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Arbico Elite i7 Pro review

£1,299 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Arbico

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Very nearly as fast as our Best Buy Power PC machine, Arbico's Elite i7 Pro offers excellent value for money.

Very nearly as fast as our Best Buy Power PC machine, Arbico's Elite i7 Pro offers excellent value for money.

Despite having just 3GB of DDR3 RAM installed, the Arbico Elite i7 Pro is very nearly as fast as Chillblast's breathtaking Best Buy machine. Its relative lack of memory doesn't hinder performance; the Arbico scored 132 points in WorldBench 6 - just three points fewer than the Chillblast, which costs £400 more.

Aside from the reduced cost of the memory, this system also uses a cheaper, but still powerful, nVidia GeForce GTX 260 graphics card. Arbico has opted for an overclocked BFG model, with performance boosted closer to that of the costlier GTX 280. At very demanding quality settings ?the 280 starts to outperform the 260, but the savings are considerable.

The LG W2252TQ is a smart-looking monitor that offers decent performance and a good set of features. But the best 24in displays - or 16:9 22in monitors - would have enabled full HD playback from the Blu-ray drive, and taken full advantage of the powerful graphics system.

A set of Creative T6100 surround-sound speakers is an impressive addition, even if some buyers may feel this is more than they require. By comparison, the CyberPower and Eclipse systems rely solely on the speakers built into their monitors.

Power desktop PCs chart ranking (April 09 issue)

  1. Chillblast Fusion Titanium
  2. Arbico Elite i7 Pro
  3. Mesh Lexa 280
  4. Eclipse Excalibur i792nGTX260
  5. CyberPower Gamer Infinity i7 Andromeda


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Arbico Elite i7 Pro Expert Verdict »

2.66GHz Intel Core i7 920
Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit (choose XP or Vista 64bit at no extra cost)
3GB DDR3 RAM
1TB SATA
Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5
10 x USB 2.0
22in LG W2252TQ (0.28mm pixel pitch
1,680x1,050)
896MB PCI Express BFG Maxcore nVidia GeForce GTX 260 (games scores: Crysis High = 74fps, Very High = 25fps
Fear = 235fps)
onboard Realtek ALC885/889A/90
5 x Creative T6100
subwoofer
4.8x BD-ROM
3x HD DVD-ROM
16x/16x/4x/4x/6x/8x/5x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM)
OpenOffice
Nero
PowerDVD
two-year return-to-base warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 132
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

If you don’t have the budget for the Fusion Titanium, the Arbico Elite i7 Pro is worth a look. It’s a powerful, high-end PC that still offers excellent value for money.

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