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Arbico OC 8400 XL review

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Price when reviewed : £650
inc VAT


3.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E8400, 4.000000 RAM, 19in 1,440×900 display, Windows Vista Home Premium


Arbico’s OC 8400 XL uses a sturdy and fairly quiet Cooler Master case with plenty of room for extra components.

It has 10 USB ports – more than any of the other £650 PCs – and its three empty PCI-E x1 slots are ideal if you want to add a sound card, wireless adaptor or TV tuner.

The Gigabyte GA-EP43-DS3L motherboard supports up to 16GB of RAM but you’ll have to switch to Windows Vista 64-bit if you want to take advantage of additional memory, as the OC 8400 XL comes with the 32-bit version of Vista Home Premium installed. Four free SATA ports provide plenty of scope for adding storage and with six free 3?in drive bays you’ll be able to position additional hard disks easily for optimal airflow and cooling.

The Core 2 Duo E8400 processor is fast and Arbico has overclocked it from 3GHz to 3.6GHz (as it has with its £800 entry). However, the OC 8400 XL still can’t compete with the Phenom II-based Eclipse Andromeda and Mesh 920 Nero in this price group, both of which were considerably faster.

The graphics card in this system is an ATI Radeon HD 4670. This managed to run Call of Duty 4 but is much slower than Eclipse’s GeForce 9800 GTX+. The card has HDMI, DVI and VGA outputs so you’ll be able to connect it to almost any monitor or HD TV.

The OC 8400 XL is one of two PCs in the £650 category to come with a 19in widescreen Hannspree XM-S New York monitor. This is smaller than other screens in this group, and its resolution of 1,400×900 is lower too. The image quality isn’t bad, but whites had a pink tint to them.

You don’t get any extras with the Arbico OC 8400 XL to make up for the inferior graphics card. There are no speakers, no memory card reader and no TV tuner. Although the system comes with a two-year warranty, the second year covers labour only, which isn’t much help if the hardware fails. These small faults add up and detract from an otherwise decent PC.

Basic Specifications

Rating ***
Processor Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
Processor external bus 400MHz (1,600MHz quad-pumped FSB)
Processor multiplier x9
Processor clock speed 3.6GHz
Processor socket LGA775
Level 1 cache 2x 32KB
Level 2 cache 6144
Memory 4.000000
Memory type PC2-6400
Maximum memory 16GB
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-EP43-DS3L
Motherboard chipset Intel P43
Power consumption standby 3W
Power consumption idle 74W
Power consumption active 102W


USB2 ports (front/rear) 2/8
Firewire ports (front/rear) 0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear) 0/0
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support none
Other ports none

Internal Expansion

Case midi tower
PCI-E x1 slots (free) 3 (2)
PCI-E x16 slots (free) 1 (0)
Free Serial ATA ports 4
Free memory slots 2
Free 3.5in drive bays 6

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Samsung HD502IJ
Interface SATA 300
Total storage capacity 500GB
Spindle speed 7200rpm


Graphics card(s) ATI Radeon HD 4670
Graphics/video ports HDMI, DVI, VGA


Sound Realtek High Definition Audio
Sound outputs 7.1 line out, coaxial S/PDIF out, optical S/PDIF out
Speakers none

Removable Drives

3.5in floppy drive no
Supported memory cards none
Optical drive model HL-DL-ST DVDRAM GH22NS40
Optical drive type(s) DVD+/-RW +/-DL


Viewable size 19 in
Screen model Hannspree XM-S New York
Native resolution 1,440×900

Other Hardware

Modem No
Keyboard Logitech Deluxe 250 Keyboard
Mouse Sumvision Easy optical mouse


Operating system Windows Vista Home Premium
Operating system restore option Windows disc

Buying Information

Warranty two years RTB (one year parts and labour, one year labour)
Price £650

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