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Arbico Elite i7-2695 HD review

£1,000 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Arbico

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

Arbico has built the Elite i7-2695 HD desktop PC to perform well all round rather than excelling in any one area - yet it still gave the fastest showing in our WorldBench 6 speed test.

Arbico has taken a similar strategy to Chillblast with the Elite i7-2695 HD, building a PC that performs well all round rather than excelling in any one area. The two machines share a similar specification, yet this PC was the fastest of all in our WorldBench 6 speed test. The Arbico’s 3.4GHz Core i7-2600K processor powered it to a high score of 177 points.

Both PCs use Asus’ P8P67 motherboard, which usefully provides Bluetooth, USB 3.0, 6Gbps SATA and automatic overclocking features. The Arbico Elite i7-2695 HD, too, has 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive. And both PCs use an ATI Radeon HD 6950 graphics card.

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  1. Dino PC Ravenous 2600K
  2. Eclipse Platinum i726n560
  3. Chillblast Fusion Quantum
  4. Arbico Elite i7-2695 HD
  5. Chillblast Fusion Zenith

Like Chillblast, Arbico has plumped for a 23.6in Asus monitor for its Elite i7-2695 HD PC. The VE247H offers LED backlighting and HDMI, DVI and VGA inputs. A 12-speed Blu-ray drive slightly improves on the Fusion Quantum’s 10-speed version, and you get a pair of speakers and a subwoofer.

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Arbico has plumped for a Raidmax Altas case. It has several nice design touches, including matching blue mesh backing plates and tool-free drive-bay mechanisms. There are additional fan-mounting points at top and bottom, although the Arbico Elite i7-2695 HD relies on Intel’s standard CPU cooler. Improved cable management would also be welcome.

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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)
8 x USB 2.0
2 x USB 3.0
Asus P8P67 motherboard
580W Xilence PSU
23.6in Asus VE247H (0.27mm pixel pitch, 1920x1080)
2GB Asus ATI Radeon HD 6950 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 97/47fps, Stalker: Call of Pripyat [Medium/Ultra] = 188/101fps)
onboard sound
2 x Logitech S220 speakers and subwoofer
12x BD-ROM/8x -R/8x -R DL/8x -RE/8x -ROM DL
16x DVD-R/16x +R/12x -R DL/12x +R DL/12x -RW/12x +RW/12x -RAM
two-year return-to-base warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 177
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

Arbico’s Elite i7-2695 HD desktop PC is a strong system and gave the best showing in our WorldBench 6 performance test. Tinkerers may prefer the Chillblast, however, and gamers, the Eclipse.

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