Eclipse Titan i6600 review

£1174
Price when reviewed

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.

Eclipse Titan i6600 review

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.

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