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Eclipse Titan Crossfire i795R489 review

Kat Orphanides
13 Oct 2009
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.

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Specifications

3.06GHz Intel Core i7-950, 6.000000 RAM, 24in 1,920x1,080 display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

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***
ProcessorIntel Core i7-950
Processor external bus133MHz (2,400MHz QuickPath Interconnect)
Processor multiplierx23
Processor clock speed3.06GHz
Processor socketLGA1366
Level 1 cache4x 64KB
Level 2 cache4x 256KB
Memory6.000000
Memory typePC3-10600
Maximum memory24GB
MotherboardAsrock X58 Deluxe
Motherboard chipsetIntel X58
Power consumption standby7W
Power consumption idle189W
Power consumption active369W

Ports

USB2 ports (front/rear)2/6
Firewire ports (front/rear)0/1
eSATA ports (front/rear)0/1
Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking supportnone
Other portsnone

Internal Expansion

Casemidi tower
PCI-E x1 slots (free)0 (0)
PCI-E x16 slots (free)4 (3)
Free Serial ATA ports4
Free memory slots3
Free 3.5in drive bays4

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

SoundRealtek ALC890
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 cardsCF, SD, SDHC, MMC, Memory Stick Pro/Duo, MicroDrive, Smart Media, xD
Optical drive modelTSST SH-S223B
Optical drive type(s)DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Display

Viewable size24 in
Screen modelBenQ G2410HD
Native resolution1,920x1,080
Response time5ms
Screen inputsDVI, VGA, HDMI

Other Hardware

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

Software

Software includednone
Operating systemWindows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore optionWindows disc

Buying Information

Warrantyone year RTB
Price£1,200
Detailswww.eclipsecomputers.com

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