Chillblast Fusion Eyefinity review

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The PC itself, meanwhile, is more than capable of coping with Eyefinity’s increased demands. The Intel Core i7-920 is overclocked from 2.66GHz to 4GHz, which was enough to deliver a result of 2.8 in our application benchmarks. It’s the highest score we’ve ever seen, easily eclipsing the 2.58 scored by the Wired2Fire Hellspawn.

The ATI Radeon HD 5870 surged through our standard benchmarks with one monitor, delivering scores of 70fps and 44fps in our High and Very High quality Crysis tests. It remained impressive after adding the other two displays, coasting through the most demanding settings in Fallout 3, Burnout Paradise and Batman: Arkham Asylum at the mammoth resolution of 5,760 x 1,080.

It only began to struggle with Crysis on three TFTs and at its highest settings. An average of 15fps in our Very High benchmark at 5,760 x 1,080 almost exactly corresponds to a tripling of the workload over the single TFT setup. We had to lower Crysis to Medium settings to achieve a playable framerate, with the High quality test just falling short at 26fps.

Chillblast hasn’t skimped on the luxuries elsewhere. The 80GB SSD comes with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit installed, and the additional 1TB hard disk, Asus Sonar sound card and Blu-ray drive are welcome additions.

Chillblast Fusion Eyefinity

The Silverstone Raven RV02 chassis has its motherboard mounted vertically, allowing easier access to the ports on top of the system. There’s room to expand, with three DIMM sockets, two PCI-Express 16x slots and space for additional optical drives and hard disks, even if the water cooling and vertical orientation of the motherboard make the Chillblast’s interior a little awkward.

Domino ALC water-cooling is used to chill the CPU but, when confronted with an overclocked Core i7, it wasn’t particularly efficient. The processor idled at a reasonable 42 degrees with the Domino on its lowest efficiency setting, but quickly rose to 90 degrees when we stress-tested the machine – ten degrees below the CPU’s maximum safe temperature, but hardly ideal.

We turned the Domino up to its medium and high efficiency settings and saw the CPU’s peak temperature drop by around 5 degrees – a poor result, given that this also increased the system’s noise output to an uncomfortable level. It’s worth noting that Chillblast offers the Akasa Nero HSF on its website, which is quieter than the Domino and £15 exc VAT cheaper, although the CPU is only overclocked to 3.8GHz with this option.

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The Fusion Eyefinity also gobbles up plenty of power: at peak usage the system needed 354W from the mains, with each of the three monitors using an additional 19W.

Of course, an over-the-top system such as this doesn’t come cheap. The entire package will set you back £1,999 exc VAT, whereas the A-Listed Wired2Fire Hellspawn XFire will perform much the same job, albeit without the luxury of three monitors, for £800 less – not a saving to be sniffed at. It’s also expensive when you price up the system without the trio of screens, which retail for around £150 exc VAT each. This still leaves Chillblast’s base unit alone at a little over £1,500.

The PC may be superb, then, but a few niggles and the sheer excess involved with Eyefinity mean we’re not entirely sold on the idea. For certain game types, the technology allows for a heightened, immersive experience – whether that’s via sensory tricks in your peripheral vision or just tripling the onscreen environment. But you’d have to be something of a gaming addict to even come close to justifying the expense or the space it’ll occupy in your home.


Warranty 2yr collect and return

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity 1,080
RAM capacity 6.00GB
Screen size 22.0in


CPU family Intel Core i7
CPU nominal frequency 2.66GHz
CPU overclocked frequency 4.00GHz
Processor socket LGA 1366
HSF (heatsink-fan) Domino ALC


Motherboard Asus P6T SE
Motherboard chipset Intel X58
Conventional PCI slots free 1
Conventional PCI slots total 2
PCI-E x16 slots free 2
PCI-E x16 slots total 3
PCI-E x8 slots free 0
PCI-E x8 slots total 0
PCI-E x4 slots free 0
PCI-E x4 slots total 0
PCI-E x1 slots free 1
PCI-E x1 slots total 1
Internal SATA connectors 6
Internal SAS connectors 1
Internal PATA connectors 1
Internal floppy connectors 1
Wired adapter speed 1,000Mbits/sec


Memory type DDR3
Memory sockets free 3
Memory sockets total 6

Graphics card

Graphics card ATI Radeon HD 5870
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards? no
3D performance setting High
Graphics chipset ATI Radeon HD 5870
Graphics card RAM 1.00GB
DVI-I outputs 2
HDMI outputs 1
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 0
DisplayPort outputs 1
Number of graphics cards 1

Hard disk

Capacity 1.00TB
Hard disk usable capacity 931GB
Internal disk interface SATA/300
Spindle speed 7,200RPM
Cache size 32MB
Hard disk 2 make and model Intel X-25M SSD
Hard disk 2 nominal capacity 80GB
Hard disk 2 formatted capacity N/A
Hard disk 2 spindle speed N/A
Hard disk 2 cache size N/A
Hard disk 3 make and model N/A
Hard disk 3 nominal capacity N/A
Hard disk 4 make and model N/A
Hard disk 4 nominal capacity N/A


Optical drive LG GGW-H20L
Optical disc technology Blu-ray reader
Optical disk 2 make and model N/A
Optical disk 3 make and model N/A


Monitor make and model Dell Professional P2210H
Resolution screen horizontal 1,920
Resolution screen vertical 1,080
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Pixel response time 5ms
Contrast ratio 1,000:1
Screen brightness 250cd/m2
DVI inputs 1
HDMI inputs 0
VGA inputs 1
DisplayPort inputs 1

Additional Peripherals

Speakers N/A
Speaker type N/A
Sound card Asus Xonar
Peripherals N/A


Chassis Silverstone Raven RV02
Case format Full tower
Dimensions 212 x 643 x 503mm (WDH)

Power supply

Power supply OCZ
Power supply rating 700W

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays 3

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream) 8
FireWire ports 1
eSATA ports 1
PS/2 mouse port yes
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports 1
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports 1
Modem no
3.5mm audio jacks 10

Front ports

Front panel USB ports 2
Front panel memory card reader no

Mouse & Keyboard

Mouse and keyboard Logitech Deluxe Wireless 660 keyboard, Razer Salmosa mouse

Operating system and software

OS family Windows 7
Recovery method Recovery disc

Noise and power

Idle power consumption 194W
Peak power consumption 354W

Performance tests

Overall application benchmark score 2.80
Office application benchmark score 2.37
2D graphics application benchmark score 2.95
Encoding application benchmark score 2.32
Multitasking application benchmark score 3.54
3D performance (crysis) low settings 70fps
3D performance setting High

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