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Arbico Elite i7-2657 MX review

£1,299 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Arbico

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

Arbico’s Elite i7-2657 MX power desktop PC delivers excellent system-wide performance and a well-balanced selection of components.

Arbico’s Elite i7-2657 MX delivers excellent system-wide performance and a well-balanced selection of components. Like every PC in the chart, it boasts a multiplier-unlocked (overclockable) 3.4GHz Intel Core i7-2600K processor.

In its standard configuration, the Arbico Elite i7-2657 MX PC recorded a staggering WorldBench 6 score of 180 points – and it wasn’t even the fastest on test. This is partly due to the inclusion of a speedy 120GB OCZ Vertex 3 solid-state drive (SSD), roughly twice the capacity of any other in the chart, a brand-new controller chip and support for SATA 6 gigabits per second (Gbps). A 1.5-terabyte (TB) hard drive provides extra storage.

The Arbico Elite i7-2657 MX's nVidia GeForce GTX 570 graphics card delivers smooth framerates in most games, even at full-HD resolution and the highest quality settings. However, hardcore gamers will prefer the GTX 580 seen elsewhere.

Power desktop PCs chart ranking

  1. Arbico Elite i7-2657 MX
  2. Chillblast Fusion Omega
  3. Eclipse Supernova P67i526r697
  4. Dino PC Maxosaur 2600K
  5. Mesh Evolution 2600K PCA

At the heart of the Arbico Elite i7-2657 MX is an Asus P8P67 Pro motherboard. It offers a host of enthusiast features, including Bluetooth, four USB 3.0 ports, scalable link interface (SLI) support for multiple graphics cards and overclocking options.

The Arbico Elite i7-2657 MX's 24in Asus VE247H may not be the largest here, but this high-quality display features LED backlighting and three video inputs, including HDMI.

A 10-speed Blu-ray drive is provided for HD movie playback, with 5.1-channel surround speakers (five speakers and a subwoofer) completing the Arbico Elite i7-2657 MX’s multimedia credentials.

The Arbico Elite i7-2657 MX is housed in a Raidmax Altas case, with a mesh side panel and 120mm fans fitted with cool blue LEDs. Matching blue mesh expansion slot covers are an interesting touch. Inside are tool-free drive bays, but minimal cable management.

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Arbico Elite i7-2657 MX Expert Verdict »

3.4GHz Intel Core i7-2600K
standard Intel CPU cooler
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (choose Windows 7 32bit or XP at no extra cost)
8x USB 2.0
4x USB 3.0
Asus P8P67 Pro motherboard
800W Xilence PSU
24in Asus VE247H (0.28mm pixel pitch, 1920x1080)
1.28GB KFA2 nVidia GeForce GTX 570 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 110/49fps, Stalker: Call of Pripyat [Medium/Ultra] = 213/118fps
onboard sound
5x Trust speakers and subwoofer
10x BD-ROM, 8x BD-R, 8x BD-R DL, 8x BD-RE, 8x BD-ROM DL
16x/16x DVD-R/+R, 10x/10x DVD-R DL/+R DL, 10x/10x DVD-RW/+RW, 10x DVD-RAM
two-year return-to-base warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 180
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

You can get faster graphics and a bigger monitor for the money, but the Arbico Elite i7-2657 MX power desktop PC offers a great balance of performance and features.

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