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Chillblast Olympian review

£999 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Chillblast

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

Chillblast’s Olympian makes good use of its E8500 processor, scoring 120 points in our WorldBench 6 real-world speed test.

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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Chillblast Olympian Expert Verdict »

3.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit (choose XP or Vista 64bit at no extra cost)
4GB DDR2 RAM
750GB SATA
Asus P5K Pro
8 x USB 2.0
21.6in Samsung SM-2253LW (0.277mm pixel pitch
1,680x1,050)
2 x 512MB PCI Express Gainward ATI Radeon HD 4850 (games scores: Crysis = 54fps
Fear = 290fps)
Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi XtremeAudio
5 x Creative Inspire T6100
subwoofer
4x/3x (BD-ROM/HD-DVD)
16x/16x/4x/4x/6x/8x/12x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM)
OpenOffice
AVG Free
Nero
two-year collect-and-return warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 120
  • Build Quality: We give this item 7 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

The Chillblast Olympian is a good performer, but has been outclassed by Intel’s latest CPU. A minor performance gain and added upgrade expense also make its graphics setup questionable.


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