After a successful few months in the cheaper categories, the Genesis SLI i685n88GTX marks Eclipse's first foray into £1,000 PC territory. And while it's not an unquestioned triumph, there's certainly plenty to catch the eye.
In fact, the specifications of the Eclipse Genesis SLI i685n88GTX are broadly similar to those of the top two. Just like the Chillblast Fusion Tomcat and Arbico 880 GTX, the Eclipse Genesis SLI i685n88GTX has a Core 2 Duo E6850 processor, while the addition of 2GB of PC2-6400U memory promises plenty of speed. The Eclipse Genesis SLI i685n88GTX's WorldBench 6 score of 113 isn't quite on a par with the top two. But it's not far behind.
The GeForce 8800 GTX is another exciting component that, unfortunately for the Eclipse Genesis SLI i685n88GTX, is matched by the Chillblast Fusion Tomcat and Arbico 880 GTX. But that shouldn't take anything away from a card that, bar the 8800 Ultra, is the fastest graphics adaptor available. As with the WorldBench scores, the Eclipse Genesis SLI i685n88GTX can't quite match the top two PCs for game framerates, but it's still something of a brute. The 500GB hard drive is a nice touch and the 22in Hyundai is a solid flat-panel - none of the PCs here come with dazzling screens, but the Hyundai is a steady model.
The Eclipse Genesis SLI i685n88GTX's sound system needs improvement, and the lack of speakers is unimpressive given the price. This is a shame, since the Eclipse Genesis SLI i685n88GTX comes with a stunning DVD writer - complete with 12-speed DVD+R DL and 16-speed -R DL capabilities.
Chart ranking: £751-£1,000 power PCs, January 08 issue
- Chillblast Fusion Tomcat
- Arbico 880 GTX (last month 1)
- Eclipse Genesis SLI i685n88GTX
- Arbico QC2900 XT
- Evesham Oxegen RD1500