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Arbico Elite 4870 power desktop PC review

£1,099 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Arbico

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

Arbico’s systems regularly top the charts on WorldBench 6 scores, but the Elite 4870's gaming performance has let it down.

Arbico’s systems regularly top the charts on WorldBench 6 scores. A high score of 125 points puts the Arbico Elite 4870 right up there again, but this time gaming performance has edged it further down the chart.

The Arbico Elite 4870 uses the same ATI Radeon HD 4870 found in slightly better performing PCs, so we anticipated performance of at least the same level as CyberPower and Eclipse's systems. We’re unsure why there’s a difference, but did note that both CyberPower and Eclipse use 64bit versions of Windows Vista, whereas the Arbico system uses the 32bit version.

Housed in a more sober-looking case from Gigabyte, the Arbico Elite 4870 looks smart and tidy – without any of the flashy illuminations of the Chillblast Fusion SuperNova or the incredible bulk of the CyberPower Gamer Infinity XT Elite. It’s therefore more suited to general-purpose use as well as gaming. However, it won’t be so amenable to overclocking due to more standard cooling systems and components.

Supplied with a dual-format Blu-ray and HD DVD drive, the Arbico Elite 4870 is capable of playing back high-definition movies in full 1,080p resolution on the 24in Digimate L2242WD monitor. While this display may not match the quality of the Samsung SM245B that comes with CyberPower's Gamer Infinity XT Elite, its sheer size is enough to create a deeply involving gaming experience, but it’s worth spending a little more if you want to do serious photo editing.

An immersive audio experience is provided by a Creative X-Fi Xtreme Gamer card driving a set of five Cyber Acoustic 5150 speakers and subwoofer. The Arbico Elite 4870's optical drive can burn standard DVDs at up to 16-speed.

Power desktop PCs: chart ranking (October issue)

  1. Chillblast Fusion SuperNova
  2. CyberPower Gamer Infinity XT Elite
  3. Eclipse Titan iQX965A487
  4. Arbico Elite 4870
  5. Chillblast Fusion Thunderbolt

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Arbico Elite 4870 Expert Verdict »

3.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E8500
Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit (choose XP or Vista 64bit at no extra cost)
Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R6
10 x USB 2.0
24in Digimate L2242WD (0.277mm pixel pitch
1,920x1,200 native resolution)
512MB PCI Express Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 4870 (games scores: Crysis = 58fps
Fear = 202fps)
Creative X-Fi XtremeGamer
Cyber Acoustic 5150
16x/16x/4x/4x/6x/8x/5x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM)
two-year return-to-base warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 125
  • 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 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

After being spoilt by a succession of exemplary machines from Arbico, the Elite 4870 is something of a let down - most notably in gaming. It's still a good system, but this month's competition is stronger.

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