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Chillblast Fusion Excalibur review

£999 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Chillblast

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

The decidedly retro appearance of the Chillblast Fusion Excalibur sets it apart from the competition.

The decidedly retro appearance of the Chillblast Fusion Excalibur sets it apart from the competition. Its round power and reset switches are somewhat reminiscent of an old push-button TV set, and the large silver bezel of the 22in Digimate monitor continues this trend. It's a cohesive look, but may not suit all tastes.

Another system based on Intel's Core i7 920, the Chillblast Fusion Excalibur whizzed through WorldBench 6 with 120 points. This is a good result, even if our Best Buy machine left it in the dust with a 13-point lead.

The Chillblast Fusion Excalibur's gaming performance depends on an nVidia GeForce 9800 GTX+ graphics card. This card is less powerful than the GTX 260 found in the Palicomp and Eclipse, but it's conversely considerably faster than the CyberPower's HD 4850.

A 3GB allocation of DDR3 RAM is fairly standard for entry-level Core i7-based systems; three slots remain free for future upgrades, should you need them. This is one advantage the Chillblast Fusion Excalibur holds over the Best Buy Arbico, which offers only four memory slots. The Excalibur's 600W PSU is also more than adequate, given the lower power requirements of its graphics card.

Of all the PCs in this price category, the Chillblast Fusion Excalibur is alone in offering a set of 5.1-channel surround-sound speakers - that's five speakers and a subwoofer. You don't get the Blu-ray drive provided with the Palicomp Phoenix, however.

Chart ranking: Power desktop PCs

  1. Arbico Elite i748 XL
  2. Eclipse Galaxy X58n260
  3. Palicomp Phoenix E86C-22
  4. CyberPower Gamer Ultra HD II
  5. Chillblast Fusion Excalibur

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2.66GHz Intel Core i7 920
Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit (choose XP or Vista 64bit at no extra cost)
8 x USB 2.0
Asus P6T
600W Thermaltake W0103RU PSU
22in Digimate L-2231WD (0.28mm pixel pitch
512MB PCI Express Sparkle nVidia GeForce 9800 GTX+ (game scores: Crysis = 67fps (High), 21fps (Very High)
Fear = 172fps)
onboard Realtek ALC888/1200
5 x Trust speakers and subwoofer
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: 120
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

The Chillblast Fusion Excalibur is a decent system overall, although we feel that someone willing to splash out on a Core i7 PC will want a more powerful graphics card than the one provided here.

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