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Eclipse Solar Crossfire i575R489 review

Kat Orphanides
13 Oct 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
800
inc VAT

A good PC with great performance, but the ugly monitor lets it down, and other PCs are better value.

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Specifications

2.66GHz Intel Core i5-750, 4.000000 RAM, 22in 1,680x1,050 display, Windows Vista Home Premium

Eclipse's Solar Crossfire i575R489 won't win any admirers on the PC catwalk, but it's good value.

The Hyundai BlueH is one of the ugliest 22in monitors we've seen, but it does have a DVI interface. There's only a VGA cable in the box, though, and the 1,680x1,050 resolution is lower than more expensive 22in monitors, but image quality is good, with realistic colours.

There's no escaping the display's budget nature, though, and the Microsoft Basic mouse and keyboard are more evidence of corner-cutting. The keyboard's shallow, curved design makes it a little uncomfortable to type on.

The Enermax case is a good-quality model and has plenty of free drive bays. Cables are routed neatly, but you'll have to cut the cable ties and move the motherboard's power wire in order to use any of the free 5?in bays.

Two free memory slots allow you to upgrade from the installed 4GB of RAM, but while there's a free PCI-E 16x slot for a second graphics card in CrossFireX mode, it would block the airflow to the Sapphire Radeon 4890. Given the power of this card, though, it's unlikely you'll want to add a second. It managed over 40fps in our tough Crysis test.

The AsRock motherboard is a microATX model, which means it has fewer PCI slots than full ATX boards, but with 7.1-channel audio, coaxial and optical S/PDIF, eSATA and FireWire on board, not many people will need the extra expansion potential. Eclipse also includes a 1TB hard disk to make up for it.

Cooling is provided by 120mm fans at the front and in the power supply, but we'd have liked a third at the rear - it would be simple to install one yourself, though. This should help keep the i5 750 processor cool and reduce the din of the cooling fan above it, which is a little noisier than in Ginger6's £800 PC.

The one-year return-to-base warranty is a little disappointing, but it's no worse than its competitors' cover. However, Mesh's Ice 5 750 CS matches the Crossfire's specifications, but has a better monitor and consumes less power.

Basic Specifications

Rating*****
ProcessorIntel Core i5-750
Processor external bus133MHz (2,400MHz QuickPath Interconnect)
Processor multiplierx24
Processor clock speed2.66GHz
Processor socketLGA1156
Level 1 cache4x 64KB
Level 2 cache4x 256KB
Memory4.000000
Memory typePC3-10600
Maximum memory16GB
MotherboardAsrock P55M Pro
Motherboard chipsetIntel P55
Power consumption standby6W
Power consumption idle145W
Power consumption active296W

Ports

USB2 ports (front/rear)2/8
Firewire ports (front/rear)0/1
eSATA ports (front/rear)0/2
Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking supportnone
Other portsnone

Internal Expansion

Casemidi tower
PCI-E x1 slots (free)1 (0)
PCI-E x16 slots (free)2 (1)
Free Serial ATA ports2
Free memory slots2
Free 3.5in drive bays6

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s)Samsung HD103UJ
InterfaceSATA 300
Total storage capacity1,000GB
Spindle speed7,200rpm

Graphics

Graphics card(s)1GB ATI Radeon HD 4890
Graphics/video portsHDMI, DisplayPort, DVI, VGA

Sound

SoundVia VT1708S
Sound outputs7.1 line out, coaxial S/PDIF out, optical S/PDIF out, stereo line out, mic in
Speakersnone

Removable Drives

3.5in floppy driveno
Supported memory cardsnone
Optical drive modelTSST SH-S223B
Optical drive type(s)DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Display

Viewable size22 in
Screen modelBlueH H224W
Native resolution1,680x1,050
Response time5ms
Screen inputsDVI, VGA

Other Hardware

ModemNo
KeyboardMicrosoft Wired Keyboard 400 v1.0
MouseMicrosoft Basic Optical Mouse 1.0A

Software

Software includednone
Operating systemWindows Vista Home Premium
Operating system restore optionWindows disc

Buying Information

Warrantyone year RTB
Price£800
Detailswww.eclipsecomputers.com

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