The Chillblast Fusion Battleaxe is a smart-looking PC, finished in black and silver with subtle blue illumination, while its 3GHz dual-core AMD Phenom II X2 545 offers a great deal of power for your money.

The Chillblast Fusion Battleaxe is a smart-looking PC, finished in black and silver with subtle blue illumination. It's powered by a fast 3GHz dual-core AMD Phenom II X2 545, which offers a great deal of power for your money. This chip also helps the Battleaxe to a WorldBench 6 score of 113 points.

Unfortunately for Chillblast, Arbico's same-priced Phenom edges ahead of the Fusion Battleaxe with the 3.1GHz version of the same processor.

The Chillblast Fusion Battleaxe's graphics are provided by the popular Radeon HD 5670, a DirectX 11.0-compatible card. It offers good performance and fancy in-game special effects, but it can't match the raw speed of older cards, such as the HD 4770 or HD 4850 seen elsewhere.

The 19in Acer display offers good image quality. It has a tidy, minimal design with a thin bezel, and is a good match for the Chillblast Fusion Battleaxe's system case.

Inside, the Asus M2N68-AM Plus motherboard has only two memory slots, both of which have already been filled with the supplied 4GB of RAM. This is true of most AMD-based systems at this price point. If you're thinking of upgrading, note that you'll need to replace rather than add to the Chillblast Fusion Battleaxe's existing chips.

Pleasingly, Chillblast has managed to stretch the budget to include a set of stereo speakers and a subwoofer, making this a far more engaging PC for both gaming and listening to music at no extra cost.

Chart ranking: Budget PCs (issue 178)

  1. CyberPower Ultra Athenna Elite
  2. Arbico Phenom 5570HD
  3. Chillblast Fusion Battleaxe
  4. Mesh Matrix DX 250
  5. Eclipse Matrix A62R567

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