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Arbico i3-5445 XL review

£500 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Arbico

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

Arbico’s 3.06GHz Core i3-540-powered i3-5445 XL budget desktop PC is capable of speedy Windows performance, as demonstrated by its chart-leading WorldBench 6 score of 127 points.

Arbico’s 3.06GHz Core i3-540-powered i3-5445 XL budget desktop PC is capable of speedy Windows performance, as demonstrated by its chart-leading WorldBench 6 score of 127 points.

Arbico’s 3.06GHz Core i3-540-powered i3-5445 XL budget desktop PC is capable of speedy Windows performance, as demonstrated by its chart-leading WorldBench 6 score of 127 points.

While the Arbico i3-5445 XL budget desktop PC isn’t really designed for playing games – it managed only 18fps in Fear – its ATI Radeon HD 5450 graphics card adds support for multiple monitors and DirectX 11.0. This card’s fanless design means you’ll experience the minimum of noise, too.

Whereas other vendors have done without the discrete graphics card and spent the cash saved on a better monitor or processor, Arbico has been unable to include anything better than a rather basic-looking 19in display. On the plus side, the Arbico i3-5445 XL budget desktop PC comes with a pair of Logitech stereo speakers, and Arbico doesn’t skimp on the 4GB of DDR3 RAM and 500GB hard drive that are expected at this price.

The EZCool MA661 is a basic but good-looking case, finished in black with silver trim and convenient, widely spaced front USB ports. Inside the Arbico i3-5445 XL budget desktop PC, the Asus motherboard offers two PCI and one PCI Express 1x slot for expansion, plus space for two more sticks of RAM.

The supplied 500W PSU is more than adequate for the Arbico i3-5445 XL budget desktop PC’s current specification, but it doesn’t offer the upgrade potential of the 650W and 700W models specified by Palicomp and Chillblast.

Budget PCs chart ranking

  1. Palicomp Core i3 Blast 540-22 USB3
  2. Chillblast Fusion Assassin
  3. Eclipse Solar i54r567
  4. Arbico i3-5445 XL
  5. CyberPower Infinity i3 Apollo XT

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Arbico i3-5445 XL Expert Verdict »
3.06GHz Intel Core i3-540
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (choose Windows 7 32bit or XP at no extra cost)
4GB DDR3 RAM
500GB SATA
6 x USB 2.0
Asus P7H55-M SI motherboard
500W EZCool PSU
19in Digimate L-1935WD (0.24mm pixel pitch
1440x900)
512MB ATI Radeon HD 5450 (games scores: Fear [1024x768] = 18fps)
onboard VIA 7.1 sound
2 x Logitech speakers
max DVD speeds: 24x/24x/12x/16x/6x/8x/12x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM)
two-year return-to-base warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 127
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

While the Arbico i3-5445 XL budget desktop PC is well-constructed and a great performer, it simply can’t match the value for money offered elsewhere. Eclipse’s similarly priced Solar comes with the same CPU and a similar monitor, for example, but a considerably faster graphics card.

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