With its Intel Core i5-3570K overclocked from 3.4GHz up to 4.4GHz, the Elite 537 OCX from Arbico turns in some impressive performance scores.

Other rival systems have been upclocked to faster speeds, but this system managed to produce impressive numbers when it came to both application-based tests and those all-important gaming framerates.

Scoring 214 points in our WorldBench 6 benchmark it just inches ahead of rival gaming PC the Dino PC’s Maxosaurus 3570K; but the inclusion of a high-end GeForce GTX 680 graphics card has given it a boost in gaming speed, making it our best all-round performer. See also Group test: what's the best desktop PC?

The PC is housed in a CIT Jupiter case, featuring an all-black finish with plenty of mesh through which the blue LED of the large front fan can be seen.

Inside two more 120mm fans have been fitted: a bright red one at the rear and another blue-lit transparent one at the top where space is available for yet another to be fitted. The CPU is cooled by a large Xigmatek Gaia heatsink feature two more 120mm fans of its own, fitted to either side.

Slots have been cut internally to allow cabling to be tucked out of the way, although this has still left a fair amount of slack which Arbico has tidied up with cable ties.

A 2TB hard drive and 120GB SSD are mounted in perpendicular drive bays which allow easy access.

Arbico’s chosen motherboard, the Asus P8Z77-V LX is very similar to the P8Z77V and P8Z77-V PRO models used elsewhere, but lacks support for nVidia SLI or AMD 3-way CrossFireX technologies, so you won’t be able to add in a second GeForce card later. It also comes with fewer SATA 6Gbps ports and only four USB 3.0 ports where others have up to eight. Wi-Fi is also absent, as are Asus’ advanced automatic overclocking features. This isn’t so much of a worry on a pre-overclocked system – especially one which performs this well, but enthusiasts who like to tinker themselves may wish for a more versatile motherboard.

Arbico Elite 5357 OCX: Specs

  • Model name: Elite 5357 OCX
  • Processor: (overclocked) 3.4GHz (4.4GHz) Intel Core i5 3570K
  • CPU cooler: Xigmatek Gaia
  • Memory: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz RAM
  • Storage: 2TB SATA HDD + 120GB SATA 6GBps SSD
  • Power: suppply Xilence 580W
  • Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX
  • USB ports: 4x USB 3.0, 12x USB 2.0
  • Graphics, VRAM, core/memory/shader speeds: Palit Nvidia GeForce GTX 680, 2GB VRAM, 1006/1502/ns MHz
  • Sound: onboard
  • Connectivity: Gigabit ethernet
  • VGA/DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort: (on graphics card) N2YY
  • FireWire/eSATA: NY
  • Case: CIT Jupiter
  • Optical drive: BD-ROM/DVD±RW
  • Operating system: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • WorldBench 6 score: 214
  • Gaming performance (fps): 110/75/57/118
  • MediaEspresso time: 4min 01sec
  • Power consumption (Idle/Max): 63W/192W
  • Model name: Elite 5357 OCX
  • Processor: (overclocked) 3.4GHz (4.4GHz) Intel Core i5 3570K
  • CPU cooler: Xigmatek Gaia
  • Memory: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz RAM
  • Storage: 2TB SATA HDD + 120GB SATA 6GBps SSD
  • Power: suppply Xilence 580W
  • Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX
  • USB ports: 4x USB 3.0, 12x USB 2.0
  • Graphics, VRAM, core/memory/shader speeds: Palit Nvidia GeForce GTX 680, 2GB VRAM, 1006/1502/ns MHz
  • Sound: onboard
  • Connectivity: Gigabit ethernet
  • VGA/DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort: (on graphics card) N2YY
  • FireWire/eSATA: NY
  • Case: CIT Jupiter
  • Optical drive: BD-ROM/DVD±RW
  • Operating system: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • WorldBench 6 score: 214
  • Gaming performance (fps): 110/75/57/118
  • MediaEspresso time: 4min 01sec
  • Power consumption (Idle/Max): 63W/192W

OUR VERDICT

A superbly fast PC which delivered impressive application and gaming performance, despite not having the fastest overclock. The price is lower than some here, but you’ll need to add your own monitor and peripherals. Its motherboard isn’t the best for tinkerers.

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