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Arbico Elite 9257 HD review

£999 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Arbico

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

The Arbico Elite 9257 HD topped our WorldBench 6 results table, but sacrifices some of its graphics potential in order to add a Blu-ray drive.

The Arbico Elite 9257 HD topped our WorldBench 6 results table, but sacrifices some of its graphics potential in order to add a Blu-ray drive.

Arbico has also plumped for the excellent Intel Core i7 920 running at 2.66GHz. The Elite 9257 HD topped our WorldBench 6 results table with a score of 138 points, narrowly beating the Eclipse and CyberPower machines.

A single 1TB hard drive is supplied as standard. While this doesn’t have the potential performance benefits of the Eclipse’s Raid 0 configuration, the Arbico Elite 9257 HD turned in a better overall performance score without the added complexity and power requirements of Raid. It also has the highest-specified PSU at 800W.

Rather than go with the excellent ATI Radeon HD 5850 graphics card seen in the top two systems, Arbico has chosen the less-expensive HD 5770. This slower card is able to play Crysis if you’re willing to drop the quality level a tad, and the Arbico Elite 9257 HD leaves the HP in the dust in our gaming tests.

The money saved has enabled Arbico to provide a Blu-ray drive which, combined with the 23in Digimate monitor, makes the Elite 9257 HD a superior platform for film playback – provided that you’re viewing this reflective high-gloss screen in the dark.

The Arbico Elite 9257 HD's Asus motherboard offers three PCI Express x16 slots to add in extra graphics cards. We’d recommend buying a faster graphics card to start with if you’re thinking along those lines.

Chart ranking: Power desktop PCs (issue 176)

  1. Eclipse Evolution i792R585
  2. Chillblast Fusion Eclipse
  3. Arbico Elite 9257 HD
  4. CyberPower Infinity i7 Andromeda Elite
  5. HP P6227uk

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Arbico Elite 9257 HD Expert Verdict »

2.66GHz Intel Core i7 920
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (choose Windows 7 32bit or XP at no extra cost)
Asus P6T SE
8 x USB 2.0
800W WinPower PSU
23in Digimate L2362WD (0.27mm pixel pitch
1GB PCI Express Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5770 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 71/24fps
Fear = 192fps)
onboard Realtek ALC888
speakers built into monitor
max DVD speeds: 16x/16x/4x/4x/6x/8x/12x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM)
two-year return-to-base warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 138
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

The Arbico Elite 9257 HD is an ideal PC for film fans, but note that you’ll need to supply your own speakers to listen to those HD movies at their best.

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