Velocity Micro 2015 Vector Z25

A Mid-Range Home Office PC That Can Come With Windows 7

Velocity Micro Vector Z25 Home Office Desktop
Velocity Micro Vector Z25. ©Velocity Micro

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The Bottom Line

Feb 17 2015 - Velocity Micro's Vector Z25 is a decent general purpose computer system for those that want to do a bit more demanding computing with their system. It is well built and even has the option of coming with Windows 7 still. With the proper upgrades, it could even be used for PC gaming. The downside is that the upgrades to do t his can be quite costly compared to buying a machine already with the graphics capabilities.


  • Excellent Build Quality
  • Optional Windows 7


  • No Graphics Card Standard
  • Upgrade Quickly Push Up the Cost


  • Intel Core i5-4460 Quad Core Desktop Processor
  • 8GB PC3-12800 DDR3 Memory
  • 1TB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • Dual-Layer DVD Burner
  • Intel HD Graphics 4600 Integrated Graphics
  • Intel HDA 7.1 Audio Support
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • Rou USB 3.0, Two USB 2.0, HDMI, DVI, VGA
  • Windows 7

Review - 2015 Velocity Micro Vector Z25

Feb 17 2015 - Velocity Micro markets the Vector series as their home and home office line of computers while their Edge series is for gaming. The Vector Z25 is their entry level tower desktop system that makes for a decent mid-range office computer but can also be used as a gaming system with a few upgrades.

Velocity Micro made an interesting choice for the processor on the Vector Z25. It uses the Intel Core i5-4460 quad core processor. This is one of the lowest quad core processors and it provides a decent amount of performance and it certainly is better than the Core i3 dual core processors especially for tasks like desktop video.

It is somewhat slower than most of the other desktops in this range that tend to use the i5-4590 or i5-4690K. The processor and motherboard do not support overclocking for those that might be interested in it. The system features 8GB of DDR3 memory for a smooth overall experience with Windows.

Storage in the Vector Z25 is fairly typical of desktop in its price range.

It uses a standard one terabyte hard drive for storing applications, data and media files. It would have been nice to see a two terabyte drive included which would provide it with twice the storage space as more companies are starting to use these instead. Performance is alright but it will lag behind systems that do manage to put a small SSD drive in the system either as a root partition or as a cache drive. There is space inside the system to install a second drive but if you would rather not work inside of it, there are four USB 3.0 ports for use with high speed external hard drives. There is a standard dual layer DVD burner for playback or recording of CD or DVD media.

By default, the Velocity Micro Vector Z25 does not comes with a graphics card, instead relying on the Intel HD 4600 graphics of the Core i5 processor. This is fine if you plan on using the system for things outside of gaming and it does provide video encoding acceleration with Intel Quick Sync supported applications. The company offers a number of graphics card options but the only one that would keep the price under $1000 is a Radeon R7 250. This is a fairly basic budget graphics card that can play some games up to 1920x1080 but most often with lower detail levels to keep up frame rates.

Buyers are probably better off going with the base system and buying their own budget graphics card to install into the system as it generally is less expensive than the upgrades offered. Just be warned that the system has just a 430 watt power supply so be sure to get a card that requires less than this.

The pricing for the Vector Z25 starts at $849. This may seem good at first but this is without a graphics card. It would be less expensive to build your own PC from parts. There are other systems that also offer a bit more performance or features. For instance, the Maingear Vybe H81 starts at $799.It may only use a Pentium G3258 processor but it features a GTX 750 graphics card for better gaming support. It does have a smaller hard drive though. The Cyberpower Gamer Xtreme 2000 comes with a faster i5-4690K processor, 2TB hard drive and GeForce GTX 750 Ti graphics card for only $70 more than the Vector.

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