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Eclipse EcoPC e505n94GT review

Kat Orphanides
13 Feb 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
630
inc VAT and delivery

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Specifications

2.6GHz AMD Athlon 64 X2 5050e, 4.000000 RAM, 19in 1,440x900 display, Windows Vista Home Premium

Although it's smaller than an average desktop PC, Eclipse's EcoPC e505n94GT looks more like a normal PCs than the other systems here. The 213x267x400mm case will take up a fair bit of space on or under your desk.

Unlike most of the PCs here, it comes with a separate monitor: a 19in widescreen Hannspree XM-S New York LCD screen. This has a native resolution of 1,440x900 pixels and produces rich, vibrant colours, although it suffers from a pinkish cast that has a slight but visible effect on pale shades.

The case houses an XFX micro-ATX motherboard with two PCI slots, a PCI Express x1 slot and a PCI Express x16 slot that's home to a 512MB Nvidia GeForce 9400 GT graphics card. The processor is a 2.6GHz AMD Athlon 64 X2 5050e and there's a massive 4GB of RAM and a generous 640GB hard disk. As it uses standard components, it's easier to upgrade than PCs that use laptop components. You can install up to 8GB of RAM, and the AM2 motherboard accepts any recent AMD processor, including the latest Phenoms.

We were seriously disappointed by the EcoPC's power consumption, though. It had the highest active power consumption, at 94W, and drew 50W when idle, which was exceeded only by Sony's Vaio JS1E/S. A standby power drain of 6W is the same as you'd find on almost any normal PC and high enough to make it worth switching the PC off when not in use. RL Supplies' Modula Mini was slightly less efficient on standby, but is also a lot cheaper.

Unfortunately, despite its surprisingly high price and its name, the EcoPC is neither very compact nor particularly power-efficient. It performed well by the standards of the group, easily browsing the web and playing movies, but its hardware specification is significantly inferior to that of the £500 Eclipse Solar i85n96GSO system, which won our Best Buy award in Shopper 249.

The e505n94GT tries to be many things, but seems overpriced and failed to impress with its size and power consumption.

Basic Specifications

Rating**
ProcessorAMD Athlon 64 X2 5050e
Processor external bus200MHz (1GHz HyperTransport)
Processor multiplierx13
Processor clock speed2.6GHz
Processor socketAM2
Level 1 cache2x 64KB
Level 2 cache2x 512KB
Memory4.000000
Memory typeDDR2
Maximum memory8GB
MotherboardXFX MI-A78S-8209
Motherboard chipsetNvidia GeForce 8200
Power consumption standby6W
Power consumption idle50W
Power consumption active94W

Ports

USB2 ports (front/rear)4/4
Firewire ports (front/rear)0/1
eSATA ports (front/rear)1/0
Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking supportnone
Other portsHDMI, DVI, D-Sub

Internal Expansion

Casemini PC
PCI-E x1 slots (free)1 (1)
PCI-E x16 slots (free)1 (0)
Free Serial ATA ports4
Free memory slots2
Free 3.5in drive bays0

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s)Western Digital GreenPower (WD6400AACS)
InterfaceSATA 300
Total storage capacity640GB
Spindle speed7,200rpm

Graphics

Graphics card(s)512MB Nvidia GeForce 9400 GT
Graphics/video portsVGA, DVI, TV out

Sound

SoundRealtek High Definition Audio
Sound outputs7.1 line out, stereo line out, 2x mic in, line in
Speakersnone

Removable Drives

3.5in floppy driveno
Supported memory cardsnone
Optical drive modelOptiarc DVD RW AD-7200S
Optical drive type(s)DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Display

Viewable size19 in
Screen modelHannspree XM-S New York
Native resolution1,440x900
Response time5ms
Screen inputsDVI, VGA, line in

Other Hardware

ModemNo
KeyboardMicrosoft Basic Keyboard 1.0A
MouseMicrosoft Basic Optical Mouse 1.0A

Software

Software includednone
Operating systemWindows Vista Home Premium
Operating system restore optionnone

Buying Information

Warrantyone year RTB
Price£630
Supplierhttp://www.eclipsecomputers.com
Detailswww.eclipsecomputers.com

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