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Eclipse Evolution Crossfire i87r583 review

David Ludlow
5 Oct 2010
Eclipse Evolution Crossfire i87r583
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
960
inc VAT

There's no denying that this PC is quick and it comes with a brilliant 24in monitor, but you can get faster computers for this price.

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Specifications

2.93GHz Intel Core i7-870, 4GB RAM, 24in 1,920x1,080 display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

While most vendors selling PCs at this price have opted for an overclocked Intel Core i5-760 processor, Eclipse has decided to go down a different route, kitting its Evolution Crossfire i87r583 out with Core i7-870 running at its standard speed of 2.8GHz.

While this processor is faster than the Core i5-760 at default speeds, the Evolution Crossfire lagged behind PCs with overclocked chips. Combined with the 4GB of RAM, the PC's overall benchmark score of 154 shows that this computer is still quick, but you can get significantly faster computers for the same money. The advantage of not overclocking, though, is that Eclipse has only needed to fit a standard Intel cooler. This is very quiet, while the processor generates less heat than overclocked chips.

Gaming performance is provided by a 1GB ATI Radeon HD 5830 graphics card. This is a decent card, producing 75.5fps in our Call of Duty 4 test and 38.6fps in our Crysis test. Pushing the resolution up to 1,920x1,080 still got us a silky-smooth 34.7fps in Crysis, showing that this computer can easily cope with high definition gaming.

Eclipse Evolution Crossfire i87r583

That said, other PCs at this price have come fitted with faster graphics cards. While they're mostly only a few frames per second faster, this could make the difference in newer titles between smooth at high detail settings or having to drop resolution or quality settings.

We were very pleased with the BenQ G2420HDBL monitor. This 24in Full HD display is absolutely brilliant. It produced a clean, evenly-lit picture with bright whites and deep blacks. With vibrant, rich colours and decent viewing angles, it's one of the best displays that you can get. In fact, you definitely won't want to upgrade or replace this monitor. Its Full HD resolution means that it's also great for watching movies, which you can do thanks to the built-in Blu-ray drive. There's also a second DVD writer, should you want to copy discs.

A 1TB hard disk is par for the course with computers at this price and provides plenty of storage space for most people's files. Should you want to add more storage, there's plenty of space inside for another internal hard disk, plus four free SATA ports (two of which are SATA III). There are even two USB3 ports on the rear, should you want to add super-fast external storage.

There's plenty of other upgrade potential inside, too. The two free slots will let you double the PC's memory easily, plus you can replace all the RAM and fit up to 16GB in total, all of which you can use thanks to 64-bit Windows.

There's a free PCI-E x1 slot, although its position and the internal cabling probably mean that it's easier to use the spare PCI-E x16 slot first, assuming that you don't want to fit a second ATI graphics card. Two PCI slots give you further expansion options.

Externally, the case doesn't look particularly pretty, but we like the fact that it has eSATA, audio and two USB ports mounted on the top, making them easy to reach when the computer's placed on the floor. With 10 further USB ports at the rear, you have plenty of ports for all of your peripherals. We were pleased with the bundled Microsoft keyboard and mouse. Both are basic wired models, but we found them comforatble to use and we managed to type quickly and accurately.

Ultimately, the Eclipse Evolution Crossfire is a decent computer with a superb monitor. However, for the same money you can get better performance and the same-quality display. As such, the Core i5 Blast 760OC4-24 is a better buy for most people.

Basic Specifications

Rating****
ProcessorIntel Core i7-870
Processor external bus133MHz (2.4GHz DMI)
Processor multiplierx22
Processor clock speed2.93GHz
Processor socketLGA1156
Level 1 cache4x 64KB
Level 2 cache4x 256KB
Memory4
Memory typePC3-12800
Maximum memory16GB
MotherboardGigabyte GA-P55A-UD3
Motherboard chipsetIntel P55

Ports

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

Internal Expansion

Casetower
PCI-E x1 slots (free)1 (1)
PCI-E x16 slots (free)2 (1)
Free Serial ATA ports4
Free memory slots2
Free 3.5in drive bays5

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s)Samsung SpinPoint F3 HD103SJ
InterfaceSATA II
Total storage capacity1,000GB
Spindle speed7,200rpm

Graphics

Graphics card(s)1GB ATI Radeon HD 5830
Graphics/video ports2x DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort

Sound

SoundRealtec High Definition Audio
Sound outputs7.1 line out, optical S/PDIF out
Speakersnone

Removable Drives

3.5in floppy driveno
Supported memory cardsnone
Optical drive modelLiteOn iHOS104
Optical drive type(s)BD-ROM + DVD+/-RW +/-DL, DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Display

Viewable size24 in
Screen modelBenQ G2420HDBL
Native resolution1,920x1,080
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 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore optionWindows disc

Buying Information

Warrantyone year RTB
Price£960
Supplierhttp://www.eclipse-computers.com
Detailswww.eclipse-computers.com

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