The distinctively packaged – more of that later – Eclipse Vengeance i5357r795 OC is a pale but interesting gaming PC with power to spare for Windows games. It aims to deliver good gaming with an arresting selection of components and features.
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The Ivy Bridge chips may only have come out a few months ago, but they’re already verging on the ubiquitous. They make another appearance here and, again, the results are very polished.
The Eclipse Vengeance i5357r795 OC's 3.4GHz Intel Core i5-3570K chip, overdriven to a speedy 4.7GHz, powers the system to a very impressive WorldBench score of 218 points.
Capable support is lent to the PC by the memory, 16GB-worth of Corsair’s trusty but fast Vengeance chips. It’s partly the provision of 16 rather than 8GB that sees such a high score.
There’s little faulting the storage either. A 128GB Crucial M4 solid-state drive gives the system a gulp of extra pace, but behind the scenes there’s also an expansive 1TB Seagate Barracuda hard drive, a regular desktop-class disk spinning at 7200rpm. The inclusion of both drives produces a seductive mix of speed and high capacity.
The AMD Radeon HD 7950 may have been outflanked by the 2012 nVidia GeForce models, but it remains a fast graphics card, and the 3GB double-dissapation XFX version of the 7950 employed by the Eclipse produced some very decent game frame rates.
Eclipse Vengeance i5357r795 OC: Gaming Performance
In our Stalker: Call of Pripyat benchmark, it produced an average of 141.3 frames per second using difficult settings and Day mode (it produced an average of 120.1fps across all modes). This easily puts it ahead of many of the other systems in our Gaming PCs chart.
It was a similar story in Crysis, with the Eclipse producing figures of 112, 69 and 62fps across PC Advisor’s three standard quality modes. Again, these placed the Eclipse amongst the fastest PCs.
While the range of PC system cases around now is more interesting and varied than ever before, we still seem to see a lot of rather similar-looking systems. But the Eclipse’s X11 X-Station chassis is hard to miss, its polished white exterior (and with an almost celestially bright light emanating from within) gleaming out from the dark gloom of the morass of gaming PCs.
It’s not the largest case though, and you won’t find acres of space inside. The cables of the large Zalman fan protrude into the middle of the case, although there is still enough room to reach in for the memory chips – these occupy all available slots, so you’ll need to completely replace the chips if you’re looking to bolster the RAM.
Another Zalman fan sits on top of the processor, and yet more cooling is provided through the large manual fan. You can choose yourself whether to turn on the latter, although be warned that it does get disconnected easily when you lift the lid off, so if you need to look inside, make sure the fan is still connected before you screw the case back up.
The XFX Pro Core Edition Power Supply Unit is specified at a healthy 550 watt. Ivy Bridge systems tend to be quite frugal on power consumption – at default clock frequencies anyway – although the Eclipse Vengeance i5357r795 OC isn’t the most conservative system we’ve seen.
It consumed around 111 watt when idling along, moving up to 239 watt playing Crysis. This is some way from the impressive Vibox Juggernaut XL, for instance, which claimed figures of 72 and 163 watt under the same conditions. For a gaming PC, the Eclipse is reasonably quiet, adding around 11dB to ambient noise in use.
The system includes a BenQ GL2450 monitor. This is a very serviceable full-HD 24in screen with good colour. One annoyance is the lack of a digital video cable; it only seems to come with an analogue VGA cable, despite having a DVI interface.
Eclipse has chosen not to offer Blu-ray playback, opting instead for the reliable Samsung SH-222BB DVD drive. This can write DVDs at speeds of up to 22x, making it searingly fast for burning discs, even if you won’t be able to use it for watching a HD films.
The Eclipse Vengeance i5357r795 OC doesn’t come with any other ports or connectivity features such as eSATA, Wi-Fi or memory card slots. But it has a useful number of USB ports, kitted out with six USB 3.0 and a quartet of USB 2.0 (two of those mounted at the front of the case, along with conveniently placed microphone and speaker sockets).
The connectors on the video card include a pair of Mini DisplayPort and HDMI. A Microsoft Wireless Keyboard 800 set comprises a very capable keyboard and mouse. The keys could do with a little more spring, although the mouse is very smooth.