Chillblast Fusion Immortal review

£2099
Price when reviewed

The rest of the specification is more conventional. Sixteen gigabytes of DDR3 RAM is fast becoming the standard for enthusiast-level machines, and there’s the usual combination of storage devices: a 120GB Corsair Force 3 SSD for Windows 7, alongside a 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3. There’s a Blu-ray reader and a beefy 1,050W power supply.

It’s all housed in a SilverStone Fortress FT02 chassis – a familiar sight in the PC Pro Labs. It’s one of the best-looking cases around, and the stylish looks are matched by daring design. The motherboard’s backplate faces skywards instead of to the rear, and air is drawn from the bottom and to the top of the chassis.

Chillblast has also done an admirable job of keeping things tidy, with cables lashed down and stowed out of sight, but the sheer amount of hardware on offer means the Fusion Immortal’s upgrade options are restricted. All four DIMMs are occupied, and they’re overshadowed by the hulking Xigmatek Prime cooler, and the single free PCI and PCI Express x1 and x16 slots are all extremely difficult to access thanks to the graphics cards.

Chillblast Fusion Immortal

The Asus P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 motherboard’s spare SATA 6Gbits/sec ports are similarly tricky to access, but there’s one crumb of comfort: the four free 5.25in bays can be accessed from the front of the enclosure, and the three free hard disk bays are side-facing for easy access.

It’s a little cramped, but there’s little need for tweaking, as Chillblast has done most of the work for you, fitting sound-absorbing foam to internal surfaces to keep noise at bay. The machine sports a trio of 180mm case fans, three 120mm fans and smaller units atop each graphics card, but it’s incredibly quiet when idle (the second graphics card shuts off when games aren’t being played) and isn’t much louder when running at full speed. There’s a definite rumble when running games, but speakers will easily drown this out.

Finally, it’s comparatively cool, with peak processor and graphics card temperatures of 83˚C and 79 ˚C respectively. AMD’s latest graphics architecture also proved efficient in our power tests: idle and peak draws of 121W and 688W are certainly high, but they’re nothing compared to the 942W peak draw of the Yoyotech, which employed older, less efficient Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 cards.

All told, we can hardly fault this powerhouse PC from Chillblast. It’s quiet, boasts fantastic build quality and features two of the world’s finest graphics cards. Driver updates should smooth out and improve performance, which is already among the best we’ve ever seen, so take the plunge if you have £2,098 to spare. Gaming PCs don’t get better than this.

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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