Losing out to the Arbico purely on price, the Chillblast Fusion Turismo is a worthy contender. Another system based on the Intel Core i7 920, the Chillblast scored 137 points in our WorldBench 6 speed test.
Using an nVidia GeForce GTX 285 graphics card fitted with 1GB of memory, the Chillblast Fusion Turismo delivers excellent gaming performance. It also comes with a set of surround-sound speakers, complete with a subwoofer, and a Blu-ray drive. This is in addition to the 22-speed DVD drive.
The Chillblast Fusion Turismo's 24in full-HD Acer display delivers good image quality and comes with dual inputs. It's a great choice for watching Blu-ray movies, although it lacks an HDMI input for hooking up your games console.
Antec's Three Hundred system case is reassuringly sturdy, stylish and robust. It offers plenty of cooling, including dual fans at the front and a top-mounted fan at the rear. USB ports are conveniently placed at the top of the Chillblast Fusion Turismo's front panel.
The Asus motherboard is a decent model that offers three 16x PCI Express slots, but it misses a trick by neglecting to add scaleable link interface (SLI) support, which lets you add a second graphics card. The Chillblast Fusion Turismo's internal cabling is extremely tidy, too - the mark of a carefully thought-out system.
Like the Arbico, Chillblast supplies three 500GB hard drives with the Fusion Turismo. Two are combined in a high-performance Raid 0 configuration; a third is left free for backups.
Chillblast's two-year collect-and-return warranty provides further peace of mind.
Chart rankings: Power desktop PCs (October 09 issue)
- Eclipse Armageddon X58-i795N275
- Arbico Elite i7890 HD
- Chillblast Fusion Turismo
- CyberPower Gamer Infinity i7 Phoenix
- Chillblast Fusion Thunder
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