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Chillblast Fusion Torpedo review

£1,299 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Chillblast

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Chillblast's Fusion Torpedo is the fastest Core i7-950 desktop PC we've reviewed, with 169 points scored in WorldBench 6.

Chillblast's Fusion Torpedo is the fastest Core i7-950 desktop PC we've reviewed, with 169 points scored in WorldBench 6.

Chillblast’s Fusion Torpedo is the fastest Core i7-950 desktop PC we’ve reviewed. It’s good to see the technology go out with a bang, since the launch of Intel’s brand-new Sandy Bridge processors means we won’t be seeing Core i7-950 PCs in this chart for much longer.

The Chillblast Fusion Torpedo scored a blistering 169 points in our WorldBench 6 real-world speed test. This is just two points fewer than the i7-2600K-powered CyberPower PC, and a massive 15 points more than the Palicomp.

There’s plenty of room for upgrades inside the PC's Cooler Master Elite 430 system case, and the Chillblast Fusion Torpedo's internal cabling is stored neatly out of the way.

A 12GB allocation of DDR3 RAM and a 2TB hard drive are provided – twice the amount of storage supplied by most of the competition. And Chillblast has added a 60GB Corsair Force SSD, which speeds up bootup times and helped the Fusion Torpedo desktop PC to excel in our benchmark tests.

A 25in Hannspree display provides a full-HD (1920x1080 pixels) image, making it a perfect complement for the Chillblast Fusion Torpedo's 12-speed Blu-ray drive. This monitor is larger than most of the competition and it offers a trio of inputs, including two HDMI. A set of five speakers and a subwoofer complete the PC’s multimedia credentials.

With an ATI Radeon HD 6970 onboard, the Chillblast Fusion Torpedo desktop PC demonstrated the joint-fastest gaming results here.

Power PCs chart ranking

  1. CyberPower Infinity Achilles GT
  2. Chillblast Fusion Torpedo
  3. Arbico Elite i7969 HSD
  4. Palicomp Kinetic Blitz 950-6970
  5. DinoPC Maxosaur 870

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Chillblast Fusion Torpedo Expert Verdict »

3.06GHz Intel Core i7-950
Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit (choose Windows 7 64bit or XP at no extra cost)
6 x USB 2.0
2 x USB 3.0
Asus P6X58D-E motherboard
25in Hannspree HF257HP (0.28mm pixel pitch
2GB Asus ATI Radeon HD 6970 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 85/50fps
Stalker: Call of Pripyat [Medium/Ultra] = 168/108fps)
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: 169
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

It’s an excellent PC today, but the Chillblast Fusion Torpedo is based on older technology and its motherboard won’t accept Intel’s latest Sandy Bridge processors.

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