Arbico’s Elite i7268 HDX takes full advantage of its Sandy Bridge Core i7-2600 CPU. This devastatingly fast PC scored 171 points in our WorldBench 6 real-world speed test.

Delivering the joint-fastest Windows performance in this group, Arbico’s Elite i7268 HDX takes full advantage of its Sandy Bridge Core i7-2600 CPU. This devastatingly fast PC scored 171 points in our WorldBench 6 real-world speed test.

Fitted with a generous 8GB of DDR3 RAM, the Arbico Elite i7268 HDX PC offers double the memory allocation usually specified at this price. A 1TB hard drive is more common, however.

The Arbico Elite i7268 HDX's multimedia and gaming potential is immense, with a Radeon HD 6870 graphics card that’s beaten only by the Palicomp’s 6950, a 12-speed Blu-ray drive, a 24in monitor and a 2.1-channel speaker set. Unlike Palicomp’s set these speakers don’t produce surround sound, but they do offer a step up in quality from CyberPower and Dino PC’s in-monitor solutions.

The Asus P8P67 motherboard has a slightly lower spec than the ‘Pro’ version selected by Palicomp, with no support for scalable link interface (SLI) or eSATA. The Arbico Elite i7268 HDX's version is better than the ‘LE’ model chosen by Chillblast and Dino PC, however.

This board also offers a graphical EFI, plus support for USB 3.0 and 6 gigabits per second (Gbps) SATA. As is the case with the Palicomp, however, you’ll need an i7-2600K CPU to take full advantage of its overclocking features – this would add around £20 to the Arbico Elite i7268 HDX PC’s price tag.

Arbico’s Elite i7268 HDX desktop PC is housed in a reasonable Cooler Master Elite 335 case with tool-free drive bays. It looks insubstantial and lacks top-mounted cooling fans and USB ports in comparison to the Palicomp’s Scout Pro.

Power PCs chart ranking

  1. Palicomp Phoenix i7 2600-24 BLU
  2. Arbico Elite i7268 HDX
  3. Chillblast Fusion Zeus
  4. CyberPower Infinity i5 Silent Edition
  5. Dino PC Ravenous 2600

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