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Chillblast Fusion Zenith review

£1,000 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Chillblast

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

Based on Intel’s 3.4GHz Core i7-2600K processor, Chillblast's Fusion Zenith is an extremely fast PC. Its 176-point WorldBench 6 score places it well ahead of the competition.

Based on Intel’s 3.4GHz Core i7-2600K processor, Chillblast's Fusion Zenith is an extremely fast PC. Its 176-point WorldBench 6 score places it well ahead of the competition.

Like every PC on test, it comes with 8GB of DDR3 RAM. However, the Chillblast Fusion Zenith specifies the faster 1,600MHz rather than 1,333MHz variety. Its Asus P8P67 motherboard is also a step up from the ‘LE’ version selected by Dino PC, and better suited to overclocking K-series chips. This board lacks the advanced features of the ‘Pro’ model, however.

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If you do want to try overclocking, we’d recommend upgrading the standard Intel processor cooler included with the Chillblast Fusion Zenith.

The Chillblast Fusion Zenith's ATI Radeon HD 6950 graphics card comes with 2GB of video RAM and provides excellent gaming performance. It’s not as fast as the nVidia GeForce GTX 570 supplied by Eclipse, but your preference of graphics solution here will depend largely on the games you wish to play.

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The PC is housed in a Cooler Master Elite 430 system case. This is a smart model, which includes cooling options such as a mesh front panel, side ventilation holes and dust filters at top and bottom. The 120mm front-mounted fan glows blue, visible through the Chillblast Fusion Zenith's transparent side panel.

Chillblast also provides the largest monitor of the group. Its 25in Hanns-G display is a low-cost screen, but a great complement for the Fusion Zenith's Blu-ray/DVD combo drive and external speaker set.

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Chillblast Fusion Zenith Expert Verdict »

3.4GHz Intel Core i7-2600K
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (choose Windows 7 32bit at no extra cost)
8GB DDR3 RAM
1TB SATA
8 x USB 2.0
2 x USB 3.0
Asus P8P67 motherboard
600W Corsair PSU
25in Hanns-G HH251DPB monitor (0.28mm pixel pitch, 1920x1080)
2GB Asus ATI Radeon HD 6950 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 96/46fps, Stalker: Call of Pripyat [Medium/Ultra] = 182/99fps)
onboard sound
5 x Chillblast speakers and subwoofer
10x BD-ROM
16x/16x/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: 176
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

Providing by far the best Windows performance and some strong components across the board, Chillblast’s Fusion Zenith is a worthy winner of our Best Buy award.

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