Chillblast Fusion Storm Trooper review

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Sitting in one of the motherboard slots is the card that marked Nvidia’s resurgence in the high-end graphics market: the GeForce GTX 580. It’s the fastest single-chip card we’ve ever seen, and continues its run of good form here. In Crysis it scored 55fps in our test, run at 1,920 x 1,080 and Very High quality settings, and that result fell to a still-impressive 48fps when we enabled 4x anti-aliasing. Suffice it to say, this isn’t a PC that will struggle with any modern game.

The Storm Trooper isn’t quite a match for the Wired2Fire Hellspawn Xtreme, whose pair of AMD Radeon HD 6850 cards produced a result 10fps faster in the 1,920 x 1,080 Very High quality test.

Chillblast Fusion Storm Trooper

As usual, Chillblast’s machine features an overclocked processor, with the 3.07GHz Intel Core i7-950 boosted to a tastier 4GHz. The overclock yields impressive benchmark results, with an overall score of 2.8. Only the Yoyotech XDNA 760, which extracted 2.87 from its Core i5-760 chip running at 4.2GHz, has proved faster.

Pushing a processor to its limits, though, isn’t without risks. The Chillblast’s overclocked i7-950 hit a maximum temperature of 91 degrees during our stress tests. While that’s short of the chip’s maximum thermal envelope, it’s a bit too close to the crucial 100-degree figure for our liking.

Noise levels under load are noticeable too. The CPU and graphics cards coolers emit a noticeable whirr, and while the result isn’t disastrous, the system isn’t as quiet as the Yoyotech XDNA. This also somewhat negates the use of the fan controller: while you can dial the case fans right down so they’re nearly silent, you can’t do this with the other coolers.

That noise undoubtedly causes a slight disturbance in the force, and ultimately it undermines the Storm Trooper’s challenge. It’s impressive, but isn’t as strong as our A List favourite.


Warranty1 yr return to base

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity1,080GB
RAM capacity6.00GB
Screen sizeN/A


CPU familyIntel Core i7
CPU nominal frequency3.07GHz
CPU overclocked frequency4.00GHz
Processor socketLGA 1366
HSF (heatsink-fan)Titan Fenrir


MotherboardAsus Sabertooth X58
Motherboard chipsetIntel X58
Conventional PCI slots free0
Conventional PCI slots total0
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 SAS connectors1
Internal PATA connectors1
Internal floppy connectors0
Wired adapter speed1,000Mbits/sec


Memory typeDDR3
Memory sockets free3
Memory sockets total6

Graphics card

Graphics cardNvida GeForce GTX 580
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards?no
3D performance settingLow
Graphics chipsetNvidia GeForce GTX 580
Graphics card RAM1.46GB
DVI-I outputs2
HDMI outputs1
VGA (D-SUB) outputs0
DisplayPort outputs1
Number of graphics cards1

Hard disk

Hard diskCorsair Force 80GB SSD
Hard disk usable capacityN/A
Internal disk interfaceSATA/300
Spindle speedN/A
Cache sizeN/A
Hard disk 2 make and modelSamsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ
Hard disk 2 nominal capacity1,000GB
Hard disk 2 formatted capacity931
Hard disk 2 spindle speed7,200RPM
Hard disk 2 cache size32MB
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 driveN/A
Optical disc technologyBlu-ray reader/DVD writer combo
Optical disk 2 make and modelN/A
Optical disk 3 make and modelN/A


Monitor make and modelN/A
Resolution screen horizontalN/A
Resolution screen verticalN/A
ResolutionN/A x N/A
Pixel response timeN/A
Contrast ratioN/A
Screen brightnessN/A
DVI inputsN/A
HDMI inputsN/A
VGA inputsN/A
DisplayPort inputsN/A

Additional Peripherals

Speaker typeN/A
Sound cardRealtek HD Audio


ChassisNZXT Phantom
Case formatFull tower
Dimensions220 x 623 x 540mm (WDH)

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays4

Rear ports

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

Front ports

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

Mouse & Keyboard

Mouse and keyboardN/A

Operating system and software

OS familyWindows 7

Noise and power

Idle power consumption124W
Peak power consumption483W

Performance tests

Overall application benchmark score2.80
Office application benchmark score2.51
2D graphics application benchmark score2.94
Encoding application benchmark score2.35
Multitasking application benchmark score3.42
3D performance (crysis) low settings162fps
3D performance settingLow

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