The Myrica 600 is based around the new Pentium III Coppermine 600Mhz processor, which performs considerably better than standard Pentium III chips at the same speed. Twinned with the processor is 64Mb SDRAM.
This is the older PC100-compliant memory, which means that the Myrica 600 won't perform as well as it could with PC133 Ram. We found this mismatch seemed to affect the overall performance in our tests, with the 600 scoring 108 in Sysmark 2000. Other similarly specified machines have performed noticeably better.
However, you still get good value for money because Fujitsu Siemens has included a massive 20.5Gb hard drive, a 6X DVDRom drive, a 56Kbps modem and a decent 17in monitor. There's no hardware decoder card though, so you won't be able to hear Dolby Digital sound from DVD films. Even if there was an appropriate output, the small speakers supplied with the system wouldn't be up to the job.
We were disappointed with the choice of 3D graphics card as the ATI Xpert 128 is not what we would consider cutting-edge technology. This is again reflected in the relatively poor 3DMark 2000 score of 1522. To put this in perspective, we have seen a scores of more than 4000 from cards with the Nvidia Geforce 256 chipset. Don't expect to play the latest 3D games at high resolutions on this system.
Looking inside the mid-sized tower case revealed a MicroATX motherboard. This is another mismatch because the motherboard is much smaller than a standard one. This not only leaves lots of empty space inside the case, but also means fewer expansion slots for future upgrades. We would have preferred to see the space used to its full potential.
There are two free CDRom-sized bays and one floppy drive-sized bay, although this does not have external access. Build quality was good and bundled software includes Microsoft Works 2000, Word 2000, Encarta World Atlas and Encylopedia Brittannia.