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Arbico i5-2556 XL review

£750 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Arbico

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

Arbico's i5-2556 XL desktop PC delivers a huge amount of processing power for the money, but any plans you have for overclocking will be scuppered by Arbico’s selection of the Asus P8H67-M Pro motherboard.

Based on the overclockable Intel Core i5-2500K processor, Arbico’s i5-2556 XL delivers a huge amount of processing power for the money. But so does the competition, and any plans you have for overclocking will be scuppered by Arbico’s selection of the Asus P8H67-M Pro motherboard.

While this motherboard is well suited to the Core i5-2500 chosen by Eclipse, its H67 chipset disables the overclocking capabilities of the i5-2500K. The more expensive chip is therefore wasted in the Arbico i5-2556 XL.

Overclocking issues aside, the Arbico i5-2556 XL's WorldBench 6 score of 159 points is still very fast. That it’s a single point behind most of the competition is within the range of experimental error.

An nVidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti provides the Arbico i5-2556 XL's graphics power. It’s a very good card, but slightly behind the Eclipse’s HD 6950.

Budget desktop PCs chart ranking

  1. Chillblast Fusion Delta
  2. Dino PC Elmisaur 2500K
  3. Eclipse Plasma P67i525r695
  4. Arbico i5-2556 XL
  5. Arbico i5-2568 Pro HD

The relatively thick bezel of the 23.6in AOC 2436VWA monitor houses a handy extra USB port. This screen looks and feels impressively large, but the Chillblast comes with an even bigger 25in display. The Arbico i5-2556 XL's AOC also lacks the height-adjustment capabilities of the Dino PC’s Iiyama, and isn’t supplemented with an external speaker set.

Like all our chart PCs at this price point, the Arbico i5-2556 XL is fitted with 4GB of DDR3 RAM and a 1TB hard disk. This machine also has a 500W Cooler Master power supply, which is adequate for the specification.

Arbico's i5-2556 XL PC is housed in a black Raidmax Galaxy system case. This is a smart model that puts its front-facing USB and audio ports on display, rather than behind a flap. Inside, we were pleased to find an all-black paint job and tool-free drive bays.

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Arbico i5-2556 XL Expert Verdict »

3.3GHz Intel Core i5-2500K
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (choose Windows 7 32bit or XP at no extra cost)
6x USB 2.0
2x USB 3.0
Asus P8H67-M Pro motherboard
500W Cooler Master PSU
23.6in AOC 2436VWA (0.27mm pixel pitch, 1920x1080)
1GB Asus nVidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 96/41fps, Stalker: Call of Pripyat [Medium/Ultra] = 172/97fps)
onboard sound
speakers built into monitor
24x/24x DVD-R/+R, 12x/12x DVD-R DL/+R DL, 6x/8x DVD-RW/+RW, 12x/16x DVD-RAM/-ROM
two-year return-to-base warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 159
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

The Arbico i5-2556 XL delivers average performance and fails to make the best use of its multiplier-unlocked processor. However, this machine uses a decent system case to achieve a good-looking PC that’s easy to configure.

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