Eclipse’s Armageddon i795n460 SLi is a high-end gaming system that delivers stellar performance across the board. It’s also one of the least expensive power desktop PCs here.

Eclipse’s Armageddon i795n460 SLi is a high-end gaming system that delivers stellar performance across the board. It’s also one of the least expensive power desktop PCs here.

Based on the 3.06GHz Intel Core i7-950 processor, the Eclipse Armageddon i795n460 SLi power desktop PC is fast enough for all but the most demanding of users. Its 151-point score in WorldBench 6 is fantastic.

The Eclipse Armageddon i795n460 SLi power desktop PC's 23.6in Hanns-G display is almost imperceptibly smaller than the 24.6in model supplied by DinoPC and delivers the same full-HD 1080p screen resolution.

Individually, the Eclipse Armageddon i795n460 SLi power desktop PC's two GeForce GTX 460 graphics cards are less powerful than all but the iMac’s ATI Radeon HD 5750 – but as a dual-card setup, they beat all others in our gaming tests. The pair run relatively quietly together and with moderate power consumption.

The Eclipse Armageddon i795n460 SLi power desktop PC's Gigabyte motherboard supports up to three graphics cards, although the GTX 460 supports scalable link interface only in a dual-card setup. You also get SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 support.

Also standard is 6GB of DDR3 system memory and the 1TB SATA hard drive, which the Eclipse Armageddon i795n460 SLi power desktop PC supplements with a modest 64GB SSD – the current must-have in any high-end PC.

Chart ranking: Power PCs

  1. Arbico Elite i7-9500 HSD
  2. Apple iMac 27in (Mid-2010)
  3. Eclipse Armageddon i795n460 SLi
  4. DinoPC Maxosaur 950
  5. CyberPower Infinity i7 Phoenix (repeat)

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Eclipse’s Armageddon i795n460 SLi is a high-end gaming system that delivers stellar performance across the board. It’s also one of the least expensive power desktop PCs here.

Power PCs buying advice

Processor: Intel’s original Core i7 CPUs offer a number of speed boosts, although they require more expensive motherboards and memory than previous-generation chips. The Core i7-950 or -960 are good choices at this price, or you can save money by opting for an i7-930. Core i7-800-series chips are excellent value, delivering good performance while requiring less expensive motherboards.

Memory: A £1,001-plus Core i7 machine should come with at least 6GB of RAM, although 3GB may be acceptable if the manufacturer compensates with other extras. For dual-core machines, look for 4GB in two modules to allow expansion.

The triple-channel architecture of Core i7-900-based PCs requires you to install chips in threes. Core i7-800-series CPUs use a two-channel system.

A 64bit OS is essential to take full advantage of this memory, particularly if you’re running a dual-graphics setup.

Storage: Expect at least 1TB. Look for a pair or trio of drives to reduce the risk of total data loss, although noise levels will increase. Raid 0 setups boost speed at the expense of reliability.

Consider mirroring for added security. SSDs provide a speed boost, but offer limited capacity and are expensive. Go for an SSD with at least 60GB if you’re running Windows 7.

Dual-layer DVD+/-R capabilities are useful, preferably at eight-speed or above. Also look for eight-speed DVD+RW.

If you want Blu-ray playback, be prepared to compromise on DVD speeds or buy a dedicated Blu-ray drive.

Display: We’re seeing increasing numbers of 24in displays in our PC charts. This used to be the magic size at which 1080p (full-HD) playback became available, making these ideal partners for Blu-ray drives. However, some of the newest 22in (16:9) monitors can also display full-HD – and with a considerable saving.

Make sure you get a digital input for the best image quality, while an extra HDMI port is great for hooking up additional devices such as games consoles without having to switch cables.

Graphics card: For a thrilling gaming experience, choose between nVidia’s new GeForce GTX 480 and AMD’s ATI Radeon HD 5870. It’s a close call between the two, with nVidia’s newer card often offering a performance edge, but costing considerably more. nVidia’s cards offer support for PhysX in-game effects and stereoscopic 3D using special glasses.

Also look out for pre-overclocked graphics cards, which can deliver excellent value and are approved by chip manufacturers. Buying a single-card setup keeps your options open and leaves more space for sound cards or TV tuners.

Motherboard: If you’re considering any upgrades, check that the motherboard offers enough memory slots to support the chips. SLI or CrossFireX support will enable you to add extra graphics cards to boost your gaming performance. If you’re using an Intel CPU, a motherboard with an X58 chipset will give you better performance in multicard setups.

Power supply: The level of power you require will largely depend on the type of graphics card you expect to use. Look for a known and respected brand, and consider from 750W upwards if you have any thoughts of moving up to a dual-card setup later. Any form of overclocking will also demand a powerful PSU.

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Eclipse Armageddon i795n460 SLi: Specs

  • 3.06GHz Intel Core i7-950
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
  • 6GB DDR3 RAM
  • 1TB SATA
  • 64GB SSD
  • 8 x USB 2.0
  • 2 x USB 3.0
  • Gigabyte X58A-UD3R rev 2.0
  • 800W EZCool PSU
  • 23.6in Hanns-G HH241D (0.27mm pixel pitch
  • 1920x1080)
  • 2 x 768MB Palit nVidia GeForce GTX 460 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 80/52fps
  • Stalker: Call of Pripyat [Medium/Ultra] = 171/111fps)
  • onboard sound
  • speakers built into monitor
  • max DVD speeds: 22x/22x/12x/16x/6x/8x/12x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM)
  • one-year return-to-base warranty
  • WorldBench 6 score: 151
  • 3.06GHz Intel Core i7-950
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
  • 6GB DDR3 RAM
  • 1TB SATA
  • 64GB SSD
  • 8 x USB 2.0
  • 2 x USB 3.0
  • Gigabyte X58A-UD3R rev 2.0
  • 800W EZCool PSU
  • 23.6in Hanns-G HH241D (0.27mm pixel pitch
  • 1920x1080)
  • 2 x 768MB Palit nVidia GeForce GTX 460 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 80/52fps
  • Stalker: Call of Pripyat [Medium/Ultra] = 171/111fps)
  • onboard sound
  • speakers built into monitor
  • max DVD speeds: 22x/22x/12x/16x/6x/8x/12x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM)
  • one-year return-to-base warranty
  • WorldBench 6 score: 151

OUR VERDICT

Offering good value and excellent performance, the Eclipse Armageddon i795n460 SLi power desktop PC has some fantastic specifications, but it can't quite keep up with the higher-placing systems in our chart.

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