Delivering excellent general and gaming performance, Eclipse's Evolution i792R585 is an excellent PC for both today and tomorrow.

Sticking with Intel’s older, but still very popular, 2.66GHz Core i7 920 CPU gives the Eclipse Evolution i792R585 the power to deliver some great performance results, including a 136-point tally in WorldBench 6. The Evolution also houses a DirectX 11.0-compatible ATI Radeon HD 5850 graphics card, allowing for a fantastic gaming experience both now and with future titles.

Gamers should note that the Biostar motherboard’s trio of PCI Express x16 slots and support for scalable link interface (SLI) and CrossFireX technologies let the Eclipse Evolution i792R585 play host to up to three graphics cards. Should you wish to take advantage of such a setup, however, don’t forget to also upgrade the 650W PSU.

A 6GB allocation of DDR3 memory is provided with the Eclipse Evolution i792R585, with room for three more modules to be added.

The Eclipse Evolution i792R585's Hanns-G HH241H full-HD display, which is possibly the nicest monitor here, provides both VGA and HDMI connections and can easily be hooked up to a Blu-ray player or games console. Not only does it look sleek and living-room friendly, it’s also the largest screen in the chart at 23.6in.

A pair of 500GB hard drives are combined in a high-performance Raid 0 array. The usual caveat applies, however: such configurations are twice as susceptible to data loss as a single drive, so be sure to back up your data regularly. Also note that the Eclipse Evolution i792R585 didn’t perform any faster in our tests than systems fitted with single terabyte (TB) hard drives.

Chart ranking: Power desktop PCs (issue 176)

  1. Eclipse Evolution i792R585
  2. Chillblast Fusion Eclipse
  3. Arbico Elite 9257 HD
  4. CyberPower Infinity i7 Andromeda Elite
  5. HP P6227uk

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