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Arbico i5-2568 Pro HD review

£750 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Arbico

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Based on a 3.3GHz Intel Sandy Bridge processor, Arbico’s i5-2568 Pro HD is a strong performer. With a WorldBench 6 score of 159 points, it’s one of the fastest PCs we’ve ever tested at this price.

Based on a 3.3GHz Intel Sandy Bridge processor, Arbico’s i5-2568 Pro HD is a strong performer. With a WorldBench 6 score of 159 points, it’s one of the fastest PCs we’ve ever tested at this price.

Based on a 3.3GHz Intel Sandy Bridge processor, Arbico’s i5-2568 Pro HD is a strong performer. With a WorldBench 6 score of 159 points, it’s one of the fastest PCs we’ve ever tested at this price.

The PC comes with a standard 4GB of DDR3 system memory and a 1TB hard drive. The Arbico i5-2568 Pro HD's motherboard is one of the better H67-chipset-based models available, offering a graphical extensible firmware interface (EFI) Bios interface and support for USB 3.0 and 6 gigabits per second (Gbps) SATA.

An ATI Radeon HD 6850 graphics card delivers very good framerates, with the latest games titles smoothly displayed on the Arbico i5-2568 Pro HD desktop PC's 23.6in AOC monitor. This screen offers VGA and DVI connections, plus a USB port. It’s coupled with a pair of external stereo speakers and a bass-enhancing subwoofer.

The Gigabyte GZ-X6 is a smart but basic PC case. It’s fitted with pair of fans, but no mounting points are available for adding more. The hard drive and DVD burner come screwed-in, but the remaining bays have tool-free locks for easy upgrading. Also inside is a 500W power supply; it’s less powerful than the competition, but more than adequate for the Arbico i5-2568 Pro HD's specification.

Unfortunately for Arbico, the i5-2568 Pro HD is up against some very strong competition in the form of the Palicomp. Unlike that PC, the Arbico’s Core i5-2500 processor isn’t multiplier-unlocked, and it has an inferior motherboard and a less powerful Radeon HD 6850 graphics card.

Budget desktop PCs: chart ranking

  1. Palicomp Phoenix i5 Solar Flare
  2. Arbico i5-2568 Pro HD
  3. Chillblast Fusion Event
  4. Dino PC Elmisaur 2400
  5. Mesh Evolution GTX PCA

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Arbico i5-2568 Pro HD Expert Verdict »

3.3GHz Intel Core i5-2500
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 P8H67-M Pro motherboard
500W Cooler Master PSU
23.6in AOC 2436PWA (0.27mm pixel pitch
1920x1080)
1GB Asus ATI Radeon HD 6850 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 80/36fps
Stalker: Call of Pripyat [Medium/Ultra] = 149/71fps)
onboard sound
2 x Logitech S220 and subwoofer
24x/24x/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: 159
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

The Arbico i5-2568 Pro HD can’t compete with the excellent Palicomp, but this fast PC is a very strong second-best.

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