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Arbico OC 8400 XL review

Alan Lu
18 Mar 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
650
inc VAT

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Specifications

3.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E8400, 4.000000 RAM, 19in 1,440x900 display, Windows Vista Home Premium

Arbico's OC 8400 XL uses a sturdy and fairly quiet Cooler Master case with plenty of room for extra components.

It has 10 USB ports - more than any of the other £650 PCs - and its three empty PCI-E x1 slots are ideal if you want to add a sound card, wireless adaptor or TV tuner.

The Gigabyte GA-EP43-DS3L motherboard supports up to 16GB of RAM but you'll have to switch to Windows Vista 64-bit if you want to take advantage of additional memory, as the OC 8400 XL comes with the 32-bit version of Vista Home Premium installed. Four free SATA ports provide plenty of scope for adding storage and with six free 3?in drive bays you'll be able to position additional hard disks easily for optimal airflow and cooling.

The Core 2 Duo E8400 processor is fast and Arbico has overclocked it from 3GHz to 3.6GHz (as it has with its £800 entry). However, the OC 8400 XL still can't compete with the Phenom II-based Eclipse Andromeda and Mesh 920 Nero in this price group, both of which were considerably faster.

The graphics card in this system is an ATI Radeon HD 4670. This managed to run Call of Duty 4 but is much slower than Eclipse's GeForce 9800 GTX+. The card has HDMI, DVI and VGA outputs so you'll be able to connect it to almost any monitor or HD TV.

The OC 8400 XL is one of two PCs in the £650 category to come with a 19in widescreen Hannspree XM-S New York monitor. This is smaller than other screens in this group, and its resolution of 1,400x900 is lower too. The image quality isn't bad, but whites had a pink tint to them.

You don't get any extras with the Arbico OC 8400 XL to make up for the inferior graphics card. There are no speakers, no memory card reader and no TV tuner. Although the system comes with a two-year warranty, the second year covers labour only, which isn't much help if the hardware fails. These small faults add up and detract from an otherwise decent PC.

Basic Specifications

Rating***
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo E8400
Processor external bus400MHz (1,600MHz quad-pumped FSB)
Processor multiplierx9
Processor clock speed3.6GHz
Processor socketLGA775
Level 1 cache2x 32KB
Level 2 cache6144
Memory4.000000
Memory typePC2-6400
Maximum memory16GB
MotherboardGigabyte GA-EP43-DS3L
Motherboard chipsetIntel P43
Power consumption standby3W
Power consumption idle74W
Power consumption active102W

Ports

USB2 ports (front/rear)2/8
Firewire ports (front/rear)0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear)0/0
Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking supportnone
Other portsnone

Internal Expansion

Casemidi tower
PCI-E x1 slots (free)3 (2)
PCI-E x16 slots (free)1 (0)
Free Serial ATA ports4
Free memory slots2
Free 3.5in drive bays6

Hard Disk

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

Graphics

Graphics card(s)ATI Radeon HD 4670
Graphics/video portsHDMI, DVI, VGA

Sound

SoundRealtek High Definition Audio
Sound outputs7.1 line out, coaxial S/PDIF out, optical S/PDIF out
Speakersnone

Removable Drives

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

Display

Viewable size19 in
Screen modelHannspree XM-S New York
Native resolution1,440x900

Other Hardware

ModemNo
KeyboardLogitech Deluxe 250 Keyboard
MouseSumvision Easy optical mouse

Software

Operating systemWindows Vista Home Premium
Operating system restore optionWindows disc

Buying Information

Warrantytwo years RTB (one year parts and labour, one year labour)
Price£650
Detailswww.arbico.co.uk

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