The Chillblast Fusion Fury is a thoughtfully constructed system, built using premium components. It's housed in a black Cooler Master Elite 334 case - a small step up from the Elite 330 used by Arbico - which features a mesh front panel and pair of front-facing USB ports.
The 22in Digimate monitor looks somewhat chunky and old-fashioned compared to some of the competition, with its two-tone black-and-silver finish lending it a ‘back to the 1970s' appearance. It houses two large, front-facing speakers, but you'll get better sound quality from the external Logitech speakers and subwoofer also supplied with the Chillblast Fusion Fury. It comes with a digital input for improved image quality, too.
We were pleased to find that Chillblast has installed a heavy-duty 750W Thermaltake power supply, providing ample capacity for upgrading and overclocking components. While this may seem a little over-specified for a system that uses a single ATI Radeon HD 4870 graphics card, the MSI X58 Pro motherboard has the space available to add two more graphics cards and boost the Chillblast Fusion Fury's already superb gaming performance.
You also get a terabyte (1TB) hard drive, which means that the Chillblast Fusion Fury delivers twice the storage of most of the competition.
Although the Chillblast Fusion Fury performed well in our WorldBench 6 processing-speed test suite, scoring an impressive 126 points, it's beaten by the other Core i7-based systems in the chart, albeit by a small margin. Neither do you get a Blu-ray drive or surround-sound speakers.
Chart ranking: Power desktop PCs (July issue)
- Chillblast Fusion Fury
- Arbico Elite i750 Pro
- Mesh Whisper 4850 HD
- CyberPower Gamer Infinity i7 Andromeda
- Eclipse Titan X58 Crossfire
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