Eclipse Cosmos RGB Xfire AM3+ PC Review
- [Cosmos RGB Xfire / Features & Description]
- First Look -Exterior
- First Look -Interior
- BIOS Overview
- [System Information]
- [BIOS Feautures]
- [Save & Exit]
- OC & Testing Method
- [The AMD FX-8350]
- [Testing Method]
- Noise Test Methodology
- CPU & Memory
- [-AIDA64 CPU]
- [-Performance Test 8]
- Storage & USB
- Network & Audio
- Conclusion – TL:DR
Eclipse Cosmos RGB Xfire AM3+ PC Review. On the test bench today is an AMD based system, with some serious GPU horsepower under the hood. Crossfire RX 480’s are at the core of the system, rendering this a perfect choice for gamers. Style and looks haven’t been ignored, quite the opposite actually with several Thermaltake components working in unison to produce a visually unique system.
Pricing on the day of review is £1172.71. We mocked it up on PcPartPicker, and the best we achieve was £1210. Not only is self-building elsewhere more expensive, it also does not factor in the build cost and warranty either. Self-explanatory then isn’t it? A bargain!
[Cosmos RGB Xfire / Features & Description]
Use the power of 2. Built with 2 AMD Radeon graphics cards and utilising the power of AMD’s FX series processors, our Cosmos RGB Xfire series systems will provide incredible gaming power in the latest games for an incredible gaming experience.
AMD FX-8350 Vishera 8-core processor
The new AMD FX 8350 Black Edition Processor with 6 cores, and it’s unlocked for your overclocking pleasure. Experience unmatched multitasking and pure core performance with the 32nm 6-core desktop processor. Get the speed you crave with AMD Turbo CORE Technology to push your core frequencies to the limit when you need it most. Go beyond the limits of maximum speed with easy-to-use AMD OverDrive and AMD Catalyst Control Center software suites. But the best part of all? You’ll get all this impressive performance at an unbelievable price. You’ll be asking yourself “what competition?” in no time.
- Gigabyte 990X-Gaming SLi AM3+,DDR3,USB3.1,SATA3,GBLan,ATX
- AMD FX-8350,4.0GHz,8-Core,Vishera,125W,AM3+ CPU,Retail
- Thermaltake Water 3.0 Performer C 120mm Water Cooling Kit
- HyperX FURY Red 8Gb (2x4Gb) DDR3 1866MHz Mem Kit
- Sapphire 8Gb AMD Radeon RX 480 PCI-e 3.0 VGA Card
- Sapphire 8Gb AMD Radeon RX 480 PCI-e 3.0 VGA Card
- Thermaltake Versa N26 ATX Gaming Case, USB3
- Thermaltake 600W TR2 S 80+ Certified PFC PSU
- Thermaltake CL-F042 Riing 12 RGB LED 120mm Fans – 3 Pack
- Thermaltake Lumi Color 256C RGB Magnetic LED Strip Pack
- Samsung SH-224GB 24x DVD+/-R SATA DVD Writer – Black
- 120Gb Kingston SSDNow UV400 Series SATA3 SSD 2.5In Drive
- 1TB Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm SATA3 64Mb HardDrive
- Microsoft Windows 10 64-Bit DVD – OEM
- Bronze 3 Year RTB Warranty,1 year Parts,30day Collect, Eco
- Standard Build – Estimated 7-10 Working Days
Courtesy of Eclipse Computers see FULL specifications
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The system arrived in an oversized brown box, with strapping around each side. Inside I was greeted with a packaging type I wasn’t familiar with. After removing several sheets, I noted the next box was swamped in air cushions, and lots of them
The actual system is shipped in the cases original box. Which inside, obviously has even further protection from the Styrofoam. Needless to say, the product arrived in pristine condition, and I must applaud Eclipse’s effort to ensure this.
Apart from the PC, they bundle important documentation, alongside the motherboard accessories just in case you need them in the future. A pleasant and welcome surprise was the free sweets! Much appreciated.
