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Chillblast Fusion Electron review

£750 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Chillblast

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

Chillblast has significantly upped the ante over its previous entrant to the £750 desktop PC category with the Fusion Electron. It's fitted an improved motherboard and twice the memory inside an upgraded system case, and specified a better-quality monitor.

Chillblast’s Fusion Electron significantly ups the ante over the company’s previous entrant to this category, the Best Buy award-winning Fusion Delta. The most noticeable change is the EZCool HA-900B system case, which is complete with cool blue lighting and industrial-style side grips.

Below the EZCool’s top-mounted metallic power and reset switches is an illuminated front panel with four USB ports and headphone and microphone sockets.

The Chillblast Fusion Electron's multiplier-unlocked Core i5-2500K processor is fitted to an Asus P8P67 Pro motherboard, offering a small step up from the Delta’s standard P8P67. It adds to the standard board’s specification list two 8x PCI Express slots and a pair of eSATA connections, and includes support for Bluetooth, USB 3.0 and 6 gigabits per second (Gbps) SATA.

Chillblast has increased the memory allocation from 4GB to 8GB, and upgraded the display to a 23.6in Asus VH242H that offers superior image quality and an HDMI input. A pair of external speakers are also supplied with the Chillblast Fusion Electron.

A VTX Radeon HD 6870 graphics card enabled playable framerates in all our gaming tests. Only the Eclipse’s GTX 560 Ti was able to edge ahead of the Chillblast Fusion Electron, and even then in just one test.

For performance, the Chillblast Fusion Electron is hard to beat. Its 165-point WorldBench 6 score is only slightly lower than the Core i7-powered Dino PC, and ahead of all the i5 competition. Unlike the Dino PC, however, the Chillblast’s overclockable processor allows it a little extra oomph. 

£750 PCs chart ranking

  1. 1. Chillblast Fusion Electron
    2. Dino PC Elmisaur 2600
    3. Eclipse Anarchy i525n560
    4. Palicomp Phoenix i5 Lightning
    5. Arbico i5287 Pro

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3.3GHz Intel Core i5-2500K
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (choose Windows 7 32bit at no extra cost)
8 x USB 2.0
4 x USB 3.0
Asus P8P67 Pro motherboard
650W EZCool PSU
23.6in Asus VH242H (0.29mm pixel pitch, 1920x1080)
1GB VTX ATI Radeon HD 6870 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 84/44fps, Stalker: Call Of Pripyat [Medium/Ultra] = 161/87fps)
onboard sound
2 x Chillblast speakers
24x DVD-R/24x +R/12x -R DL/16x +R DL/6x -RW/8x+ RW/12x -RAM/16x -ROM
two-year collect-and-return warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 165
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

It isn't the fastest PC in our £750 desktop PC chart, but the Chillblast Fusion Electron's overclockable processor means it could be yet. With a very good all-round spec, the Chillblast is a worthy winner of our Best Buy award.

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