Inside the slim case of the Chillblast Fusion Avatar lurks a beast of a Media PC. Featuring an Intel Core i5-2500K processor, it’s by far the fastest of the group. Its WorldBench 6 score of 174 points puts it in the same league as a regular high-spec desktop PC, providing plenty of power if you want a single system for general computing and entertainment.

The system case, while considerably larger than the Apple, Arbico or Quiet PC offerings, is a slim landscape affair with plenty of vents to assist air flow. Inside, we find mostly standard-sized PC components including a Samsung Blu-ray combo drive and a hushed BeQuiet-branded power supply.

It’s the only system other than the Apple Mac mini to include a dedicated graphics card – in this case an AMD Radeon HD 6570. With this card installed, the PC is capable of very creditable gaming framerates too, making it a powerful all-rounder.
 
While the graphic card is cooled without the need for a fan, the CPU is not. However, Chillblast has chosen quiet components including a low-profile Arctic Cooling Freezer CPU cooler to help minimise disturbance. Overall, this powerful PC is still a little quieter than Arbico’s noisome Zippy X35.

Chillblast has selected a Peak dual-channel DVB-T tuner, enabling the Fusion Avatar to watch one channel while recording another, although neither supports Freeview HD or Freesat HD.

The supplied Logitech Wireless Combo MK260 keyboard is a compact model incorporating media control functions but it doesn’t include a pointing device you can use from your lap. Instead you must wrangle with a standard desktop mouse. A basic hand-held remote control is also included. 

Chillblast Fusion Avatar Media PC: Specs

  • Intel Core i5 2500K processor
  • 3.4GHz (turbo) 2TB SATA Hard Drive
  • 8GB DDR3 RAM
  • Realtek 7.1 on-board audio
  • Samsung Blu Ray / DVD RW Combi
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • Silent PSU, Ultra low noise CPU cooler
  • Peak Dual Tuner Freeview card Radeon 6570
  • Passive video card with case-assisted thermal dissipation
  • 440 x 105 x 340mm
  • Intel Core i5 2500K processor
  • 3.4GHz (turbo) 2TB SATA Hard Drive
  • 8GB DDR3 RAM
  • Realtek 7.1 on-board audio
  • Samsung Blu Ray / DVD RW Combi
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • Silent PSU, Ultra low noise CPU cooler
  • Peak Dual Tuner Freeview card Radeon 6570
  • Passive video card with case-assisted thermal dissipation
  • 440 x 105 x 340mm

OUR VERDICT

Delivering the best overall performance, the Chillblast Fusion Avatar Media PC still relies on audible fans to keep itself cool and is far from silent, although quieter than Arbico’s Zippy. It comes with CyberLink software in addition to the standard Windows Media Center.

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