Chillblast Fusion Tranquillity review

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If you need evidence of the appeal of quiet computing, just look at the wealth of products available that claim to stifle the sound emerging from your PC. This kit isn’t just a boon for home tinkerers, though: Chillblast has also taken advantage of the growth in noise reduction kit to produce its latest PC – the Fusion Tranquility.

The Fractal Design Define R3 is a solid start. It’s a new case to the PC Pro Labs, but it’s a favourite with our sister title Bit-tech thanks to its excellent build-quality and superb acoustic dampening properties. Fractal Design has achieved this by using the most sound-absorbing material we’ve seen: it can be found lining the monolithic door, attached to both side panels, on the roof of the chassis and even occupying three of the system’s unused case fan mounts.

Quiet, please

Neat, noise-reducing touches abound elsewhere. The hard disk bays sport rubber pads to absorb vibration, and the PSU is mounted on similar disks. The bottom PCI blanker at the rear of the chassis includes a fan control that’s linked to the front and rear 120mm case fans to ensure they rotate at the slowest possible speeds.

Chillblast Fusion Tranquillity

Sitting atop the overclocked Intel Core i5-2500K processor is a Gelid Tranquillo heatsink – another part built with minimal noise in mind. Its 120mm fan is attached to the heatsink by clasps that are more forgiving than screws, and its fan rotates at lower speeds than rivals: its peak speed of 1,500rpm is 1,000rpm lower than the popular Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2.

The graphics card hasn’t escaped the attention of the noise police either: the Tranquility’s Nvidia GeForce GTX 570 is a Gainward-produced “Phantom” edition design with a three-slot cooler to accommodate a larger heatsink, six heatpipes and a trio of fans – a huge improvement over the dual-slot, single-fan models we’re used to seeing. Despite this, it’s still been tweaked, with its stock speed of 732MHz upped to 750MHz and the base memory clock of 3,800MHz improved by 100MHz.

A Scythe Quiet Drive case surrounds the hard disk with rubber, to absorb the whoosh of spinning platters and the chatter of heads accessing data. An SSD is used as the system drive, to further reduce noise, and Chillblast’s final tweak involves the PSU: a BeQuiet Straight Power CM unit running at 680W that claims to be semi-passive, with a 120mm fan that only spins up when the system’s stressed.


Warranty1 yr return to base

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity1,120GB
RAM capacity8.00GB


CPU familyIntel Core i5
CPU nominal frequency3.30GHz
CPU overclocked frequency4.20GHz
Processor socketLGA 1155
HSF (heatsink-fan)Gelid Tranquillo


MotherboardAsus P8P67
Motherboard chipsetIntel P67
Conventional PCI slots free3
Conventional PCI slots total1
PCI-E x16 slots free1
PCI-E x16 slots total2
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 connectors4
Internal SAS connectors1
Internal PATA connectors0
Internal floppy connectors0
Wired adapter speed1,000Mbits/sec


Memory typeDDR3
Memory sockets free2
Memory sockets total4

Graphics card

Graphics cardGainward GeForce GTX 570 Phantom
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards?no
3D performance settingLow
Graphics chipsetNvidia GeForce GTX 570
Graphics card RAM1.25GB
DVI-I outputs2
HDMI outputs1
VGA (D-SUB) outputs0
DisplayPort outputs1
Number of graphics cards1

Hard disk

Hard diskCorsair Force SSD
Hard disk usable capacity111GB
Internal disk interfaceSATA/600
Spindle speedN/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 disc technologyBlu-ray reader/DVD writer combo
Optical disk 2 make and modelN/A
Optical disk 3 make and modelN/A

Additional Peripherals

Sound cardRealtek HD Audio


ChassisFractal Design Define R3
Case formatFull tower
Dimensions207 x 521 x 442mm (WDH)

Power supply

Power supplyBeQuiet Straight Power
Power supply rating680W

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays0

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream)10
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

Operating system and software

OS familyWindows 7

Noise and power

Idle power consumption161W
Peak power consumption424W

Performance tests

3D performance (crysis) low settings180fps
3D performance settingLow
Overall Real World Benchmark score1.07
Responsiveness score1.12
Media score1.05
Multitasking score1.08

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