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Eclipse Solar Crossfire i786r585 review

£999 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Eclipse Computers

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

The Eclipse Solar Crossfire i786r585 desktop PC uses a powerful 2.8GHz Intel Core i7 860 quad-core CPU, an ATI Radeon HD 5850 graphics card and a Gigabyte motherboard that features an Intel P55 chipset.

The Eclipse Solar Crossfire i786r585 desktop PC uses a powerful 2.8GHz Intel Core i7 860 quad-core CPU, an ATI Radeon HD 5850 graphics card and a Gigabyte motherboard that features an Intel P55 chipset.

Like our Best Buy Chillblast, the Eclipse Solar Crossfire i786r585 desktop PC uses a powerful 2.8GHz Intel Core i7 860 quad-core CPU, an ATI Radeon HD 5850 graphics card and a Gigabyte motherboard that features an Intel P55 chipset.

Both systems perform very well in our gaming tests and can deliver playable framerates at high-quality settings, even at the top resolution of the Eclipse Solar Crossfire i786r585 desktop PC's monitor.

Eclipse bundles a 23.6in Hanns-G full-HD display with the Solar Crossfire i786r585 desktop PC. One of the best monitors in the group, the Hanns-G comes with dual inputs, including HDMI.

General computing speed is also very good, with the Eclipse Solar Crossfire i786r585 desktop PC coming second only to the Arbico in our benchmarking. Its score of 136 points in WorldBench 6 is a great result for a quad-core system, which has plenty more potential power when running multithreaded applications than our benchmark can assess.

The Eclipse Solar Crossfire i786r585 desktop PC's Gigabyte P55A-UD3 motherboard offers everything that the Chillblast's GA-P55-USB3 does - USB 3.0, six SATA 3Gbps connectors and two PCI Express x16, two PCI Express X1 and two PCI slots - but there's one important difference: it adds a pair of SATA 6Gbps connectors.

Power PCs chart ranking

  1. Chillblast Fusion Centaur
  2. Eclipse Solar Crossfire i786r585
  3. Palicomp Core i7 Blitz 860-24
  4. CyberPower Ultra Scylla GT
  5. Arbico Elite 6885 HD

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Eclipse Solar Crossfire i786r585 Expert Verdict »
2.8GHz Intel Core i7 860
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
4GB DDR3 RAM
1TB SATA
Gigabyte P55A-UD3 motherboard
600W EZCool PSU
8 x USB 2.0
23.6in Hanns-G HH241H (0.27mm pixel pitch
1920x1080)
1GB ATI Radeon HD 5850 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 74/37fps
Fear = 315fps)
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: 136
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

Very fast, and incorporating the latest USB 3.0 and 6Gbps SATA technologies, the Eclipse Solar Crossfire i786r585 is well ahead of the game in both performance and features. However, it lacks the surround-sound speakers provided with the Chillblast and comes with a less powerful PSU. It also comes with only a 12-month return-to-base warranty, whereas Chillblast offers a two-year collect-and-return service.

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