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Chillblast Fusion Blade review

£749 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Chillblast

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

Chillblast’s Fusion Blade is a solid desktop PC, with its 2.66GHz Core i5 750 achieving a creditable 134 points in WorldBench 6.

Chillblast’s Fusion Blade is a solid desktop PC, with its 2.66GHz Core i5 750 achieving a creditable 134 points in WorldBench 6.

Chillblast's Fusion Blade is a solid performer, with its 2.66GHz Core i5 750 achieving a creditable 134 points in our WorldBench 6 performance test. In common with every other system in this month's chart, it's supplied with 4GB of memory and a 500GB hard drive.

Graphics duties are carried out by an ATI Radeon HD 4890, which helps the Chillblast Fusion Blade deliver excellent performance at this price point. It doesn't offer the same features as AMD's 5XXX-series cards, but will outperform an HD 5770 when playing games you can buy right now.

The Chillblast Fusion Blade's ASRock P55M Pro motherboard has two spare memory slots and room for an additional graphics card, should you wish to take advantage of the CrossFireX support. It's a slightly lower-cost version of the P55 Pro favoured by Eclipse.

The full-HD BenQ G2220HD monitor is a high-quality screen that offers good colour reproduction and a clear, sharp image. Some may find that text is more difficult to read on the Chillblast Fusion Blade's monitor than on the second-place Arbico's screen, however; this is due to the smaller pixel size.

A small set of speakers is supplied. No subwoofer accompanies it, meaning bass response is somewhat lacking, but the Chillblast Fusion Blade's setup is an improvement on the tinny examples built into monitors.

The Akasa Genesis system case looks tidy enough, but feels flimsy. In fact the front USB ports on our Chillblast Fusion Blade sample became detached when we inserted a USB drive.

Budget PCs chart ranking: February 10 issue

  1. Chillblast Fusion Blade
  2. Arbico HD7590 Pro
  3. CyberPower Gamer Infinity i5 Achilles
  4. Eclipse Matrix Crossfire i786R577
  5. Mesh Matrix II 965 DX11

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Chillblast Fusion Blade Expert Verdict »

2.66GHz Intel Core i5 750
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (choose Windows 7 32bit at no extra cost)
4GB DDR3 RAM
500GB SATA
ASRock P55M Pro
10 x USB 2.0
720W Gigabyte PSU
22in BenQ G2220HD (0.25mm pixel pitch
1920x1080)
1GB PCI Express Peak ATI Radeon HD 4890 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 68/29fps
Fear = 249fps)
onboard HD Audio 7.1
2 x Trust speakers
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: 134
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

The Chillblast Fusion Blade performs well and benefits from a high-quality full-HD monitor and a set of external speakers. It offers a great deal for the money, although the system case is rather disappointing.

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