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Eclipse Matrix SLI A60n86GT budget desktop PC

£500 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Eclipse Computers

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

The £500 category is very much one in which it’s all too easy to slip into the background. With so little money to spread across the many components that go into a modern system, the opportunities for distinguishing your PC are few and far between. After several months of triumphs, Eclipse is finding it harder to make its machines stand out, and the Eclipse Matrix SLI A60n86GT sticks determinedly to the middle ground.

The Athlon 64 X2 6000+ has proven a huge success for Eclipse before, but the Mirage Sli a60n86GT's modest WorldBench 6 score of 90 compares unfavourably with the Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 machines. The Eclipse Mirage Sli a60n86GT’s 160GB hard drive is a respectable minimum offering in this category, while its RAM allocation of 2GB (pleased though we always are to find this in a sub-£500 PC) is matched by all the other machines in the chart.

The Eclipse Mirage Sli a60n86GT's Hannspree XM New York flat-panel is this system’s one eye-catching component – although not everybody will like its ‘interesting’ styling. The GeForce 8600 GT is a solid graphics card for the money, although the likes of the Radeon HD 3850 are a significant improvement when it comes to games performance.

Verdict

The Eclipse Mirage Sli a60n86GT is a PC that doesn’t enthral, but doesn’t appal either. While most of the other machines here have interesting selling points, the Eclipse Mirage Sli a60n86GT’s lack of an edge leaves it struggling to command attention.

Budget PCs chart ranking (March 08 issue)


  1. Arbico CD6750 SX
  2. Eclipse Fusion i670A385HD
  3. Advance Technologies AT-FX Air+
  4. CyberPower Gamer Ultra 550 - last month 2
  5. Eclipse Mirage Sli a60n86GT - last month 3


See also:
Eclipse Mirage Sli a60n86GT: expert review
Budget PCs chart ranking
Budget PCs buying advice
Eclipse Mirage Sli a60n86GT: our first look

Eclipse Matrix SLI A60n86GT Expert Verdict »
3GHz AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+
Windows Vista Home Premium
2GB DDR RAM
160GB serial ATA
Asus M2N-E SLI
6 x USB ports
19in Hannspree XM NY (0.283mm pixel pitch, 1,440x900 max resolution @75Hz)
256MB Sparkle nVidia GeForce 8600 GT (PCI Express)
onboard C-Media
speakers built into flat-panel
max DVD speeds 18x/18x/8x/8x/6x/8x/12x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM)
one-year return-to-base and 30-day premier warranty
WorldBench 6.0 score: 90
  • Build Quality: We give this item 7 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 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

This is a PC that doesn’t enthral, but doesn’t appal either. While the top three all have interesting selling points, the Eclipse Matrix SLI A60n86GT’s lack of an edge leaves it struggling to command attention.

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