Small but mighty, the 3.33GHz Core i3-560-powered Arbico i3 5600 XL budget desktop PC delivers the best Windows performance in the chart.

Small but mighty, the 3.33GHz Core i3-560-powered Arbico i3 5600 XL budget desktop PC delivers the best Windows performance in the chart. Only DinoPC’s Plutosaur is able to beat it on raw processing power, and only then with its Core i5 chip’s Turbo Boost in gear.

The Arbico i3 5600 XL budget desktop PC recorded a score of 135 in our WorldBench 6 test, beating our Best Buy machine’s tally by a single point. Like that PC, it’s built around a USB 3.0-compatible Asus motherboard. But its faster CPU leaves less room in the budget to offer a dedicated graphics card and a speaker set that includes a subwoofer.

A 4GB allocation of system RAM and a generous 1TB hard drive are supplied, however, and the Arbico i3 5600 XL budget desktop PC matches the Chillblast’s AOC F22+ monitor. This display offers a full-HD resolution and 0.25mm pixel pitch, and comes with a VGA connection and dual-DVI ports.

It isn’t unusual for a budget machine to rely on the graphics integrated into its processor for gaming – CyberPower and DinoPC also omitted a dedicated graphics card from their machines’ specification. But a score of 17fps in Fear (1024x768, ‘Maximum’ detail) means games are a bit of a non-starter. If a discrete graphics card is offered at no extra cost, as is the case with the Chillblast and Palicomp PCs, we’d be inclined to plump for that option instead. Note that adding a basic ATI Radeon HD 5450 to the Arbico i3 5600 XL budget desktop PC will cost only around £30, however.

Budget desktop PCs chart ranking

  1. Chillblast Fusion Shogun
  2. Arbico i3 5600 XL
  3. DinoPC Plutosaur 650
  4. Palicomp Core i3 Blast 540-22 USB3
  5. CyberPower Apollo XT

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