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Eclipse Reaper xFire i796r587 review

£1,527 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Eclipse Computers

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

Eclipse's Reaper xFire i796r587 desktop PC looks powerful and imposing in its black NZXT Beta case. At £1,527 it’s the most expensive – but also the most powerful – PC in the chart.

Eclipse's Reaper xFire i796r587 desktop PC looks powerful and imposing in its black NZXT Beta case. At £1,527 it’s the most expensive – but also the most powerful – PC in the chart.

Eclipse's Reaper xFire i796r587 desktop PC looks powerful and imposing in its black NZXT Beta case. At £1,527 it’s the most expensive – but also the most powerful – PC in the chart.

The Eclipse Reaper xFire i796r587 desktop PC’s Intel Core i7-960 processor is the fastest-clocked on offer. An SSD boosts performance still further.

The Gigabyte motherboard found inside the Eclipse Reaper xFire i796r587 desktop PC is fitted with 6GB of DDR3 RAM and supports USB 3.0 and 6Gbps SATA. Its X58 chipset supports multiple graphics cards, with two of the four PCI Express x16 slots running at x16 speed.

A Blu-ray drive is provided with the Eclipse Reaper xFire i796r587 desktop PC, along with a 23.6in full-HD Hanns-G display.

The ATI Radeon HD 5870 is a premium graphics card that helps the Eclipse Reaper xFire i796r587 desktop PC to deliver excellent results in all our gaming tests.

So far, so good – but we do have one gripe: a 32GB SSD simply isn’t large enough for a Windows 7 boot volume in an enthusiast system. Without very careful management of your files, it won’t be long before the drive fills up and starts to cause problems. We were unable to install all our benchmarking software on the Eclipse Reaper xFire i796r587 desktop PC simultaneously, and even installing the programs one at a time left precious little free disk space.

The Core i7-960 is Intel’s fastest non-extreme CPU in its class. Running at 3.2GHz with all four cores blazing, it should be capable of more than 130 points in WorldBench 6. By replacing the few ‘rogue’ scores with conservative estimates, we reckon the Eclipse Reaper xFire i796r587 desktop PC would have scored at least 150 points had the SSD been larger.

Power PCs chart ranking

  1. Chillblast Fusion Tracer
  2. Arbico Elite i7-8670 HSD
  3. CyberPower Infinity i7 Phoenix
  4. DinoPC Ultrasaur 860 OC
  5. Eclipse Reaper xFire i796r587

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3.2GHz Intel Core i7-960
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
6GB DDR3 RAM
1TB SATA
32GB SSD
6 x USB 2.0
2 x USB 3.0
Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R motherboard
800W EZCool PSU
23.6in Hanns-G HH241D (0.27mm pixel pitch
1920x1080)
1GB Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5870 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 79/44fps
Stalker: Call of Pripyat [Medium/Ultra] = 162/86fps)
onboard sound
speakers built into monitor
4x BD-ROM
24x/24x/12/12x/6x/8x/12x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM)
one-year return-to-base warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 130
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

The Eclipse Reaper xFire i796r587 desktop PC is a great system, but if you’re prepared to spend more than £1,500 we would strongly recommend choosing an SSD larger than 32GB.

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