Excellent all-round performance comes from the only power desktop PC in our group test to feature a Blu-ray drive, the Arbico Elite i7-8785 HD.

Based on the ever-popular quad-core Intel Core i7-870, Arbico’s Elite i7-8785 HD is a well-balanced power desktop PC with a base clock speed of 2.93GHz. This increases to 3.6GHz using Turbo Boost, powering the Arbico to a joint-fastest WorldBench 6 score of 143 points.

Also very popular at this price point is the Arbico’s ATI Radeon HD 5850 graphics card. Its DirectX 11.0 capabilities and sheer graphics clout enable it to outperform the nVidia GeForce GTX 460 in our Crysis and Stalker: Call of Pripyat tests. The Arbico Elite i7-8785 HD power desktop PC is beaten only by Palicomp’s factory-overclocked variation on the same card and Eclipse’s twin-GTX 460 setup.

Arbico has selected the Cooler Master Elite 330 for its Elite i7-8785 HD power desktop PC. This is a well-constructed, smart system case, but it’s almost boring next to the Eclipse’s imposing NZXT Beta. It also lacks the capacity for the level of cooling that would be required for serious overclocking.

A 4GB allocation of DDR3 memory is supplied with the Arbico Elite i7-8785 HD power desktop PC, along with a terabyte (1TB) hard drive and a powerful 850W power supply unit (PSU). The Asus P7P55D-E is a higher-spec version of the motherboard supplied by Chillblast; it supports both USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps, and comes with enough expansion slots to add a further two sticks of RAM and a second graphics card.

A 24in full-HD monitor and a set of five speakers and a subwoofer are also supplied with the Arbico Elite i7-8785 HD power desktop PC, nicely complemented by a Blu-ray drive.

Power PCs chart ranking

Palicomp Core i7 Blitz 930-24 USB3
Arbico Elite i7-8785 HD
Eclipse Tornado SLi i87n46
CyberPower Infinity i7 Hercules XT
Chillblast Fusion Hammerhead

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