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£1,001+ PCs chart: Arbico CD8800 XL

£1,249 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Arbico

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

The Arbico may have slipped to second but, in truth, it was an extremely close call. Given the extra quality of the Samsung flat-panel, we rate the CyberPower as a fantastic overall deal with no weak areas whatsoever.

It's nice to see a decent software package being offered with the Arbico CD8800 XL.


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Second place

The Arbico may have slipped to second but, in truth, it was an extremely close call. Given the extra quality of the Samsung flat-panel, we rate the CyberPower as a fantastic overall deal with no weak areas whatsoever. However, the Arbico isn't too far behind. Indeed, in some areas it surpasses the CyberPower.

The CD8800XL's stand-out feature is clearly its graphics card, and the GeForce 8800 GTX is actually the most powerful card in the PC charts. We're impressed with the new ATI HD 2900 XT, but this card was never designed to compete head on with the GTX and, as such, the Arbico wins the prize for fastest game speeds.

It's a bit surprising, therefore, that the Arbico doesn't quite match the overall Windows Vista performance of the CyberPower and, despite teaming up an Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 with 2GB of DDR RAM, the Arbico can only manage 109 WorldBench points. This is still a very good performance, but it doesn't quite get on level terms with the sublime CyberPower.

The V7 flat-panel is quite pleasant. It's not the most vibrant or sharpest screen we've seen yet, and certainly doesn't compare the CyberPower's high-calibre Samsung TFT, but its 20 inches of viewing area and smooth resolution support are still quite commendable. The sound is very impressive, with Creative's gorgeous X-Fi XtremeAudio and Cyber Acoustics CA5150 speakers combining to good effect - even if the CyberPower is, again, slightly better - while the DVD writer is also close to being at the top of its game.

Arbico CD8800 XL Expert Verdict »
2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E6700
Windows Vista Home Premium
2GB DDR RAM
2 x 250GB serial ATA
Gigabyte GA-965P motherboard
6 USB ports
20in V7 S20PD flat-panel, 0.292mm pixel pitch, 1,400x1,050 maximum resolution
768MB nVidia GeForce 8800 GTX, PCI Express
Creative SB X-Fi XtremeAudio sound card
5 x Cyber Acoustics CA5150 speakers
maximum DVD speeds 16x/18x/18x (DVD -ROM/-R/+R) 8x/8x (-R DL/+R DL) 8x/8x/12x (-RW/+RW/-RAM)
includes Microsoft Works 8.5, Ahead Nero, CyberLink PowerDVD
1-year collect-and-return, 2-year RTB warranty
WorldBench 6 score 109
  • Build Quality: We give this item 9 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 9 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

It's nice to see a decent software package being offered with the Arbico, and if you don't want the superior flat-panel and slightly better Windows performance of the CyberPower, then the purchase of this PC will let you help yourself to some better game frame rates - and you'll save £50 at the same time.

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