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Chillblast Fusion Saturn review

£500 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Chillblast

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

The only PC here to use an AMD processor, the Chillblast Fusion Saturn should prove a great budget desktop machine for enthusiasts.

The only PC here to use an AMD processor, the Chillblast Fusion Saturn should prove a great budget desktop machine for enthusiasts.

The only PC here to use an AMD processor, the Chillblast Fusion Saturn should prove a great budget desktop machine for enthusiasts. The 3.2GHz Phenom X4 955 BE powered the Chillblast to a respectable 128 points in WorldBench 6, while its four cores should produce better performance with multithreaded programs than the dual-core i3-series Intel chips.

The Chillblast Fusion Saturn budget desktop PC's AMD CPU is easily overclocked, too. This task is facilitated by the motherboard’s overclocking and core-unlocking functions. Also providing support for USB 3.0, the motherboard offers two compatible ports in place of the Palicomp’s one.

A 21.5in full-HD monitor is supplied with the Chillblast Fusion Saturn budget desktop PC. A stylish AOC model, this display offers decent image quality and dual inputs.

The Chillblast Fusion Saturn budget desktop PC’s 512MB Radeon HD 5450 graphics card delivers similar gaming framerates to Intel machines that also carry this card. The Saturn scored 18fps in our Fear test at 1024x768 and ‘Maximum’ detail settings. The discrete graphics card also provides multiple display outputs.

A 4GB allocation of DDR3 RAM and a 500GB hard drive are standard offerings at this price. Only the Palicomp Core i3 Blast offers more than the Chillblast Fusion Saturn budget desktop PC, with 1TB onboard.

The speakers bundled with the Chillblast Fusion Saturn budget desktop PC include a subwoofer that delivers better sound than those built into monitors.

Budget PCs chart ranking

  1. Palicomp Core i3 Blast 540-22 USB3
  2. Arbico i3-5500 XL
  3. Chillblast Fusion Saturn
  4. DinoPC Plutosaur 540
  5. CyberPower Infinity i3 Apollo XT

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3.2GHz AMD Phenom X4 955 BE
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (choose Windows 7 32bit at no extra cost)
4GB DDR3 RAM
500GB SATA
4 x USB 2.0
2 x USB 3.0
Asus M4A77T/USB3 motherboard
500W EZCool PSU
21.5in AOC F22+ (0.25mm pixel pitch
1920x1080)
512MB Powercolor ATI Radeon HD 5450 (Fear 'Maximum' settings, 1024x768: 18fps)
onboard sound
2 x Chillblast speakers and subwoofer
max DVD speeds: 24x/24x/16x/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: 128
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

It was a few points shy of Arbico’s Core i3-powered i3-5500 XL in WorldBench 6, but the Chillblast Fusion Saturn budget desktop PC delivers excellent performance with the potential for more.

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