A good PC calls for a good specification, and Chillblast's Fusion Payload ticks all our boxes.

At first glance, Chillblast's Fusion Payload appears to be at a considerable disadvantage. Its Core i7 920 processor looks a little slow compared with the 950 - something that's made apparent by its relatively weak showing in WorldBench 6: 138 points versus around 150 for the competition. Indeed, Eclipse's Titan manages to achieve an extra 12 points in our tests without costing any extra.

However, a good PC calls for a well-rounded specification, decent build quality and carefully selected components. The Chillblast Fusion Payload ticks all three boxes. Whereas Eclipse provides two 500GB hard drives in a Raid 0 array, the Fusion Payload also offers a third for backing up your data.

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The supplied monitor is a 24in full-HD widescreen model from BenQ. It offers very good picture quality and an HDMI port, allowing easy connection to an HDTV or games console. You also get a set of 5.1-channel (five speakers and a subwoofer) surround-sound speakers and a Blu-ray drive, making the Chillblast Fusion Payload an ideal multimedia PC.

And the Chillblast Fusion Payload packs what is arguably the most powerful graphics card of the bunch: a 1GB nVidia GeForce GTX 285.

The Chillblast Fusion Payload achieves the joint-top score in our most demanding games test, along with the Eclipse's Vapor-X Radeon HD 4890.

Chart ranking (December 09 issue)

  1. Eclipse Titan X58 i795R489
  2. Chillblast Fusion Payload
  3. Arbico Elite 9575 Pro
  4. CyberPower Gamer Infinity i7 Phoenix

Chillblast Fusion Payload: Specs

  • 2.66GHz Intel Core i7 920
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (choose XP or Windows 7 64bit at no extra cost)
  • 6GB DDR3 RAM
  • 3 x 500GB SATA (2 in Raid 0 configuration)
  • Asus P6T SE motherboard
  • 6 x USB 2.0
  • 750W WinPower PSU
  • 24in BenQ display (0.27mm pixel pitch
  • 1,920x1,080 native resolution)
  • 1,024MB PCI Express BFG nVidia GeForce GTX 285 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 83/30fps
  • Fear = 265fps)
  • onboard Realtek ALC888/1200 sound
  • 5 x Genius speakers and subwoofer
  • 5x BD-ROM
  • 16x/16x/8x/8x/16x/8x/16x/8x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM)
  • two-year collect-and-return warranty
  • WorldBench 6 score: 138
  • 2.66GHz Intel Core i7 920
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (choose XP or Windows 7 64bit at no extra cost)
  • 6GB DDR3 RAM
  • 3 x 500GB SATA (2 in Raid 0 configuration)
  • Asus P6T SE motherboard
  • 6 x USB 2.0
  • 750W WinPower PSU
  • 24in BenQ display (0.27mm pixel pitch
  • 1,920x1,080 native resolution)
  • 1,024MB PCI Express BFG nVidia GeForce GTX 285 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 83/30fps
  • Fear = 265fps)
  • onboard Realtek ALC888/1200 sound
  • 5 x Genius speakers and subwoofer
  • 5x BD-ROM
  • 16x/16x/8x/8x/16x/8x/16x/8x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM)
  • two-year collect-and-return warranty
  • WorldBench 6 score: 138

OUR VERDICT

It may make for a slightly slower system overall, but the Core i7 920 CPU still represents great value and the savings let you splash the cash elsewhere. The Chillblast Fusion Payload is a very fast gaming system regardless.

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