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Chillblast Fusion Reaper review

£1,299 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Chillblast

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

The £1,299 Chillblast Fusion Reaper desktop PC turned in some impressive performance results in our tests. A staggering 156-point tally in WorldBench 6 marks it out as a speed demon.

The £1,299 Chillblast Fusion Reaper desktop PC turned in some impressive performance results in our tests. A staggering 156-point tally in WorldBench 6 marks it out as a speed demon.

Based on Intel’s 3.06GHz Core i7-950 processor, the £1,299 Chillblast Fusion Reaper desktop PC turned in some impressive performance results in our tests. Although it scored three points fewer than the Arbico, the Chillblast’s staggering 156-point tally marks it out as a speed demon.

The inclusion of a 60GB solid-state disk (SSD) is a likely contributor to this result, but rival PCs using the same Crucial C300 drive were unable to match the Chillblast Fusion Reaper desktop PC’s performance. A one-terabyte (1TB) Samsung hard drive supplements storage.

Rather than opt for one of AMD’s new 6800-series graphics cards, Chillblast has sensibly plumped for the older but faster Radeon HD 5870 with 1GB of video RAM. The version installed in the Chillblast Fusion Reaper desktop PC is factory-overclocked from a core clock of 850MHz to 868MHz, and uses a custom cooling system that offers quieter operation.

The Chillblast Fusion Reaper desktop PC also comes with a copy of Stalker: Call of Pripyat – a game we use for performance benchmarks. Only the £1,799 CyberPower was faster in this test.

The Chillblast Fusion Reaper desktop PC's 24in Samsung monitor looks much nicer than the HKC model we’ve grown accustomed to seeing in our PC charts. Rather than having speakers built-in, five Sweex speakers and a subwoofer are provided. You also get a Blu-ray/DVD writer.

The Chillblast Fusion Reaper desktop PC’s Asus motherboard supports high-speed USB 3.0, while its 6 gigabits per second (Gbps) SATA interface is able to obtain maximum performance from the SSD. Three x16 PCI Express slots and both CrossFireX and scalable link interface (SLI) support let you add multiple graphics cards.

Power PCs chart ranking

  1. Chillblast Fusion Reaper
  2. Arbico Elite i7 9568 HSD
  3. DinoPC Maxosaur 870
  4. Palicomp Core i7 Blitz 950-24 SSD
  5. CyberPower Infinity White Knight

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3.06GHz Intel Core i7-950
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (choose Windows 7 32bit or XP at no extra cost)
6GB DDR3 RAM
1TB SATA
60GB SSD
6 x USB 2.0
2 x USB 3.0
Asus P6X58D-E motherboard
600W Xigmatech PSU
24in Samsung B2430L (0.28mm pixel pitch
1920x1080)
1GB Asus ATI Radeon HD 5870 Stalker Edition (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 85/46fps
Stalker: Call of Pripyat [Medium/Ultra] = 167/97fps)
onboard sound
5 x Sweex speakers and subwoofer
12x BD-ROM
16x/16x/12x/8x/6x/8x/12x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM)
two-year collect-and-return warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 156
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

A brilliant performer in both Windows and games, the Chillblast Fusion Reaper desktop PC offers a fantastic all-round specification.

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