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Arbico i5287 Pro review

£750 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Arbico

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

Arbico’s i5287 Pro PC is a strong performer, but it’s unable to compete with some fierce rivals.

Arbico’s i5287 Pro PC is a strong performer, but it’s unable to compete with some fierce rivals. Based on an Intel Core i5-2500 CPU and H67-chipset motherboard, it’s at an immediate disadvantage to the faster Core i7-2600-based Dino PC and overclockable PCs using the i5-2500K processor.

Unlike Eclipse, Arbico is wise to use the standard Core i5-2500: its supporting chipset is incompatible with the overclocking features of Intel’s ‘K’ chips. The Arbico i5287 Pro beat the Eclipse and Palicomp in WorldBench 6.

The Arbico i5287 Pro's score of 162 points is very good for a Core i5-2500 with 4GB of RAM, but for the same price you can have Chillblast’s Fusion Electron with double the memory, a superior motherboard and better performance.

An ATI Radeon HD 6870 graphics card allows the Arbico i5287 Pro to deliver decent gaming performance at an affordable price. Yet for the same money Eclipse has managed to build a system with an identical motherboard, memory allocation and hard-drive capacity, but a faster nVidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti graphics card and a set of external speakers.

A 23.6in AOC monitor is supplied with the Arbico i5287 Pro, which includes a handy USB port.

£750 PCs chart ranking

  1. 1. Chillblast Fusion Electron
    2. Dino PC Elmisaur 2600
    3. Eclipse Anarchy i525n560
    4. Palicomp Phoenix i5 Lightning
    5. Arbico i5287 Pro

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3.3GHz Intel Core i5-2500
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (choose Windows 7 32bit or XP at no extra cost)
6 x USB 2.0
2 x USB 3.0
Asus P8H67-M Pro
580W Xilence PSU
23.6in AOC 2436VWA (0.27mm pixel pitch, 1920x1080)
1GB Asus ATI Radeon HD 6870 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 83/43fps, Stalker: Call Of Pripyat [Medium/Ultra] = 162/86fps)
onboard sound speakers built into flat-panel
24x DVD-R/24x +R/12x -R DL/12x +R DL/6x -RW/8x +RW/12x -RAM/16x -ROM
two-year return-to-base warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 162
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

The Arbico i5287 Pro is a fast PC with sensibly chosen components, but it can’t compete on value when faced with better-specified machines at the same price.

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