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Arbico CD8465 EX review

£499 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Arbico

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Arbico’s machines are well known in PC Advisor’s Test Centre for their superb performance, and its CD8465 EX is no different with a top score of 120 points in WorldBench 6.

Arbico's machines are well known in PC Advisor's Test Centre for their superb performance. Once again the firm delivers, with its CD8465 EX notching up a top score of 120 points in WorldBench 6 - and this despite the system running on an older 3GHz E8400 processor.

The 1GB HD 4650 graphics card delivers excellent performance at a good price, making the Arbico CD8465 EX our top performer in both general-purpose and gaming tests.

Had it not been for Arbico's inclusion of Vista Home Basic, the CD8465 EX would have gained more respect. This version of Vista may be budget-friendly, but it lacks the Aero interface and the smoother video playback that comes with it. It also misses out on several key OS functions, including Windows Media Center, and renders a memory upgrade impossible.

The Arbico CD8465 EX's basic and rather unattractive system case is a compact model with few options for expansion. An awkward sliding door conceals a pair of USB ports and audio connectors.

The Arbico CD8465 EX's ever-popular 19in Hannspree XM New York monitor provides relatively good image quality, robust build quality and dual analogue and digital connections.

The ASRock is a compact motherboard, fitted with only two memory slots. Two PCI slots are available for upgrades, such as a sound card. Note, however, that external speakers are not provided with the Arbico CD8465 EX.

Chart ranking: Budget desktop PCs (March 09 issue)

  1. Cyberpower Gamer Infinity 600
  2. Arbico CD8465 EX
  3. Eclipse Matrix i85a465
  4. Palicomp Excalibur E85-19
  5. Chillblast Fusion Spark

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Arbico CD8465 EX Expert Verdict »

3GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
Windows Vista Home Basic 32bit
4GB DDR2 RAM
250GB SATA
ASRock 4Core 1600-D800
6 x USB 2.0
19in Hannspree XM New York (0.28mm pixel pitch
1,440x900)
1GB PCI Express Gigabyte ATI Radeon HD 4650 (games scores: Crysis = 22fps
Fear = 42fps)
onboard Realtek ALC662
speakers built into flat-panel
22x/22x/12x/16x/6x/8x/12x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM)
OpenOffice
Nero
one-year return-to-base warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 120
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

The Arbico CD8465 EX topped our results tables for both general-purpose use and gaming, but we just can't overlook its inclusion of Vista Home Basic.

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