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£751-£1,000 PCs chart: Chillblast Fusion Raider 6600

£1,000 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Chillblast

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

Rather controversially, Chillblast has in the past used overclocking to boost its machines' performance scores, but the Fusion Raider 6600 resorts to no such tricks. Yet it still manages to achieve the highest benchmark figures in the £751-£1,000 PCs chart.

Rather controversially, Chillblast has in the past used overclocking to boost its machines' performance scores, but the Fusion Raider 6600 resorts to no such tricks. Yet it still manages to achieve the highest benchmark figures in the £751-£1,000 PCs chart.


  1. Chillblast Fusion Raider 6600
  2. Mesh Elite GTS Media
  3. Evesham Solar Storm
  4. CyberPower Infinity 860
  5. Zoostorm 4-6405 Advanced PC

First place

Rather controversially, Chillblast has in the past used overclocking to boost its machines' performance scores, but the Fusion Raider 6600 resorts to no such tricks. Yet it still manages to achieve the highest benchmark figures in the £751-£1,000 PCs chart.

We can only assume that considerable care has gone into the selection of each component in this PC - how else can you explain the fact that, in our brand-new WorldBench 6 Vista test suite, it scores four points more than the CyberPower Infinity 860, despite that PC being powered by the E6700 version of the Intel Core 2 Duo rather than the Fusion's supposedly slower E6600? The E6600 is nevertheless a good choice, combining speed with value for money.

The Chillblast's 2GB of DDR RAM doesn't stand out - all four of its rivals match that figure - but its complement is top-notch PC2-6400 memory. This may partly explain the improved performance. The 320GB hard drive is reasonably capacious, and should be ample for most users.

All of this month's Top Five PCs use the GeForce 8800 GTS graphics card, but the Chillblast includes a 640MB rather than a 320MB version. In our games tests (including Fear and Company of Heroes), the Chillblast achieved the highest framerates of all.

HannsG isn't a major name in the display market, but the HW191DP is a very pleasing flat-panel with a steady, colourful image. Its quality is an improvement on the GNR screens and 22in models that are increasingly popular at this price.

Chillblast hasn't forgotten about sound, adding a gorgeous X-Fi XtremeMusic card. The Logitech speakers aren't the best we've seen, but this is a rare misstep in an otherwise flawless PC.

Chillblast Fusion Raider 6600 Expert Verdict »
2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
Windows Vista Home Premium
2GB DDR RAM
320GB serial ATA
Asus P5B-E motherboard
8 USB ports
19in HannsG HW191DP flat-panel, 0.283mm pixel pitch, 1,440x900 maximum resolution
640MB nVidia GeForce 8800 GTS, PCI Express
Creative X-Fi XtremeMusic sound card
2 x Logitech S200 speakers
maximum DVD speeds 16x/18x/18x (DVD -ROM/-R/+R) 8x/8x (-R DL/+R DL) 8x/8x/12x (-RW/+RW/-RAM)
includes CyberLink DVD Suite, Corsair TurboFlash Accelerator
2-year collect-and-return warranty
WorldBench 6 score 106
  • Build Quality: We give this item 9 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 9 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

We're not keen on the speakers, but otherwise this PC is flawless.

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