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Eclipse Matrix I86A487 review

£749 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Eclipse Computers

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

The Eclipse Matrix i86A487 offers a similar spec to Chillblast’s chart-leading system, but it can't compete with that machine's warranty.

The Eclipse Matrix i86A487 offers a similar spec to Chillblast's chart-leading system. Performance is almost identical, which is unsurprising given that the two rely on the same CPU and graphics card combo. This allows for a powerful WorldBench score of 129 and 24fps in Crysis.

Thanks to recent price cuts from AMD, the HD 4870 graphics card is now within reach of sub-£750 PCs such as the Eclipse Matrix i86A487. Those vendors quick enough off the mark to include one are able to deliver an excellent combination of performance and value for money.

On paper, the Eclipse Matrix i86A487 has some advantages over the Best Buy Chillblast. There's the higher-rated 600W PSU, for example, and a more advanced motherboard with extra card slots. Housed in a smart black case, this PC is also better-looking. But the Eclipse comes without any external speakers, forcing you to rely on the tinny output of the analogue-only monitor.

Our Eclipse Matrix i86A487 test system was supplied with a 32bit version of Windows Vista Home Premium, reducing the usable memory to 3GB. There's room to upgrade here, but be sure to specify the 64bit operating system if you plan to do so - it will come at no extra cost.

Chart ranking: Budget desktop PCs (August issue)

  1. Chillblast Fusion Meteor
  2. Eclipse Matrix i86A487
  3. CyberPower Gamer Ultra HD II
  4. Arbico CD8850 XL
  5. Chillblast Fusion Isis

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Eclipse Matrix i86A487 Expert Verdict »

3.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E8600
Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit
MSI P31 Neo-F motherboard
4 x USB 2.0
600W Storm PSU
21.6in Hanns-G HG221A flat-panel monitor (0.28mm pixel pitch
512MB PCI Express Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 4870 graphics card (games scores: Crysis (High/Very High) = 62/24fps
Fear = 232fps)
onboard Realtek ALC888 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: 129
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

Whereas all other machines in our chart come with at least two-year warranties, the Eclipse Matrix i86A487 comes with just a one-year guarantee. For this reason alone, we can’t recommend it above the Fusion Meteor.

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