Chillblast Fusion Triplex review

£2399
Price when reviewed

We know Chillblast well from its overclocked gaming PCs, but its latest Fusion Triplex offers something different. Aimed at users less interested in questing and headshots than in spreadsheets, databases and increased productivity, it comes bundled with not one, but three widescreen 23in TFTs.

They’re NEC MultiSync EA232WMi TFTs with IPS panels and LED backlights, all mounted on a triple-VESA bracket that lifts up and down and hinges between each display. It’s a high-tech approach that works well, with a desktop that spans a huge 5,760 x 1,080 resolution, all ably handled by AMD’s Eyefinity technology.

We’ve reviewed the NEC monitor in detail on this site, but to summarise here, it’s a solid panel but not outstanding. Colours are generally accurate and contrast is high, although we noted variation across the three: while two measured at a ratio of 900:1, the third was just 666:1 thanks to lighter black levels. It’s not an ideal choice for accurate colour work, then, but as a way to expand your desktop it’s a setup we found tough to switch back from after our testing.

Chillblast Fusion Triplex

The necessary processing power to make this freedom worthwhile comes from Intel’s 3.4GHz Core i7-2600. Our benchmark results tell an interesting story. With 8GB of RAM, this PC scored 1.06 overall, and that 6% leap over our reference PC – which uses the same CPU but 4GB of RAM – shows just how much difference RAM makes to the latest intensive applications. That’s aided by the combination of a 120GB Intel X25-M SSD (with Windows 7 Professional installed) alongside a 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 hard disk.

Graphical power is provided by the Radeon HD 6850, several steps below AMD’s top end. On a single screen at 1,920 x 1,080, we managed to push the quality in Crysis to Very High with 4x anti-aliasing. Stretching that over the full 5,760 x 1,080 resolution proved trickier; we finally got a playable 40fps average after lowering the settings to Medium with no anti-aliasing. It’s not enough power for hardcore gaming, but it provides a definite treat after a day of wading through data.

Warranty

Warranty 2yr collect and return

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity 1,120GB
RAM capacity 8.00GB
Screen size 23.0in

Processor

CPU family Intel Core i7
CPU nominal frequency 3.40GHz
CPU overclocked frequency N/A
Processor socket LGA 1155
HSF (heatsink-fan) Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2

Motherboard

Motherboard Asus P8P67
Motherboard chipset Intel P67
Conventional PCI slots free 3
Conventional PCI slots total 3
PCI-E x16 slots free 1
PCI-E x16 slots total 2
PCI-E x8 slots free 0
PCI-E x8 slots total 0
PCI-E x4 slots free 0
PCI-E x4 slots total 0
PCI-E x1 slots free 1
PCI-E x1 slots total 2
Internal SATA connectors 4
Internal SAS connectors 1
Internal PATA connectors 1
Internal floppy connectors 0
Wired adapter speed 1,000Mbits/sec

Memory

Memory type DDR3
Memory sockets free 2
Memory sockets total 4

Graphics card

Graphics card AMD Radeon HD 6850
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards? no
3D performance setting Low
Graphics chipset AMD Radeon HD 6850
Graphics card RAM 1.00GB
DVI-I outputs 2
HDMI outputs 1
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 0
DisplayPort outputs 1
Number of graphics cards 1

Hard disk

Hard disk Intel X25-M
Capacity 120GB
Hard disk usable capacity 111GB
Internal disk interface SATA/300
Spindle speed N/A
Cache size N/A
Hard disk 2 make and model Samsung Spinpoint F3
Hard disk 2 nominal capacity 1,000GB
Hard disk 2 formatted capacity 931
Hard disk 2 spindle speed 7,200RPM
Hard disk 2 cache size 32MB
Hard disk 3 make and model N/A
Hard disk 3 nominal capacity N/A
Hard disk 4 make and model N/A
Hard disk 4 nominal capacity N/A

Drives

Optical disc technology DVD writer
Optical disk 2 make and model N/A
Optical disk 3 make and model N/A

Monitor

Monitor make and model NEC MultiSync EA232WMi
Resolution screen horizontal 1,920
Resolution screen vertical 1,080
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Pixel response time 14ms
Contrast ratio 1,000:1
Screen brightness 250cd/m2
DVI inputs 1
HDMI inputs 0
VGA inputs 1
DisplayPort inputs 1

Additional Peripherals

Speakers N/A
Speaker type N/A
Sound card Realtek HD Audio
Peripherals N/A

Case

Chassis Lian Li PC-A05NB
Case format Full tower
Dimensions 210 x 490 x 381mm (WDH)

Power supply

Power supply Xigmatek NRP-PC502
Power supply rating 500W

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays 1

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream) 10
FireWire ports 1
eSATA ports 1
PS/2 mouse port yes
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports 0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports 1
Modem no
3.5mm audio jacks 6

Front ports

Front panel USB ports 2
Front panel memory card reader no

Mouse & Keyboard

Mouse and keyboard Logitech Desktop Wave

Operating system and software

OS family Windows 7
Recovery method Recovery disc

Noise and power

Idle power consumption 70W
Peak power consumption 287W

Performance tests

3D performance (crysis) low settings 180fps
3D performance setting Low

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