Arbico's Elite 9575 Pro is another system designed around the Intel Core i7 950 CPU. While it falls slightly behind other systems using this processor in terms of performance, a WorldBench 6 real-world speed score of 148 points is still impressive.

In common with the CyberPower, the Arbico Elite 9575 Pro's graphics come courtesy of an 896MB nVidia GTX 275. It's a good model, but it's slower than the cards provided by the (less expensive) top two PCs. And it's not unreasonable to expect gaming performance to improve as the price increases.

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On the plus side, a set of 5.1-channel surround-sound speakers and a Blu-ray drive are provided, which is more than you'll get with the Eclipse. The Arbico Elite 9575 Pro's 24in Acer monitor is also of a very high quality and comes with an HDMI input and full-HD capability, which is ideal for watching Blu-ray movies.

Inside, the Arbico Elite 9575 Pro's Gigabyte EX58-UD3R motherboard offers a pair of PCI Express x16 slots. There's support for both CrossFireX and scaleable link interface (SLI), which let you add a second graphics card, but only four memory slots are available. If you want to upgrade here then you'll need to replace your existing chips - a costly affair.

Like the Chillblast, the Arbico Elite 9575 Pro comes with three 500GB hard drives; two are combined in a Raid 0 configuration, while a third is left free for backups.

The Arbico Elite 9575 Pro's Cooler Master Elite 333 system case is a tidy, if somewhat sober-looking, model with good system ventilation, but it has none of the rugged gamer appeal of the CyberPower Gamer Infinity i7 Phoenix.

Chart ranking (December 09 issue)

  1. Eclipse Titan X58 i795R489
  2. Chillblast Fusion Payload
  3. Arbico Elite 9575 Pro
  4. CyberPower Gamer Infinity i7 Phoenix

Arbico Elite 9575 Pro: Specs

  • 3.06GHz Intel Core i7 950
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (choose XP or Windows 7 32bit at no extra cost)
  • 6GB DDR3 RAM
  • 3 x 500GB SATA (2 in Raid 0 configuration)
  • Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD3R motherboard
  • 10 x USB 2.0
  • 800W WinPower PSU
  • 24in Acer V243HBD (0.27mm pixel pitch
  • 1,920x1,080 native resolution)
  • 896MB PCI Express XFX nVidia GeForce GTX 275 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 84/29fps
  • Fear = 264fps)
  • onboard 7.1-channel sound
  • 5 x Trust Soundforce speakers and subwoofer
  • 4x BD-ROM
  • 24x/24x/12x/12x/12x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RAM/-ROM)
  • two-year return-to-base warranty
  • WorldBench 6 score: 148
  • 3.06GHz Intel Core i7 950
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (choose XP or Windows 7 32bit at no extra cost)
  • 6GB DDR3 RAM
  • 3 x 500GB SATA (2 in Raid 0 configuration)
  • Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD3R motherboard
  • 10 x USB 2.0
  • 800W WinPower PSU
  • 24in Acer V243HBD (0.27mm pixel pitch
  • 1,920x1,080 native resolution)
  • 896MB PCI Express XFX nVidia GeForce GTX 275 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 84/29fps
  • Fear = 264fps)
  • onboard 7.1-channel sound
  • 5 x Trust Soundforce speakers and subwoofer
  • 4x BD-ROM
  • 24x/24x/12x/12x/12x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RAM/-ROM)
  • two-year return-to-base warranty
  • WorldBench 6 score: 148

OUR VERDICT

The Arbico Elite 9575 Pro offers good, although not stunning, performance and could do with a better graphics card. It lacks the stand-out system case of the CyberPower, but provides a better HD multimedia setup out of the box – an attractive proposition.

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