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Eclipse Tornado SLi i87n46 review

£999 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Eclipse Computers

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

Eclipse's Tornado SLi i87n46 is the undisputed gaming champion in our chart. By using two nVidia GeForce GTX 460 graphics cards, this power desktop PC trounces the competition with a superb score of 106fps in Stalker: Call of Pripyat.

Eclipse's Tornado SLi i87n46 is the undisputed gaming champion in our chart. By using two nVidia GeForce GTX 460 graphics cards, this power desktop PC trounces the competition with a superb score of 106fps in Stalker: Call of Pripyat.

Eclipse's Tornado SLi i87n46 is the undisputed gaming champion in our chart. By using two nVidia GeForce GTX 460 graphics cards, this power desktop PC trounces the competition with a superb score of 106fps in Stalker: Call of Pripyat.

Powered by a quad-core Intel Core i7-870 processor running at 2.93GHz, the Eclipse Tornado SLi i87n46 scored a blazing 141 points in WorldBench 6. Although it’s still two points off the Arbico and Palicomp results, given its gaming performance we’d go so far as to say this is the most powerful desktop PC on test.

As with most of the competition, 4GB of DDR3 RAM and a 1TB hard drive are provided with the Eclipse Tornado SLi i87n46 power desktop PC. The Biostar motherboard supports neither USB 3.0 nor SATA 6Gbps, but in addition to its pair of PCI Express x16 slots you get two spare memory slots and two sets of PCI and PCI Express x1.

The Eclipse Tornado SLi i87n46 power desktop PC's internals are housed inside an imposing, solidly constructed NZXT Beta system case, finished in black inside and out. Plenty of fan-mounting points are available, although no rear fan is installed.

There’s no room left in the Eclipse Tornado SLi i87n46 power desktop PC's budget for a Blu-ray drive or external speakers, but you do get a rather smart-looking 24in Hanns-G display, complete with an HDMI input.

While dual-graphics makes Eclipse's Tornado SLi i87n46 power desktop PC a great choice for gaming fans, this setup inevitably leads to increased noise and power consumption and reduced access to the motherboard’s expansion slots. We also experienced some compatibility problems with our Crysis games tests using the supplied drivers.

Power PCs chart ranking

Palicomp Core i7 Blitz 930-24 USB3
Arbico Elite i7-8785 HD
Eclipse Tornado SLi i87n46
CyberPower Infinity i7 Hercules XT
Chillblast Fusion Hammerhead

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Eclipse Tornado SLi i87n46 Expert Verdict »
2.93GHz Intel Core i7-870
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
4GB DDR3 RAM
1TB SATA
6 x USB 2.0
Biostar T5-XE motherboard
800W EZCool PSU
24in Hanns-G HH241H (0.27mm pixel pitch
1680x1050)
2 x 768MB nVidia GeForce GTX 460 (games scores: Crysis = fail
Stalker: Call of Pripyat [Medium/Ultra] = 155/106)
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: 141
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

Trouncing the competition in our gaming tests and delivering excellent performance in our general-computing benchmark, the Eclipse Tornado SLi i87n46 is the most powerful desktop PC on test. While achieving this feat has inevitably lead to compromises elsewhere - there are no speakers nor a Blu-ray drive, for example - the Tornado should prove popular with those with a need for speed.

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