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Eclipse Matrix I67N88-VSTA budget PC

£750 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Eclipse Computers

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

How quickly things change in the PC market. Only last month we were raving about Eclipse's ability to kit out a £750 machine with an E6700 processor.

How quickly things change in the PC market. Only last month we were raving about Eclipse's ability to kit out a £750 machine with an E6700 processor. But the firm has gone one better, equipping the Best Buy Eclipse Evolution i685n88s with an E6850 and placing the Eclipse Matrix I67N88-VSTA in the shade.

The Eclipse Matrix I67N88-VSTA's performance is still pretty zippy, thanks to the processor and 2GB of DDR RAM. But it's obviously outshone by the trio of E6750 and E6850 machines.

The Eclipse Matrix I67N88-VSTA's 320MB 8800 GTS card has been trumped (again by the Eclipse Evolution i685n88s), but this remains a competitive graphics card at this price - the Eclipse Matrix I67N88-VSTA's gaming speed is close to the best in this category.

The Eclipse Matrix I67N88-VSTA's HannsG isn't a flat-panel we're going to go crazy about, but it's more than good enough for the money. The screen is colourful and reasonably sharp and the widescreen resolution is welcome. Update - Eclipse has now changed this to the 19in HannsStar AH191DP flat-panel. The Eclipse Matrix I67N88-VSTA's DVD writer and hard drive are commendable, but the deficiencies of the Eclipse Matrix I67N88-VSTA's audio are shown up by the good speakers provided with the PC Specialist Apollo 675GTS and Arbico 807 Pro PCs.

Verdict

The Eclipse Matrix I67N88-VSTA remains an impressive machine, but it needs a price cut to restore it to the heights of the chart.

Chart ranking: budget PCs October 07 issue


  1. Eclipse Evolution i685n88s
  2. Arbico 807 Pro
  3. PC Specialist Apollo 675GTS
  4. Eclipse Matrix I67N88-VSTA
  5. Zoostorm 2-5406 Advanced PC

Eclipse Matrix I67N88-VSTA Expert Verdict »
2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E6700
Windows Vista Home Premium
2GB DDR RAM
320GB serial ATA
Asus P5ND2 SE motherboard
6 x USB ports
19in HannsStar AH191DP flat-panel (0.283mm, 1,440x900)
320MB PCI Express XpertVision nVidia GeForce 8800 GTS
onboard ADI1986A sound
speakers built into flat-panel
subwoofer
DVD speeds: 16x/18x/18x/8x/8x/8x/8x/12x (DVD-ROM/-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/+RW/-RW/-RAM)
WorldBench 6 score: 100 points
1-year RTB warranty
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 7 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

The Eclipse Matrix I67N88-VSTA remains an impressive machine, but it needs a price cut to restore it to the heights of the chart.

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