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Eclipse Evolution i84n88GS budget desktop PC review

£499 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Eclipse Computers

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

The Eclipse Evolution i84m88GS doesn’t offer the fastest WorldBench 6 speed score, but keen gamers will find compensation in its top-notch 3D graphics performance.

The Eclipse Evolution i84m88GS doesn’t offer the fastest WorldBench 6 speed score, but keen gamers will find compensation in its top-notch 3D graphics performance.

At this price, nothing else comes close to the 43 frames per second (fps) that the Eclipse Evolution i84m88GS delivers in our demanding Crysis gaming tests. That’s almost twice the performance of the next fastest system and for the same money.

This superb showing is down to the Eclipse Evolution i84m88GS's 8800 GS – a significantly faster graphics card than the 8600-series models used by most of the competing systems.

This means more games will be able to run at the display’s native 1,440x900 resolution while maintaining playable speeds. The Eclipse Evolution i84m88GS will give you a more enjoyable gaming experience than any other PC here.

Although fitted with an E8400 processor, the Eclipse Evolution i84m88GS doesn’t quite match the general office performance of its two similarly equipped rivals. It’s hampered by having only 2GB of RAM and a smaller hard drive.

The Eclipse Evolution i84m88GS also lacks any external speakers.

The build quality of the case is lower than that of the other PCs, and it’s rather cramped internally. One bonus is the Eclipse Evolution i84m88GS's 600W power supply, which should give you a little more oomph for any future upgrades.

Budget desktop PCS chart ranking (September issue)

  1. Zoostorm 62-3309 Home Desktop
  2. Arbico Elite 8440
  3. Eclipse Evolution i84n88GS
  4. Chillblast Fusion Hawk
  5. CyberPower Gamer Ultra 750

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Eclipse Evolution i84n88GS Expert Verdict »

3GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit
MSI P31 Neo-F
6 x USB 2.0
19in Hannspree XM New York (0.283mm pixel pitch, 1,440x900)
384MB PCI Express Asus nVidia GeForce 8800 GS (gaming scores: Crysis 43fps
Fear 96fps)
onboard Realtek ALC888
speakers built into flat-panel
20x/20x/12x/8x/6x/8x/12x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM)
one-year return to base warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 110
  • 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 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

Despite the slightly lower WorldBench 6 processing-speed score, the Eclipse Evolution i84m88GS an excellent budget gaming PC. If that’s where your priorities lie, this is a better option than the Zoostorm 62-3309 Home Desktop or Arbico Elite 8440. You may find yourself hankering after a decent set of speakers pretty soon, however.

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