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Chillblast Fusion Condor review

£1,549 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Chillblast

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

Chillblast's Fusion Condor is an expensive desktop PC system, but it justifies its price tag with excellent performance, a feature-packed specification and the latest DirectX 11.0 graphics technology.

Chillblast's Fusion Condor is an expensive desktop PC system, but it justifies its price tag with excellent performance, a feature-packed specification and the latest DirectX 11.0 graphics technology.

Chillblast's Fusion Condor is an expensive system, but it justifies its price tag with excellent performance, a feature-packed specification and the latest DirectX 11.0 graphics technology.

Based on an Intel Core i7 950 running at 3.06GHz, the Chillblast Fusion Condor is easily powerful enough to cope with any task you throw at it. Its WorldBench 6 score of 148 points is narrowly beaten by other systems based on the i7 950, but none of the competition delivers quite as much in one package.

Two 500GB hard drives are combined in a high-performance Raid 0 configuration; a third is supplied for backups. A high-speed DVD burner and separate Blu-ray drive are also provided with the Chillblast Fusion Condor.

Film buffs will appreciate the Chillblast Fusion Condor's multimedia credentials, which include a 24in Acer full-HD monitor and a 5.1-channel speaker set (five speakers and a subwoofer).

An ATI Radeon HD 5870 graphics card contributes greatly to the cost and still struggles to beat the CyberPower's twin HD 4890 cards. Nonetheless, the Chillblast Fusion Condor's single-chip solution offers excellent performance, an easy upgrade path and DirectX 11.0 support; and, unlike the Arbico's dual-chip setup, it doesn't rely on games that efficiently support CrossFireX. The HD 5870 also provides twin DVI outputs, an HDMI socket and a DisplayPort connector.


Power PCs chart ranking: February 10 issue

  1. Chillblast Fusion Condor
  2. Eclipse Titan i795R585
  3. CyberPower Gamer Infinity i7 Heaven
  4. Arbico Elite 9590 HD
  5. Eclipse Titan X58 i796R489

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Chillblast Fusion Condor Expert Verdict »

3.06GHz Intel Core i7 950
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (choose Windows 7 32bit at no extra cost)
6GB DDR3 RAM
3 x 500GB SATA 92 in Raid 0 configuration)
Asus P6T Se
8 x USB 2.0
720W Gigabyte PSU
24in Acer V243H BD (0.28mm pixel pitch
1920x1200)
1GB PCI Express Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5870 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 78/41fps
Fear = 352fps)
onboard HE Audio 7.1
5 x Trust speakers and subwoofer
4x BD-ROM
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: 148
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

Our only gripes with the Chillblast Fusion Condor concern its low-quality system case and a 720W power supply; the latter may need upgrading if you choose to double the graphics power with a second 5870.

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