Chillblast’s Fusion Volt is the fastest PC in our chart, and the only machine to take advantage of Intel’s Smart Response Technology (SRT). Its 40GB Corsair solid-state drive (SSD) is used to accelerate performance of the one-terabyte (1TB) Samsung hard drive, and its low capacity helps keep down costs.

Like every other PC in this group, the Chillblast Fusion Volt is based on a 3.4GHz Intel Core i7-2600K processor. It stormed ahead in WorldBench 6 with 184 points, with only Palicomp’s RAM-heavy Phoenix coming close.

An ATI Radeon HD 6970 graphics card delivers excellent gaming results. Chillblast has selected MSI’s Twin Frozr III version for the Fusion Volt, which offers standard clock speeds but improved cooling. This card is better suited to overclocking than Arbico’s Asus card.

The Chillblast Fusion Volt's Asus P8Z68-V LE motherboard provides many of the latest technologies, including the aforementioned SRT. It also lets you access the CPU’s integrated graphics processor to assist with video encoding. Eclipse supplies the enhanced version of this board with its Cosmos PC, however, which offers superior overclocking support, Bluetooth and scalable link interface (SLI, for adding multiple nVidia graphics cards).

A super-sleek 23.6in Asus VS247H monitor is included with the Chillblast Fusion Volt. It’s more stylish and better specified than the displays supplied with competing PCs, and comes with a pair of Logitech S220 stereo speakers and a bass-enhancing subwoofer.

£1,000 PC chart ranking

  1. 1. Chillblast Fusion Volt
    2. Eclipse Cosmos i726n57
    3. Palicomp Phoenix i7 Z68 Assassin
    4. Arbico Elite i7-2697 Pro
    5. Dino PC Ravenous 2600K

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