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Eclipse Mirage A995R467 review

£499 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Eclipse Computers

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

Eclipse is the second PC manufacturer in our chart to dabble with an AMD processor, with the Mirage A995R467 running a 2.6GHz quad-core Phenom X4 Black Edition 9550 CPU.

Eclipse is the second PC manufacturer in our chart to dabble with an AMD processor. The Mirage A995R467 runs a 2.6GHz quad-core Phenom X4 Black Edition 9550 CPU.

With the exception of Intel's Core i7 chips, quad-core CPUs struggle in our WorldBench 6 speed test, and the Eclipse Mirage A995R467's lowly score of 95 may seem a little weak. But such processors race ahead when using multithreaded apps, and are far more adept at multitasking.

Eclipse supplies the same 19in Hanton display with the Mirage A995R467 as the Recommended Palicomp PC. Whether you'll swoon over its high-gloss finish is a matter of personal taste and, to some extent, your room lighting. It certainly looks good playing games.

In common with the Best Buy Arbico, Eclipse has fitted an ATI Radeon HD 4670 graphics card. The Mirage A995R467 is not only able to keep up with the framerates achieved by that PC, but actually improves on them.

The system case is tidy, but plain: it looks rather cheap when compared to the Palicomp or CyberPower housings. Inside, the Eclipse Mirage A995R467's Asus motherboard is large but offers several expansion ports (sadly, not for dual graphics cards or additional RAM). A beefy 650W AlphaPower PSU provides ample headroom for overclocking, too.

Chart ranking: Budget desktop PCs (September 09 issue)

  1. Arbico CD 8467 XL
  2. Palicomp Ballistix Excalibur E85SLI-19
  3. CyberPower AMD Pre-Build 2 Cores
  4. Eclipse Mirage A995R467
  5. HP Compaq Presario CQ5011uk

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Eclipse Mirage A995R467 Expert Verdict »

2.6GHz AMD Phenom X4 Black Edition 9950
Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit
4GB DDR2 RAM
250GB SATA
Asus M4N78 SE
8 x USB 2.0
650W AlphaPower PSU
19in Hanton H-350WDB (0.24mm pixel pitch
1,440x900)
512MB PCI Express Asus ATI Radeon HD 470 (games scores: Crysis (High/Very High) = 38/12ps
fear = 94fps)
onboard Realtek ALC662
speakers built into monitor
22x/22x/12x/16x/6x/8x/12x/12x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM)
one-year return-to-base warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 95
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

If you’re in the market for a quad-core system, the Eclipse Mirage A995R467 is a good choice. Better all-round performance is available from budget dual-core systems, however.

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