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Arbico Elite i7-2657 MX mkII review

£1,299 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Arbico

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

Version two of Arbico's Elite i7-2657 MX PC offers excellent system-wide performance and a very well-balanced selection of components.

Rather than start from scratch, Arbico has made some small improvements to our previous chart-topper, the Elite i7-2657 MX (tinyurl.com/3evyx23). The revamped Arbico Elite I7-2657 MX mkII now offers excellent system-wide performance and a very well-balanced selection of components.

The Arbico runs a multiplier-unlocked Intel Core i7-2600K processor, and its base frequency of 3.4GHz can be easily overclocked. In its standard configuration, however, the Elite I7-2657 MX mkII recorded a staggering 180 points in WorldBench 6.

This excellent result was helped by the Arbico Elite I7-2657 MX mkII’s 120GB OCZ Vertex 3 solid-state drive (SSD). It offers twice the capacity of any other SSD in the chart, and very good performance thanks to a brand-new controller and 6 gigabits per second (Gbps) SATA interface. The hard drive has also been upped from 1.5 terabytes (TB) to 2TB.

Gamers will appreciate the Arbico Elite I7-2657 MX mkII's nVidia GeForce GTX 570 graphics card with 1.28GB of video memory, although the more fanatical will prefer the GTX 580 seen elsewhere in the chart.

An Asus P8P67 Pro motherboard offers features such as Bluetooth, four USB 3.0 ports (two internal, two external), scalable link interface (SLI) and easy overclocking.

The 24in LED-backlit Asus monitor is a high-quality display. It has three video inputs, including HDMI. A 10-speed Blu-ray drive is a perfect partner for HD film playback, and a set of five surround speakers complete the Arbico Elite I7-2657 MX mkII's multimedia package.

The Arbico Elite I7-2657 MX mkII is housed in a Raidmax Altas system case with a mesh side panel and slot covers, plus blue LED-fitted 120mm fans. Tool-free drive bays are found inside, but there’s minimal cable management.

Power PCs chart ranking

  1. 1. Arbico Elite i7-2657 MX mkII
    2. CyberPower Infinity Achilles Extreme
    3. Dino PC Maxosaur 2600K V2
    4. Eclipse Supernova i726n580 Sli
    5. Palicomp Phoenix i7 Attitude

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3.4GHz Intel Core i7-2600K
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 Pro motherboard
580W Xilence PSU
23.6in 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
5 x Trust speakers and subwoofer
10x BD-ROM/8x -R/8x -R DL/8x -RE/8x -ROM DL
16x DVD-R/16x +R/10x -R DL/10x +R DL/10x -RW/10x +RW/10x -RAM
two-year return-to-base warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 180
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

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