Chillblast’s Fusion Electron significantly ups the ante over the company’s previous entrant to this category, the Best Buy award-winning Fusion Delta. The most noticeable change is the EZCool HA-900B system case, which is complete with cool blue lighting and industrial-style side grips.
Below the EZCool’s top-mounted metallic power and reset switches is an illuminated front panel with four USB ports and headphone and microphone sockets.
The Chillblast Fusion Electron's multiplier-unlocked Core i5-2500K processor is fitted to an Asus P8P67 Pro motherboard, offering a small step up from the Delta’s standard P8P67. It adds to the standard board’s specification list two 8x PCI Express slots and a pair of eSATA connections, and includes support for Bluetooth, USB 3.0 and 6 gigabits per second (Gbps) SATA.
Chillblast has increased the memory allocation from 4GB to 8GB, and upgraded the display to a 23.6in Asus VH242H that offers superior image quality and an HDMI input. A pair of external speakers are also supplied with the Chillblast Fusion Electron.
A VTX Radeon HD 6870 graphics card enabled playable framerates in all our gaming tests. Only the Eclipse’s GTX 560 Ti was able to edge ahead of the Chillblast Fusion Electron, and even then in just one test.
For performance, the Chillblast Fusion Electron is hard to beat. Its 165-point WorldBench 6 score is only slightly lower than the Core i7-powered Dino PC, and ahead of all the i5 competition. Unlike the Dino PC, however, the Chillblast’s overclockable processor allows it a little extra oomph.
£750 PCs chart ranking
- 1. Chillblast Fusion Electron
2. Dino PC Elmisaur 2600
3. Eclipse Anarchy i525n560
4. Palicomp Phoenix i5 Lightning
5. Arbico i5287 Pro
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