The Eclipse Matrix SLI i85n98GTX is the cheapest PC here by some distance.

Despite its lower price tag, however, the Eclipse Matrix SLI i85n98GTX comes with the same Intel Core 2 Duo 8500 and 4GB of RAM as the other PCs in the chart. We therefore hoped for more than 116 points in our WorldBench 6 processing-speed tests.

Gaming performance wasn’t bad, although the Eclipse Matrix SLI i85n98GTX was significantly behind the Chillblast Fusion Sledgehammer, despite both using 512MB GeForce 9800 GTX graphics cards. The version in this system is clocked slightly slower.

The Eclipse Matrix SLI i85n98GTX's case is quite small and internal space is cramped, especially as the motherboard and graphics card are so large. But the system has a key advantage: its SLI-capable motherboard makes it easy to add a second graphics card.

The Hanns-G HG216DP display offers strong performance and great value for money. It’s well matched to the Eclipse Matrix SLI i85n98GTX, even if it’s not quite as good as the Arbico Elite 4850's SyncMaster.

Power desktop PCs chart ranking (September issue)

  1. Arbico Elite 4850
  2. Chillblast Fusion Sledgehammer
  3. Eclipse Matrix SLI i85n98GTX
  4. CyberPower Infinity Crossfire HD
  5. Arbico CD9800 PRO