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Eclipse Supernova i793r587 review

£1,409 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Eclipse Computers

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

Eclipse’s Supernova i793r587 specifies many of the components required to build a great PC. Sadly, they’ve failed to propel the Eclipse towards the top of our £1,001+ desktop PCs chart.

Eclipse’s Supernova i793r587 specifies many of the components required to build a great PC. Sadly, they’ve failed to propel the Eclipse towards the top of our £1,001+ desktop PCs chart.

Eclipse’s Supernova i793r587 specifies many of the components required to build a great PC, and its 2.8GHz Intel Core i7 930 processor and ATI Radeon HD 5870 graphics card make a formidable team. Sadly, they’ve failed to propel the Eclipse towards the top of our £1,001+ desktop PCs chart.

Scoring 136 points in our WorldBench 6 real-world speed test, the Eclipse Supernova i793r587 only narrowly beats the Core i7 920-powered Arbico. It also lacks a set of speakers, comes with a smaller monitor and isn’t any cheaper.

On the plus side, graphics performance is just as good as any of the other systems using the HD 5870. Eclipse has supplied the Vapour-X edition of this card with the Supernova i793r587, which comes with a slightly faster clock speed and a special vapour-chamber cooler that offers quieter operation and increased overclocking capability.

A pair of 640GB hard drives is configured in a high-speed Raid 0 array and a third 500GB drive is available for backups, but the Eclipse Supernova i793r587 lacks an SSD.

Its Gigabyte motherboard is also considerably less well equipped than the models selected by Palicomp and Arbico. It doesn’t come with support for USB 3.0 and 6Gbps SATA, and it has only two PCI Express x16 connections and four memory slots. This makes upgrading the Eclipse Supernova i793r587 more expensive, requiring existing RAM modules to be replaced rather than added to.

Like all the PCs here, the Eclipse Supernova i793r587 is supplied with a full-HD monitor and a Blu-ray drive.

Power desktop PCs chart ranking

  1. Palicomp Core i7 Blitz
  2. Arbico Elite 9587 HSD
  3. Chillblast Fusion Matrix
  4. CyberPower Infinity i7 Heaven
  5. Eclipse Supernova i793r587

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2.8GHz Intel Core i7 930
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
6GB DDR3 RAM
2 x 640GB (Raid 0) + 500GB SATA
10 x USB 2.0
Gigabyte EX58-UD3R motherboard
EZCool 700W PSU
23.6in Hanns-G HH241H (0.27mm pixel pitch
1920x1080)
1GB PCI Express Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5870 Vapour-X (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 74/44fps
Fear = 341fps)
onboard sound
speakers built into monitor
8x BD-ROM
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 7 of 10 overall

The Eclipse Supernova i793r587 offers a handful of strong specifications, but we’d still prefer the £10 less expensive Arbico.

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