A good PC calls for a good specification, and Chillblast's Fusion Payload ticks all our boxes.
At first glance, Chillblast's Fusion Payload appears to be at a considerable disadvantage. Its Core i7 920 processor looks a little slow compared with the 950 - something that's made apparent by its relatively weak showing in WorldBench 6: 138 points versus around 150 for the competition. Indeed, Eclipse's Titan manages to achieve an extra 12 points in our tests without costing any extra.
However, a good PC calls for a well-rounded specification, decent build quality and carefully selected components. The Chillblast Fusion Payload ticks all three boxes. Whereas Eclipse provides two 500GB hard drives in a Raid 0 array, the Fusion Payload also offers a third for backing up your data.
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The supplied monitor is a 24in full-HD widescreen model from BenQ. It offers very good picture quality and an HDMI port, allowing easy connection to an HDTV or games console. You also get a set of 5.1-channel (five speakers and a subwoofer) surround-sound speakers and a Blu-ray drive, making the Chillblast Fusion Payload an ideal multimedia PC.
And the Chillblast Fusion Payload packs what is arguably the most powerful graphics card of the bunch: a 1GB nVidia GeForce GTX 285.
The Chillblast Fusion Payload achieves the joint-top score in our most demanding games test, along with the Eclipse's Vapor-X Radeon HD 4890.