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Arbico Elite i750 Pro review

£999 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Arbico

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Yet again, Arbico has delivered the best performance score in our WorldBench 6 real-world speed test with the Elite i750 Pro.

Yet again, Arbico has delivered the best performance score in our WorldBench 6 real-world speed test. The Elite i750 Pro's 131-point tally just nudges it ahead of Eclipse's Titan X58 Crossfire.

The Arbico Elite i750 Pro's 1GB Radeon HD 4870 graphics card is an excellent performer. All but one of the PCs here use a version of this graphics chip.

Arbico has once again opted for the Cooler Master Elite 330 case for the Elite i750 Pro. This is a smart but basic housing that incorporates a pair of audio sockets and twin USB ports.

The Arbico Elite i750 Pro's Gigabyte motherboard supports CrossFireX, allowing you to add a second graphics card later. Note, however, that only four memory slots are provided on this motherboard rather than the usual six.

This system is let down somewhat by the power supply unit (PSU). Rated at 460W, this PSU only just covers the Arbico Elite i750 Pro's power requirements as things stand. It's a Cooler Master-branded component, and should prove reliable, but if you're planning to upgrade, a more powerful PSU should be first on your shopping list.

The Arbico Elite i750 Pro's 22in GNR monitor is standard fare, although it does support both VGA and DVI inputs, giving it a distinct advantage over the analogue-only model supplied by Eclipse.

The set of five Trust speakers and a subwoofer aren't exactly top of the range, but they add surround sound to movies and games that support it. As with the Best Buy Chillblast Fusion Fury, there's no Blu-ray playback hardware on the Arbico Elite i750 Pro.

Chart ranking: Power desktop PCs (July issue)

  1. Chillblast Fusion Fury
  2. Arbico Elite i750 Pro
  3. Mesh Whisper 4850 HD
  4. CyberPower Gamer Infinity i7 Andromeda
  5. Eclipse Titan X58 Crossfire

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Arbico Elite i750 Pro Expert Verdict »

2.66GHz Intel Core i7 920
Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit (choose XP or Vista 64bit at no extra cost)
Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD3R motherboard
10 x USB 2.0
460W Cooler Master PSU
22in GNR TB2200W flat-panel monitor (0.28mm pixel pitch
1,024MB PCI Express PowerColor ATI Radeon HD 4870 graphics card (games scores: Crysis (High/Very High) = 65/26fps
Fear = 223fps)
onboard Realtek ALC888 sound card
5 x Trust speakers and subwoofer
max DVD speeds: 22x/22x/12x/16x/6x/8x/12x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM)
two-year return-to-base warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 131
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

Overall, the Arbico Elite i750 Pro performs very well, with its large hard drive and surround-sound speakers all counting in its favour.

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