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Chillblast Fusion Ninja review

£827 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Chillblast

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Chillblast's Fusion Ninja achieved an impressive 126 points in our WorldBench 6 speed benchmark

Also featuring Intel’s brand-new Core 2 Duo E8600 processor, Chillblast's Fusion Ninja achieved an impressive score of 126 points in our WorldBench 6 real-world speed benchmark.

But whereas the Chillblast Fusion Ninja is inferior when it comes to raw processing power, its graphics grunt more than makes up for it. Indeed, the Ninja’s 512MB 9800 GTX+ offers a significant boost in graphics performance. Despite its 9xxx nomenclature, the nVidia GeForce GTX+ is a brand-new, mid-range card that has been specifically designed to rival the ATI Radeon 4850.

In our tests, this often proved a little faster than the Radeon. However, unlike the HD 4850, it’s a double-thickness card, meaning it takes up more space inside the PC and leaves less room for other cards.

Chillblast has nevertheless managed to squeeze in a Creative Soundblaster Audigy SE 7.1 sound card to the Fusion Ninja. Unfortunately, none of the PCs in this price category come with anything better than a set of 2.1-channel speakers (two speakers and a subwoofer).

The Chillblast Fusion Ninja’s Coolermaster Elite 330 case combines decent build quality, plenty of room for expansion and understated good looks. Although the 750GB hard drive supplied by Chillblast is the largest here, there remains room to increase this capacity – four external 3.5in bays provide ample capacity for upgrades. Also provided is a memory-card reader, a pair of USB 2.0 ports and analogue audio connectors.

The Chillblast Fusion Ninja's Asus motherboard leaves room for an additional two sticks of RAM, in case you need more than 4GB. Note, however, that this board doesn’t support scalable link interface (SLI), so you won’t be able to add a second graphics card later on.

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3.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E8600
Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit (choose XP or 64bit Vista at no extra cost)
4GB DDR2 RAM
750GB SATA
Asus P5K SE/EPU
8 x USB 2.0
22in Chimei CMV 223D (0.28mm pixel pitch
1,680x1,050)
512MB PCI Express Leadtek nVidia GeForce 9800 GTX+ (games scores: Crysis = 63fps
Fear = 166fps)
Creative Audigy SE 7.1
2 x Logitech S220
subwoofer
22x/22x/12x/16x/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: 126
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

It’s a close match between the Chillblast Fusion Ninja and the Arbico Elite 8685 RDX, but the dearer Ninja gives 50 percent more hard-drive space and performed a little better in our gaming tests.

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