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Arbico QC2900 XT power desktop PC

£999 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Arbico

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

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.

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. As you can see, the victory hasn’t gone the way of the Arbico QC2900 XT, but those of you who are prepared to sacrifice a little speed today in return for possible glory a year or two down the line may still find this system the most compelling choice of all.

Should multithreaded applications storm the software world in the coming years, quad-core chips such as the Arbico QC2900 XT’s Quad Q6600 ought to provide a considerable performance boost. In the meantime, though, they don’t offer quite the same burst of speed as today’s E6850 systems.

A RAM allocation of 4GB is another nice touch that today’s software doesn’t really take advantage of. There’s no doubt that higher amounts of memory will become more valuable with time, however. The Arbico QC2900 XT's 320GB hard drive is a touch skimpy, on the other hand, while the Radeon HD 2900 XT isn’t the best card here.

The 22in Hyundai is a solid screen and the Arbico QC2900 XT’s sound system is one of the better ones available. The Audigy SE 7.1 isn’t a stellar sound card, but the 5.1 Cyber Acoustics speakers are suitably throaty.

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

Should multithreaded applications storm the software world in the coming years then the Arbico QC2900 XT will surely impress. For the time being, the Arbico QC2900 XT can't quite keep the pace with similarly priced machines, and some of its components aren't quite up to scratch.

Arbico QC2900 XT Expert Verdict »
2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
Windows Vista Home Premium
4GB DDR RAM
320GB serial ATA
Asus P5N-E SLI
8 x USB ports
22in Hyundai X220W (0.282mm pixel pitch, 1,680x1,050 max resolution @ 75Hz)
512MB PowerColor ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT (PCI Express)
Audigy SE 7.1
5 x Cyber Acoustics CA5150
subwoofer
max DVD speeds: 20x/20x/10x/10x/6x/8x/12x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM)
Ability Office
Ahead Nero
CyberLink PowerDVD
two-year return-to-base warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 111
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 7 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

Should multithreaded applications storm the software world in the coming years then the Arbico QC2900 XT will surely impress. For the time being, the Arbico QC2900 XT can't quite keep the pace with similarly priced machines, and some of its components aren't quite up to scratch.

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