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Update: Arbico 880 GTX power PC

£1,000 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Arbico

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

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.

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


  1. Chillblast Fusion Tomcat
  2. Arbico 880 GTX (last month 1)
  3. Eclipse Genesis SLI i685n88GTX
  4. Arbico QC2900 XT
  5. Evesham Oxegen RD1500

Verdict

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.

Arbico 880 GTX Expert Verdict »

3GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E8650
Windows Vista Home Premium
2GB DDR Ram
320GB serial ATA
Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R motherboard
6 x USB ports
20.1in V7 S20PD flat-panel (0.292mm pixel pitch, 1,400x1,050 maximum resolution at 75Hz)
768MB PCI Express XFX nVidia GeForce 8800 GTX
onboard ALC889A sound
2 x Cyber Acoustics CA3095 speakers
subwoofer
maximum DVD speeds: 16x/18x/18x/8x/8x/6x/8x/12x (DVD-ROM/-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM)
2-year RTB warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 116
bundles Ahead Nero, CyberLink PowerDVD
  • Build Quality: We give this item 9 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 9 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 9 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

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.

  • Chillblast Fusion Tomcat power desktop PC

    Chillblast Fusion Tomcat power desktop PC

    Currently topping two of our four PC charts, Chillblast is making a real name for itself as a manufacturer of quality trail-blazers. Not that it had an easy job of it this time around. A hair's width split the Chillblast Fusion Tomcat and the Arbico 880 GTX that topped this chart last month, but the Chillblast Fusion Tomcat's fresher component line-up wins it the Best Buy award.

  • Eclipse Genesis SLI i685n88GTX power desktop PC

    Eclipse Genesis SLI i685n88GTX power desktop PC

    After a successful few months in the cheaper categories, the Genesis SLI i685n88GTX marks Eclipse's first foray into £1,000 PC territory. And while it's not an unquestioned triumph, there's certainly plenty to catch the eye.

  • Arbico QC2900 XT power desktop PC

    Arbico QC2900 XT power desktop PC

    We’ve been finding it hard to choose between the future potential of the quad-core processors and the performance-today merits of the Core 2 Duos. And we’re not the only ones. Arbico has let its existing 880 GTX system fly the flag for the Core 2 Duo, while submitting the Arbico QC2900 XT as a star of the quad world.

  • Chillblast Fusion Zodiac power desktop PC review

    Chillblast Fusion Zodiac power desktop PC

    Another impressive machine from Chillblast, only the Fusion Zodiac's comparatively high price tag keeps it locked out of the top two in our current £1,001+ desktop PCs chart. It does have its strengths though and, for pure gaming speed, the Fusion Zodiac actually surpasses the Arbico Elite 8500GTS.

  • Evesham Oxegen RD1500 power desktop PC

    Evesham Oxegen RD1500 power desktop PC

    While there is very little to distinguish the top three PCs and the fourth-placed Arbico QC2900 XT has one eye on the future, the Evesham Oxegen RD1500 is further behind.


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