slower 7,200 RPM 500 GB drives instead.

Thomas Soderstrom
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.