First Look -Exterior
We shall start with a look at the front side. The Thermaltake Versa N26 ATX Gaming Case is a recent addition to Thermaltake’s rapidly growing lineup. The front panel features a mix of high gloss and matte finishes, with a clever cutout for RGB enabled fans to shine. The higher portion of the panel features a swing open door, to hide the included drive. The centerpiece is high gloss, however the section where you fingers are likely to meet is not, a clever move to keep fingers prints down.
The case is interesting, and I really like the center band for ventilation. An AMD badge has been fitted at the base, while I personally dislike such additions. This has been done discreetly and does not spoil the looks.
No ports or buttons on the front of the case, Thermaltake have put everything you need on the roof. A wise decision, gives the product an ultra-clean finish. On this panel we find an enlarged “power” button and a much smaller “reset” below it. At either side, we have USB ports and audio connections for mic/headset. A nice addition is the rubber dust caps, for ports not in use. A T-shaped vent runs along the rest of the panel, allowing hot air out of the case.
Around the back of the N26 case, it’s a very neat and simple layout.
This is one of many system fans that are, ( Riiing fan’s) , enabled with RGB.
The I/O consists of
- 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
- 2 x USB 3.1 Type-A port (red)
- 2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
- 6 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
- 1 x RJ-45 port
- 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
- 5 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out, Rear Speaker Out, Line In, Line Out, Mic In)
With dual RX480’s installed below, you have an insane amount of choice of connectivity to your monitor setup. And finally at the base, the 600W PSU sits (also Thermaltake)
First impression’s are great, now let’s take a tour of the side panels, and of more importance inside the case!
First Look -Interior
The left side of the N26 features a highly reflective window panel, which when we take a looking at lighting soon, really works well for the product.
With the panel removed (2 standards screws) we are shown our first glimpse inside. The first thing you’ll notice is how clean and neat it is. Eclipse have done a stellar job with the internal cabling. Truth be told, when I see a system this clean, I expect all the cables to bundled in a mess around the backside. Stay tuned for the answer.
Generally speaking, the middle portion of the hard drive/optical bay is either removed/removable on all good cases. This aids with compatibility for a longer graphics card, but also allows the front fans to work better. There’s no concern with the amount of room to spare, and reassuring knowing that cool air from the front side of the case, is going to be pushed over the crossfire setup.
Just lurking away behind the cards, is the SATA area of the motherboard, I appreciate the choice to use low-key, thinner SATA cables. These small but subtle decisions all add up and produce a super clean system.
The AIO cooling solution from Thermaltake (Thermaltake Water 3.0 Performer C ) looks like it was meant to be, so natural inside the N26. With dual fans, temps ought to be chilly, alongside noise emission (more on this soon )
The TR2 S 600w is a small and compact PSU. With a simple black and white design, it blends well with the rest of the components.
Spinning around to the other side now, the panel also removes with two standard screws. Coming back that question, is it tidy or spaghetti?. Tidy is the answer! That is one seriously impressive cable management effort, from the team at Eclipse Computers. The case features bulge out panels, which are often used to bundle up cabling, and then we generally shoehorn the side panel on (No need here!). Inside they’ve made use of every single cable routing point, and neatly locked them all down into place. Showing, that care pays off and is worth the extra effort. This is mirrored in the main side with some of the neatest cable runs I’ve ever seen.
Upgrading has been kept in mind too, with spare Molex and SATA power cables already in place, should you decide to add more storage. Something we’ve yet to cover is the lighting system, again keeping everything from the same brand when possible, Eclipse has opted for a Thermaltake solution. The two units connect all the fans and LED strip, but looking at the wiring here. You would even know so many wires are present… its super clean and efficient.
Glancing at the case bottom now, I’m pleased to see a removable and cleanable dust filter. The shots demonstrate just how the air cooling has been setup, with dual intake at the front, two in the roof, and a single fan at the back.
