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Eclipse Pearl i84R483 review

£499 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Eclipse Computers

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

It’s the slowest performer here in our WorldBench 6 speed test, but the Eclipse Pearl i84R483's score of 115 points will be perfectly adequate for most users.

Eclipse's Pearl i84R483 offers similar performance to Chillblast's Horizon, another PC based on the Intel Core 2 Duo E8400. Although it's the slowest performer in our WorldBench 6 speed test, the Eclipse's score of 115 points is a considerable improvement over the company's previous entry to our chart, and will be perfectly adequate for most users.

Alongside the obligatory 500GB hard drive and 4GB of RAM is an ATI Radeon HD 4830 graphics card with 512MB of RAM. This card outperforms the HD 4670s supplied by Arbico and Palicomp and also edges ahead of the HD 4730 installed in the Chillblast. So, although the Eclipse Pearl i84R483's Core 2 Duo E8400 loses you a little overall performance when compared to the E8500, the money saved has been put to use in improving your gaming experience.

The Eclipse Pearl i84R483 is housed in a very basic yet tidy-looking case. A small flap conceals a pair of front-facing USB ports and audio sockets. Inside, its dual memory slots are occupied with the supplied memory but there is a spare PCI socket available for expansion. There's also plenty of room to install an additional hard drive.

The Eclipse Pearl i84R483's monitor is an interesting choice: it's a 19in widescreen model and offers a native display resolution of 1,366x768. This is a slightly lower resolution than the 1,440x900 found in standard 16:10 aspect ratio monitors, but it makes onscreen text and icons larger and easier to read.

Chart ranking: Budget desktop PCs (Nov 09 issue)

  1. Mesh Matrix II 550BE PCA
  2. Palicomp Excalibur Ballistix E85-4670-19
  3. Arbico CD 8570 XL
  4. Eclipse Pearl i84R483
  5. Chillblast Fusion Horizon

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Eclipse Pearl i84R483 Expert Verdict »

3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Dup E8400
Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit (Windows 7 voucher included)
Biostar G31-M7TE motherboard
6 x USB 2.0
EZCool 500W PSU
19in Hyundai H95W (0.3mm pixel pitch
512MB PCI Express Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 4830 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 51/17fps
Fear = 158fps)
onboard Realtek ALC662 sound
speakers built into monitor
max DVD speeds: 22x/22x/12x/16x/6x/8x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-ROM)
one-year return-to-base warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 115
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

The Eclipse Pearl i84R483 is a reasonably well-balanced system with its performance weighted in favour of graphics over general speed. If your main interest is in gaming, this PC is a better bet than the Palicomp or Arbico.

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