The Arbico Elite 9257 HD topped our WorldBench 6 results table, but sacrifices some of its graphics potential in order to add a Blu-ray drive.

Arbico has also plumped for the excellent Intel Core i7 920 running at 2.66GHz. The Elite 9257 HD topped our WorldBench 6 results table with a score of 138 points, narrowly beating the Eclipse and CyberPower machines.

A single 1TB hard drive is supplied as standard. While this doesn’t have the potential performance benefits of the Eclipse’s Raid 0 configuration, the Arbico Elite 9257 HD turned in a better overall performance score without the added complexity and power requirements of Raid. It also has the highest-specified PSU at 800W.

Rather than go with the excellent ATI Radeon HD 5850 graphics card seen in the top two systems, Arbico has chosen the less-expensive HD 5770. This slower card is able to play Crysis if you’re willing to drop the quality level a tad, and the Arbico Elite 9257 HD leaves the HP in the dust in our gaming tests.

The money saved has enabled Arbico to provide a Blu-ray drive which, combined with the 23in Digimate monitor, makes the Elite 9257 HD a superior platform for film playback – provided that you’re viewing this reflective high-gloss screen in the dark.

The Arbico Elite 9257 HD's Asus motherboard offers three PCI Express x16 slots to add in extra graphics cards. We’d recommend buying a faster graphics card to start with if you’re thinking along those lines.

Chart ranking: Power desktop PCs (issue 176)

  1. Eclipse Evolution i792R585
  2. Chillblast Fusion Eclipse
  3. Arbico Elite 9257 HD
  4. CyberPower Infinity i7 Andromeda Elite
  5. HP P6227uk

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