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Eclipse Evolution i792R585 review

£999 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Eclipse Computers

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

Delivering excellent general and gaming performance, Eclipse's Evolution i792R585 is an excellent PC for both today and tomorrow.

Delivering excellent general and gaming performance, Eclipse's Evolution i792R585 is an excellent PC for both today and tomorrow.

Sticking with Intel’s older, but still very popular, 2.66GHz Core i7 920 CPU gives the Eclipse Evolution i792R585 the power to deliver some great performance results, including a 136-point tally in WorldBench 6. The Evolution also houses a DirectX 11.0-compatible ATI Radeon HD 5850 graphics card, allowing for a fantastic gaming experience both now and with future titles.

Gamers should note that the Biostar motherboard’s trio of PCI Express x16 slots and support for scalable link interface (SLI) and CrossFireX technologies let the Eclipse Evolution i792R585 play host to up to three graphics cards. Should you wish to take advantage of such a setup, however, don’t forget to also upgrade the 650W PSU.

A 6GB allocation of DDR3 memory is provided with the Eclipse Evolution i792R585, with room for three more modules to be added.

The Eclipse Evolution i792R585's Hanns-G HH241H full-HD display, which is possibly the nicest monitor here, provides both VGA and HDMI connections and can easily be hooked up to a Blu-ray player or games console. Not only does it look sleek and living-room friendly, it’s also the largest screen in the chart at 23.6in.

A pair of 500GB hard drives are combined in a high-performance Raid 0 array. The usual caveat applies, however: such configurations are twice as susceptible to data loss as a single drive, so be sure to back up your data regularly. Also note that the Eclipse Evolution i792R585 didn’t perform any faster in our tests than systems fitted with single terabyte (TB) hard drives.

Chart ranking: Power desktop PCs (issue 176)

  1. Eclipse Evolution i792R585
  2. Chillblast Fusion Eclipse
  3. Arbico Elite 9257 HD
  4. CyberPower Infinity i7 Andromeda Elite
  5. HP P6227uk

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Eclipse Evolution i792R585 Expert Verdict »

2.66GHz Intel Core i7 920
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
2 x 500GB SATA (Raid 0)
Biostar T-Power X58A
10 x USB 2.0
650W EZCool PSU
23.6in Hanns-G HH241H (0.27mm pixel pitch)
1GB PCI Express Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5850 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 67/35fps
Fear = 297fps)
onboard sound
speakers built into monitor
max DVD speeds: 22x/22x/12x/16x/6x/8x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW)
one-year return-to-base warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 136
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

It lacks the surround-sound setup of the Chillblast, and its one-year warranty pales in comparison. But Eclipse’s Evolution i792R585 delivers good all-round performance and comes with an impressive monitor.

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