Chillblast's Fusion Reactor power desktop PC offers some unique and desirable features, with support for 6GBps SATA and USB 3.0.
Chillblast's Fusion Reactor power desktop PC offers some unique and desirable features. It's built around the Asus P7P55D-E LX motherboard, which provides support for 6GB per second (GBps) SATA and USB 3.0. Together, these technologies dramatically increase performance for compatible hard drives.
A 2.8GHz quad-core Intel i7 860 CPU provides superb performance in everyday computing tasks. The Chillblast Fusion Reactor power desktop PC's 139-point tally in our WorldBench 6 real-world speed test beat all the other machines reviewed here.
A standard 4GB of DDR3 RAM and a single terabyte (1TB) hard drive is supplied. The Chillblast Fusion Reactor power desktop PC's Samsung Spinpoint F3 supports only 3GBps SATA, but it's one of the fastest hard drives currently available and operates extremely quietly.
In common with three of the four other PCs here, gaming performance is powered by an ATI Radeon HD 5850 graphics card. Results from our gruelling Crysis test were similar for these systems, but the Chillblast Fusion Reactor power desktop PC achieved 290fps in the four-year-old game Fear, marginally beaten only by the older of our two Arbico machines.
While the Chillblast Fusion Reactor power desktop PC's 23in Digimate display isn't the best model in this round-up, offering neither the style of the smaller LG nor the extra screen space of the 24in Acer, it offers dual analogue and digital inputs.
The Chillblast Fusion Reactor power desktop PC is alone in supplying a full set of 5.1-channel surround speakers, although it lacks a Blu-ray drive.
Its smart Xigmatek Asgard system case comes with a matt-black paint job and offers cable management to keep things tidy. The motherboard allows further upgrades, although a single PCI Express x16 slot means the Chillblast Fusion Reactor power desktop PC accepts no more than one graphics card.
Chart ranking (July 2010 issue)
- Chillblast Fusion Reactor
- Eclipse Evolution i786R587
- Arbico i5 HD6650 XL
- Arbico i7 HD8650 Pro
- Palicomp Core i7 Blitz 860-24
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