Chillblast’s Fusion Solar costs considerably less than most of the computers in this group, but its multiplier-unlocked Core i7-2600K processor ensures stellar performance.

Chillblast’s Fusion Solar costs considerably less than most of the computers in this group, but its multiplier-unlocked Core i7-2600K processor ensures stellar performance.

This chip is designed for overclocking, so Chillblast has also installed an Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro cooler to prevent overheating. Even in its non-overclocked state, as reviewed here, you’ll find the Chillblast Fusion Solar noticeably quieter than the Dino PC, which uses a standard Intel cooler.

The Chillblast Fusion Solar's Asus P8P67 motherboard provides two PCI Express X16 slots, Bluetooth and USB 3.0. The ‘Pro’ version of this board, seen elsewhere in the chart, adds a third PCI Express slot, eSATA ports and nVidia’s scalable link interface (SLI) technology.

You won’t find fancy extras such as soundproofing and SATA docking ports on the Chillblast Fusion Solar's Cooler Master Elite 430 PC case, but plenty of fan-mounting points are available. There’s also a see-through side panel and an illuminated fan at the front.

Chillblast provides a large two-terabyte (2TB) hard drive, which it supplements with a 60GB Corsair solid-state disk (SSD). Its a specification that led the Fusion Solar to an impressive 181-point score in WorldBench 6. This is 10 points clear of last issue’s chart leader, but beaten by the Palicomp’s RAM-packed Phoenix PC.

It isn’t as fast – nor as expensive – as the Mesh’s GTX 580, but the Chillblast Fusion Solar's nVidia GeForce GTX 570 graphics card will play most games very well at the 25in display’s maximum 1920x1080-pixel resolution. This screen is the largest, but not the best, in the chart, and is complemented by a Blu-ray drive and a set of five speakers and a subwoofer.

Power desktop PCs: chart ranking

  1. Chillblast Fusion Solar
  2. Palicomp Phoenix i7 Stealth
  3. Mesh Evolution 2600K PCA
  4. Arbico i7-2656 Stealth Gamer
  5. Dino PC Maxosaur 2600

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