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Arbico Elite i7-8785 HD review

£1,000 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Arbico

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Excellent all-round performance comes from the only power desktop PC in our group test to feature a Blu-ray drive, the Arbico Elite i7-8785 HD.

Excellent all-round performance comes from the only power desktop PC in our group test to feature a Blu-ray drive, the Arbico Elite i7-8785 HD.

Based on the ever-popular quad-core Intel Core i7-870, Arbico’s Elite i7-8785 HD is a well-balanced power desktop PC with a base clock speed of 2.93GHz. This increases to 3.6GHz using Turbo Boost, powering the Arbico to a joint-fastest WorldBench 6 score of 143 points.

Also very popular at this price point is the Arbico’s ATI Radeon HD 5850 graphics card. Its DirectX 11.0 capabilities and sheer graphics clout enable it to outperform the nVidia GeForce GTX 460 in our Crysis and Stalker: Call of Pripyat tests. The Arbico Elite i7-8785 HD power desktop PC is beaten only by Palicomp’s factory-overclocked variation on the same card and Eclipse’s twin-GTX 460 setup.

Arbico has selected the Cooler Master Elite 330 for its Elite i7-8785 HD power desktop PC. This is a well-constructed, smart system case, but it’s almost boring next to the Eclipse’s imposing NZXT Beta. It also lacks the capacity for the level of cooling that would be required for serious overclocking.

A 4GB allocation of DDR3 memory is supplied with the Arbico Elite i7-8785 HD power desktop PC, along with a terabyte (1TB) hard drive and a powerful 850W power supply unit (PSU). The Asus P7P55D-E is a higher-spec version of the motherboard supplied by Chillblast; it supports both USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps, and comes with enough expansion slots to add a further two sticks of RAM and a second graphics card.

A 24in full-HD monitor and a set of five speakers and a subwoofer are also supplied with the Arbico Elite i7-8785 HD power desktop PC, nicely complemented by a Blu-ray drive.

Power PCs chart ranking

Palicomp Core i7 Blitz 930-24 USB3
Arbico Elite i7-8785 HD
Eclipse Tornado SLi i87n46
CyberPower Infinity i7 Hercules XT
Chillblast Fusion Hammerhead

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Arbico Elite i7-8785 HD Expert Verdict »
2.93GHz Intel Core i7-870
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (choose Windows 7 32bit or XP at no extra cost)
4GB DDR3 RAM
1TB SATA
6 x USB 2.0
2 x USB 3.0
Asus P7P55D-E motherboard
850W AvengePower PSU
24in HKC 2249A (0.28mm pixel pitch
1920x1080)
1GB XFX ATI Radeon HD 5850 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 77/37fps
Stalker: Call of Pripyat [Medium/Ultra] = 146/73fps)
onboard Realtek ALC887 sound
5 x Trust speakers and subwoofer
8x BD-ROM
max DVD speeds: 22x/22x/12/12x/6x/8x/12x/16x DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM)
one-year return-to-base warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 143
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

The well-balanced Arbico Elite i7-8785 HD power desktop PC offers excellent all-round performance, while a Blu-ray drive, full-HD monitor and stereo speakers make it an ideal multimedia machine.

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