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Arbico i7-2656 Stealth Gamer review

£1,349 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Arbico

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

Like Palicomp’s ‘Stealth’ system, Arbico’s i7-2656 Stealth Gamer employs Cooler Master’s Sileo 500 case. It’s fitted with sound-damping material that helps to keep the PC quiet, despite its high-performance components.

Like Palicomp’s ‘Stealth’ system, Arbico’s i7-2656 Stealth Gamer employs Cooler Master’s Sileo 500 case. It’s fitted with sound-damping material that helps to keep the PC quiet, despite its high-performance components.

Like Palicomp’s ‘Stealth’ system, Arbico’s i7-2656 Stealth Gamer employs Cooler Master’s Sileo 500 case. It’s fitted with sound-damping material that helps to keep the PC quiet, despite its high-performance components.

The most important of these are the Arbico i7-2656 Stealth Gamer's Asus P8P67 Pro motherboard and 3.4GHz Intel Core i7-2600 processor. At stock speeds, this is the fastest chip you can buy.

The 1.5TB hard drive is coupled with a 60GB OCZ SSD, while an 8GB allocation of RAM is installed in four 2GB modules. This means you’ll need to replace rather than add to these if you wish to upgrade the Arbico i7-2656 Stealth Gamer's system RAM.

Arbico has gone to town on extras we don’t usually see in these pages. The Arbico i7-2656 Stealth Gamer desktop PC offers a multi-format card reader, a discrete sound card and wireless networking.

The Asus motherboard selected in its various flavours by every PC here treats the i7-2600 and i7-2600K CPUs slightly differently, in other ways than allowing overclocking. It lets the ‘K’ chip run Turbo Boost on all four cores simultaneously, which explains the Arbico i7-2656 Stealth Gamer's slightly lower WorldBench 6 score of 176 points.

The GTX 560 Ti is the slowest graphics card on test, but it delivers playable framerates and makes good use of the Arbico i7-2656 Stealth Gamer's 24in LED-backlit display. Five speakers and a subwoofer complete the well-rounded specification.

Power desktop PCs: chart ranking

  1. Chillblast Fusion Solar
  2. Palicomp Phoenix i7 Stealth
  3. Mesh Evolution 2600K PCA
  4. Arbico i7-2656 Stealth Gamer
  5. Dino PC Maxosaur 2600

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Arbico i7-2656 Stealth Gamer Expert Verdict »
3.4GHz Intel Core i7-2600
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (choose Windows 7 32bit or XP at no extra cost)
8GB DDR3 RAM
1.5TB SATA
60GB SSD
8 x USB 2.0
3 x USB 3.0
Asus P8P67 Pro motherboard
800W Xilence PSU
24in Iiyama ProLite 2472HD (0.28mm pixel pitch
1920x1080)
1GB Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 103/44fps
Stalker: Call of Pripyat [Medium/Ultra] = 191/104fps)
Asus Xonar DS sound
5 x Trust speakers and subwoofer
10x/8x/8x/8x/8x (BD-ROM/-R/-R DL/-RE/-ROM DL)
16x/16x/10x/10x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL)
two-year return-to-base warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 176
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

Arbico’s i7-2656 Stealth Gamer is a great PC, but a i7-2600K CPU would make it even better.

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