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
- Mesh G92 Titan
- Arbico Elite 8800GT SLI
- CyberPower Gamer Infinity Quad GT
- Chillblast Fusion Terminator
- Evesham Oxegen CRX88
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.