The Arbico i5-7670 XL fails to impress against some strong competition, but it's the only budget desktop PC here to include a Blu-ray drive.
The fourth PC here to use Intel’s Core i5-760 CPU, the Arbico i5-7670 XL achieves only moderate performance from the 2.8GHz chip. While its 134-point WorldBench 6 score is the third-fastest here, we’re used to seeing even better performance from this PC vendor. And we’ve seen better results from budget desktop PCs using the slower Core i5-750.
Also a little disappointing is the inclusion of a comparatively small 500GB hard drive – the competition is fitted with 1TB and 1.5TB drives for the same money. And Arbico has also skimped on the i5-7670 XL's monitor, supplying a 22in HKC display with this budget desktop PC and no external speakers.
There’s a good reason for these cutbacks, however: Arbico is the only PC vendor here to supply a Blu-ray drive. The Arbico i5-7670 XL's monitor might be smaller than the competition, but it’s still capable of producing a full-HD image. This budget desktop PC is thus unique in being able to play off-the-shelf HD movies.
Gaming performance from the Arbico i5-7670 XL budget desktop PC is very good. The ATI Radeon HD 5770 graphics card lagged behind nVidia’s GeForce GTX 460 by a couple of frames in our Crysis tests, but it steamed ahead in Stalker: Call of Pripyat.
Arbico has selected a slightly different version of the Asus motherboard used by the top three budget desktop PCs for its i5-7670 XL. This board retains the high-speed USB 3.0 interface, but replaces one of the PCI Express x1 slots with a PCI Express x16 slot, enabling an easy upgrade to a dual-graphics card setup.
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