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Chillblast Fusion Eclipse review

£1,000 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Chillblast

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

It's the slowest PC here in day-to-day tasks, but Chillblast's Fusion Eclipse is no slowcoach. With a Radeon HD 5850 under the hood, it delivers blistering framerates.

It's the slowest PC here in day-to-day tasks, but Chillblast's Fusion Eclipse is no slowcoach. With a Radeon HD 5850 under the hood, it delivers blistering framerates.

Based on a 2.8GHz Core i7 860 processor, the Fusion Eclipse is a fast performer despite recording the lowest WorldBench score here. The Chillblast comes with 4GB of DDR3 memory and makes efficient use of its motherboard’s dual-channel memory architecture. With only three points separating all the PCs on test, we think you’ll hardly notice the difference anyhow.

The Chillblast Fusion Eclipse's graphics performance is excellent, with an ATI Radeon HD 5850 card offering DirectX 11.0 compatibility and blisteringly fast framerates. It’s noticeably speedier than the Arbico’s HD 5770 and in an entirely different league from the HP P6227uk.

The Chillblast Fusion Eclipse's BenQ G2220HD monitor delivers very good full-HD image quality in a tidy and well-designed package. Both VGA and DVI connections are offered. Some rivals have supplied slightly larger displays that’ll prove easier to read, however.

The Chillblast Fusion Eclipse is the only system here to bundle a set of speakers – and a full 5.1-channel (five speakers and a subwoofer) surround-sound package at that.

The Xigmatek Asgard case is an imposing, all-black affair. It comes with tool-free drive bays and mesh front panels. Inside the Chillblast Fusion Eclipse, there’s plenty of expansion room for memory, hard drives and add-in cards, while a spare PCI Express x16 slot allows for a dual-graphics card setup.

Chart ranking: Power desktop PCs (issue 176)

  1. Eclipse Evolution i792R585
  2. Chillblast Fusion Eclipse
  3. Arbico Elite 9257 HD
  4. CyberPower Infinity i7 Andromeda Elite
  5. HP P6227uk

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2.8GHz Intel Core i7 860
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (choose Windows 7 32bit at no extra cost)
Asus P7P55D LE
12 x USB 2.0
700W EZCool PSU
22in BenQ G2220HD (0.25mm pixel pitch
1GB PCI Express Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5850 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 73/35fps
Fear = 305fps)
onboard HD Audio
5x Chillblast speakers and subwoofer
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: 133
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

While it may not be the fastest PC in the group and it has a relatively small monitor, the Chillblast Fusion Eclipse is the best multimedia and gaming system here. It’s also covered by a two-year collect-and-return warranty.

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