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Arbico CD8400 XL budget desktop PC review

£499 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Arbico

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

With a WorldBench processing-speed score of 116, Arbico's CD8400 XL even outscores two of the machines in our latest Power PCs chart.

Arbico delivers yet another superb performer in the budget-priced PC category. With a WorldBench processing-speed score of 116, the CD8400 XL not only beats Arbico’s previous chart-topper, the CD6570 SX, by a full 17 points, but even outscores two of the machines in our latest Power PCs chart.

The Arbico CD8400 XL's impressive performance is mainly down to the 3GHz Intel Core Duo E8400 used in both this system and the CyberPower Gamer Infinity 750.

Like previous low-cost systems from Arbico, the CD8400 XL is shipped with the 19in Hannspree XM New York display. This widescreen model has built-in speakers and intriguing looks that set it apart from the low-grade plastic-finished designs we’re used to seeing at this price point. It’s great to see a display with full height, tilt and swivel adjustments at this price level. It also provides pretty good image quality.

The Arbico CD8400 XL’s Coolermaster Elite 330 chassis is solidly built yet stylish. Some budget cases can feel flimsy and fragile, but this PC looks nothing like a bargain-basement system. In fact, Arbico uses the same case for its power PCs.

There’s a total of six free 3.5in bays and three free 5.25in bays, so you’re unlikely to run out of expansion room in the Arbico CD8400 XL. It’s also good to see the use of two sticks of branded Corsair XMS2 DDR2 memory and a Coolermaster 460W power supply.

The Arbico CD8400 XL's GeForce 8600GT graphics card provides a good level of gaming performance, although hardcore gamers should take a look at the Eclipse Matrix A64N88GS. This manages considerably more frames per second at the expense of overall system speed.

Budget PCs chart ranking (May issue)


  1. Arbico CD8400 XL
  2. CyberPower Gamer Infinity 750
  3. Eclipse Matrix A64N88GS
  4. Zoostorm 4-2354
  5. Arbico CD6570 SX

Verdict

At this price, you get neither external speakers nor a sound card, while the Arbico CD8400 XL's hard drive has a modest capacity of 160GB. Nonetheless, this is a solidly built system that offers well-chosen components and excellent performance for the money. The two-year warranty is also pretty good.

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Arbico CD8400 XL Expert Verdict »

3GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
Windows Vista Home Premium
2GB DDR2 RAM
160GB SATA
ASRock 4Core1333-Glan
6 x USB
19in Hannspree XM New York (0.283mm pixel pitch
1,440x900 max resolution @75Hz)
512MB PCI Express Gainward nVidia GeForce 8600 GT
onboard Intel ICH7
speakers built into flat-panel
subwoofer
max DVD speeds: 20x/20x/12x/16x (DVD-R/+R/+R DL/-ROM)
OpenOffice
Ahead Nero
two-year return-to-base warranty
WorldBench 6.0 score: 116
  • 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

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