Eclipse Titan i6600 review
There’s no doubt about it: the Eclipse offers great performance. It’s one of four PCs this month powered by Intel’s 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo E6600, but it stayed a touch ahead of the others with an overall 2D score of 1.45, helped by 2GB of RAM rather than the 1GB paired with the other E6600s. Only the 2.66GHz E6700-powered PC Nextday and overclocked Chillblast were faster.
But unlike the PC Nextday, there’s blistering 3D performance as well. Gigabyte’s 7900 GTX screamed through Far Cry and Call of Duty 2 tests at 74fps and 49fps respectively, and was fastest at 1,600 x 1,200 with 51fps and 37fps. It will effortlessly play all games at the highest settings.
The card is connected to Belinea’s 10 20 35W. This 20.1in TFT has a basic stand with only tilt adjustment, but offers a crisp 1,680 x 1,050 Desktop and good detail in movies. Some people may notice slight smearing in fast-paced games, but overall it’s a great monitor. No DVI cable is supplied, so you’ll have to use the bundled DVI-to-VGA adapter.
Creative’s expensive-looking GigaWorks T20 speakers are a quality stereo set and deliver excellent music for the compact size. As there are fewer cables than a 2.1 set, we’re happy to offset the slight lack of punchy bass.
Storage comes courtesy of a 320GB Maxtor hard disk, while a DVD writer handles DVD-RAM and dual-layer discs. The card reader adds a third USB port to the front panel, but the Eclipse slips behind the others in some areas. The interior is quite messy – the MSI P965 Neo motherboard’s design makes cable layout difficult and leads to a clump of wiring across half the memory sockets.
There are no S/PDIF outputs and FireWire isn’t supported by the motherboard. The case is a basic affair, lacking quick-release features, and noise rises to a loud 45dBA when working hard. The warranty is also the poorest on offer: cover for only one year and you have to pay courier costs.
Overall, the Titan i6600 may pack a punch in the performance department, but it’s not as well rounded as some PCs here. The warranty is a disappointment, as is the lack of a DVI cable and the noisy fans. If you want the extra 3D power over the Chillblast it’s worth considering, but otherwise we can’t recommend it.