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Arbico Elite i7969 HSD review

£1,329 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Arbico

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

An updated version of the Elite i7 9568 HSD, the Arbico Elite i7969 HSD desktop PC delivers improved gaming performance and a superior monitor.

An updated version of the Elite i7 9568 HSD, the Arbico Elite i7969 HSD desktop PC delivers improved gaming performance and a superior monitor.

Arbico’s Elite i7969 HSD is an updated and improved version of the Elite i7 9568 HSD (tinyurl.com/4uyLqsz). It’s a little pricier than its predecessor at £1,329, but this PC also delivers improved gaming performance and a superior monitor.

The specification appears generous: there’s a Core i7-950 processor, 12GB of DDR3 RAM, a 1TB hard drive and a 60GB Corsair Force SSD. This combination powered the Arbico Elite i7969 HSD to an 160-point score in WorldBench 6, which would have topped last issue’s £1,001+ PCs chart. However, the Chillblast and CyberPower PCs not only beat it in performance, but also in price.

Gaming performance is also very good, with the Arbico Elite i7969 HSD desktop PC's ATI Radeon HD 6970 and 2GB of video memory placing it joint-top of the chart with Chillblast in our Crysis and Stalker tests. It managed 50fps in our ‘Very High’ Crysis test and 108fps in Stalker: Call of Pripyat at the game’s ‘Ultra’ setting.

One of the nicer-looking system cases here, the Arbico Elite i7969 HSD PC's Cooler Master Elite 335 is smart but lacks the internal black paint job, bottom-mounted power supply and cable management of superior cases.

A 24in Iiyama monitor is supplied with the Arbico Elite i7969 HSD, offering a full-HD (1920x1080 pixels) image, an HDMI input and higher image quality than we see with the budget panels often bundled with PCs.

Power PCs chart ranking

  1. CyberPower Infinity Achilles GT
  2. Chillblast Fusion Torpedo
  3. Arbico Elite i7969 HSD
  4. Palicomp Kinetic Blitz 950-6970
  5. DinoPC Maxosaur 870

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Arbico Elite i7969 HSD Expert Verdict »

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
24in Iiyama ProLite 2409HDS (0.27mm pixel pitch
2GB Sapphire Radeon HD 6970 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 83/50fps
Stalker: Call of Pripyat [Medium/Ultra] = 164/108fps)
onboard sound
5 x Trust speakers and subwoofer
12x/8x/8x/8x/8x (BD-ROM/-R/-R DL/-RE/-ROM DL)
16x/16x/12x/8x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL)
two-year return-to-base warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 160
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

The Arbico Elite i7969 HSD is a fantastic example of a Core i7-950 PC, offering very good general and gaming performance. Unfortunately, there’s nothing that this machine can do that the Chillblast Fusion Torpedo can’t – and for less money.

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