Even two months after its first appearance, this PC tops the chart for raw performance. This achievement is mostly down to the Arbico 880 GTX’s good use of the Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 chip – one of the most earth-shattering processors we’ve seen. But with stiffer competition from the Chillblast Fusion Tomcat and Eclipse Genesis SLI i685n88GTX, its performance lead is cut to just one WorldBench real-world speed point.
It won’t be long before 4GB is almost compulsory at this price point, but we haven’t reached such a time yet. Although the very latest PC from Arbico (the Arbico QC2900 XT) comes with 4GB, the Arbico 880 GTX doesn't – something which it has in common with three of the other PCs in the Top 5. The 768MB GeForce 8800 GTX graphics card is something of a force to be reckoned with. Only the Ultra throws up higher framerates in games testing and, for gamers and speed freaks, this PC is one of the best choices available – even if the Chillblast Fusion Tomcat shades it slightly on game framerates.
The Arbico 880 GTX is not without its faults, however. The onboard sound is no match for the cream of the Creative X-Fi sound cards, while the Chillblast Fusion Tomcat has a superior speaker setup. The Arbico 880 GTX trails on hard-disk drive space, offering just 320GB compared with the 500GB of the Chillblast Fusion Tomcat.
Arbico has upgraded the 880 GTX's flat-panel, and the 22in Hyundai is a very decent screen. It’s nothing spectacular, but the resolution support and viewing area are impressive.
Chart ranking: £751-£1,000 power PCs, January 08 issue
- Chillblast Fusion Tomcat
- Arbico 880 GTX (last month 1)
- Eclipse Genesis SLI i685n88GTX
- Arbico QC2900 XT
- Evesham Oxegen RD1500
There are areas where the Arbico 880 GTX shows its age slightly, and the sound system could certainly have been better. But if you want acres of performance then this machine is an excellent alternative to the Chillblast Fusion Tomcat.