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Arbico CD-8870GS power PC

£999 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Arbico

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

With its dual-core E6700 processor, the Arbico CD-8870GS outpaced the quad-core PCs to record an excellent score of 110 points in our WorldBench 6 test suite of applications.

With its dual-core E6700 processor, the Arbico CD-8870GS outpaced the quad-core PCs to record an excellent score of 110 points in our WorldBench 6 test suite of applications, but future software should give the Mesh Elite Quad Express-PCA a significant edge.

A question of performance today or performance tomorrow, then? Not quite. Because, even with its faster chip, the Arbico CD-8870GS struggles to mark itself out as the clear top PC for today's applications - that two-point advantage is noticeable but not significant. Add to the mix the Mesh Elite Quad Express-PCA's massive 4GB of DDR RAM - twice that of the Arbico CD-8870GS - and the future potential offered by its quad-core chip and we suspect you won't disagree that the Arbico CD-8870GS is the lesser choice.

But there's plenty about the Arbico CD-8870GS that will set the heart racing. The V7 screen is a pleasing 20in model that combines full widescreen capabilities with a decent colour palette. The 320MB version of the 8800 GTS is a solid graphics card - although if it's top gaming performance that you're after, the Chillblast Fusion Centaur is a better option. The DVD writer is competitive and the Arbico CD-8870GS comes with a strong software bundle - almost matching the ones provided by the Mesh Elite Quad Express-PCA and Evesham Solar PCs. At this price, we might expect more than a return-to-base warranty, though - the Mesh Elite Quad Express-PCA offers an onsite arrangement.

Verdict

If you want the best overall performance in today's world, the Arbico CD-8870GS is just about the best shot. But the Mesh Elite Quad Express-PCA is incredibly close even now, and once we see multithreaded applications, or programs that require more memory, the Mesh Elite Quad Express-PCA will cruise ahead.

Chart ranking: power PCs September 07 issue

1st place: Mesh Elite Quad Express-PCA
2nd place: Chillblast Fusion Centaur
3rd place: Arbico CD-8870GS
4th place: Evesham Solar
5th place: CyberPower Infinity 860 (last month 4th place)

Arbico CD-8870GS Expert Verdict »

2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E6700
Windows Vista Home Premium
2GB DDR RAM
400GB Sata
Asus P5B motherboard
six USB ports
20in V7 S20PD flat-panel (0.292mm, 1,440x1,050)
320MB nVidia GeForce 8800GTS PCI Express graphics
onboard Realtek
5 x Cyber Acoustics CA5150 speakers
subwoofer
DVD speeds 16x/18x/18x/8x/8x/8x/8x/12x (DVD-ROM/-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM)
Microsoft Works 8.5
Ahead Nero
CyberLink PowerDVD
WorldBench 6: 110 points
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 7 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

If you want the best overall performance in today's world, the Arbico CD-8870GS is just about the best shot. But the Mesh Elite Quad Express-PCA is incredibly close even now, and once we see multithreaded applications, or programs that require more memory, the Mesh Elite Quad Express-PCA will cruise ahead.

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    The Chillblast Fusion Centaur's performance in our WorldBench 6 speed suite was pretty much what we'd expect from a machine packing a Core 2 Quad Q6600 processor and 2GB of DDR RAM - a steady 106 points.

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