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Chillblast Fusion Isis review

£749 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Chillblast

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

With its Fusion Isis, Chillblast has largely stuck with a tried-and-tested formula that has served it well.

Chillblast's Fusion Isis is an updated version of the Fusion Anubis we reviewed in our April issue. Like Arbico, Chillblast has largely stuck with a tried-and-tested formula that has served it well.

Intel's E8600 chip powers the Chillblast Fusion Isis to a speed score of 123 points in our WorldBench 6 test. This is a decent result, but it's eight points behind the Anubis, despite the PCs having almost identical hardware. It's also seven points behind the Best Buy Arbico.

The Chillblast Fusion Isis is a gamer-friendly system, with ATI's popular Radeon HD 4850 graphics card making its second and most impressive appearance in our chart - it delivers an excellent gaming experience across several modern titles. Note that you may have to wind down the quality settings a little in demanding games such as Crysis, however.

You get a set of Logitech S220 stereo speakers and a subwoofer with the Chillblast Fusion Isis. This is an entry-level offering - if you want full surround sound, consider the Mesh - but it's luxury compared with the CyberPower's speakers, which are built into its monitor.

The Chillblast Fusion Isis comes with a 500GB hard drive and 4GB of RAM; this is now a standard specification at this price point. Two memory slots are available for future expansion.

The Chillblast Fusion Isis' 22in Digimate monitor offers analogue and digital inputs, but it lacks the full-HD 1,080p resolution of the Iiyama display provided by Mesh.


Chart ranking: budget desktop PCs (June 09 issue)

  1. Arbico CD 8850 XL
  2. Chillblast Fusion Isis
  3. Mesh Matrix II 920
  4. CyberPower Gamer Infinity 850
  5. RL Supplies Modula AX2-920

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Chillblast Fusion Isis Expert Verdict »

3.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E8600
Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit (choose XP or Vista 32bit at no extra cost)
4GB DDR2 RAM
500GB SATA
6 x USB 2.0
MSI P43 Neo-F motherboard
500W Bosse PSU
22in Digimate L-2248WD monitor (0.29mm pixel pitch
1,680x1,050 native resolution)
512MB PCI Express Asus ATI Radeon HD 4850 graphics card (games scores: Crysis (High/Very High) = 57/20fps
Fear = 170fps)
Creative Audigy SE 7.1 sound card
2 x Logitech S220 speakers and subwoofer
max DVD speeds: 22x/22x/12x/16x/6x/8x/12x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM)
OpenOffice
Nero
AVG Free
one-year return-to-base warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 123
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

We’ve awarded the Best Buy to Arbico, largely because the Chillblast Fusion Isis scored significantly fewer points in our WorldBench 6 test. But those in the market for a PC in this price bracket would do well to note the Isis’ superior warranty and RAM expandability.

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