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Sony VAIO RA830G

Sony VAIO RA830G
alaScore 78

10 reviews

Dec, 2015

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 10 reviews of Sony VAIO RA830G. The average rating for this product is 3.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the usability. The design is also mentioned favorably.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Sony VAIO RA830G is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of Sony VAIO RA830G from The average user rating for this product is 2.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on People really like the usability. The design also gets good opinions.

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This summary is based on the products: Sony VAIO VGC-RA830G Desktop PC (Intel Pentium 4 Processor 550 (H-T), 1 GB RAM, 2x160 GB Hard Drives, Dual Layer DVD+/-RW, DVD-ROM Drives)Sony VAIO VGC-RA830G Desktop PC (Intel Pentium 4 Processor 550 (H-T), 1 GB RAM, 2x160 GB Hard Drives, Dual Layer DVD+/-RW, DVD-ROM Drives)

Dec, 2015

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Artwork: Rick Rizner, John Goddard

Jun, 2005

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Compared with the RA820G, the RA830G improves day-to-day performance slightly, thanks to a faster processor and RAID-configured hard drives. Gaming performance is greatly improved thanks to the midrange nVidia GeForce 6600 graphics card. The Doom 3 (50...

Liquid cooling means a quiet tower PC. Large storage capacity for videos. Wireless keyboard and mouse, and 5.1 surround speakers included

Tower chassis is less living-room friendly than other models designed like audiovisual gear. No HDTV tuner

The Sony VAIO VGC-RA830G is a near-silent home desktop that can serve as both a powerful desktop PC and as the central repository of your digitally connected home. As an evolution of VAIO's already wonderful design, it has entered the realm of...

Product Specifications

The VAIO RA830G Digital Studio Desktop Computer was developed with your lifestyle in mind. Providing the multimedia muscle for your next-generation A/V demands, the RA830G gives you the power to edit high-definition camcorder video, master your own music recordings, and turn your home movies into high-quality DVDs1. The bundled 19" Sony display with XBRITE technology ensures your movies and pictures are sharp and crisp. The unique liquid-cooling system and advanced noise-reduction technology deliver powerful, reliable performance from an incredibly cool, quiet system. The wireless keyboard, mouse and remote control eliminate cable clutter, and allow you to work from your easy chair.

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Tower
Manufacturer Form Factor:Tower

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Tower
Manufacturer Form Factor:Tower

Cache Memory

Installed Size:1MB
Per Processor Size:1MB

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:17in/19in
Diagonal Size (metric):43.2cm/48.3cm
Max Resolution:1280 x 1024
Type:LCD display/None.
Widescreen Display: No


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony VAIO


Chipset Type:Intel 915P Express
Data Bus Speed:800MHz


Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Type:Fax / modem

Multimedia Functionality

TV Tuner Type:Analog TV


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

Optical Storage

Rewrite Speed:24x (CD) / 4x (DVD
Write Speed:32x (CD) / 8x (DVD-R) / 16x (DVD+R) / 2.4x (DVD+R DL)

Optical Storage (2nd)

Read Speed:40x (CD) / 16x (DVD)

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005


Clock Speed:3.4GHz
Installed Qty:1
Max Supported Qty:1
Processor Number:550J
Type:Pentium 4


Installed Size:1GB
Max Supported Size:2GB
Technology:DDR SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Controller


Storage Controller (2nd)


Storage Floppy Drive

Type:3.5" 1.44 MB floppy / 3.5 1.44 MB floppy

Storage Hard Drive

Interface Type:Serial ATA-150

Storage Hard Drive (2nd)

Type: None

Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:320GB
Type:Media center

Video Memory

Installed Size:256MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:NVIDIA GeForce 6600
Interface Type:PCI Express x16