As briefly mentioned earlier, Eclipse have opted to sync the fans and LED strip utilizing 2x, Lumi Color 256C RGB Magnetic controllers. Eclipse have fitted one in the floor and another on top of the hard drive cage. The controllers allow for multiple colours, brightness and effects.
You can tweak the brightness levels to suit your needs, or activate a flashing effect.
Because the system has been crafted around an all black theme, any colour you activate works extremely well.
Results vary depending on what you personally set, and of course the amount of lighting in your room
The UEFI on the gigabyte board is easy to navigate and control. We have the following tabs
For overclocking and voltage/temp control
[Save & Exit]
OC & Testing Method
[The AMD FX-8350]
Stop press, hold your assumptions!. Yes, the product has been around for a while now. So why use it? Simple answer, it’s much more able than may think. Better than that, the guys at Eclipse have applied a very decent overclock too.
Our test suite uses a large variety of software to determine the results and product award. For your viewing, these are broken down into the following categories
- Noise & Temps
- CPU & Memory
- Storage & USB
- Audio & Networking
Temperature Test Methodology
Why do we record simulated test data? It’s a fair question and operating temperatures are subject to much debate. Our method is to show a worst case scenario. OCCT replicates extreme heavy usage, forcing the CPU to run at 100% load for a long period of time, often hotter then other burn in apps.
On, one hand that is unlikely to ever happen on a product like this, on the other we feel it’s the fairest way to show what would happen in that situation. These are DELTA temps, so add your own ambient to gauge what you could expect in your home.
Overall temps, were very impressive when you factor in the overclock. The 6x fan setup working in unison rendered a max tempof 59c
Noise Test Methodology
- In order to determine the true temperatures and noise levels. We record idle temperatures 15 minutes after a cold boot, we also take our first sound level reading. These readings are taken at a distance of 1 meter (100cms) away from the GPU.
- We know others measure differently, but we don’t expect you’ll have your ear 10cm or closer, to the card very often, so this is our take on a more realistic scenario
- To measure load we use Furmark and a mixture of games, forcing the GPU to work at 100% load. Once again a reading of maximum temperature and sound levels are taken.
In order to minimise sound interference from other devices, which would skew the results we use:
- An SSD.
- A CPU Heatsink in passive mode.
- Record the results a total of three times and produce an average.
- The noise baseline is 30db due to ambient room noise and other equipment limitations.
peak noise level under extreme load was 42db
CPU & Memory
Passmark PerformanceTest is an award winning PC hardware benchmark utility that allows everybody to quickly assess the performance of their computer and compare it to a number of standard ‘baseline’ computer systems. Find out if your PC is performing at its best, compare the performance of your machine to similar machines and make objective independent measurements on which to base your purchasing decision.
Pay particular attention to the Inter math test, the CPU is able to deliver brilliant performance
Cinebench is the perfect tool to compare CPU and graphics performance across various systems and platforms (Windows and OS X). And best of all: It’s completely free.
The overclocked CPU produced fantastic results in Cinebench,
AIDA64 Extreme Edition is a streamlined Windows diagnostic and benchmarking software for home users. AIDA64 Extreme Edition provides a wide range of features to assist in overclocking, hardware error diagnosis, stress testing, and sensor monitoring. It has unique capabilities to assess the performance of the processor, system memory.
The CPU again makes its mark between the 6600K and 6700K, brilliant.
We’ve looked at DDR3 vs DDR4 in past, granted the numbers are lower than DDE4 (naturally) in the grand scheme, though, great results
[-Performance Test 8]
Different testing methods show the RAM in a better light with Performance Test 8. Not at far behind DDR4 in some situations
Storage & USB
The recently launched Kingston UV400 delivers great read performance, always above the 500MB/s mark, write ability is around the around 350-370 territory. Don’t assume that isn’t quick, it still is. More so compared to a standard mechanical drives.
Sure it’s not the fastest drive on the market but it deliver solid speeds.
