Eclipse Stealth FX812R795 Extreme & Stealth Flight Pack Review
Published: 20th April 2012 | Source: Eclipse Computers | Price: £1999.96 |
Time for something a little different here at OC3D. Because of the nature of the hardware review business we have to stick to extremely regimented testing methodology to ensure a fair playing field. It's very easy to get so hung up on ensuring that every little detail is replicable, that we overlook why we are all such fans in the first place. Enjoyment.
With that in mind we're diverting from our normal "here is something, here are a ton of graphs and a score" procedure and looking at a full system from Eclipse Computers. Because there is so very much to cover, and the ethos behind it is more about an Eyefinity/3D experience rather than something easily comparable to our wealth of benchmark results, this will be a picture heavy, result light review.
What we have on offer is the top end in the huge range that Eclipse Computers provide. The Stealth FX812R795 Extreme Gaming System forms the backbone of the equation, and to go along with it we have the Stealth Flight Pack, which consists of three Cinema 3D monitors from LG, an XFX Eyefinity monitor stand, and the very finest HOTAS system available today, the Thrustmaster Warthog.
So without further ado, grab your favourite beverage and let's get cracking.
Whenever you're looking at a prebuilt system people have two reactions. Those who just want the maximum power from a plug and play system look at CPUs and GPUs, and those of us who are used to building our own from a parcel of parts look at the bits that we might not necessarily choose ourselves. Scanning through the list of the parts on the Stealth FX812R795 our eye is immediately drawn to the decision to run an AMD Bulldozer CPU in it. Nobody is sadder than us to see the lack of performance available in the latest FX range from AMD, especially those of us who were brought up on Thunderbirds and Bartons, but nonetheless it does at least widen our eyes bit a bit to see one there. Besides that the rest of the choices are exceptional. Our love for the Sabertooth range of motherboards is well known, and well founded, and XFX have been pumping out high quality Radeon cards for seemingly ever. Our review sample didn't include the ASUS CineVibe USB headset, so sadly we'll have to wait until another time to see how that fares.
Stealth FX812R795 Extreme :
Asus Sabertooth 990FX AM3+ Motherboard
AMD Bulldozer FX-8120 3.1GHz AM3+ Black Ed Processor
Corsair Hydro H40 High Performance Water Cooling Kit
TWO XFX 3Gb AMD Radeon HD 7950 DD Ed. PCI-e 3.0 VGA Card
XFX 1000W P1-1000-BL Black Edition 80+ Platinum Modular PSU
MicroSoft Windows 7 Home Premium – SP1, 64Bit
1TB Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm SATA3 32mb Cache HardDrive
120Gb Corsair Force3 SATA3 Solid State 2.5In Drive
TWO Corsair Vengeance 8Gb DDR3 1600 (2x4Gb) CL9 Dual-Chan Kits
NZXT Phantom Red ATX Gaming Case
LG CH10LS28R Blu-Ray Rom, DVD Writer
Saitek Cyborg V.5 USB Gaming Keyboard & Saitek Cyborg R.A.T. 3 Gaming Mouse
Asus CineVibe Rumble Feedback USB Gaming Headset
As well as the FX812R795 we also have the optional Stealth Flight Pack. All three of the items here are high quality choices, with the XFX stand and Thrustmaster HOTAS Warthog being probably the best in their field. The LG D2342P monitors are Cinema 3D. Until now our experience of 3D Monitors has been restricted to the active types, so to have the opportunity to look at ones that replicate the experience at the Cinema without needing to charge the glasses really got us interested.
Stealth Flight Pack :
THREE LG D2342P-PN 23 Inch Widescreen LED Monitors
XFX Eyefinity Monitor Stand
Thrustmaster Hotas Warthog Joystick