Arbico Elite i7269 OCX review

£1578
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We’re used to seeing brooding black enclosures in the PC Pro Labs, so the arrival of Arbico’s Elite i7269 OCX drew little attention at first. Closer examination, however, raised the interest levels: inside that plain Antec P193 chassis is an unusual layout and a pretty monstrous specification.

The headline feature is one of AMD’s dual-GPU Radeon HD 6990 graphics cards – the fastest money can buy, with its modified HD 6970 cores. An average of 85fps in our 1,920 x 1,080 Very High quality Crysis test is the second fastest we’ve ever seen, just 7fps behind the two HD 6970s of the record-holding Wired2Fire Hellspawn XFire.

Arbico Elite i7269 OCX

The Arbico continued to excel in tougher tests. Adding 8x anti-aliasing to that Crysis test took just 10fps off, and upping the resolution to 2,560 x 1,600 merely gave the HD 6990 more room to stretch its ample legs: a score of 44fps with 8x anti-aliasing and Very High quality is 4fps slower than the Wired2Fire, but streets ahead of most other PCs.

Processing power is provided by Intel’s finest mid-range chip, the Core i5-2500K. The unlocked multiplier has allowed Arbico to up the clock from 3.3GHz to a healthier 4.6GHz, and a benchmark score of 1.13 is excellent. Eight gigabytes of RAM is fast becoming the norm for enthusiast systems, as is the pairing of a 1TB hard disk with an SSD – this time a 120GB OCZ Vertex3 model. You also get a Blu-ray drive.

The Antec chassis interior divides several key components into their own sections. Open the sturdy front door and you’ll find smaller doors that give access to the two 120mm fan spaces Arbico has left vacant. The meshed plastic that covers the two 5.25in bays can be removed with a pair of clips. The four hard disk bays are housed in their own small cage, unlocked with a thumbscrew and removed using a small handle. The pair of front-facing 3.5in bays are accessed via the same mechanism.

The modular, 1000W power supply is also sequestered into its own area, while the generous motherboard tray helps to keep the interior tidy, and the port selection includes USB 3, a wealth of USB 2 ports, three eSATA sockets and a card reader.

Warranty

Warranty 2 yr return to base

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity 1,120GB
RAM capacity 8.00GB
Screen size N/A

Processor

CPU family Intel Core i5
CPU nominal frequency 3.30GHz
CPU overclocked frequency 4.60GHz
Processor socket LGA 1155
HSF (heatsink-fan) Thermaltake Frio

Motherboard

Motherboard Asus P8P67 PRO
Motherboard chipset Intel P67
Conventional PCI slots free 2
Conventional PCI slots total 2
PCI-E x16 slots free 2
PCI-E x16 slots total 3
PCI-E x8 slots free 0
PCI-E x8 slots total 0
PCI-E x4 slots free 0
PCI-E x4 slots total 0
PCI-E x1 slots free 1
PCI-E x1 slots total 2
Internal SATA connectors 4
Internal SAS connectors 1
Internal PATA connectors 1
Internal floppy connectors 0
Wired adapter speed 1,000Mbits/sec

Memory

Memory type DDR3
Memory sockets free 2
Memory sockets total 4

Graphics card

Graphics card AMD Radeon HD 6990
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards? no
3D performance setting Low
Graphics chipset AMD Radeon HD 6990
Graphics card RAM 4.00GB
DVI-I outputs 2
HDMI outputs 2
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 0
DisplayPort outputs 2
Number of graphics cards 1

Hard disk

Hard disk OCZ Vortex III SSD
Capacity 120GB
Hard disk usable capacity 111GB
Internal disk interface SATA/600
Spindle speed N/A
Hard disk 2 make and model Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ
Hard disk 2 nominal capacity 1,000GB
Hard disk 2 formatted capacity 931
Hard disk 2 spindle speed 7,200RPM
Hard disk 2 cache size 32MB
Hard disk 3 make and model N/A
Hard disk 3 nominal capacity N/A
Hard disk 4 make and model N/A
Hard disk 4 nominal capacity N/A

Drives

Optical drive Samsung SH-B123L
Optical disc technology Blu-ray reader/DVD writer combo
Optical disk 2 make and model N/A
Optical disk 3 make and model N/A

Monitor

Monitor make and model N/A
Resolution screen horizontal N/A
Resolution screen vertical N/A
Resolution N/A x N/A
Pixel response time N/A
Contrast ratio N/A
Screen brightness N/A
DVI inputs N/A
HDMI inputs N/A
VGA inputs N/A
DisplayPort inputs N/A

Additional Peripherals

Speakers N/A
Speaker type N/A
Sound card Realtek HD Audio
Peripherals N/A

Case

Chassis Antec P193
Case format Full tower
Dimensions 240 x 592 x 512mm (WDH)

Power supply

Power supply Cooler Master 1000W
Power supply rating 1,000W

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays 2

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream) 9
FireWire ports 1
eSATA ports 3
PS/2 mouse port yes
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports 1
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports 1
Modem no
3.5mm audio jacks 6

Front ports

Front panel USB ports 3
Front panel eSATA ports 1
Front panel memory card reader yes

Mouse & Keyboard

Mouse and keyboard N/A

Operating system and software

OS family Windows 7

Noise and power

Idle power consumption 104W
Peak power consumption 531W

Performance tests

3D performance (crysis) low settings 206fps
3D performance setting Low
Overall Real World Benchmark score 1.13
Responsiveness score 1.10
Media score 1.18
Multitasking score 1.12

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