Chillblast Fusion Dominator review

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While the Dominator may be a superb machine, the peripherals need to be up to scratch if the package, as a whole, is going to pass muster. Luckily, Chillblast has included one of our favourite monitors: the Dell 2408WFP with this package. It has long been a PC Pro favourite thanks to its superb colour reproduction, clarity and detail.

Chillblast Fusion Dominator review

There’s also a wealth of ports and sockets on the rear, including HDMI, two DVI-I ports and a DisplayPort output. There are even four USB sockets and a flash memory card reader on the monitor – handy, as there’s not one on the main tower.

It’s also worth noting that, while the system as reviewed includes no speakers, Chillblast offers several different sets – from basic Logitech S220 2.1 speakers, which cost an extra £5, to the Logitech Z-5500 (pictured), which will add a whopping £183 to your final bill – that can be added during the ordering process.

The big question is, however, does the Fusion dominate as its name suggests? It’s a close-run thing, but we’d have to say yes. If you’re after a rounded PC the Dominator could fit the bill. It boasts 2D performance that’s up there with the best we’ve ever seen, and couples this with plenty of gaming potential and an excellent chassis.

It’s cheaper than the Juggernaut, and has more storage, a better screen and more expansion potential than the Interceptor. And for that it wins a deserved recommended award.


Warranty2 year(s) return to base

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity1,000
RAM capacity4.00GB
Screen size24.0in


CPU familyIntel Core 2 Quad
CPU nominal frequency2.66GHz
CPU overclocked frequency3.40GHz
Processor socketLGA 775
HSF (heatsink-fan)Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro


MotherboardAsus P5Q Deluxe
Motherboard chipsetIntel P45
Conventional PCI slots free2
Conventional PCI slots total2
PCI-E x16 slots free2
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 free2
PCI-E x1 slots total2
Internal SATA connectors6
Internal PATA connectors2
Internal floppy connectors1
Wired adapter speedN/A


Memory typeDDR2
Memory sockets free2
Memory sockets total4

Graphics card

Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards?no
3D performance settingHigh
Graphics chipsetNvidia GeForce GTX 260
Graphics card RAM896MB
DVI-I outputs2
HDMI outputs0
VGA (D-SUB) outputs0
DisplayPort outputs0
Number of graphics cardsN/A

Hard disk

Hard disk usable capacity1.00TB
Internal disk interfaceSATA
Spindle speed7,200RPM
Hard disk 2 make and modelN/A
Hard disk 2 nominal capacityN/A
Hard disk 2 formatted capacityN/A
Hard disk 2 spindle speedN/A
Hard disk 2 cache sizeN/A
Hard disk 3 make and modelN/A
Hard disk 3 nominal capacityN/A
Hard disk 4 make and modelN/A
Hard disk 4 nominal capacityN/A


Optical disc technologyDVD writer
Optical disk 2 make and modelN/A
Optical disk 3 make and modelN/A


Monitor make and modelDell 2408WFP
Resolution screen horizontal1,900
Resolution screen vertical1,200
Resolution1900 x 1200
Pixel response time6ms
Contrast ratio3,000:1
Screen brightness400cd/m2
DVI inputs1
HDMI inputs1
VGA inputs1
DisplayPort inputs1

Additional Peripherals

Speaker typeN/A
Sound cardCreative SoundBlaster X-Fi Xtreme


ChassisAntec 900
Case formatFull tower
Dimensions206 x 536 x 493mm (WDH)

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays2

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream)8
FireWire ports1
eSATA ports1
PS/2 mouse portyes
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports1
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports1
3.5mm audio jacks6

Front ports

Front panel USB ports2
Front panel FireWire ports6
Front panel eSATA ports1
Front panel memory card readerno

Mouse & Keyboard

Mouse and keyboardLogitech Desktop Wave

Operating system and software

OS familyWindows Vista

Noise and power

Idle power consumption182W
Peak power consumption285W

Performance tests

Overall application benchmark score2.01
Office application benchmark score1.73
2D graphics application benchmark score2.28
Encoding application benchmark score1.63
Multitasking application benchmark score2.42
3D performance (crysis) low settings34fps
3D performance settingHigh

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