Chillblast’s Olympian makes good use of its E8500 processor, scoring 120 points in our WorldBench 6 real-world speed test. With a pair of Radeon HD 4850 graphics cards installed, it’s well equipped to tackle demanding games at high resolutions, too.

Indeed, our gaming tests were incapable of pushing the Chillblast Olympian to its full potential. In Crysis at ‘Very High’ settings, for example, the Chillblast came out ahead of all but Zoostorm’s stunning E8600-based system.

However, we’re not convinced that the Chillblast Olympian's Crossfire setup is the best graphics arrangement at this price point – it increases the power requirements, complexity and price. Neither is the Asus P5K Pro motherboard able to provide the full bandwidth usable by the pair of cards.

The more expensive Chillblast Olympian has neither the quieter operation of the CyberPower, nor the huge 8GB memory capacity of the Mesh. Instead, a more standard 4GB of RAM is provided, along with a 750GB hard drive.

On the plus side, the Chillblast Olympian's set of Creative Inspire T6100 surround speakers provide an immersive gaming and multimedia experience, powered by a Creative X-Fi XtremeAudio 7.1 sound card.

The Chillblast Olympian's 22in Samsung monitor is also more stylish than any of the competition and produces some striking images, thanks to its high contrast ratio and 2ms response time.

Chart ranking: Power desktop PCs (Nov issue)

  1. Zoostorm 64-6502
  2. Mesh Elite GTX260 Pro
  3. CyberPower Gamer Infinity Silent Edition
  4. Chillblast Olympian
  5. PC Specialist Apollo HD8600

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