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Chillblast Fusion Summit review

£500 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Chillblast

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

Chillblast’s Fusion Summit desktop PC holds a performance and storage disadvantage in this chart, with a 3.1GHz Core i5-2400 processor and 500GB hard drive under the bonnet. However, it offers the best motherboard of the group.

Chillblast’s Fusion Summit desktop PC holds a performance and storage disadvantage in this chart, with a 3.1GHz Core i5-2400 processor and 500GB hard drive under the bonnet. However, it offers the best motherboard of the group.

Its Asus P8H67-M Pro is an H67-chipset-based motherboard. It offers SATA 6Gbps and Intel Rapid Storage Technology support, a pair of PCI Express x16 slots (one is limited to x4-speed), two PCI slots, 14 internal USB 2.0 ports and two USB 3.0. Importantly for tinkerers, the Chillblast Fusion Summit PC offers four RAM slots, allowing cheaper memory upgrades than our chart-toppers. There’s also legacy Pata support for copying across data from an old hard drive.

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The Chillblast Fusion Summit's two-tone silver-and-black EZCool case is reasonably attractive, but not as appealing as the Arbico eXcel i5250 MX's compact chassis. A small door at the bottom conceals USB and audio jacks, which aren’t easily accessible when stored on the floor.

AOC’s 21.5in F22+ monitor makes its third appearance in our chart, with its full-HD image nicely complemented with a pair of external stereo speakers. As with the Arbico, however, no subwoofer is supplied with the Chillblast Fusion Summit PC.

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While it isn’t as fast as the Core i5-2400, the i5-2400 powered the Chillblast Fusion Summit PC to a very respectable score of 152 points in WorldBench 6. This will be adequate for anyone in the sub-£500 market.

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3.1GHz Intel Core i5-2400
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (choose Windows 7 32bit at no extra cost)
4GB DDR3 RAM
500GB SATA
6 x USB 2.0
2 x USB 3.0
Asus P8H67-M Pro motherboard
500W EZCool PSU
21.5in AOC F22+ (0.25mm pixel pitch, 1920x1080)
Intel GMA HD 2000 (Fear: 16fps)
onboard sound
2 x Chillblast speakers
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: 152
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

Chillblast’s Fusion Summit has bags of upgrade potential, but the extra features provided by the motherboard won’t be as useful as a faster CPU or more storage space.

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