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Chillblast Fusion Shogun review

£500 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Chillblast

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

Chillblast’s Fusion Shogun is a very well-specified budget desktop PC for the money, and carefully constructed both inside and out.

Chillblast’s Fusion Shogun is a very well-specified budget desktop PC for the money, and carefully constructed both inside and out.

Chillblast’s Fusion Shogun is a very well-specified budget desktop PC for the money, and carefully constructed both inside and out. Its EZCool-110D system case conceals a USB 3.0-compatible Asus motherboard that supports the latest external hard drives. However, the generous one-terabyte (1TB) storage provision should mean you won’t need to increase this capacity anytime soon.

A 3.2GHz Intel Core i3-550 processor powered the Chillblast Fusion Shogun budget desktop PC to a 134-point score in our WorldBench 6 real-world test suite. Given that the Arbico’s faster Core i3-560 chip scored just one point more at 135, this is an impressive tally.

Although it isn’t the fastest machine here, the Chillblast Fusion Shogun budget desktop PC's discrete Radeon HD 5450 graphics card with 512MB of video memory and 2.1-channel (two speakers and a subwoofer) speaker set are more useful additions than the fractional speed boost the Core i3-560 processor provides.

This is no gaming rig, of course, but some clock-speed tweaking of the Asus graphics card selected by Chillblast helped to deliver significantly faster framerates in Fear (1024x768, ‘Maximum’ detail) than the competition. Its 29fps score is proof that low-end games will be playable on the Chillblast Fusion Shogun budget desktop PC. More useful, however, is its support for DirectX 11.0 and dual monitors.

The Chillblast Fusion Shogun is one of four PCs here to specify AOC’s 21.5in F22+ monitor. This full-HD screen offers a stylish chassis, and digital input options too.

Budget desktop PCs chart ranking

  1. Chillblast Fusion Shogun
  2. Arbico i3 5600 XL
  3. DinoPC Plutosaur 650
  4. Palicomp Core i3 Blast 540-22 USB3
  5. CyberPower Apollo XT

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Chillblast Fusion Shogun Expert Verdict »

3.2GHz Intel Core i3-550
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 P7H55-M/USB3 motherboard
650W EZCool PSU
21.5in AOC F22+ (0.25mm pixel pitch
1920x1080)
512MB Asus ATI Radeon HD 5450 (Fear: 29fps)
onboard sound
2 x Chillblast speakers and subwoofer
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: 134
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

Chillblast’s Fusion Shogun is a great all-round Windows 7 PC with a balanced selection of components.

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