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Arbico Elite 8400 OCX review

Alan Lu
18 Mar 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
840
inc VAT and delivery

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Specifications

3.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E8400, 4.000000 RAM, 22in 1,680x1,050 display, Windows Vista Home Premium

Arbico's Elite 8400 OCX blitzed through our 3D graphics tests thanks to its powerful Radeon HD 4870 graphics card.

It scored a remarkable 74fps in Call of Duty 4 and managed a smooth 35fps in Crysis. It's easily the most powerful PC here for gaming. Unfortunately, the Elite's constant humming makes it one of the noisiest PCs in our round-up, so you'll definitely want to keep it under your desk.

The Elite wasn't quite as record breaking in our applications benchmarks, since it's one of only two PCs in our £800 category to have a dual-core rather than a quad-core processor. Despite Arbico overclocking the E8400 from 3GHz to 3.6GHz, we'd have expected better performance from a PC costing this much.

There are plenty of ports, slots and bays for adding extra peripherals and upgrades. The Elite has 11 USB ports in total - more than any other PC here - so you're unlikely to need a USB hub. There are two PCI and two PCI Express x1 slots for installing peripherals such as TV tuners and WiFi adaptors. If the 500GB hard disk isn't large enough, you can slot more hard disks into the five empty 3?in bays, but there are only four free SATA ports. If you need to add a Blu-ray drive or a second DVD writer for faster disc copying, there are three spare 5?in drive bays.

Although the 22in Acer widescreen display doesn't have as high a resolution as the Iiyama monitor that comes with Mesh's Matrix II 940 CS, its resolution of 1,680x1,050 is still enough for working in large documents. It's bright with reasonably wide viewing angles. Large areas of white look greyish, but it's still one of the better-quality monitors here.

If you want the fastest possible 3D performance out of the box, Arbico's Elite 8400 OCX is the one to buy. Its noisiness can be distracting though, so it just misses out on an award. If you'd rather have a powerful PC that doesn't make as much racket, opt for Mesh's Matrix II. It's not quite as fast in 3D games as the Elite, but it's better value overall.

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 cache6,144KB
Memory4.000000
Memory typePC2-6400
Maximum memory16GB
MotherboardGA-EP43-DS3L
Motherboard chipsetIntel P45
Power consumption standby2W
Power consumption idle110W
Power consumption active240W

Ports

USB2 ports (front/rear)3/8
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)2 (2)
PCI-E x16 slots (free)1 (0)
Free Serial ATA ports4
Free memory slots2
Free 3.5in drive bays5

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s)Samsung SpinPoint F1 HD502IJ
InterfaceSATA 300
Total storage capacity500GB
Spindle speed7,200rpm

Graphics

Graphics card(s)512MB ATI Radeon HD 4870
Graphics/video ports2x DVI

Sound

SoundRealtek ALC888
Sound outputs7.1 line out, coaxial/optical S/PDIF out
Speakersnone

Removable Drives

3.5in floppy driveno
Supported memory cardsSecure Digital, SDHC, CompactFlash, Memory Stick/PRO Duo, Microdrive, MMC
Optical drive modelLG GH22NS30
Optical drive type(s)DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Display

Viewable size22 in
Screen modelAcer X222W
Native resolution1,680x1,050
Response time5ms
Screen inputsDVI, VGA

Other Hardware

ModemNo
KeyboardLogitech Deluxe 250 Keyboard
MouseSumvision Optical Net Mouse

Software

Software includedAhead Nero 8 Essentials, OpenOffice.org 3.0
Operating systemWindows Vista Home Premium
Operating system restore optionWindows disc

Buying Information

Warrantytwo years RTB
Price£840
Detailswww.arbico.co.uk

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