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Eclipse Excalibur i792nGTX260 review

£1,299 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Eclipse Computers

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

Eclipse’s Excalibur i792nGTX260 was one of the slower machines in our tests, but make no mistake: all the systems in our chart are blazingly fast.

Eclipse’s Excalibur i792nGTX260 was one of the slower machines in our tests, but make no mistake: all the systems in our chart are blazingly fast.

Another system that falls in the middle of the group price-wise is Eclipse's Excalibur i792nGTX260. In our tests this PC was one of the slower machines, but make no mistake: all the systems in our chart are blazingly fast. A tally of 127 WorldBench 6 points is not to be sniffed at.

Closest in specification and price to the Arbico, the Eclipse Excalibur i792nGTX260 also uses an nVidia GeForce GTX 260 to deliver its graphics. But whereas the Arbico uses a souped-up version of the GTX 260, the model favoured by Eclipse is completely standard. This results in gaming scores a few fps below the Arbico across the board.

If you're thinking of adding a second graphics card later on, note that the Eclipse Excalibur i792nGTX260's MSI X58 Platinum motherboard is certified for Crossfire, not scalable link interface (SLI).

On the plus side, the Eclipse Excalibur i792nGTX260 comes with 6GB of DDR3 RAM and a 24in Yuraku monitor that's capable of a 1,920x1,200 resolution. While the graphics card may be less well equipped to take advantage of this screen size when playing games, it's ideal for watching Blu-ray movies using the drive provided. The display itself is rather chunky and nowhere near as stylish as the Arbico's LG, but it delivers a vivid, colourful image using the DVI connection.

Power desktop PCs chart ranking (April 09 issue)

  1. Chillblast Fusion Titanium
  2. Arbico Elite i7 Pro
  3. Mesh Lexa 280
  4. Eclipse Excalibur i792nGTX260
  5. CyberPower Gamer Infinity i7 Andromeda

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Eclipse Excalibur i792nGTX260 Expert Verdict »

2.66GHz Intel Core i7 920
Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit
MSI X58 Platinum
10 x USB 2.0
24in Yuraku MB24W (0.27mm pixel pitch
896MB PCI Express nVidia GeForce GTX 260 (games scores: Crysis High = 71fps, Very High = 23fps
Fear = 217fps)
onboard Realtek ALC888/1200
speakers built into flat-panel
4.8x BD-ROM
16x/16x/4x/4x/6x/8x/5x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM)
one-year return-to-base warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 127
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

While the Eclipse Excalibur i792nGTX260's extra RAM, larger display and better power supply are impressive, we felt the Arbico is a more balanced system overall.

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