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UPDATE: Chillblast Apollo power desktop PC review

£999 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Chillblast

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

Like many recent Chillblast PCs, the Apollo is strong in several areas.

Like many recent Chillblast PCs, the Apollo is strong in several areas. Its baseline Windows speed is excellent, with its WorldBench score of 120 almost matching the blisteringly fast newcomers. The Chillblast Apollo’s 4GB of Geil PC2-6400 RAM is certainly a factor in this impressive performance, but Chillblast has a habit of squeezing more out of its components than other manufacturers.

The Chillblast Apollo’s hard disk has a capacity of 500GB – a plentiful amount of storage space, but surprisingly commonplace at this price point.

The 22in Acer flat-panel, meanwhile, is a quality model. It features a digital visual interface (DVI), a fast response rate and a clean, vivid colour palette. We also like the Chillblast Apollo's sound – the X-Fi XtremeAudio works beautifully with the speakers.

The Samsung DVD writer is pretty well-specified although, once again, its speeds are matched by most of the other PCs here. The Chillblast Apollo's software bundle is useful (even if it mainly consists of free utilities), while the warranty is reasonably lengthy.

Power PCs chart ranking (May issue)


  1. Arbico CD8500 PRO
  2. Chillblast Fusion Anaconda
  3. Eclipse Platinum i84n88GTS-SLI
  4. Mesh Pulse 24
  5. Chillblast Apollo

Verdict

With its strong Windows and gaming speed, very decent sound system and nice screen, the Chillblast Apollo is another finely polished system from a company on a fine run of form. The Chillblast Fusion Anaconda is better still, however.

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Chillblast Apollo Expert Verdict »
3GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E6850
Windows Vista Home Premium
4GB DDR RAM
500GB serial ATA
Asus P5K
8 x USB
22in Acer AL2216WSD (0.282mm pixel pitch, 1,680x1,050 max res @ 75Hz)
512MB PCI Express Asus nVidia GeForce 8800 GTS 512
Creative X-Fi XtremeAudio
5 x Gony S6123
subwoofer
20x/20x/12x/12x/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: 120
  • 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

With its strong Windows and gaming speed, very decent sound system and nice screen, the Chillblast Apollo is another finely polished system from a company on a fine run of form. The Chillblast Fusion Anaconda is better still, however.

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