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Arbico CD7400 XL review

Alan Lu
18 Mar 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
500
inc VAT

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Specifications

2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E7400, 4.000000 RAM, 19in 1,440x900 display, Windows Vista Home Premium (XP Home and Vista 64-bit available on request)

Arbico's CD7400 XL has a good specification for its price, with an Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 processor, a 512MB ATI Radeon HD 4670 graphics card and a 500GB hard disk.

The compact Cooler Master midi tower case has excellent noise dampening. The fans were barely audible, even though one is built into the side panel. It's one of the most solidly constructed cases here, with plenty of room for extra components, although the blue lights on the front panel won't be to everyone's taste.

The CD7400 XL's Radeon HD 4670 graphics card is among the fastest in the £500 group. At our standard test resolution of 1,440x900 it achieved a playable frame rate of 31.3fps in Call of Duty 4, and 15.2fps in Crysis at 1,680x1,050 with High quality settings and 4xAA. The card has HDMI, DVI and the brand new DisplayPort connection, but only a handful of DisplayPort monitors are available so far.

The included 19in Hannspree XM-S New York monitor uses the DVI interface. It has a resolution of 1,400x900, and image quality is reasonably good. Colours are vivid, but it has a general pink tint that shows up on pale images.

The CD7400 XL didn't fare too well in our PCMark Vantage tests: its Overall score of just 4,268 was the slowest in this group. This is still more than fast enough for most office and general Windows tasks, though.

Another niggle is that the onboard sound card has only three mini-jack outputs. This means you can't connect a 5.1 speaker set if you also want to use a microphone, as two of the jacks have a dual function. The two-year warranty is a little misleading too, as it doesn't cover the cost of any replacement parts in the second year - just the labour to fit them.

Although this isn't a bad PC - and it draws the least power of the six £500 PCs - it's rather unremarkable when compared with the competition. If gaming is your primary interest, it's a decent budget choice, if not quite as fast as Eclipse's Matrix i74n96GS. Mesh's Nero 9850HD is much better value if gaming is of no interest, though.

Basic Specifications

Rating***
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo E7400
Processor external bus266MHz (1,066MHz quad-pumped FSB)
Processor multiplierx10.5
Processor clock speed2.8GHz
Processor socketLGA775
Level 1 cache2x 32KB
Level 2 cache3,072KB
Memory4.000000
Memory typePC2-6400
Maximum memory8GB
MotherboardAsrock G31M-S
Motherboard chipsetIntel G31+ ICH7
Power consumption standby4W
Power consumption idle73W
Power consumption active101W

Ports

USB2 ports (front/rear)2/4
Firewire ports (front/rear)0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear)0/0
Wired network ports10/100/1000
Wireless networking supportnone
Other portsVGA

Internal Expansion

Casemidi tower
PCI-E x1 slots (free)0 (0)
PCI-E x16 slots (free)1 (0)
Free Serial ATA ports2
Free memory slots0
Free 3.5in drive bays5

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s)Samsung HD502IJ
InterfaceSATA/300
Total storage capacity500GB
Spindle speed7200rpm

Graphics

Graphics card(s)512MD ATI Radeon HD4670
Graphics/video portsHDMI, DVI, DisplayPort

Sound

SoundRealtek ALC662
Sound outputs5.1 line out
Speakersnone

Removable Drives

3.5in floppy driveno
Supported memory cardsnone
Optical drive modelHL-DT-ST GH22NS40
Optical drive type(s)DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Display

Viewable size19 in
Screen modelHannspree XM-S New York
Native resolution1,440x900
Response time5ms
Screen inputsDVI, VGA

Other Hardware

ModemNo
KeyboardLogitech Deluxe 250 Keyboard
MouseSumvision 3D Optical Mouse

Software

Software includedNero 8
Operating systemWindows Vista Home Premium (XP Home and Vista 64-bit available on request)
Operating system restore optionWindows disc

Buying Information

Warrantytwo years RTB (one year parts and labour, one year labour)
Price£500
Detailswww.arbico.co.uk

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