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Eclipse Quantum a55r575 review

£499 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Eclipse Computers

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

If you're a keen gamer on a budget, the Eclipse Quantum a55r575 could be the PC for you.

If you're a keen gamer on a budget, the Eclipse Quantum a55r575 could be the PC for you.

If you're a keen gamer on a budget, the Eclipse Quantum a55r575 could be the PC for you. Based on the same AMD platform as the two lower-placing systems from Arbico and CyberPower, the dual-core Eclipse's 3.1GHz Phenom II X2 500 processor pushes it to a respectable score of 116 points in our WorldBench 6 real-world speed test.

More interestingly, the Eclipse Quantum a55r575 desktop PC houses the most powerful graphics card here. Its ATI Radeon HD 5750 comes with 1GB of video memory; it delivers around 60 percent more computational power than the CyberPower's HD 5670 and around 10 times that of the HD 5450 found in the Palicomp.

This means that, unlike with our top two machines, you'll get framerates good enough for actual gaming. The Eclipse Quantum a55r575 desktop PC is still not powerful enough to deliver playable framerates in our 'Very High' Crysis test, but these are easily smoothed by dropping the settings a notch. DirectX 11.0 support also means you can run games such as Stalker: Call of Pripyat with good-quality graphics at a playable speed.

But it isn't all good news: the cost of this graphics card means you'll have to sacrifice external speakers and make do with a rather low-resolution 18.5in display. The Eclipse Quantum a55r575 desktop PC's standard 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive are nothing to get excited about either.

The Eclipse Quantum a55r575 desktop PC is housed in an entry-level but smart EZCool N800-D case. The power switch is illuminated by a cool blue LED, while a flap at the front reveals a pair of USB ports and audio connectors.

Budget PCs chart ranking

  1. Palicomp Core i3 Blast 540-19
  2. Chillblast Fusion Vortex
  3. Eclipse Quantum a55r575
  4. CyberPower Ultra Athenna XT
  5. Arbico Phenom 5524 GT

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Eclipse Quantum a55r575 Expert Verdict »

3.1GHz AMD Phenom II X2 550
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Asus M2N68-AM SE2 motherboard
500W EZCool PSU
8 x USB 2.0
18.5in AOC 931SN (0.3mm pixel pitch
1GB Powercolor ATI Radeon HD 5750 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 52/20fps
Fear = 180fps)
onboard sound
speakers built into monitor
max DVD speeds: 22x/22x/12x/16x/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
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

The Eclipse Quantum a55r575 desktop PC is the most capable gaming machine in our chart, but to achieve the best framerates you'll need to sacrifice half the system memory and use a low-resolution 18.5in monitor. If you're not a gamer then look instead to the Palicomp, which offers better overall performance and peripherals.

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