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Arbico i5-7670 XL review

£750 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Arbico

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

The Arbico i5-7670 XL fails to impress against some strong competition, but it's the only budget desktop PC here to include a Blu-ray drive.

The Arbico i5-7670 XL fails to impress against some strong competition, but it's the only budget desktop PC here to include a Blu-ray drive.

The fourth PC here to use Intel’s Core i5-760 CPU, the Arbico i5-7670 XL achieves only moderate performance from the 2.8GHz chip. While its 134-point WorldBench 6 score is the third-fastest here, we’re used to seeing even better performance from this PC vendor. And we’ve seen better results from budget desktop PCs using the slower Core i5-750.

Also a little disappointing is the inclusion of a comparatively small 500GB hard drive – the competition is fitted with 1TB and 1.5TB drives for the same money. And Arbico has also skimped on the i5-7670 XL's monitor, supplying a 22in HKC display with this budget desktop PC and no external speakers.

There’s a good reason for these cutbacks, however: Arbico is the only PC vendor here to supply a Blu-ray drive. The Arbico i5-7670 XL's monitor might be smaller than the competition, but it’s still capable of producing a full-HD image. This budget desktop PC is thus unique in being able to play off-the-shelf HD movies.

Gaming performance from the Arbico i5-7670 XL budget desktop PC is very good. The ATI Radeon HD 5770 graphics card lagged behind nVidia’s GeForce GTX 460 by a couple of frames in our Crysis tests, but it steamed ahead in Stalker: Call of Pripyat.

Arbico has selected a slightly different version of the Asus motherboard used by the top three budget desktop PCs for its i5-7670 XL. This board retains the high-speed USB 3.0 interface, but replaces one of the PCI Express x1 slots with a PCI Express x16 slot, enabling an easy upgrade to a dual-graphics card setup.

Chart ranking: Budget PCs

  1. Chillblast Fusion Midas
  2. Eclipse Fusion i76n460
  3. Palicomp Core i5 Blast 760-24 USB3
  4. Arbico i5-7670 XL
  5. CyberPower Infinity i3 Apollo (repeat)

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2.8GHz Intel Core i5-760
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (choose Windows 7 32bit, XP or Vista at no extra cost)
8 x USB 2.0
2 x USB 3.0
Asus P7P55D-E motherboard
850W AvengePower PSU
22in HKC 2219A (0.25mm pixel pitch
1GB Asus ATI Radeon HD 5770 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 70/25fps
Stalker: Call of Pripyat [Medium/Ultra] = 112/52fps)
onboard Realtek ALC888B sound
speakers built into monitor
max DVD speeds: 22x/22x/12x/12x/6x/8x/12x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM)
two-year return-to-base warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 134
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

Whether the Arbico i5-7670 XL is the right budget desktop PC for you will depend on your preference for nVidia or ATI graphics, as well as whether you’re prepared to make major compromises to get a Blu-ray drive.

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