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Chillblast Fusion Hercules review

£1,499 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Chillblast

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Hard disks can often be the bottleneck in a PC’s performance. Whereas Arbico has chosen a Raid configuration to keep data moving, Chillblast has eliminated the problem by adding a 30GB solid-state disk to its Fusion Hercules.

Hard disks can often be the bottleneck in a PC's performance. Whereas Arbico has chosen a Raid configuration to keep data moving, Chillblast has used newer technology to help out. In addition to a 1TB Samsung hard drive, the company has installed a 30GB solid-state disk (SSD) from OCZ into its Fusion Hercules.

The jury is still out over the benefits of SSDs - sometimes they can be faster than standard hard drives, sometimes slower. A relatively small capacity of 30GB will quickly get used up, too. But, in any case, a score of 136 in our WorldBench 6 real-world speed test demonstrates that the Chillblast Fusion Hercules is a very fast system.

The Intel Core i7 920 processor delivers superb performance, while the Chillblast Fusion Hercules' 6GB allocation of DDR3 RAM and 64bit OS give it plenty of room to breathe. MSI's X58 Pro motherboard provides six memory slots, three of which remain free for future upgrades. It also offers two PCI Express 16x slots, giving you the option of adding a second graphics card later on.

An ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 graphics card delivered blistering performance in our gaming tests, thanks to its dual-processor design. In our most demanding Crysis tests, the Chillblast Fusion Hercules pumped out higher framerates than all but the GTX 295-equipped Mesh.

The Chillblast Fusion Hercules' 24in Yuraku display looks rather chunky and functional, but it delivers a rich picture with saturated colours and is capable of 1,080p (full-HD) playback from the bundled Blu-ray-capable DVD drive.

Chart ranking: Power desktop PCs (June 09 issue)

  1. Arbico Elite i7 RSX
  2. Chillblast Fusion Hercules
  3. Mesh Matrix 295 HD
  4. CyberPower Gamer Infinity i7 Galaxy
  5. Eclipse Excalibur i792nGTX260

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Chillblast Fusion Hercules Expert Verdict »

2.66GHz Intel Core i7 920
Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit (choose XP or Vista 32bit at no extra cost)
6 x USB 2.0
MSI X58 Pro motherboard
750W Thermaltake PSU
24in Yuraku MB24W monitor (0.27mm pixel pitch
1,920x1,080 native resolution)
2 x 1GB PCI Express HIS ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 graphics cards (games scores: Crysis (High/Very High) = 68/37fps
Fear = 336fps)
onboard Realtek ALC888/1200 sound card
5 x Trust speakers and subwoofer
max DVD speeds: 16x/16x/4x/4x/6x/6x/12x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM)
AVG Free
two-year collect-and-return warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 136
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

Chillblast’s Fusion Hercules is an excellent performer that employs some cutting-edge technology, but it’ll cost you £150 more than our Best Buy Arbico.

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