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Eclipse Titan Crossfire i795R489 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : 1,200
inc VAT

Despite great performance, noisy fans and high temperatures mean that this expensive Core i7 PC doesn't stand out from the crowd.

Specifications

3.06GHz Intel Core i7-950, 6.000000 RAM, 24in 1,920×1,080 display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Eclipse Computers

Eclipse’s Titan has all the power you’d expect from a Core i7 PC. It did well in all our tests, topping the Call of Duty 4 and Crysis charts.

There’s plenty of room for upgrades on the Asrock X58 Deluxe motherboard. The 6GB of RAM in three slots can be upgraded to a maximum of 24GB. The 1TB hard disk should take a while to fill, and five empty 3?in bays mean that you can always add more. The front of the PC includes a memory card reader, plus three convenient USB ports. There are six more at the back, along with a single eSATA port.

Inside, there are four PCI-E x16 slots and three PCI slots, but one of these is blocked by the double-height Radeon HD 4890 graphics card. The motherboard supports both CrossFire and SLI, so you can install up to four matching ATI or Nvidia graphics cards. With the great performance of the 4890, there’s little reason to do this, but we strongly recommend adding some extra case fans if you do, as cooling is barely adequate as it is. The case gets warm when the PC is running. This isn’t helped by the small CPU cooler and lack of a rear fan. Despite this, the Titan is noisy, with a persistent hum that the case does little to insulate against.

The system, just like Eclipse’s other PCs in this Labs, draws an unusually large amount of power when idle. Our power meter showed that it consumed 189W, which rose to 369W when the processor was under a heavy load.

The 24in widescreen BenQ G2410HD monitor isn’t outstanding – the newer G2420HD is better – but it’s gratifying large. It’s good for movies and gaming, despite slightly uneven backlighting and fairly muted colours. Despite the price, Eclipse bundles a Microsoft Basic wired keyboard and optical mouse set. We’d have expected something more upmarket with a top-end PC, and it’s small details such as this and the case’s high temperature and minimal cooling that make the Titan look like a poor choice when compared to Scan’s 3XS or Mesh’s Slayer Xtreme Gamer.

Basic Specifications

Rating ***
Processor Intel Core i7-950
Processor external bus 133MHz (2,400MHz QuickPath Interconnect)
Processor multiplier x23
Processor clock speed 3.06GHz
Processor socket LGA1366
Level 1 cache 4x 64KB
Level 2 cache 4x 256KB
Memory 6.000000
Memory type PC3-10600
Maximum memory 24GB
Motherboard Asrock X58 Deluxe
Motherboard chipset Intel X58
Power consumption standby 7W
Power consumption idle 189W
Power consumption active 369W

Ports

USB2 ports (front/rear) 2/6
Firewire ports (front/rear) 0/1
eSATA ports (front/rear) 0/1
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support none
Other ports none

Internal Expansion

Case midi tower
PCI-E x1 slots (free) 0 (0)
PCI-E x16 slots (free) 4 (3)
Free Serial ATA ports 4
Free memory slots 3
Free 3.5in drive bays 4

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Samsung HD103UJ
Interface SATA 300
Total storage capacity 1,000GB
Spindle speed 7,200rpm

Graphics

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

Sound

Sound Realtek ALC890
Sound outputs 7.1 line out, coaxial S/PDIF out, optical S/PDIF out, stereo line out, mic in
Speakers none

Removable Drives

3.5in floppy drive no
Supported memory cards CF, SD, SDHC, MMC, Memory Stick Pro/Duo, MicroDrive, Smart Media, xD
Optical drive model TSST SH-S223B
Optical drive type(s) DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Display

Viewable size 24 in
Screen model BenQ G2410HD
Native resolution 1,920×1,080
Response time 5ms
Screen inputs DVI, VGA, HDMI

Other Hardware

Modem No
Keyboard Microsoft Wired Keyboard 400 v1.0
Mouse Microsoft Basic Optical Mouse 1.0A

Software

Software included none
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore option Windows disc

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £1,200
Details www.eclipsecomputers.com

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