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Chillblast Fusion Hades review

£499 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Chillblast

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Despite using a slightly slower 3GHz AMD Phenom II X2 545 processor than the competition, the Chillblast Fusion Hades budget desktop PC still managed to turn in some creditable performance results.

Despite using a slightly slower 3GHz AMD Phenom II X2 545 processor than the competition, the Chillblast Fusion Hades budget desktop PC still managed to turn in some creditable performance results.

Despite using a slightly slower 3GHz AMD Phenom II X2 545 processor than the competition, the Chillblast Fusion Hades budget desktop PC still managed to turn in some creditable performance results. Its 114-point tally in our WorldBench 6 speed test is just two points lower than that of the fastest PC we've seen in this category.

Losing that tiny 100MHz of speed also leads to cost savings, which the Chillblast Fusion Hades budget desktop PC puts to good use with a high-quality 19in (1440x900) monitor. This is a distinct advantage over the 18.5in displays supplied by Eclipse and CyberPower, which offer a lower resolution and a considerably more cramped desktop.

A 4GB allocation of DDR2 memory and a 500GB hard drive are standard fare at this price point. And the HD 5670 graphics card offers decent performance, although the Chillblast Fusion Hades budget desktop PC's offering is some way behind the Eclipse's HD 5850.

The Chillblast Fusion Hades budget desktop PC's system case is a budget model but looks smart nonetheless, with rounded corners and just enough design details to differentiate it from your average box. Inside the case you'll find lots of space, but little room for expansion: the Gigabyte GA-MA74GM-S2H motherboard isn't the best choice for upgrades, but that's to be expected at this price point.

Chillblast provides a generous two-year collect-and-return warranty with its Fusion Hades budget desktop PC, which could save you a considerable amount of money were something to go wrong.

Chart ranking (July 2010 issue)

  1. Eclipse Matrix a55R575
  2. Chillblast Fusion Hades
  3. CyberPower Ultra Athenna XT
  4. Palicomp Excalibur 630-19 System
  5. Arbico Phenom 5467 HD

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Chillblast Fusion Hades Expert Verdict »
3GHz AMD Phenom II X2 545
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (choose Windows 7 32bit at no extra cost)
4GB DDR2 RAM
500GB SATA
Gigabyte GA-MA74GM-S2H motherboard
4 x USB 2.0
600W CCIVO PSU
19in ViewSonic VA1913WM (0.28mm pixel pitch
1440x900)
512MB PCI Express Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5670 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 46/15fps
Fear = 114fps)
onboard HD Audio
speakers built into monitor
max DVD speeds: 24x/24x/12x/12x/6x/8x/12x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM)
two-year collect-and-return warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 114
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

It doesn't offer the fastest performance in the chart, but Chillblast's Fusion Hades budget desktop PC has a very decent monitor.

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