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Chillblast Fusion Samurai review

£749 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Chillblast

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Chillblast's Fusion Samurai budget desktop PC may have recorded the lowest WorldBench 6 speed test in the group - if only just - but fast gaming framerates, a pleasing 23in full-HD monitor and a stereo speaker set compensate.

Chillblast's Fusion Samurai budget desktop PC may have recorded the lowest WorldBench 6 speed test in the group - if only just - but fast gaming framerates, a pleasing 23in full-HD monitor and a stereo speaker set compensate.

Chillblast's Fusion Samurai recorded the lowest score in our WorldBench 6 real-world speed test, but the fastest framerates in our gaming benchmarks. However, with four of our top five combining Intel Core i5 750 processors with ATI Radeon HD 5770 graphics cards, it's doubtful that you'd even notice a difference between them in terms of performance.

The Chillblast Fusion Samurai is housed in a smart black Xigmatek Asgard case. Its paint job extends to the interior, where an Asus P7P55D LX motherboard offers plenty of expansion room for memory, add-in cards and a second graphics card. This is a considerably better component than the similarly named Asus P7P55-M motherboard used by Mesh.

The Chillblast Fusion Samurai comes with a 23in full-HD Digimate monitor. It's a decent display and one of the largest on offer, although it's not quite up to the standard of the 24in Acer V243HBD supplied by Palicomp.

The Chillblast Fusion Samurai's other specifications are fairly standard, including a 500GB hard drive, 4GB of RAM and a 650W EZCool power supply unit (PSU).

Its two stereo speakers and subwoofer can't be taken for granted at this price point, however; along with the 23in full-HD monitor, they give the Chillblast Fusion Samurai considerable appeal in terms of value for money.

Chart ranking: Budget desktop PCs (June issue)

  1. Palicomp Core i7 Blast 750-24
  2. Chillblast Fusion Samurai
  3. Arbico HD 7577 XL
  4. CyberPower Infinity Hades
  5. Mesh Ice5 5750 HD

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Chillblast Fusion Samurai Expert Verdict »

2.66GHz Intel Core i5 750
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (choose Windows 7 32bit or XP at no extra cost)
4GB DDR3 RAM
500GB SATA
Asus P7P55D LX
10 x USB 2.0
650W EZCool PSU
23in Digimate L2362WD (0.27mm pixel pitch
1920x1080)
1GB PCI Express XFX ATI Radeon HD 5770 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 68/26fps
Fear = 201fps)
onboard HD Audio
2 x 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: 131
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

If you're willing to sacrifice a tiny bit of general speed, the Chillblast Fusion Samurai offers fantastic gaming performance and some excellent specifications for the money.

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