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Chillblast Fusion Commando review: a great choice for a family PC

£799 inc VAT and delivery

Manufacturer: Chillblast

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

The Chillblast Fusion Commando is a great Family PC choice, thanks to its up-to-date Haswell processor and B85 Express chipset motherboard. Read our Chillblast Fusion Commando review to find out more.

Chillblast Fusion Commando

The Fusion Commando from Chillblast, is one of the first PCs we've reviewed to feature Intel's latest 4th-generation Core processors, codenamed Haswell.

The Core i5-4570 processor used here runs at a base clock speed of 3.2 GHz and can turbo up to 3.6 GHz when pushed. This places it slightly below the popular Core i5-3570 in headline clock speed. But gains in efficiency compensate for this – and deliver a little bit extra besides. Take a look at Group test: What's the best family PC?

For cooling, the Chillblast Fusion Commando takes just a stock Intel cooler. See also: Braebo Aphrodite review.

The new processor requires a new motherboard chipset to run, and this has been provided on an Asus B85M-G motherboard, featuring the B85 Express Chipset. This board supports USB 3.0 with UASP support for even greater performance as well as optimisation for Windows 8 boot times.

A Zotac nVidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti graphics card is included, which enables the PC to run most games at decent framerates without sacrificing so much on quality. Computer Planet's F2000 Family PC delivered superior gaming performance, but at a much higher price.

Unlike several of its competitors, the Fusion Commando provides 802.11n via a simple plug-in USB adaptor. This is less tidy than an internal solution, but easier to unplug and use on a different PC if you wish. No memory card reader has been installed in this model.

A Blu-ray/DVD±RW combo drive provides for HD movie playback on the 23.6in Iiyama X2377 IPS monitor. This is a basic-looking display, lacking the contemporary design touches of models such as the AOC i2369Vm supplied by Dino PC, but offering great image quality and a large screen area. You also get a pair of stereo speakers with a separate subwoofer.

Overall performance of the Fusion Commando is very good. PCMark 7 recorded an excellent overall score of 6177 points and the system felt snappy and responsive, thanks to the inclusion of a 120GB Samsung 840 series SSD complementing the 1TB Seagate hard drive.

It's housed in the popular Cooler Master CM Force 500 system case, featuring front-facing USB ports and internal cable management.

Chillblast Fusion Commando Expert Verdict »

Processor: 3.2 GHz Intel Core i5-4570
CPU Cooler: Intel stock cooler
Installed memory: 16 GB DDR3 1600 MHz
Storage: 1 TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.14
120 GB: Samsung 840 Series SSD
Power supply: CIT 600 W PSU
Motherboard: Asus B85M-G Motherboard
External USB ports: 3 x USB 3.0, 6 x USB 2.0
Display: 23.6in Iiyama X2377, 1920x1080, IPS, HDMI, VGA, DVI-D
Graphics card: Zotac nVidia GeForce GTX 650Ti
Sound and speakers: Onboard, Logitech S220 2.1 set
Networking: Gigabit ethernet, 802.11n
Ports: 3x analogue audio, 2x PS/2
Graphics card ports: 2x DVI, HDMI 1.4
Memory card reader: N
Case: Cooler Master CM Force 500
Keyboard & Mouse: Logitech MK260
Optical drive: LG Blu-ray / DVD±RW combo drive
Operating system: Windows 8 64-bit
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Performance: We give this item 9 of 10 for performance
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

The Fusion Commando is a great purchase, thanks to its up-to-date Haswell processor and B85 Express chipset motherboard. Performance is very good, both application and gaming. Build-quality is also high and a pair of external speakers complement its large, high-quality display.

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