Chillblast Fusion Photo OC III review

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The numerous cables snaking out of the 600W OCZ PSU have been tidied away, too, with some bunches hidden behind the motherboard, others lashed to the sides of the case and yet more bundled into empty 5.25in bays. The combination of this tidiness and the tool-less entry onto every expansion port and bay means working inside the Sileo is simple.

It may be easy to access, but the superb core specification leaves little headroom for the future. The six DIMM slots, three 3.5in hard disk bays and pair of front-facing 3.5in bays are all occupied, and the four free empty 5.25in bays are crammed with spare cables – and expanding into these areas would potentially disrupt vital airflow in this silenced system.

The Asus P6T SE motherboard offers more upgrade potential, with a pair of PCI-Express 16x and two PCI sockets free although, again, cramming these sockets with other components – perhaps an additional graphics card, for instance – could potentially heat the chassis up to unstable levels. It’s a relief that the sheer power of this machine means that the need for upgrading will be limited for several years.


At £1,260 exc. VAT, this is one of the more expensive base units we’ve seen, and adding peripherals will increase that price to Ultimate PC levels. Chillblast’s own Fusion Katana was not quite as fast in our 2D graphics benchmark test, but it has a faster graphics card and includes excellent peripherals for £1,477 – near enough what you’d be paying if you added a decent monitor to the Photo OC’s specification.

With such healthy competition, the Fusion Photo OC III becomes more a niche offering. If photo editing is one of multiple primary uses for your PC, you may be better off opting for the more rounded and affordable Katana. But this PC’s SSD and monstrous amount of RAM do make it a beast of a graphics companion, so if that’s what you spend the bulk of your time doing it’s a front-runner for your cash.


Warranty2yr collect and return

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity1,080
RAM capacity12.00GB
Screen sizeN/A


CPU familyIntel Core i7
CPU nominal frequency2.66GHz
CPU overclocked frequency3.80GHz
Processor socketLGA 1366
HSF (heatsink-fan)Akasa Nero


MotherboardAsus P6T SE
Motherboard chipsetIntel X58
Conventional PCI slots free2
Conventional PCI slots total2
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 connectors6
Internal SAS connectors0
Internal PATA connectors1
Internal floppy connectors1
Wired adapter speed1,000Mbits/sec


Memory typeDDR3
Memory sockets free1
Memory sockets total4

Graphics card

Graphics cardATI Radeon HD 4850
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards?no
3D performance settingHigh
Graphics chipsetATI Radeon HD 4850
Graphics card RAM512MB
DVI-I outputs2
HDMI outputs0
VGA (D-SUB) outputs0
DisplayPort outputs0
Number of graphics cards1

Hard disk

Hard diskIntel X25-M SSD
Hard disk usable capacity74GB
Internal disk interfaceSATA/300
Spindle speedN/A
Cache sizeN/A
Hard disk 2 make and modelHitachi Deskstar 7K1000.B
Hard disk 2 nominal capacity1,000GB
Hard disk 2 formatted capacity931
Hard disk 2 spindle speed7,200RPM
Hard disk 2 cache size16MB
Hard disk 3 make and modelHitachi Deskstar 7K1000.B
Hard disk 3 nominal capacity1,000GB
Hard disk 4 make and modelN/A
Hard disk 4 nominal capacityN/A


Optical driveLG GGW-H20L
Optical disc technologyBlu-ray writer
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


ChassisCooler Master Sileo
Case formatFull tower
Dimensions200 x 480 x 437mm (WDH)

Power supply

Power supplyOCZ GX5600
Power supply rating600W

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays4

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream)9
FireWire ports1
eSATA ports1
PS/2 mouse portyes
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports1
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports1
3.5mm audio jacks6

Front ports

Front panel USB ports3
Front panel eSATA ports1
Front panel memory card readeryes

Mouse & Keyboard

Mouse and keyboardN/A

Operating system and software

OS familyWindows Vista
Recovery methodRecovery disc
Software suppliedN/A

Noise and power

Idle power consumption147W
Peak power consumption230W

Performance tests

Overall application benchmark score2.55
Office application benchmark score2.16
2D graphics application benchmark score2.86
Encoding application benchmark score2.17
Multitasking application benchmark score3.03
3D performance (crysis) low settings34fps
3D performance settingHigh

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