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Chillblast Fusion Tomcat power desktop PC

Manufacturer: Chillblast

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

Currently topping two of our four PC charts, Chillblast is making a real name for itself as a manufacturer of quality trail-blazers. Not that it had an easy job of it this time around. A hair's width split the Chillblast Fusion Tomcat and the Arbico 880 GTX that topped this chart last month, but the Chillblast Fusion Tomcat's fresher component line-up wins it the Best Buy award.

Currently topping two of our four PC charts, Chillblast is making a real name for itself as a manufacturer of quality trail-blazers. Not that it had an easy job of it this time around. A hair's width split the Chillblast Fusion Tomcat and the Arbico 880 GTX that topped this chart last month, but the Chillblast Fusion Tomcat's fresher component line-up wins it the Best Buy award.

This closeness shouldn't detract from a machine that's a very worthy winner. It's marginally slower than the Arbico 880 GTX, notching up 115 points in our WorldBench tests compared with the Arbico 880 GTX's 116. But the Chillblast Fusion Tomcat was slightly faster in games tests - despite both machines sharing the same graphics card. The Chillblast Fusion Tomcat's sturdy component array matches an Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 with 2GB of DDR RAM. Using high-calibre Geil PC2-6400 memory the Chillblast Fusion Tomcat can hit some strong performance figures, although the future-minded might prefer double the memory allocation.

The Chillblast Fusion Tomcat's 500GB hard drive is capacious and the 22in Acer AL2216W offers solid image quality. In contrast to the £501-£750 PCs category, the £1,000 budget of these PCs leaves plenty of room for a good graphics card. The Chillblast Fusion Tomcat's GeForce 8800 GTX is one of the best there is (the 8800 Ultra is faster, but supplies are thin on the ground).

We might hope for a better sound card, and it's something of a surprise that you get to the fourth PC in the chart before you find one with a half-decent audio device. Only the fifth-placed Evesham Oxegen RD1500 actually has a good sound card. The Chillblast Fusion Tomcat's Gony speakers aren't well-known to us, but they are of considerable quality. The Samsung DVD writer is a first-rate model, adding quite stunning 12-speed and 16-speed DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL capabilities.

Chart ranking: £751-£1,000 power PCs, January 08 issue


  1. Chillblast Fusion Tomcat
  2. Arbico 880 GTX (last month 1)
  3. Eclipse Genesis SLI i685n88GTX
  4. Arbico QC2900 XT
  5. Evesham Oxegen RD1500

Verdict

The Fusion Tomcat is another polished system from Chillblast. It's not the most perfect blend of components - we'd love to see a Best Buy PC in the £751-£1,000 PCs chart that comes with an impressive sound system - but, for the time being, this is pretty much as good as it gets for computers at this price point.

Chillblast Fusion Tomcat Expert Verdict »

3GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E6850
Windows Vista Home Premium
2GB DDR RAM
500GB serial ATA
Asus P5K
8 x USB ports
22in Acer AL2216W (0.282mm pixel pitch, 1,680x1,050 max resolution @ 75Hz)
768MB nVidia GeForce 8800 GTX (PCI Express)
onboard Realtek
5 x Gony S6123
subwoofer
max DVD speeds: 20x/20x/12x/16x/6x/8x/12x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM)
OpenOffice
Ahead Nero
AVG AntiVirus
two-year collect-and-return warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 115
  • Build Quality: We give this item 9 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 9 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 9 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

The Fusion Tomcat is another polished system from Chillblast. It's not the most perfect blend of components - we'd love to see a Best Buy PC in the £751-£1,000 PCs chart that comes with an impressive sound system - but, for the time being, this is pretty much as good as it gets for computers at this price point.

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