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Eclipse Starburst i576r687 review

£749 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Eclipse Computers

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

Eclipse’s Starburst i576r687 is the fastest gaming PC here, but it compromises on other important features.

Eclipse’s Starburst i576r687 is the fastest gaming PC here, but it compromises on other important features.

Eclipse’s Starburst i576r687 is the fastest gaming PC here, but it compromises on other important features. At the heart of the system is Intel’s 2.8GHz Core i5-760 processor. It can’t match the CyberPower’s i5-2400, but it still delivers very good performance.

The Eclipse Starburst i576r687 desktop PC is housed in a Cooler Master Elite 335 system case that looks very similar to the Chillblast’s Xigmatek Asgard. It lacks the internal matt black paint job and cable management, however.

An ASRock motherboard supports USB 3.0, providing a single port. You can add a second graphics card to it in CrossFireX mode, although the Eclipse Starburst i576r687 desktop PC's P55 chipset restricts this operation to X4-speed on each slot.

All the PCs here come with 4GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive, with the exception of the Palicomp – and it’s this machine that is the Eclipse Starburst i576r687's main rival.

The Eclipse Starburst i576r687 desktop PC is very fast, scoring 138 points in WorldBench 6. Compared with the Palicomp, however, it has a smaller hard drive, a less capable power supply and no external speakers. It also comes with a smaller monitor, although the 21.5in BenQ features superior LED backlighting and still displays a very good full-HD picture.

The Starburst i576r687's ATI Radeon HD 6870 graphics card delivers the best gaming scores of the group, but Eclipse has budgeted for this graphics card in place of a Blu-ray drive.

Budget PCs chart ranking

  1. Chillblast Fusion Corona
  2. CyberPower Infinity Achilles
  3. Palicomp Core i5 Blast 760-24 6870
  4. Eclipse Starburst i576r687
  5. Arbico i576 HD

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Eclipse Starburst i576r687 Expert Verdict »

2.8GHz Intel Core i5-760
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
9 x USB 2.0
1 x USB 3.0
ASRock P55 Pro/USB3 motherboard
650W EZCool PSU
21.5in BenQ G2222HDL (0.25mm pixel pitch
1GB Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 6870 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 72/41fps
Stalker: Call of Pripyat [Medum/Ultra] = 143/86fps)
onboard sound
speakers built into monitor
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: 138
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

If you crave the ultimate gaming speed and don’t need a set of speakers, the Eclipse Starburst i576r687 desktop PC is a good choice. It performed very well across all our tests.

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