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Chillblast Fusion Black Ops review

£749 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Chillblast

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

Somewhat obviously named to lure Call of Duty fans into an upgrade, Chillblast’s Fusion Black Ops desktop PC is well-equipped to fulfill all your gaming needs.

Somewhat obviously named to lure Call of Duty fans into an upgrade, Chillblast’s Fusion Black Ops desktop PC is well-equipped to fulfill all your gaming needs.

Somewhat obviously named to lure Call of Duty fans into an upgrade, Chillblast’s Fusion Black Ops left the lab just a few days too early for us to test it with the game in question. However, fitted with a 23.6in full-HD monitor and one of AMD’s latest HD 6850 graphics cards, this desktop PC is well-equipped to fulfill all your gaming needs.

Chillblast has selected an Asus-modified Radeon HD 6850 graphics card with 1GB of video RAM for the Black Ops. This ‘DirectCu’ version includes a new printed circuit board and enhanced cooling, making it more amenable to overclocking than the standard HD 6850 – Asus has wound up the core clock from 775MHz to 790MHz. The Chillblast Fusion Black Ops desktop PC's motherboard also supports a second graphics card – plus high-speed USB 3.0.

The Chillblast Fusion Black Ops desktop PC uses the same 2.8GHz Intel Core i5-760 processor found in all our Top 5 £501-£750 systems. It offers excellent performance for the money, and Chillblast has managed to eke out more speed from it than any other machine. It scored a very respectable 138 points in our WorldBench 6 real-world speed test.

A 1TB hard drive and 4GB of DDR3 RAM are fairly standard inclusions, while the near-ubiquitous 23.6in full-HD HKC monitor and pair of Gigabyte stereo speakers finish off an attractive specification. However, as with the DinoPC, no subwoofer is supplied with the Chillblast Fusion Black Ops desktop PC.

Budget PCs chart ranking

  1. DinoPC Elmisaur 760
  2. Palicomp Core i5 Blast 760-24 6870
  3. Chillblast Fusion Black Ops
  4. Arbico i5 7668 Pro
  5. CyberPower Infinity Hercules

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2.8GHz Intel Core i5-760
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (choose Windows 7 32bit or XP at no extra cost)
4GB DDR3 RAM
1TB SATA
6 x USB 2.0
2 x USB 3.0
Asus P7P55D-E motherboard
500W FSP PSU
23.6in HKC 2249A (0.27mm pixel pitch
1920x1080)
1GB Asus ATI Radeon HD 6850 DirectCu (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 72/34fps
Stalker: Call of Pripyat [Medium/Ultra] = 135/70fps)
onboard sound
2 x Gigabyte GP-S4600 speakers
24x/24x/12x/16x/6x/8x/12x/16x (DD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM)
two-year collect-and-return warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 138
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

The fastest PC in our tests, the Chillblast Fusion Black Ops offers a very decent specification whether you’re interested in gaming or completing day-to-day Windows tasks. We’ve placed it behind the Palicomp because of its slightly slower graphics card and smaller hard-drive capacity.

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