GAM­ING PC Eclipse i7 Liq­uid Vengeance

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Cor­sair’s Graphite range of cases is find­ing favour among loads of en­thu­si­asts and sys­tem builders at the mo­ment. Eclipse is the lat­est firm to de­ploy the glass-pan­elled Graphite 760T in its i7 Liq­uid Vengeance PC, and it’s easy to see why. Those swing­ing glass not only look great, but they’re also prac­ti­cal, be­ing much eas­ier to un­clip than con­ven­tional thumb­screws.

Eclipse has cho­sen the black version, making the Liq­uid Vengeance a big, dark, brood­ing ma­chine, which makes the flashes of red stand out more. The power but­ton is ringed with crim­son, the two 140mm fans in the front panel are red, and Eclipse has fit­ted a pair of red 140mm fans to the Cor­sair liq­uid cooler. Even the logo on the Cor­sair cooler’s wa­terblock/pump unit glows red.

The red and black colour scheme looks ex­cel­lent, and Eclipse has done a de­cent job on the in­side too. The ca­pa­cious moth­er­board tray hides ca­bles, and they’re all black, so they’re barely vis­i­ble when they do ap­pear. The in­te­rior isn’t quite as neat as that of the Scan 3XS Z170 Vengeance, but it’s still a clean build. The Asus Strix graph­ics card, Cor­sair mem­ory and Asus moth­er­board are all black and grey too, which makes for an im­pos­ing de­sign.

The 760T also of­fers am­ple up­grade room. Two cages at the bot­tom house five spare side-fac­ing hard disk bays with plas­tic, tool-free cages, and the top of the en­clo­sure has two spare 5.25in bays. There are four 2.5in cages on the rear of the moth­er­board tray as well. How­ever, the case’s size is pos­si­bly overkill for such a sys­tem. Few peo­ple are likely to use nine stor­age bays th­ese days, and Eclipse hasn’t used the ex­tra space to in­stall a be­spoke cool­ing sys­tem ei­ther. If you have room for it, though, it’s great to have the ex­tra air­flow space.

Eclipse isn’t the only man­u­fac­turer to head down this route. The Box Cube Preda­tor (see Is­sue 147, p58), has a sim­i­lar spec­i­fi­ca­tion to the Eclipse in­side an even larger Cor­sair Graphite 780T case. Mean­while, Scan’s 3XS Z170 Vengeance (see Is­sue 145, p66) uses the Cor­sair Ob­sid­ian 450D, which is only a lit­tle smaller.

The Core i7-6700K is In­tel’s cur­rent top Sky­lake pro­ces­sor, and Eclipse has im­proved its 4GHz stock speed to 4.5GHz with a 1.35V vcore. Com­par­a­tively, the Box ran the same

4GHz In­tel Core i7-6700K over­clocked to 4.5GHz

Asus Saber­tooth Z170-M1

16GB Cor­sair Vengeance LPX 3000MHz DDR4

Asus GeForce GTX 980 4GB

256GB Sam­sung 950 Pro M.2 SSD; 2TB hard disk Cor­sair Graphite 760T

CPU: Cor­sair Hy­dro H100i GTX with 2 x 140mm fans; GPU: 2 x 100mm fans; front 2 x 140mm fans; rear: 1 x 140mm fan Cor­sair CS750 750W Front: 2 x USB 3, 2 x USB 2, 2 x au­dio; rear: 2 x USB 3, 1 x USB 3.1 type-A, 1 x USB 3.1 type C, 4 x USB 2, 2 x Gi­ga­bit Eth­er­net, 1 x op­ti­cal S/PDIF, 5 x au­dio

Win­dows 10 Home 64-bit

One year parts and labour, plus two years labour only, One month col­lect and re­turn, then re­turn to base chip at the same speed, while the Scan ran it at 4.6GHz. The Liq­uid Vengeance also has an Asus Strix GeForce GTX 980, with a good­look­ing de­sign and a base clock boost from 1126MHz to 1178MHz.

The rest of the Liq­uid’s spec­i­fi­ca­tion is im­pres­sive too. The 16GB of mem­ory runs at 3000MHz, and stor­age is quick and ca­pa­cious: the boot drive is a Sam­sung 950 Pro M.2 SSD (see p48), and the sec­ondary drive is a 2TB hard disk.

Mean­while, the award-win­ning Asus Saber­tooth Z170 (see p18) looks fan­tas­tic. Its ex­pan­sion slots sit in­side Asus’ gun­metal grey Ther­mal Ar­mor, and there are two tiny fans to en­sure that com­po­nents be­neath the metal stay cool. It also has five LEDs to in­di­cate parts of the boot process, and switches to con­trol air­flow from the tiny fans, al­though there are no on-board power and re­set but­tons. The back­plate is crammed with fea­tures too, in­clud­ing USB 3.1 type A and C ports, a clear-CMOS but­ton and two Gi­ga­bit Eth­er­net ports.

Fi­nally, Eclipse’s ma­chine has a three-year war­ranty with one year of parts cov­er­age and 30 days of col­lect-an­dreturn ser­vice. That’s fine, but other firms of­fer bet­ter deals. For ex­am­ple, Scan’s war­ranty with the afore­men­tioned 3XS Z170 Vengeance gives you three years of on-site cov­er­age, in­clud­ing a year of on-site ser­vice.

Per­for­mance

The Eclipse’s over­clocked pro­ces­sor means it matches its ri­vals on pa­per, but its ap­pli­ca­tion bench­mark scores makes it a for­mi­da­ble force in our ap­pli­ca­tion bench­marks. Its video en­cod­ing re­sult of 306,292 is de­cent, thanks to its four Hy­per-Threaded cores, but the higher-clocked Scan sys­tem was a lit­tle quicker at 326,319. That pat­tern was re­peated in the multi-task­ing test too.

In­ter­est­ingly, the Eclipse only man­aged a sur­pris­ingly low score of 34,078 in our im­age edit­ing test (which has a knockon ef­fect on the over­all sys­tem score), and this re­sult was re­peated con­sis­tently af­ter sev­eral runs.

How­ever, given that we’ve seen its CPU and moth­er­board com­bi­na­tion man­age sig­nif­i­cantly bet­ter re­sults else­where, we’re go­ing to put this low score down to a soft­ware prob­lem of some de­scrip­tion that clashes with our bench­marks, rather than the Eclipse be­ing slow, as there was no sign of ther­mal throt­tling, and it clearly has plenty of pace in our other tests.

The Liq­uid Vengeance was fine in games, for ex­am­ple, never drop­ping be­low 40fps in any of our 2,560 x 1,440 tests, al­though it isn’t ca­pa­ble of 4K gam­ing. Com­par­a­tively,

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