Arbico's Elite 6885 HD desktop PC offers the fastest raw processor clock speed and delivers some convincing performance figures, but it's sadly let down in other areas.

Arbico's Elite 6885 HD desktop PC offers the fastest raw processor clock speed and delivers some convincing performance figures, but it's sadly let down in other areas.

At 3.6GHz, the Intel Core i5 680 delivers the quickest processor cores in the chart - but there are just two of them. This dual-core chip excels in WorldBench 6, which favours faster cores over multi-processing capability - as do the majority of software applications in use today. With a score of 144 points, the Arbico Elite 6885 HD desktop PC earns a convincing lead.

However, if you're into video encoding, 3D rendering or simply running a number of applications simultaneously, you may find the quad-core i7 860 chips offered by Chillblast, Eclipse and Palicomp deliver faster overall speed than the Arbico Elite 6885 HD desktop PC.

The 680 is more expensive than the 860, meaning cost cutting has been required elsewhere. Most noticeable is the Arbico Elite 6885 HD desktop PC's inclusion of a comparatively small 21.6in monitor. Although it is a full-HD model, it's a significant downgrade from the larger displays. You'll also have to do without any external speakers.

The Arbico Elite 6885 HD desktop PC's Asus motherboard is also less well specified than the competition. It's based on the H55 chipset, which is designed to support the integrated graphics of the new Intel processors. However, it also provides a somewhat reduced feature set when compared to the P55 chipset used by the other Intel-based systems. With only a single PCI Express x16, one PCI and two PCI Express x1 slots, it's far less expandable.

On the plus side, the Arbico Elite 6885 HD desktop PC's graphics are provided by the HD 5850. This card provides DirectX 11.0 and thrilling gameplay at high resolutions.

Power PCs chart ranking

  1. Chillblast Fusion Centaur
  2. Eclipse Solar Crossfire i786r585
  3. Palicomp Core i7 Blitz 860-24
  4. CyberPower Ultra Scylla GT
  5. Arbico Elite 6885 HD

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