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Eclipse Solar Crossfire i575R489 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £800
inc VAT

A good PC with great performance, but the ugly monitor lets it down, and other PCs are better value.


2.66GHz Intel Core i5-750, 4.000000 RAM, 22in 1,680×1,050 display, Windows Vista Home Premium

Eclipse Computers

Eclipse’s Solar Crossfire i575R489 won’t win any admirers on the PC catwalk, but it’s good value.

The Hyundai BlueH is one of the ugliest 22in monitors we’ve seen, but it does have a DVI interface. There’s only a VGA cable in the box, though, and the 1,680×1,050 resolution is lower than more expensive 22in monitors, but image quality is good, with realistic colours.

There’s no escaping the display’s budget nature, though, and the Microsoft Basic mouse and keyboard are more evidence of corner-cutting. The keyboard’s shallow, curved design makes it a little uncomfortable to type on.

The Enermax case is a good-quality model and has plenty of free drive bays. Cables are routed neatly, but you’ll have to cut the cable ties and move the motherboard’s power wire in order to use any of the free 5?in bays.

Two free memory slots allow you to upgrade from the installed 4GB of RAM, but while there’s a free PCI-E 16x slot for a second graphics card in CrossFireX mode, it would block the airflow to the Sapphire Radeon 4890. Given the power of this card, though, it’s unlikely you’ll want to add a second. It managed over 40fps in our tough Crysis test.

The AsRock motherboard is a microATX model, which means it has fewer PCI slots than full ATX boards, but with 7.1-channel audio, coaxial and optical S/PDIF, eSATA and FireWire on board, not many people will need the extra expansion potential. Eclipse also includes a 1TB hard disk to make up for it.

Cooling is provided by 120mm fans at the front and in the power supply, but we’d have liked a third at the rear – it would be simple to install one yourself, though. This should help keep the i5 750 processor cool and reduce the din of the cooling fan above it, which is a little noisier than in Ginger6’s £800 PC.

The one-year return-to-base warranty is a little disappointing, but it’s no worse than its competitors’ cover. However, Mesh’s Ice 5 750 CS matches the Crossfire’s specifications, but has a better monitor and consumes less power.

Basic Specifications

Rating *****
Processor Intel Core i5-750
Processor external bus 133MHz (2,400MHz QuickPath Interconnect)
Processor multiplier x24
Processor clock speed 2.66GHz
Processor socket LGA1156
Level 1 cache 4x 64KB
Level 2 cache 4x 256KB
Memory 4.000000
Memory type PC3-10600
Maximum memory 16GB
Motherboard Asrock P55M Pro
Motherboard chipset Intel P55
Power consumption standby 6W
Power consumption idle 145W
Power consumption active 296W


USB2 ports (front/rear) 2/8
Firewire ports (front/rear) 0/1
eSATA ports (front/rear) 0/2
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support none
Other ports none

Internal Expansion

Case midi tower
PCI-E x1 slots (free) 1 (0)
PCI-E x16 slots (free) 2 (1)
Free Serial ATA ports 2
Free memory slots 2
Free 3.5in drive bays 6

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Samsung HD103UJ
Interface SATA 300
Total storage capacity 1,000GB
Spindle speed 7,200rpm


Graphics card(s) 1GB ATI Radeon HD 4890
Graphics/video ports HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI, VGA


Sound Via VT1708S
Sound outputs 7.1 line out, coaxial S/PDIF out, optical S/PDIF out, stereo line out, mic in
Speakers none

Removable Drives

3.5in floppy drive no
Supported memory cards none
Optical drive model TSST SH-S223B
Optical drive type(s) DVD+/-RW +/-DL


Viewable size 22 in
Screen model BlueH H224W
Native resolution 1,680×1,050
Response time 5ms
Screen inputs DVI, VGA

Other Hardware

Modem No
Keyboard Microsoft Wired Keyboard 400 v1.0
Mouse Microsoft Basic Optical Mouse 1.0A


Software included none
Operating system Windows Vista Home Premium
Operating system restore option Windows disc

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £800

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