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Chillblast Fusion Strider review

£749 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Chillblast

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

Chillblast's Fusion Strider is a Core i5-powered system with excellent graphics, stereo speakers and a full-HD monitor.

Chillblast's Fusion Strider is a Core i5-powered system with excellent graphics, stereo speakers and a full-HD monitor.

With three of the five sub-£751 Windows 7 PCs we've tested fitted with Intel's brand-new Core i5 750 processor, including Chillblast's Fusion Strider, the trusty dual-core E8600 is being edged out of the chart.

In fact, both CPUs deliver excellent performance, and our WorldBench 6 tests reveal little difference between the i5 750-equipped Chillblast Fusion Strider and its dual-core sibling, the Fusion Rage. But our benchmarks don't fully reflect the multiprocessing capabilities of the quad-core chip, and it's here that the Fusion Strider races ahead.

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The Core i5 brings with it a redesigned CPU socket and a new class of motherboards. Indeed, the MSI P55-CD53 motherboard used by the Chillblast Fusion Strider is so new that it's yet to feature on the company's website.

Another performance boost comes from the Chillblast Fusion Strider's 4GB of DDR3 memory, which is faster than the DDR2 chips used in most dual-core systems. A 500GB hard drive is fairly standard at this price point, and only one PC here offers more storage.

The Chillblast Fusion Strider's powerful graphics setup stems from an ATI Radeon HD 4890 with 1GB of video memory, and makes it easy to achieve playable framerates.

Chart ranking (December 09 issue)

  1. Chillblast Fusion Strider
  2. Chillblast Fusion Rage
  3. Eclipse Matrix i57R489
  4. Arbico HD5750 XL
  5. CyberPower Gamer Ultra Triton
Chillblast Fusion Strider Expert Verdict »

2.66GHz Intel Core i5 750
Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit (choose XP or Windows 7 64bit at no extra cost)
MSI P55-CD53 motherboard
10 x USB 2.0
500W SilverPower PSU
22in BenQ E2200HDA (0.25mm pixel pitch
1,920x1,080 native resolution)
1,024MB PCI Express PowerColor ATI Radeon HD 4890 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 69/29fps
Fear = 249fps)
Creative HD Audio sound card
2 x Genius speakers and subwoofer
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: 130
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

A slightly higher WorldBench 6 result was achieved by one of the Chillblast’s Core i5-based rivals, the Arbico HD5750 XL, but the fusion Strider sets itself apart from the competition with the inclusion of a stereo-speaker set and a 22in full-HD monitor.

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