Chillblast Fusion Opal review

Chillblast Fusion Opal

Chillblast’s mid-priced Fusion Opal provides a good balance of performance and features. Powered by an Intel Core i5 Haswell processor, it makes use of the latest processor technology from Intel, installed in an up-to-date Asus B85M-G motherboard, featuring the B85 Express chipset. See all business PC reviews.

Rather than going all out to hit the top of the performance results, Chillblast has stepped the performance back a notch by going for the 3.2 GHz Core i5-4570 rather than the 3.4 GHz version. Chillblast’s choice is still much more than required for general office use. Take a look at Group test: What's the best office PC?

An overall PCMark 7 score of 4257 places it right in the middle of the performance results, but it lacks the real responsiveness which is only found with a solid-state drive. Instead, Chillblast has provided a full terabyte of hard disk space. See our  PC Specialist MPC-2100 review.

The system is housed in a CiT Fortress system case – and seeing as this is a business PC, Chillblast has thankfully chosen the non-illuminated version. Although it has a reasonably smart external appearance, featuring four front USB ports – but just one of which is USB 3.0 – it’s rather basic inside with no particular easy access features or cable management. See also The 7 best tablets with expandable memory.

The system comes with a basic Cherry business keyboard and mouse, and an impressive 23.6-inch Iiyama X2377 monitor is included. This features a 1920 x 1080-pixel high-quality IPS panel. When compared to smaller 21.5-inch displays with the same pixel count, this display is considerably easier to look at for extended periods while IPS technology delivers far higher image quality than TN-based versions.

As usual, Chillblast includes a two-year collect-and-return warranty service which is a considerably advantage over the return-to-base terms offered by the competition. This system was supplied and tested with Windows 8 Pro installed, which includes useful downgrade rights to Windows 7 Professional.

Chillblast Fusion Opal: Specs

  • Processor: 3.2 GHz Intel Core i5-4570 (4 cores / 4 threads, 3.6 GHz Turbo)
  • CPU Cooler: Intel Stock Cooler
  • Installed memory: 8 GB DDR3 1333MHz
  • Storage: 1 TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 64MB Cache 7200rpm
  • Power supply: CIT 500 W PSU
  • Motherboard: Asus B85M-G Motherboard
  • External USB ports: 3 x USB 3.0, 6 x USB 2.0
  • Display: 23in Iiyama X2377 (1920 x 1080) IPS
  • Graphics card: Intel HD Graphics 4600
  • Sound: Onboard
  • Networking: Gigabut ethernet
  • Video outputs: VGA, HDMI, DVI
  • Case: CIT Fortress (un-illuminated edition)
  • Keyboard & Mouse: Cherry J82-16001 Business K-1 USB keyboard (black), M-5450 Powerwheel mouse
  • Optical drive: 24x DVD-RW Drive
  • Operating system: Windows 8 Pro
  • Extra items: None
  • Support options: Unlimited telephone setup support, subsidised out of warranty repair/upgrade
  • Warrant: 2 years collect and return
  • Processor: 3.2 GHz Intel Core i5-4570 (4 cores / 4 threads, 3.6 GHz Turbo)
  • CPU Cooler: Intel Stock Cooler
  • Installed memory: 8 GB DDR3 1333MHz
  • Storage: 1 TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 64MB Cache 7200rpm
  • Power supply: CIT 500 W PSU
  • Motherboard: Asus B85M-G Motherboard
  • External USB ports: 3 x USB 3.0, 6 x USB 2.0
  • Display: 23in Iiyama X2377 (1920 x 1080) IPS
  • Graphics card: Intel HD Graphics 4600
  • Sound: Onboard
  • Networking: Gigabut ethernet
  • Video outputs: VGA, HDMI, DVI
  • Case: CIT Fortress (un-illuminated edition)
  • Keyboard & Mouse: Cherry J82-16001 Business K-1 USB keyboard (black), M-5450 Powerwheel mouse
  • Optical drive: 24x DVD-RW Drive
  • Operating system: Windows 8 Pro
  • Extra items: None
  • Support options: Unlimited telephone setup support, subsidised out of warranty repair/upgrade
  • Warrant: 2 years collect and return

OUR VERDICT

The Chillblast Fusion Opal delivers very good performance and a large, high-quality monitor while maintaining a affordable price. No SSD is included, so it won’t have quite the zip of other systems. A reassuring two-year collect-and-return warranty is included.

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