Chillblast Fusion Photo OC IV review

£1799
Price when reviewed

The combination of Chillblast’s expertise and a motherboard tray ensures it’s tidy inside, though. And upgrade room is generous, with four DIMMs free – two either side of the processor, two free PCI Express x16 slots and single PCI Express x1 and PCI slots. It’s worth mentioning that, thanks to the new X79 chipset, those vacant PCI Express x16 slots will both now run at full speed if an extra graphics card is added.

Elsewhere, three side-facing hard disk bays are fitted with tool-free entry clips and sound-absorbing rubber mounts, and the pair of empty 5.25in bays are similarly equipped. There’s a wealth of ports available thanks to the motherboard, too: four USB 3 sockets, six USB 2, a PS/2 port, two eSATA sockets, an optical S/PDIF output and a clear CMOS button. There’s also a card reader on the front – something we’re seeing less in desktops.

It’s an easy case to work inside, thanks to the Corsair H100 watercooling. Its unobtrusive waterblock is strapped to the top of the processor and doesn’t interfere with the eight DIMMs. There’s no radiator on the back of the machine to get in the way either. Instead, its 240mm cooler unit, accompanied by two 120mm fans, hangs in the roof of the machine.

Chillblast Fusion Photo OC IV

It works reasonably well, too, given the challenge it faces. A peak processor temperature of 86˚c is a little high but, given the massive overclock and power requirements, it’s decent, and the graphics card’s maximum temperature of 78˚C acceptable too.

The Photo OC IV isn’t loud, either, outside of an initial whoosh during boot. The rest of the time there’s an unobtrusive hum and little else, with the noise levels barely increasing even during our stress tests. We wish we could say the same for power consumption, though: an idle figure of 208W rocketed to a peak of 679W when both processor and graphics card were stress-tested. The i7-3930K is the main culprit; we turned off the graphics card’s stress test and the system’s peak was still 524W – significantly higher than rival machines.

The fastest machine in the world doesn’t come cheap, either. This record-breaking base unit costs £1,799 – more cash than you’d need to buy the Chillblast’s Fusion Flash or Dimension machines, both of which include peripherals, and both of which are faster in games. If you’ve got the cash to burn, and aren’t worried about slightly shoddy build quality, though, this is as fast as PCs get.

Warranty

Warranty1 yr return to base

Basic specifications

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

Processor

CPU familyIntel Core i7
CPU nominal frequency3.20GHz
CPU overclocked frequency4.70GHz
Processor socketLGA 2011
HSF (heatsink-fan)Corsair H100

Motherboard

MotherboardAsus Sabertooth X79
Motherboard chipsetIntel X79
Conventional PCI slots free1
Conventional PCI slots total1
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 free1
PCI-E x1 slots total1
Internal SATA connectors8
Wired adapter speed1,000Mbits/sec

Memory

Memory typeDDR3
Memory sockets free4
Memory sockets total8

Graphics card

Graphics cardNvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards?no
3D performance settingMedium
Graphics chipsetNvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti
Graphics card RAM1.00GB
DVI-I outputs2
HDMI outputs1
VGA (D-SUB) outputs0
Number of graphics cards1

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
Hard disk 3 make and modelSamsung Spinpoint F3
Hard disk 3 nominal capacity1,000GB

Drives

Optical disc technologyBlu-ray writer

Additional Peripherals

Sound cardRealtek HD Audio

Case

ChassisCorsair Carbide 400R
Case formatFull tower
Dimensions201 x 531 x 498mm (WDH)

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays2

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream)8
eSATA ports2
PS/2 mouse portyes
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports1
Modemno
3.5mm audio jacks6

Front ports

Front panel USB ports4
Front panel memory card readeryes

Operating system and software

OS familyWindows 7

Noise and power

Idle power consumption208W
Peak power consumption679W

Performance tests

3D performance (crysis) low settings135fps
3D performance settingMedium
Overall Real World Benchmark score1.39
Responsiveness score1.08
Media score1.52
Multitasking score1.56

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