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Chillblast Fusion Terminator power desktop PC

£1,199 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Chillblast

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Not so long ago, to be the only PC in the chart with an 8800 GTX graphics card almost guaranteed superiority in our games tests. However, Mesh, Arbico and CyberPower have been quick to realise that two 8800 GTs are a lethal match for a single 8800 GTX. SLI performance can be erratic but, in many of today’s games, the Chillblast Fusion Terminator can’t keep up with the dual-GT systems. Combine this with a price tag that’s some £49 higher than that of the Arbico Elite 8800GT SLI, and you’ll see why the Chillblast Fusion Terminator makes do with fourth place.

Not so long ago, to be the only PC in the chart with an 8800 GTX graphics card almost guaranteed superiority in our games tests. However, Mesh, Arbico and CyberPower have been quick to realise that two 8800 GTs are a lethal match for a single 8800 GTX. SLI performance can be erratic but, in many of today’s games, the Chillblast Fusion Terminator can’t keep up with the dual-GT systems. Combine this with a price tag that’s some £49 higher than that of the Arbico Elite 8800GT SLI, and you’ll see why the Chillblast Fusion Terminator makes do with fourth place.

Not that we’ve seen all that the Chillblast Fusion Terminator has to offer. At this price, there’s nothing special about a RAM allocation of 4GB (even if it’s 4GB of Geil PC2-6400), but combine this with a quad-core chip and this machine shouldn’t lose much pace with time. Indeed, it could get even better.

The Chillblast Fusion Terminator's 750GB hard drive may seem like overkill to some, but it’s hard to criticise such a generous amount of storage space. The sound system, meanwhile, is the best in the chart and, although 7.1-channel speaker systems appear to have slipped out of fashion, the Inspire T7900s show how devastating surround sound can become when combined with an XtremeAudio card.

The Chillblast Fusion Terminator's 22in Acer is a very decent model, although the DVD writer would benefit from better double-layer speeds. A good selection of (free) software titles seal the deal.

Power PCs chart ranking as of Feb 08 issue


  1. Mesh G92 Titan
  2. Arbico Elite 8800GT SLI
  3. CyberPower Gamer Infinity Quad GT
  4. Chillblast Fusion Terminator
  5. Evesham Oxegen CRX88

Verdict

It's hard to criticise a PC when its best years may be yet to come. And we can't ignore the fact that the Chillblast Fusion Terminator has a generous amount of storage and the best sound system in the chart.

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Chillblast Fusion Terminator Expert Verdict »

2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
Windows Vista Home Premium
4GB DDR RAM
750GB serial ATA
Asus P5K
8 x USB ports
22in Acer AL2216W (0.282mm pixel pitch, 1,680x1,050 max resolution @75Hz)
768MB PCI Express nVidia GeForce 8800 GTX
Creative SB X-Fi XtremeAudio
5 x Creative Inspire T7900
subwoofer
max DVD speeds: 20x/20x/8x/8x/6x/8x/12x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM)
OpenOffice
AVG AntiVirus
Ahead Nero
two-year collect-and-return warranty
WorldBench 6.0 score: 115
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 7 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

It's hard to criticise a PC when its best years may be yet to come. And we can't ignore the fact that the Chillblast Fusion Terminator has a generous amount of storage and the best sound system in the chart.

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