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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Arbico Elite 4670 OCX review: gaming PC with great specs and a low price


Aribico's low cost system offers great value for money. At only £829, this PC comes without a monitor, keyboard or mouse. But even when factoring in the price of a decent display, the Elite 4670 OCX costs less than any other in this group test. See all gaming PCs.

Despite the low price, there has been no sacrifice in processing power. This system features the same Intel Core i5-4670K processor as most of the competition, overclocked to a speedy 4.4GHz. See also: What's the best gaming PC?

Of course at this price you can't have everything, and this model provides 8 GB of memory rather than the more usual 16 GB. Furthermore, this is the only PC of the group to use a purely air-cooled processor rather than one of the sealed liquid cooling devices used in the remaining contenders.

The 500W power supply is the lowest specified of all while the CIT Jupiter system case provides no front-facing USB 3.0 ports, forcing you to delve round the back to hook up your super-speed gadgets. It's also rather untidy inside: cables have been tied together but there are many dangling inside the case.

Of course a great gaming PC lives or dies by its gaming performance, and here we find a factory-overclocked Radeon HD 7870 graphics card put to good use. As you might expect, frame rates are somewhat lower than the more expensive PCs. You'll be able to get satisfying gameplay from any game, but when quality settings are pushed to the maximum, we saw this PC dipping below 50 fps where all others manage to maintain the 60fps speed that some say is required for the smoothest gaming experience.

Overall system performance was also rather disappointing, given the fast overclocked CPU. With a PCMark 7 score of 5762 points, this system fell behind here – defeated even by systems running with non-overclocked versions of the same processor.

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