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UPDATED: Arbico CD9800 PRO power desktop PC review

£899 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Arbico

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

Arbico has a history of producing top-performing PCs, and this month is no exception.

Arbico has a history of producing top-performing PCs, and this month is no exception. Like all the other vendors in this chart, Arbico has wisely chosen Intel’s superb Core 2 Duo E8500 processor for its CD9800 PRO, which has been dominating our charts since it appeared on the market.

The Arbico CD9800 PRO is a revamped version of the CD8500 PRO, a previous Best Buy winner. The CoolerMaster Elite 330 case makes another welcome appearance, with its ample drive-bay capacity and solid construction. Once again, the Gigabyte P35-DS3R motherboard delivers excellent performance, and there are a generous 10 USB 2.0 ports.

Perhaps the most significant upgrade is the Arbico CD9800 PRO's inclusion of nVidia’s GeForce 9800 GTX graphics card. The 9800 GTX offers only small performance benefits over the 8800 GTS, but Arbico has managed to include the newer card without bumping up the price.

The 500GB hard drive is a notable improvement on the Arbico CD8500 PRO’s 320GB model, but this system sticks with the less impressive Creative Audigy SE sound card. The X-Fi Xtremes are a better bet.

A 22in Cibox C2201 monitor completes the package. This is an adequate flat-panel, even if it can’t match the superb image quality provided by the Best Buy’s Samsung SyncMaster. We’re also rather disappointed that the Arbico CD9800 PRO's choice of screen doesn’t include a DVI input.

Power desktop PCs chart ranking (September issue)

  1. Arbico Elite 4850
  2. Chillblast Fusion Sledgehammer
  3. Eclipse Matrix SLI i85n98GTX
  4. CyberPower Infinity Crossfire HD
  5. Arbico CD9800 PRO


Arbico CD9800 PRO Expert Verdict »

3.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E8500
Windows Vista Home Premium
Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R
10 x USB
22in Cibox C2201 (0.282mm pixel pitch, 1,680x1,050 native resolution)
512MB PCI Express BFG nVidia GeForce 9800 GTX
Creative Audigy SE
5 x Cyber Acoustic
20x/20x/12x/16x/6x/8x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-ROM)
Ahead Nero
AVG Antivirus
two-year return-to-base warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 124
  • 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

A WorldBench 6 speed score of 124 is very good, but the Arbico CD9800 PRO is narrowly beaten by Arbico’s newer model, the Elite 4850. This costs a little more but delivers better all-round performance.

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