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Arbico Elite i750 Pro review

£999 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Arbico

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

As an update to last month's same-name machine, the Arbico Elite i750 Pro offers 1TB of storage and a 1GB HD 4890 graphics card.

Despite confusingly carrying the same name as last month's Arbico Elite i750 Pro, as well as many of the same components, the Arbico Elite i750 Pro reviewed here is actually an updated version of that PC. Improvements include 1TB of storage and a 1GB HD 4890 graphics card.

Intel's Core i7 920 still provides the processing power, and you'll find the same Gigabyte motherboard inside. While the latter performs well, it comes with only four memory slots. This means upgrades will be more expensive, since you'll have to replace rather than add to your existing modules - and this issue is significant, given that the Arbico Elite i750 Pro comes with just 3GB of RAM.

Nevertheless, the Arbico Elite i750 Pro took top honours in our WorldBench 6 speed test with a 132-point tally. It also delivered the best gaming results - if only just.

The 22in GNR monitor is another familiar face in the Arbico Elite i750 Pro's specification list. It's a reasonably good budget display with both analogue and digital inputs, but it can't match the quality of the Palicomp's Acer.

As the only system in this month's chart to come with a set of surround speakers, the Arbico Elite i750 Pro makes a decent multimedia machine. Palicomp hits back with a larger display and a Blu-ray player, however.

The Arbico Elite i750 Pro also retains the 460W PSU. A more powerful unit would allow for easier upgrades and unlock overclocking potential.

Chart ranking: Power desktop PCs (Sep 09 issue)

  1. Eclipse Titan X58-Crossfire i792R489
  2. Arbico Elite i750 Pro
  3. CyberPower Mega Sales IV
  4. Palicomp Phoenix Ballistix E86-24
  5. Dell Studio XPS

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Arbico Elite i750 Pro Expert Verdict »

2.66GHz Intel Core i7 920
Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit (choose Vista 64bit or XP at no extra cost)
Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD3R motherboard
10 x USB 2.0
460W Cooler Master PSU
22in GNR TB2200W (0.28mm pixel pitch
1,024MB PCI Express Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 4890 (games scores: Crysis (High/Very High) = 70/30fps
Fear = 263fps)
onboard Realtek ALC888
5 x Trust speakers and subwoofer
24x/24x/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: 132
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

With some significant improvements to last month's entry into our Power PC chart, the Arbico Elite i750 Pro offers a huge amount of processing power and excellent gaming results.

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