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Chillblast Fusion Anubis review

£749 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Chillblast

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

Chillblast has stuck to a winning formula with the Fusion Anubis, producing a desktop system that offers superb gaming and general-purpose performance.

Chillblast has stuck to a winning formula with the Fusion Anubis, producing a desktop system that offers superb gaming and general-purpose performance.

In our February issue, Chillblast's Fusion Osiris won the Best Buy award in this category. The company has stuck to its winning formula with the Fusion Anubis.

Only a few small tweaks separate this machine and its costlier sibling - the Chillblast Fusion Anubis' processor, hard drive, motherboard, memory, graphics and sound cards are all identical.

Intel's Core 2 Duo E8600 powers the Chillblast Fusion Anubis to an excellent 131 points in our WorldBench 6 real-world speed test - a score that's hard to beat even with the most expensive components available.

Gamers will also be pleased with the Chillblast Fusion Anubis' HD 4850 graphics card. This is a popular choice this month, with all but one manufacturer swayed by its decent credentials and overall good gaming experience. You may need to wind down the quality a touch in demanding games such as Crysis, however.

The Chillblast Fusion Anubis' pair of Logitech S220 stereo speakers and subwoofer is an entry-level audio offering, but it's certainly an improvement on systems that rely on their monitor's built-in speakers. If you're looking for full surround sound, however, consider Mesh's Matrix II instead.

All the systems here come with 500GB hard drives and a 4GB allocation of DDR2 RAM. This will be perfectly adequate for most users, although the Chillblast Fusion Anubis also features two spare memory slots to expand its capacity.

The Chillblast Fusion Anubis' 22in Digimate monitor is notable for its VGA and DVI inputs, but its performance and features aren't as impressive as those of the CyberPower's Fujitsu-Siemens monitor. It also lacks the 1,080p (full-HD) resolution of Mesh's Iiyama.

Budget PCs chart ranking (April 09 issue)

  1. Chillblast Fusion Anubis
  2. Arbico CD8850 XL
  3. Mesh Matrix II 920
  4. CyberPower Gamer Infinity Silent Edition
  5. Zoostorm 64-5300

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Chillblast Fusion Anubis Expert Verdict »

3.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E8600
Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit (choose XP or Vista 64bit with no extra cost)
MSI P43 Neo3-F
6 x USB 2.0
22in Digimate L-2248WD (0.29mm pixel pitch
512MB PCI Express Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 4850 (games scores: Crysis High = 55fps, Very High = 20fps
Fear = 174fps)
Creative Audigy SE 7.1
2 x Logitech S220
22x/22x/12x/16x/6x/8x/12x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM)
AVG Free
two-year collect-and-return warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 131
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

Top desktop performance, combined with a two-year collect-and-return warranty, make the Chillblast Fusion Anubis an excellent choice. However, better gaming scores are available from Zoostorm.

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