The Eclipse Armageddon is one of two systems this month to finally break the 140-point barrier in our WorldBench 6 real-world speed test. It uses the brand-new 3.06GHz Core i7 950 processor, which gives a considerable speed advantage over the older and less expensive 920 that has dominated our charts of late.

The Eclipse Armageddon X58-i795N275 achieved a superb tally of 142 points in WorldBench 6. And although CyberPower's Phoenix beat this score by five points, this system costs £150 less.

Eclipse has supplied a terabyte (1TB) of storage in a single drive with the Armageddon X58-i795N275. Had it spread this capacity across several smaller drives, performance or data security could have been boosted in a Raid configuration, as seen in all the other PCs reviewed here.

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A 6GB allocation of DDR3 RAM has become the standard for Core i7 machines in this category. Here, the memory is provided in three 2GB modules, leaving three slots free for expansion. The Eclipse Armageddon X58-i795N275's 800W PSU, which is more powerful than those supplied by most of the competition, will also be a boon for potential upgrades.

Graphics come courtesy of an XFX-branded nVidia GeForce GTX 275. This is a factory-overclocked model that runs faster than the standard version, enabling the Eclipse Armageddon X58-i795N275 to produce the best framerates in our gaming tests while still offering very good value for money. Sadly, these high-performance components don't leave enough cash spare for a Blu-ray drive.

The Eclipse Armageddon X58-i795N275's 24in BenQ monitor is a premium model. Full-HD widescreen displays such as this offer excellent value for money and plenty of useful screen space for enjoying multimedia and gaming or simply tackling spreadsheets. It offers dual inputs, but lacks an HDMI connection.

Chart rankings: Power desktop PCs (October 09 issue)

  1. Eclipse Armageddon X58-i795N275
  2. Arbico Elite i7890 HD
  3. Chillblast Fusion Turismo
  4. CyberPower Gamer Infinity i7 Phoenix
  5. Chillblast Fusion Thunder

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