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Eclipse Matrix SLI i85n98GTX power desktop PC review

£769 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Eclipse Computers

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

The Eclipse Matrix SLI i85n98GTX is the cheapest PC here by some distance.

The Eclipse Matrix SLI i85n98GTX is the cheapest PC here by some distance.

Despite its lower price tag, however, the Eclipse Matrix SLI i85n98GTX comes with the same Intel Core 2 Duo 8500 and 4GB of RAM as the other PCs in the chart. We therefore hoped for more than 116 points in our WorldBench 6 processing-speed tests.

Gaming performance wasn’t bad, although the Eclipse Matrix SLI i85n98GTX was significantly behind the Chillblast Fusion Sledgehammer, despite both using 512MB GeForce 9800 GTX graphics cards. The version in this system is clocked slightly slower.

The Eclipse Matrix SLI i85n98GTX's case is quite small and internal space is cramped, especially as the motherboard and graphics card are so large. But the system has a key advantage: its SLI-capable motherboard makes it easy to add a second graphics card.

The Hanns-G HG216DP display offers strong performance and great value for money. It’s well matched to the Eclipse Matrix SLI i85n98GTX, even if it’s not quite as good as the Arbico Elite 4850's SyncMaster.

Power desktop PCs chart ranking (September issue)

  1. Arbico Elite 4850
  2. Chillblast Fusion Sledgehammer
  3. Eclipse Matrix SLI i85n98GTX
  4. CyberPower Infinity Crossfire HD
  5. Arbico CD9800 PRO


Eclipse Matrix SLI i85n98GTX Expert Verdict »

3.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E8500
Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit
AsRock Penryn1600-SLI
6 x USB 2.0
21.6in Hanns-G HG21DP (0.277mm pixel pitch, 1,680x1,050)
512MB PCI Express XpertVision nVidia GeForce 9800 GTX (gaming scores: Crysis 54fps
Fear 96fps)
onboard sound
Logitech S220 speakers
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: 116
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 9 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

Despite its lower performance figures and cramped housing, the Eclipse Matrix SLI i85n98GTX is a good-value system. The money has been spent on the essentials rather than expensive high-end options.

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