Chillblast Fusion Tracer RX 480 review

Some gaming PCs skimp on the more expensive parts, neglecting overall usability in order to chase a few extra frames per second. The Fusion Tracer RX 480,  however, offers a carefully selected list of components which result in a solid performer without weak points. See also: Best gaming PCs

Key components include a quad-core Intel Core i5-6402P processor, a PowerColor-branded AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB graphics card and 8GB of 2133MHz DDR4 RAM. The processor is an interesting one: running at a maximum speed of 3.5GHz, it has been designed specifically to provide a 100MHz speed boost over the standard Core i5-6400 without an increase in price. This has been achieved by reducing the performance of the chip’s integrated graphics, but that’s not something we care about as the PC uses a high performance graphics card instead.

Buy the Fusion Tracer RX 480 from Chillblast for £749 including VAT and delivery.

Also important is the inclusion of both a hard drive and a 250GB solid state drive (SSD) which gives a significant boost to general performance without sacrificing on the storage capacity.

Finished in black and red, the Fusion Tracer is housed in a CiT F3 midi-tower system case. It’s no small form-factor system, but it’s definitely on the compact side of the format. This makes it well-suited to smaller desk spaces, but also means there’s not a lot of room for expansion inside. The case’s signature red strip adds a smart touch to the case, although it does seem a little ‘plasticky’ on closer inspection. Embedded within the strip are the usual power and reset buttons, along with three USB ports and a handy card reader.

Chillblast Fusion Tracer RX 480 review

Inside, the Gigabyte GA-H110M-S2H provides only a basic set of features and it’s here that we come to the only real disadvantage of this system and that is its lack of upgrade options. You may be able to fit a second hard drive in the case, but that’s about it. There are no free memory slots and the only accessible expansion port is a single PCI Express x1 slot. The CPU is topped by a stock Intel cooler, which seems to do an adequate job in this system without creating much noise.

Performance

The combination of the quad-core processor and powerful graphics card in the Fusion Tracer RX 480 means the system is able to achieve solid performance around up to 1440p with Ultra quality settings and might even have a stab at 4K with some less-demanding titles, although would wouldn’t recommend buying this PC as a 4K system. You should be able to run many games at 60fps with this system without resorting to lower resolutions or quality.

The PC also performs well for VR, achieving a ‘High’ rating in the Steam VR performance test and strong results in the new VRMark benchmark.

Although it makes no difference to gaming benchmarks, the SSD in this system makes a huge difference to general system responsiveness as well as game load times. The difference between using the Fusion Tracer RX 480 and a similarly-priced PC without an SSD is very noticeable, with the latter causing us to frequently lose patience.

Benchmark results

Service and Warranty

Chillblast’s five-year warranty is one of the best in the business, with a collect-and-return service and full parts and labour cover for the first two years. Lifetime phone support is also included with labour costs covered for the remaining three years.

Chillblast Fusion Tracer RX 480: Specs

  • 2.8GHz - 3.4GHz Intel Core i5-6402P
  • Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • 8GB DDR4 2133MHz RAM
  • 250GB SK Hynix SSD + 1TB HDD
  • 500W PSU
  • Gigabyte GA-H110M-S2H motherboard
  • AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB Graphics Card
  • onboard sound
  • 3 x USB 3.0, 6 x USB 2.0
  • 2 x PS/2, DisplayPort, DVI, HDMI
  • CiT F3 Black and Red case
  • Dimensions: 208 x 366 x 412mm
  • Front ports: 1 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0
  • Fans: 4 x 120mm, 2 x 120mm (front / rear)
  • 2 years collect and return, 5 year labour only, lifetime phone
  • 2.8GHz - 3.4GHz Intel Core i5-6402P
  • Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • 8GB DDR4 2133MHz RAM
  • 250GB SK Hynix SSD + 1TB HDD
  • 500W PSU
  • Gigabyte GA-H110M-S2H motherboard
  • AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB Graphics Card
  • onboard sound
  • 3 x USB 3.0, 6 x USB 2.0
  • 2 x PS/2, DisplayPort, DVI, HDMI
  • CiT F3 Black and Red case
  • Dimensions: 208 x 366 x 412mm
  • Front ports: 1 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0
  • Fans: 4 x 120mm, 2 x 120mm (front / rear)
  • 2 years collect and return, 5 year labour only, lifetime phone

OUR VERDICT

As a great all-round gaming PC, the Fusion Tracer RX 480 will not disappoint. It delivers strong gaming performance without cutting corners, although it does lacks upgrade options. It also comes with a five year warranty.

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