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Chillblast Fusion Hammerhead review

£1,000 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Chillblast

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

Despite falling down in our benchmarks, the Chillblast Fusion Hammerhead is a powerful desktop PC with some pleasing components.

Despite falling down in our benchmarks, the Chillblast Fusion Hammerhead is a powerful desktop PC with some pleasing components.

Chillblast’s Core i7-870-powered Fusion Hammerhead desktop PC contains some powerful components, but a poor showing in two components of our WorldBench 6 speed test leaves it at the bottom of the performance table with a score we’ve previously seen bettered by the 2.8GHz version of the same CPU. Outside these two sub-tests however, performance is as good as that of competing systems using the faster chip.

Graphics are provided by an ATI Radeon HD 5850, which offers DirectX 11.0 support and powerful gaming capabilities. With 37fps achieved in Crysis test (‘Very High’ settings) and 74fps in Stalker, the Chillblast Fusion Hammerhead power desktop PC is more than able to hold its own.

A cool blue light emanates from the large front-facing fan of the Chillblast Fusion Hammerhead power desktop PC's EZCool A200D system case, which offers plenty of room for expansion and side-facing drive bays for easy access. It’s not as impressive as some cases we’ve seen at this price point, but it does offer a top-mounted fan for added cooling.

The Chillblast Fusion Hammerhead power desktop PC's Asus motherboard supports USB 3.0 and 6Gbps SATA, enabling high-speed connections with the latest hard drives. Two memory slots are available, but there’s no capacity for adding a second graphics card.

A touch smaller than the other screens here, the 23in monitor still provides a full-HD resolution. You also get five speakers and a subwoofer with the Chillblast Fusion Hammerhead power desktop PC but, sadly, no Blu-ray drive.

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Chillblast Fusion Hammerhead Expert Verdict »

2.93GHz Intel Core i7-870
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (choose Windows 7 32bit at no extra cost)
4GB DDR3 RAM
1TB SATA
6 x USB 2.0
2 x USB 3.0
Asus P7P55D-E LX motherboard
700W EZCool PSU
23in Digimate 2362WD (0.27mm pixel pitch
1920x1080)
1GB Asus ATI Radeon HD 5850 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 74/37fps
Stalker: Call of Pripyat [Medium/Ultra] = 141/74fps)
onboard sound
5 x Trust speakers and subwoofer
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: 135
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

More than able to hold its own in gaming, and a touch faster in general Windows performance than our benchmark would suggest, the Chillblast Fusion Hammerhead is a decent power desktop PC, but unremarkable next to its rivals.

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