The Eclipse Titan X58 i7A489 is one of the first systems to grace our Test Centre with AMD's brand-new ATI Radeon HD 4890 graphics card under the bonnet. As a result, the Eclipse scores well in our gaming tests, achieving an impressive 28fps in Crysis (‘Very High Quality' settings) and putting itself on a par with the GTX 275-equipped Chillblast and Arbico PCs topping the chart.
Despite its 2.66GHz quad-core processor, however, performance in our WorldBench 6 real-world processing-speed test suite falls somewhat behind the top-scoring PCs. The Eclipse Titan X58 i7A489's 125-point tally is closer to what we'd expect from a decent dual-core system.
A hefty 700W power supply is included with the Eclipse Titan X58 i7A489, which will provide plenty of grunt for future upgrades. The motherboard also supports both CrossfireX and scaleable link interface (SLI) technologies, should you wish to add a second graphics card. Although this is the same motherboard as that used by Arbico, the four-chip memory limit is unlikely to be a problem with 6GB of RAM preinstalled.
The Eclipse Titan X58 i7A489's Asus VH242H is a good-looking 24in monitor that takes the new 16:9 widescreen format and provides a 1,080p (full-HD) resolution. It comes with VGA, DVI and HDMI inputs, while a digital S/PDIF output lets you pass audio from your HDMI connection to an external set of digital speakers.
A Blu-ray drive has also been included with the Eclipse Titan X58 i7A489, although it doesn't let you burn standard optical discs - a serious omission on a modern PC, particularly at this price point.