Despite using a slightly slower 3GHz AMD Phenom II X2 545 processor than the competition, the Chillblast Fusion Hades budget desktop PC still managed to turn in some creditable performance results.

Despite using a slightly slower 3GHz AMD Phenom II X2 545 processor than the competition, the Chillblast Fusion Hades budget desktop PC still managed to turn in some creditable performance results. Its 114-point tally in our WorldBench 6 speed test is just two points lower than that of the fastest PC we've seen in this category.

Losing that tiny 100MHz of speed also leads to cost savings, which the Chillblast Fusion Hades budget desktop PC puts to good use with a high-quality 19in (1440x900) monitor. This is a distinct advantage over the 18.5in displays supplied by Eclipse and CyberPower, which offer a lower resolution and a considerably more cramped desktop.

A 4GB allocation of DDR2 memory and a 500GB hard drive are standard fare at this price point. And the HD 5670 graphics card offers decent performance, although the Chillblast Fusion Hades budget desktop PC's offering is some way behind the Eclipse's HD 5850.

The Chillblast Fusion Hades budget desktop PC's system case is a budget model but looks smart nonetheless, with rounded corners and just enough design details to differentiate it from your average box. Inside the case you'll find lots of space, but little room for expansion: the Gigabyte GA-MA74GM-S2H motherboard isn't the best choice for upgrades, but that's to be expected at this price point.

Chillblast provides a generous two-year collect-and-return warranty with its Fusion Hades budget desktop PC, which could save you a considerable amount of money were something to go wrong.

Chart ranking (July 2010 issue)

  1. Eclipse Matrix a55R575
  2. Chillblast Fusion Hades
  3. CyberPower Ultra Athenna XT
  4. Palicomp Excalibur 630-19 System
  5. Arbico Phenom 5467 HD

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