Be sure to understand the actual difference between USB 3.0/3.1 Gen 1 & Gen 2. As it’s something that not all brands have explained clearly. To measure speeds we use AS-SSD, with an SSD inside a USB 3.0 Caddy from Startech
The Kingston SSD has a theoretical limit of 499MB/s Write, when hooked up internally to a SATA 6GB/s port. Overheads and such we accept that some degradation occurs when used over USB 3.0/3.1
No concerns with the controller, delivering solid performance
Network & Audio
Using the in built network test for Performance test 8. The method is to install the software on two machines, that are on the same network. One acts as a client and the other as a server, a designated amount of data is sent across and then the min, avg, and max transfer speeds are outputted.
While we used to hail Killer as the one to go for, time has now proven its actually the Intel controllers that are the better of the two.
We use RightMark Audio Analyzer, connecting “Line out” to “Line in” with a 3.5mm cable.
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The Audio quality is graded as good.
To show the benefits of a second card, and how well the RX 480 scales, we disabled the second card and performed a second set of tests.
For references sake at 1080P a Nvidia GTX 1070 scores around 13K and GTX1080 just over 15K, on our intel test bench. This is most impressive, given that a GTX1080 costs almost half the price of this PC
Besting the 1070, and not far behind the 1080, impressive.
We saw early generations of cards struggle to claim the 60FPS target at 4k. With the two card working together the system passes the barrier with ease.
Looking at the competition at 1080P, once again brilliant results with the crossfire setup
1FPS over the desirable target of 60FPS at 4K
Scaling isn’t amazing, being a new product to market. This is likely to be addressed in future driver updates
Good to go for 108oP and 1440P, 4K wasn’t feasible
Smooth as butter at all resolutions.
Shy of the ideal 60FPS mark at 4K, 1440P is the sweet spot on this game
Granted it’s an older title, but with the HD texture pack and the settings cranked up, it’s still challenging. Again its 1440P territory, perhaps tweak the settings to hit 60FPS @4K
How did those two reference design cards, hold up under extreme pressure?
79.5C was the hottest temp we noted.
Conclusion – TL:DR
So then conclusion time, the Eclipse Cosmos RGB Xfire AM3+ has been a real joy to work with. Prebuilt don’t always impress me, as a custom system builder myself, I have rather high expectations and standards. Self-build vs prebuilt is often at the center of any big decisions like this, but this system is clearly the way to go, let me explain why. Pricing is only £1172.71 (click for current) as mentioned earlier and that is an absolute bargain. Feel free to spec it up on their own site, or even shop around elsewhere. We used PcPartPicker to do all the leg room, the best we could achieve was a fair bit more! That does not include the building cost and warranty price either! Eclipse have set a seriously impressive price tag here and credit to them.
Visually the Eclipse Cosmos RGB Xfire AM3+ has been well crafted, a great deal of time and thought has clearly gone into the design. Using complimenting components from the same brand is wise move, these are destined to used alongside each other, and the overall look is brilliant. RGB as I always say, is a real crowd driver. You either love it or you don’t (Marmite anyone?) As with all good RGB products, control is key. You can either, turn if off when you need to, or tweak away and make it your own. The Lighting spots are logical, doing a great job of adding some eye candy. The additional strip really makes the internals pop and catch the eye even more
The performance was solid across the board. Especially the CPU heavy tests, showing the FX chip still has plenty of grunt these days. These RX 480 cards in crossfire deliver mind-boggling frame rates. The cards will dominate anything at 1080P, run comfortable at 1440P and with some fiddling around 4K is doable too on most titles. I appreciate the upgrade options too. The default config will suit the masses but if you felt the need for more power, that can be done. The CPU, RAM and others can be upgraded at cost, but what’s smart is the decision to offer components with other colour schemes too. The main core system features a heavily black color scheme, almost like a blank canvas for you take in any direction you want.
The Eclipse Cosmos RGB Xfire AM3+ is extremely good value, and able to dominate pretty much anything you put in front of it! Well worth considering!
The system earns GOLD & VALUE
We would like to thank Eclipse Computers for providing the sample, and eagerly await more from them soon!