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Asus Essentio CM6870

alaTest has collected and analyzed 126 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the size. The usability is also mentioned favorably, but some have doubts about the design and reliability.

value for money, usability, size

reliability, design

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Asus Essentio CM6870 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Asus Essentio CM6870


The Asus Essentio CM6870 is a great entry-level gaming desktop whose potent combination of a dual-core 3.4GHz Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia GeForce GT 545 GPU packs plenty of Molotov into its cocktail while still maintaining affordability for...

Robust CPU/GPU combination. Multiple USB 3.0 ports. Spacious dual-drive setup. Solid expansion. HDMI video output. Integrated Wi-Fi. Excellent value ; Cons: Some bloatware. Not so great in higher quality gaming settings ; Editor Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0...

Some bloatware. Not so great in higher quality gaming settings ; Editor Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0 ; Bottom Line: In all but the most demanding of game settings, the Asus Essentio CM6870 is a great entry-level gaming desktop that offers plenty of bang for...

In all but the most demanding of game settings, the Asus Essentio CM6870 is a great entry-level gaming desktop that offers plenty of bang for the buck, with an abundance of features, a sturdy CPU/GPU combination, and lots of room for expansion. The...

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Asus Essentio CM6870-US-3AC


If you've been waiting patiently for Intel's latest Third-Generation Core processors (code-named "Ivy Bridge") to arrive before buying a new PC, the good news is, they've finally arrived. We just finished looking at Intel's latest high-end desktop...

Fast productivity performance, thanks to new Ivy Bridge processor ; Large 2TB hard drive ; Great expansion options

Gaming performance could be better for a system in this price range ; Internal fans are noticeably noisy during bootup

With its new-for-2012 Intel Ivy Bridge processor, this Essentio tower is a powerhouse productivity and entertainment system for the price. Plus, once it shows its age, options for internal upgrades will be plentiful.

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Asus Essentio CM6870


The Asus Essentio CM6780 is a solid computer. The extra RAM is useful, the storage capacity is substantial, and it has all of the core components that are necessary in a good desktop. The support offerings are very helpful. The Asus Essentio CM6780 is...

This computer comes with 16GB of RAM, which is the highest amount we've seen

The Asus Essentio CM6870 does not come with Windows 8

This home computer can stand toe-to-toe with the best of home computers.


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"ASUS will not help you"


Took over 45 minutes to get me into BIOS and then I chose a setting which finally took it to Windows. Aso ASUS would not shut down even acted like it was trying to do so all night Put in 3 different emails for help. Was always an email that told they'd...

Good Specs

Terrible support even when computer is one day old.

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Amazon review summary for Asus Essentio CM6870


alaTest has collected and analyzed 7 user reviews of Asus Essentio CM6870 from The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on

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71% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: ASUS CM6870-US014S Desktop (Black)ASUS CM6870-US012S Desktop (Black)ASUS CM6870 CM6870-US-3AD Desktop

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Great PC


Great value (bought it refurbished for $600, have had no problems with the hardware). The processor and mobo alone would be worth the price, not to mention the big Hard Drive and 16 GB of RAM ; Two PCI-Express x16 ports with Crossfire support (no SLI...

The cons are just nitpicks, really, but here we go ; Don't update to Windows 8.1 with an ATI card (7870 Myst). After I did, I got a black screen after the windows logo and could not log on. Turns out this is a common problem and although updating...

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Great Value for Performance


Fast, smooth, powerful. If you are upgrading from an older system, and don't want Windows 8, (as in windows ate my computer and made it a non-portable tablet without a touchscreen), this is the sweet spot for performance to price

Instead of the ubiquitous standard power cord the computer actually needs, it seems that they placed the wrong cord in the box (looks more like the wall to power adapter cord for a laptop). While this was no big deal to me (I have a decent stock of...

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Great machine, but not as advertised


I had the good fortune of buying it during Black Friday / Cyber Monday sales, so it came at a very nice price point, considering how much power is packed in it. Aside from the mentioned Con, I have no other complaints. It's a solid rig, the plastic is...

It's a very nice computer with a powerful enough CPU, tons of RAM and storage. The GT620 is not bad at all, but don't expect it to run the latest games at high/ultra settings ; I bought this machine for my dad, who wanted a new rig (he's been using a...

The only real con is the expansion bay that is advertised. It does exist, but it's blocked off by a panel that's riveted to the frame (no hope of removing it by my hands, since it's not being held by screws, nor is it a clip/twist off; it's riveted...

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Bad Motherboard


Good Hardware compare with price

Came with bad motherboard, missing back plate and a screw in rattle inside of box because it is extra screw ; I knew it that it is refurbished but not knowing this bad

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Pros??? NONE

Broke upon delivery something with the video card. The told me the would return it over night. Took them 7 days. Told me to get me new computer. Send a refund. What a nightmare ; Don't even get a discount on a new computer

Product Specifications


DVD Writer:DVD-Writer / No
Fingerprint Reader: No
Hard Drive Type:Hard Disk Drive / Hybrid Hard Drive
Remote Control: No
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam: No


Bluetooth: No
Card Reader:Multi Card Reader
Firewire: No
TV Output: Yes


Aspect Ratio:Not Applicable
True Resolution:Not Applicable

General Features

Digital Entertainment Platform:Not Applicable / vPro
Media Centre Edition: No
Operating System Version:Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 8
Product Type:Tower


Brand of Graphic Chip:AMD / nVidia
GPU Model (Graphic Card):GEF GTX650 / GEFORCE GT630 / GeForce GTX550 TI / RADEON HD7350
GPU TYPE:Dedicated GPU / Dedicated GPU + OnBoard


Chipset Brand:Intel®
Chipset Type:H77 / Unknown
Hyper Threading:No / Yes
Processor:Core™ i5 / Core™ i7
Processor Brand:Intel ®
Processor Number:I5-3350P / I5-3450 / i5-3470 / I7-3770