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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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.
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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