Housed in the popular Corsair Carbide 300R system case, the Fusion Carbine PC has a hefty, solid appearance with dual optical drives and handy USB 3.0 ports clearly visible from the front. See all gaming PC reviews. See also: gaming PC buying advice and our latest gaming PC group test.
Inside the Fusion Carbine we find an Asus P8Z77-V LK motherboard, fitted with a 3.4GHz Core i5-3570K processor, overclocked to a respectable but tempered 4.6GHz. The CPU is cooled by a Corsair H55 sealed-unit liquid cooler which is a higher-performance version of the H40 model supplied by Eclipse. See all Power PC reviews.
A 1TB hard drive is complemented by a 120GB Samsung 840 SSD, and a total of 16GB of memory is included. These core components allow for very good system performance, as evidenced by a result of 6594 points from PCMark 7 placing it in the top three for overall application performance.
The Fusion Carbine also performed well when it comes to gaming. Chillblast has selected two nVidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost cards. These are the lowest-priced cards that can support teaming up into an SLI pair.
This PC remained competitive in all tests except for Final Fantasy XIV in the highest-quality settings, showing that this pairing can deliver excellent performance for the price, occasionally besting much more expensive PCs.
An IPS display is included in the form of the 23.6in Iiyama Prolite X2377HDS-1. It may not be as responsive as the fastest TN-based gaming displays, but for everything else it’s a great choice for picture quality. It’s also rather less stylish than the similarly specced AOC monitors supplied by CyberPower, Eclipse and Wired2Fire with gaming PCs.
The supplied Gigabyte Force K3 keyboard is a gaming peripheral, albeit an entry-level model with rubber-dome keys. It’s a wired model featuring water-resistant keys, a built-in wrist rest and prominently featured WASD and arrow keys. It’s paired with a basic Gigabyte M6800 gaming mouse with switchable dual dpi settings. See also: gaming PC buying advice and our latest gaming PC group test.