Arbico's Intel-powered Arbico CD8567 Pro is an inexpensive but speedy Windows 7 desktop PC.

In comparison to the other machines reviewed here, Arbico's CD8567 Pro has rather an old-school design. However, its trusty Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 processor easily secures its place as the fastest performer in WorldBench 6, with 123 points.

What this PC fails to deliver is the same balance of office and gaming performance offered by the top three systems. By the time the Intel CPU and motherboard are in place, there's less cash to invest in other components. The graphics card is the main victim, and the Arbico CD8567 Pro's HD 4670 is completely outclassed by the 4870.

Gaming performance is a severe disappointment, then, with the Arbico CD8567 Pro managing just 40fps in Crysis at moderate quality settings (the Eclipse scored 56fps). And cranking up the settings caused the Arbico to drop to a mere 6fps.

If you have no interest in playing games at all, on the other hand, we would suggest buying a lower-specced graphics card and saving yourself some money to spend on other upgrades for the Arbico CD8567 Pro.

Like the Eclipse (and our fifth-placed PC), the Arbico CD8567 Pro comes with a petite 320GB hard drive. This may be enough for many users, but why settle for this when 500GB is available for the same price?

The Arbico CD8567 Pro's ASRock motherboard offers little expansion room. Both memory slots are filled and, although a pair of PCI slots and a single PCI-Express 1x slot are free, you'd be hard-pressed to fit in any add-on cards with the graphics card's rather large heatsink obstructing the path.

To its credit, the Arbico CD8567 Pro comes with a Hanns-G HW191DP monitor that's fitted with dual VGA and DVI inputs, giving you a crisp, clear display and no need to mess around with autosetup buttons. The EZCool system case is also well-constructed, with gentle curves and front-facing USB ports. But this can't compare to the top three systems.

Chart ranking (issue 174)

  1. Mesh Matrix II 550BE PCA
  2. Chillblast Fusion Tempest
  3. Eclipse Solar a55R487
  4. Arbico CD8567 Pro
  5. RL Supplies Modula 9010

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