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Arbico Elite i7 9568 HSD review

£1,279 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Arbico

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

A single point shy of the 160-mark in WorldBench 6, Arbico’s Elite i7 9568 HSD is the fastest machine yet to grace our desktop PC charts.

A single point shy of the 160-mark in WorldBench 6, Arbico’s Elite i7 9568 HSD is the fastest machine yet to grace our desktop PC charts.

A single point shy of the 160-mark in WorldBench 6, Arbico’s Elite i7 9568 HSD is the fastest machine yet to grace our desktop PC charts. Based on a 3.06GHz Intel Core i7-950 processor, it features premium components and delivers impressive scores across the board, yet touts only a £1,279 price tag.

Fitted with 12GB of DDR3 RAM, the Arbico Elite i7 9568 HSD desktop PC has double the amount of memory we’re used to seeing in a Core i7 system. Its roomy 1.5TB hard drive offers 50 percent more disk space than most of its rivals too. Arbico has selected a 60GB OCZ SSD to supplement storage, and this Vertex 2 model is one of the fastest available.

An ATI Radeon HD 6870 graphics card delivers very good value for money, but the Arbico Elite i7 9568 HSD desktop PC can’t match the performance of the slightly older HD 5870s selected by Chillblast and Palicomp, nor the CyberPower’s GeForce GTX 480. We recommend keen gamers sacrifice a little general performance and plump for a machine with superior graphics, such as Chillblast’s Fusion Reaper.

The Arbico Elite i7 9568 HSD desktop PC's 23.6in HKC 2249A monitor is very popular in mid- to high-end systems, offering good image quality and a full-HD resolution at a reasonable price. If money is no object, however, you might prefer the Chillblast’s Samsung screen or the larger 25in Hanns-G display supplied by DinoPC.

A Blu-ray/DVD-combo drive is included with the Arbico Elite i7 9568 HSD desktop PC. As with the Chillblast, its 12-speed BD-ROM capabilities make it one of the fastest Blu-ray drives available. A set of five Trust speakers and a subwoofer completes the multimedia credentials.

Power PCs chart ranking

  1. Chillblast Fusion Reaper
  2. Arbico Elite i7 9568 HSD
  3. DinoPC Maxosaur 870
  4. Palicomp Core i7 Blitz 950-24 SSD
  5. CyberPower Infinity White Knight

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3.06GHz Intel Core i7-950
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (choose Windows 7 32bit, XP or Vista at no extra cost)
6 x USB 2.0
2 x USB 3.0
Asus P6X58D-E motherboard
580W Xilence PSU
23.6in HKC 2249A (0.27mm pixel pitch
1GB Asus ATI Radeon HD 6870 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 78/41fps
Stalker: Call of Pripyat [Medium/Ultra] = 153/didn't complete due to software errors)
Asus Xonar DS sound
5 x Trust speakers and subwoofer
12x/8x/8x/8x (BD-ROM/-R/-R DL/-RE)
16x/16x/12x/12x/6x/8x (DVD-/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW)
two-year return-to-base warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 159
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

A blisteringly fast PC for day-to-day computing tasks, the Arbico Elite i7 9568 HSD won’t prove quite so attractive to gamers.

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