The Eclipse Titan iQX965A487 costs £100 more than anything else in this month’s chart, yet could still be considered good value for money. That’s because of its processor, the Intel Core 2 Quad Extreme QX9650.

Extreme Edition processors represent the pinnacle of Intel’s CPU range and are designed specifically to be overclockable thanks to their unlocked multiplier settings. You can pick up an E8500 at retail for around £140. By contrast the QX9650 will set you back around £600 – suddenly the Eclipse Titan iQX965A487's extra £100 doesn’t seem so bad a deal.

Testing at stock speeds, our results won’t show the best this CPU can deliver, but even so the Eclipse Titan iQX965A487's WorldBench score of 119 is comparable to some of the E8500 systems we’ve tested and it has the added multiprocessing power of quad-core technology available for those applications able to take advantage of it.

One of three systems here to use a single ATI Radeon HD 4870 graphics card, the Eclipse Titan iQX965A487 outperforms all the power PCs from our previous chart, even those with dual-card solutions based on previous technologies.

The Eclipse Titan iQX965A487's case has an unusual design, fronted by two seemingly pointless curved panels hinged like saloon-bar doors. They open to reveal a DVD burner, memory card reader, audio connectors and five USB ports. Tiny power and reset buttons are situated on the right of the case; the left sports one of the largest cooling fans we’ve ever seen.

Two key factors prevent the Eclipse Titan iQX965A487 scoring more highly. First, its 21.6in Hanns-G HG216DP monitor is up against a selection of 24in models from the competition. Second, it’s supplied without any external speakers.

Also, unlike the systems from Arbico and Chillblast, the Eclipse Titan iQX965A487 has no Blu-ray drive – but, in the credit column, it does offer built-in Wi-Fi.

Power desktop PCs: chart ranking (October issue)

  1. Chillblast Fusion SuperNova
  2. CyberPower Gamer Infinity XT Elite
  3. Eclipse Titan iQX965A487
  4. Arbico Elite 4870
  5. Chillblast Fusion Thunderbolt

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