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Arbico CD8500 PRO power desktop PC review

£899 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Arbico

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

Arbico's CD8500 PRO edges ahead of Chillblast's Fusion Anaconda as our Best Buy mid-range desktop PC thanks to a commendable WorldBench speed score, low price and outstanding games results.

Arbico's CD8500 PRO edges ahead of Chillblast's Fusion Anaconda as our Best Buy mid-range desktop PC thanks to a commendable WorldBench speed score, low price and outstanding games results.

Another prize-winner from Arbico, the CD8500 PRO edges ahead of Chillblast's Fusion Anaconda thanks to its commendable WorldBench performance score of 126, low price and outstanding games results. Both systems use a 3.16GHz Core 2 Duo E8500, 4GB of DDR2 RAM and a GeForce 8800GTS to achieve WorldBench results that are about as fast as anything we’ve seen in any PC category.

The Arbico CD8500 PRO has a slightly weaker specification: iChillblast Fusion Anaconda. The Arbico CD8500 PRO is fitted with a 320GB hard drive, compared with the 500GB components provided by the other four systems.

The Arbico CD8500 PRO is solidly constructed, in an expensive-looking silver-and-black Coolermaster Elite 330 case fitted with convenient thumb-screws for easy opening. Inside there’s a pair of 2GB Corsair XM2 DDR2 memory sticks and plenty of room for expansion, with three free PCI slots and two PCI-E 1x slots available.

Six 3.5in bays and three 5.25in bays remain free, while 10 USB ports are available externally on the Arbico CD8500 PRO, two of which are situated at the front for easy access, along with mic and headphone connections.

The Cyber Acoustic 2.1 speakers provide good-quality stereo, but they don’t take full advantage of the surround-sound capabilities of the Arbico CD8500 PRO’s audio hardware.

Considering that the Arbico CD8500 PRO costs a full £100 less than the other PCs in this chart, while producing the fastest benchmark scores across the board, it’s an astonishingly good deal.

Power PCs chart ranking (May issue)


  1. Arbico CD8500 PRO
  2. Chillblast Fusion Anaconda
  3. Eclipse Platinum i84n88GTS-SLI
  4. Mesh Pulse 24
  5. Chillblast Apollo

Verdict

Some compromises have been made – but the Arbico CD8500 PRO is well-built, extremely fast and excellent value for money if you’re not too fussy about having top-of-the-range peripherals.

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Arbico CD8500 PRO Expert Verdict »
3.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E8500
Windows Vista Home Premium
4GB DDR2 RAM
320GB SATA
Gigabyte P35-DS3R
10 x USB
22in Cibox C2201 (0.282mm pixel pitch
1,680x1,050 max resolution @75Hz)
512MB PCI Express MSI nVidia GeForce 8800 GTS
Creative Labs Audigy SE 7.1
Cyber Acoustic 2.1
subwoofer
max DVD speeds: 20x/20x/12x/16x (DVD-R/+R/+R DL/-ROM)
OpenOffice
Ahead Nero
AVG Antivirus
two-year return-to-base warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 126
  • 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

Some compromises have been made – but the Arbico CD8500 PRO is well-built, extremely fast and excellent value for money if you’re not too fussy about having top-of-the-range peripherals.

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