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Gateway SX2800-01

Gateway SX2800-01
alaScore 84

129 reviews

Oct, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 129 reviews of Gateway SX2800-01. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Opinions about the design and size are overall positive. The price and usability also get good feedback, but there are some negative views about the reliability.

usability, price, size, design


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Gateway SX2800-01 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 91 user reviews of Gateway SX2800-01 from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Opinions about the design and size are on the whole positive. The price and usability are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the reliability.

usability, price, size, design


77% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Fast Gateway SX2800-01 Desktop Computer Intel Quad Core Vista 4Gb DDR3 640Gb DVDRW Keyboard/Mouse/Speakers includedGateway SX280001 / SX2800-01 / SX2800-01 Desktop PC (No Monitor Included)Gateway SX2800-07 Desktop PC (Black)

Oct, 2015

Expert review by: David Murphy (

Gateway SX2800-01r Value PC


It's shaping up to be quite a rumble at the $500 value-PC price point, as the Gateway SX2800-01 ($499 as of February 1, 2010) offers performance nearly identical to that of the $520 HP Pavilion A6710t and the $499 Acer Veriton X270. However, while the...

Quad-core processor ; Good storage for its price

Compact design limits upgradability ; Poor gaming performance

If you aren't an upgrader or a gamer, you'll find a great deal to love about the SX2800-01r, Gateway's Budget Desktop offering.

Dec, 2009

Expert review by: (

Gateway SX2800-01


Thanks to a strong set of features for its $510 price tag, Gateway's SX2800-01 impressed us enough to earn an Editors' Choice award. This PC demonstrated the best all-around performance in its budget PC class, making it a strong system for general...

Sleek, compact design; best all-around performance among budget retail PCs; up-to-date motherboard outputs offer all kinds of connectivity options.

Memory slot access takes a few more steps than usual.

Gateway's SX2800-01 offers a strong combination of performance and features all wrapped up in a design that fully embraces the merits of a slim tower PC. We recommend this system to anyone looking for a fast, affordable desktop for the home office, the...

Jul, 2009

Expert review by: (

Gateway SX2800-01


Though the SX2800 is small, it has a lot of internal expansion room, including two free RAM DIMM slots (the Dell 537s and HP s5120f don't have open slots), a PCIe x1 slot (occupied by a modem), and a PCIe x16 half-height slot for a graphics card. Both...

Quad core power for $500. Compact form factor. eSATA and SPDIF ports. DX10-capable integrated graphics. HDMI port. More expansion space than rivals

Loads of bloatware. Half-height expansion slots. Weak integrated graphics. Eject button hard to press

The Gateway SX2800-01 represents a move by the company toward small form factor PCs. It's got the quad-core power that multimedia mavens crave, yet comes in at $500, far below the $700-1,000 that other quad core systems go for.

Expert review by: ComputerShopper (

Expert Review


A performance powerhouse for the money, the SX2800-01 is a bargain if you're not the type to open your computer's case.

Compact, Good CPU performance, Quiet, Loads of external connectors

Limited internal expansion, Poor 3D-graphics performance

Jul, 2009


Expert review by: (

Gateway SX2800-01r


The Gateway SX2800-01r may well offer the most computing bang for the buck on the market today. While most economy computers suffer from major trade offs to keep their price low, this machine offers a full feature set that will be more than adequate...

This computer has 640GB of hard drive storage

You cannot configure this Gateway SX2800-01r computer

This computer comes with a heavy set of features but if you desire any additional add-ons, you may want to keep looking.

Expert review by: (

Gateway SX2800-03


Consumer review by: N/A (

Great Deal


Small size of tower is nice. Plenty of USB ports on both front (5) and back (4).

Have owned for over 1 year and haven't had any problems. I mainly use it for day-to-day web browsing and document creation ; Upgraded the video card without issue. If you decide to upgrade cards, make sure they are low-profile so they fit. Power supply...

Two trivial notes ; CD-drive eject button requires ridiculous amounts of pressure to eject tray. On the plus side, you don't have to worry about someone accidentally bumping the eject button ; If you want to insert a mini-CD, you will have to turn the...

Jan, 2011

Consumer review by: N/A (

I love it!


Moving it to a antec 300 case buying and going to buy a new psu and gpu. Why a modem card? I used to have a SPARKLE SFPX95GT512U2L GeForce 9500 gpu in it but the gpu did break after a year and I was a idiot and pulled the serial number off when...

NEAR SILENT my psu doesnt make a noise at all onlything I hear is the fan pushing air, no vibration ; suprisingly good onboard gpu ; lots of usb drives

gpu is VERY limited and may overheat since it's at the very top of the case ; No wireless card - I bought an usb wireless card and it works fine ; DVD drive is loud when in use

Jan, 2011

Consumer review by: N/A (

Broken on arrival


Didn't have a chance to get it working, but was small and spacey

Didn't work on arrival, not sure if it was shipping or from production, possibly a video card malfunction

Apr, 2010

Consumer review by: SCS 85 (

Excellent PC.


After the ATI Radeon 5570 graphics upgrade, the Gateway SX2800 can run most current games at 720p at 60 frames. Street Fighter IV, Devil May Cry 4 and Resident Evil 5 all run at 60 frames locked(w/ V-Sync on) or higher. Windows Experience graphics...

Fast Quad Core CPU ; Lots of connections, 7 USB, firewire, memory card reader, compact flash ; Upgradeable to low profile ATI Radeon 5570 graphics(DirectX 11 graphics card)

Had to buy a graphics card separate to get gaming performance, but the card was under $80 so its not too bad

Apr, 2010

Product Specifications

Unleash your creativity with the Gateway SX2800-07 Desktop. Packed inside its compact design, just a third the size of tower PC, is a potent Intel Core 2 Quad Processor, cutting-edge DDR3 memory and Intel graphics, powered through multimedia applications while enjoying easy usability for tasks and entertainment with conveniences like a digital device holder and photo frame button. Plus, a plethora of ports and a multi-in-1 media card reader mean the Gateway SX2800-07 Desktop gives you connectivity and expandability to spare.

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Tower
Manufacturer Form Factor:Tower

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Tower
Manufacturer Form Factor:Small form factor/Tower

Cache Memory

Installed Size:4MB
Per Processor Size:4MB

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)



Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Gateway / Gateway SX/Gateway SX


Chipset Type:Intel G43 Express
Data Bus Speed:1333MHz


Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Type:Fax / modem


Data Link Protocol:Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet/Gigabit Ethernet / Fast Ethernet
Type:Network adapter

Optical Storage

Read Speed:40x (CD) / 16x (DVD)
Rewrite Speed:32x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 8x (DVD+RW) / 5x (DVD-RAM)
Write Speed:48x (CD) / 16x (DVD

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition/Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition


64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:2.33GHz/2.5GHz
Installed Qty:1
Max Supported Qty:1
Multi-Core Technology:Quad-Core
Processor Number:Q8200/Q8300
Type:Core 2 Quad


Installed Size:4GB
Max Supported Size:8GB
Technology:DDR3 SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty /2 years warranty

Storage Hard Drive

Interface Type:Serial ATA-300

Storage Hard Drive (2nd)

Type: None

Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:640GB
Type:Personal computer

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel GMA X4500