Chillblast Fusion Immortal review

AMD’s latest graphics cards provide stunning performance in a superb PC with few faults

Mike Jennings
27 Feb 2012
5
Price when reviewed 
2,099

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Chillblast’s latest Fusion system is aiming high with its latest Immortal offering, but it’s got the hardware to back up its boasts. The star attraction is a pair of AMD Radeon HD 7970 graphics cards, which is the kind of combination that could deliver record-breaking benchmark results.

The two cards certainly don’t disappoint. Our Very High quality, 1,920 x 1,080 Crysis benchmark was brushed aside at an astonishing 94fps, and this only fell to 90fps when we added 4x anti-aliasing.

To push it harder, we hooked up a 30in, 2,560 x 1,600 screen, but still the Immortal charged on. At this increased resolution and Very High quality settings, the Chillblast scored 81fps, with ten frames shaved off this figure by adding anti-aliasing. That figure destroys other machines efforts: Scan’s 3XS Velocity X79 SLI Extreme could only manage 66fps in the same test.

Chillblast Fusion Immortal

For a final torture test, we added a pair of screens and bumped the resolution to a massive 5,760 x 1,080, but the pair of graphics cards also handled this with aplomb, scoring 53fps and falling to 46fps with anti-aliasing. That’s the sort of pace we’ve only seen beaten by much more expensive PCs in the past – the £4,488 inc VAT Scan 3XS Carbon, for instance, with its pair of dual-core GeForce GTX 590 cards, managed 49fps in the latter test.

It isn’t only a PC for playing Crysis, though. In our Just Cause 2 benchmark across three screens it averaged 98fps, and Crysis 2 when run at its Ultra quality settings and at 2,560 x 1,600 returned a stunning 55fps – with this figure dropping to a still-playable 33fps at 5,760 x 1,080.

That’s a stonking level of power, but other benchmarks revealed that AMD’s drivers and application profiles aren’t fully mature yet, with some odd-looking results. In Battlefield 3, for instance, the Chillblast returned a 40fps score at 2,560 x 1,600, but this improved to 57fps when we ran the game across three screens.

Chillblast has taken less of a risk with its choice of processor, with the Intel Core i7-2700K overclocked from 3.5GHz to a mighty 5GHz. It’s an impressive number, but the i7-2700K isn’t quite as potent as Sandy Bridge-E chips, with two fewer cores and a smaller cache. The resulting benchmark score of 1.24 in the PC Pro application-based benchmarks is extremely impressive, but machines boasting overclocked Core i7-3930K chips routinely score north of 1.3 in the same tests.

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Warranty

Warranty1yr collect and return

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity1,120GB
RAM capacity16.00GB

Processor

CPU familyIntel Core i5
CPU nominal frequency3.50GHz
CPU overclocked frequency5.00GHz
Processor socketLGA 1155
HSF (heatsink-fan)Xigmatek Prime SD1484

Motherboard

MotherboardAsus P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3
Motherboard chipsetIntel Z68
Conventional PCI slots free1
Conventional PCI slots total1
PCI-E x16 slots free1
PCI-E x16 slots total3
PCI-E x8 slots free0
PCI-E x8 slots total0
PCI-E x4 slots free0
PCI-E x4 slots total0
PCI-E x1 slots free1
PCI-E x1 slots total2
Internal SATA connectors6
Wired adapter speed1,000Mbits/sec

Memory

Memory typeDDR3
Memory sockets free0
Memory sockets total4

Graphics card

Graphics cardAMD Radeon HD 7970
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards?yes
3D performance settingHigh
Graphics chipsetAMD Radeon HD 7970
Graphics card RAM5.86GB
DVI-I outputs4
HDMI outputs2
VGA (D-SUB) outputs0
DisplayPort outputs2
Number of graphics cards2

Hard disk

Hard diskCorsair Force 3 SSD
Capacity120GB
Hard disk usable capacity111GB
Internal disk interfaceSATA/600
Hard disk 2 make and modelSamsung Spinpoint F3
Hard disk 2 nominal capacity1,000GB
Hard disk 2 formatted capacity931
Hard disk 2 spindle speed7,200RPM
Hard disk 2 cache size64MB

Drives

Optical disc technologyBlu-ray reader/DVD writer combo

Additional Peripherals

Sound cardRealtek HD Audio

Case

ChassisSilverstone Fortress FT02
Case formatFull tower
Dimensions212 x 616 x 497mm (WDH)

Power supply

Power supplyCorsair HX1050
Power supply rating1,050W

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays4

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream)8
eSATA ports1
PS/2 mouse portno
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports1
Modemno
3.5mm audio jacks8

Front ports

Front panel USB ports2
Front panel memory card readerno

Operating system and software

OS familyWindows 7

Noise and power

Idle power consumption121W
Peak power consumption688W

Performance tests

3D performance (crysis) low settings106fps
3D performance settingHigh
Overall Real World Benchmark score1.24
Responsiveness score1.09
Media score1.32
Multitasking score1.30

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