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Chillblast Fusion Centaur review

£999 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Chillblast

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

It's a close call between Chillblast's Fusion Centaur and the Eclipse Solar Crossfire in second place, with the two PCs built from almost identical core components.

It's a close call between Chillblast's Fusion Centaur and the Eclipse Solar Crossfire in second place, with the two PCs built from almost identical core components.

It's a close call between Chillblast's Fusion Centaur and the Eclipse Solar Crossfire in second place, with the two PCs built from almost identical core components.

Both machines are based on Intel's 2.8GHz Core i7 860 CPU, a quad-core chip that delivers a good balance of raw processor speed and multitasking capabilities. It powers both systems to WorldBench 6 scores in the mid-130s. The Chillblast Fusion Centaur desktop PC scored slightly fewer points, however, with 132 against the Eclipse's 136.

This minor downfall is more than made up for by the Chillblast Fusion Centaur desktop PC's selection of supporting hardware. Topping the list is a Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3 motherboard that supports USB 3.0 and delivers extra power for fast charging of connected devices.

The Chillblast Fusion Centaur desktop PC's motherboard uses the P55 chipset and offers two PCI Express slots, with one running at x16 speed and the other at x4. You also get two PCI Express x1 slots and three regular PCI slots.

Six SATA 3 gigabits per second (Gbps) ports are provided with full Raid support, but unlike with the Eclipse the Chillblast Fusion Centaur desktop PC offers no potential for SATA 6Gbps.

The Chillblast Fusion Centaur desktop PC's 4GB of DDR3 RAM is provided in two 2GB modules, leaving two slots free for expansion. A terabyte (TB) hard drive is also supplied, while four of the system's 14 USB ports are provided at the front of the case for easy access.

The Chillblast Fusion Centaur desktop PC's other specs include a 23in full-HD monitor and an ATI Radeon HD 5850 graphics card. Excellent gaming speeds are possible with this card, and framerates vary little between the four PCs here that use it.

Despite the lack of SATA 6Gbps, the Chillblast Fusion Centaur desktop PC improves on the Eclipse's spec with a 5.1-channel sound system (five speakers and a subwoofer) and a beefier PSU. It also comes in a slightly pricier case.

Power PCs chart ranking

  1. Chillblast Fusion Centaur
  2. Eclipse Solar Crossfire i786r585
  3. Palicomp Core i7 Blitz 860-24
  4. CyberPower Ultra Scylla GT
  5. Arbico Elite 6885 HD

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Chillblast Fusion Centaur Expert Verdict »

2.8GHz Intel Core i7 860
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (choose Windows 7 32bit at no extra cost)
4GB DDR3 RAM
1TB SATA
Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3 motherboard
700W EZCool PSU
12 x USB 2.0
2 x USB 3.0
23in Digimate L2362WD (0.27mm pixel pitch
1920x1080)
1GB ATI Radeon HD 5850 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 72/39fps
Fear = 303fps)
onboard HD Audio
5 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: 132
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

The Chillblast Fusion Centaur desktop PC isn't the most powerful PC on test, and it lacks support for SATA 6Gbps, but it offers the best all-round specification here.

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