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Chillblast Fusion Horizon review

£499 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Chillblast

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

Despite being based on the older, slower 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E8400, Chillblast’s Fusion Horizon is perfectly adequate for general use.

Based on the 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E8400, Chillblast's Fusion Horizon is a little slower than PCs fitted with the faster E8500 chip. However, in day-to-day use the difference would be hard to notice. Scoring 119 points in WorldBench 6, this PC is perfectly adequate for general use.

Yusmart isn't a monitor brand we're familiar with, and the Chillblast Fusion Horizon's 20in display didn't blow us away; yet it's the only screen here to offer a 1,680x1,050 resolution. This should please Excel fans. Gamers will be put off by the system's relatively poor graphics, however, and we noted that this display isn't particularly good at scaling different image resolutions up to full-screen.

An ATI Radeon HD 4730 powers the Chillblast Fusion Horizon's graphics. This is considerably faster than the Radeon HD 4670 favoured by Palicomp and Arbico, but it's still a far cry from what you could get if you shopped around.

Housed in a relatively compact and sober-looking case - save for a decorative ring of LEDs circling the power switch - is the same ASRock G31M-S motherboard as found in the Palicomp and Arbico. Like the Palicomp, the Chillblast Fusion Horizon has both memory slots filled with the 4GB of RAM and comes with a 500GB hard drive, although it's missing the additional pair of USB ports.

Chart ranking: Budget desktop PCs (Nov 09 issue)

  1. Mesh Matrix II 550BE PCA
  2. Palicomp Excalibur Ballistix E85-4670-19
  3. Arbico CD 8570 XL
  4. Eclipse Pearl i84R483
  5. Chillblast Fusion Horizon

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Chillblast Fusion Horizon Expert Verdict »

3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit (choose XP or Vista 64bit at no extra cost)
4GB DDR2 RAM
500GB SATA
ASRock G31M-S motherboard
6 x USB 2.0
CiT 450W PSU
20in Yusmart JT209RP (0.26mm pixel pitch
1,680x1,050)
512MB PCI Express Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 4730 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 51/17fps
Fear = 123fps)
onboard Realtek ALC662 sound
speakers built into flat-panel
max DVD speeds: 24x/24x/12x/16x/6x/8x/12x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM)
two-year collect-and-return warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 119
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

Offering solid, if average, performance and a typical specification for the money, the Chillblast Fusion Horizon is hard to fault, but it fails to stand out. It’s a perfectly serviceable system, but falls short of the Mesh Matrix II in terms of value for money. It is, however, a better gaming system than either the Palicomp or Arbico, the monitor is a respectable model with a high resolution and there’s a two-year collect-and-return warranty.

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