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Chillblast Fusion Hawk budget desktop PC review

£499 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Chillblast

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

The sub-£500 category is more competitive than ever, and impressive rivals limit the Hawk to a fourth-place finish.

Another system based on the E8400 processor, Chillblast’s Fusion Hawk is similar to the Chillblast Fusion Rogue, which earned a Recommended award in our July issue. The sub-£500 category is more competitive than ever, however, and impressive rival PCs limit the Hawk to a fourth-place finish.

With a respectable 116 WorldBench 6 points, performance is more than adequate for this price range, while 2GB of DDR2 RAM is standard. The Chillblast Fusion Hawk's games performance is decent, thanks to the GeForce 8600 GTS graphics card. At lower resolutions, this outperforms all but the Eclipse Evolution i84n88GS’s GeForce 8800 GS.

The Chillblast Fusion Hawk's Octigen Case Pro 337 is a tidy looking and robust, if somewhat unassuming, chassis. The Logitech S-120 speakers provide better sound quality than built-in monitor speakers, but they don’t come with a subwoofer. This isn’t an ideal choice for music or movies. The hugely popular Hannspree XM New York display adds visual performance and style.

Budget desktop PCS chart ranking (September issue)

  1. Zoostorm 62-3309 Home Desktop
  2. Arbico Elite 8440
  3. Eclipse Evolution i84n88GS
  4. Chillblast Fusion Hawk
  5. CyberPower Gamer Ultra 750

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Chillblast Fusion Hawk Expert Verdict »

3GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit (or XP)
ASRock Wolfdale1333-GLAN
8 x USB 2.0
19in Hannspree XM New York (0.283mm pixel pitch, 1,440x900)
256MB PCI Express XpertVision nVidia GeForce 8600 GTS (gaming scores: Crysis 22fps
Fear 70fps)
onboard Realtek ALC662
Logitech S-120
22x/22x/12x/16x/6x/8x/12x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM)
Ahead Nero
AVG Free
two-year collect-and-return warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 116
  • 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 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

While the Eclipse Evolution i84n88GS is the best PC here for games and the Zoostorm 62-3309 Home Desktop is our runaway performance winner, the Chillblast Fusion Hawk is caught in the middle. It’s a bit faster than average at gaming, and a touch below par at general work tasks, excelling in neither department. In other words, this is a good overall system, rather than a stand-out choice. The two-year collect-and-return warranty is a definite bonus, however.

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