Chillblast Fusion Triplex review

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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.


Warranty2yr collect and return

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity1,120GB
RAM capacity8.00GB
Screen size23.0in


CPU familyIntel Core i7
CPU nominal frequency3.40GHz
CPU overclocked frequencyN/A
Processor socketLGA 1155
HSF (heatsink-fan)Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2


MotherboardAsus P8P67
Motherboard chipsetIntel P67
Conventional PCI slots free3
Conventional PCI slots total3
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 connectors1
Internal floppy connectors0
Wired adapter speed1,000Mbits/sec


Memory typeDDR3
Memory sockets free2
Memory sockets total4

Graphics card

Graphics cardAMD Radeon HD 6850
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards?no
3D performance settingLow
Graphics chipsetAMD Radeon HD 6850
Graphics card RAM1.00GB
DVI-I outputs2
HDMI outputs1
VGA (D-SUB) outputs0
DisplayPort outputs1
Number of graphics cards1

Hard disk

Hard diskIntel X25-M
Hard disk usable capacity111GB
Internal disk interfaceSATA/300
Spindle speedN/A
Cache sizeN/A
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 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 technologyDVD writer
Optical disk 2 make and modelN/A
Optical disk 3 make and modelN/A


Monitor make and modelNEC MultiSync EA232WMi
Resolution screen horizontal1,920
Resolution screen vertical1,080
Resolution1920 x 1080
Pixel response time14ms
Contrast ratio1,000:1
Screen brightness250cd/m2
DVI inputs1
HDMI inputs0
VGA inputs1
DisplayPort inputs1

Additional Peripherals

Speaker typeN/A
Sound cardRealtek HD Audio


ChassisLian Li PC-A05NB
Case formatFull tower
Dimensions210 x 490 x 381mm (WDH)

Power supply

Power supplyXigmatek NRP-PC502
Power supply rating500W

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays1

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream)10
FireWire ports1
eSATA ports1
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 memory card readerno

Mouse & Keyboard

Mouse and keyboardLogitech Desktop Wave

Operating system and software

OS familyWindows 7
Recovery methodRecovery disc

Noise and power

Idle power consumption70W
Peak power consumption287W

Performance tests

3D performance (crysis) low settings180fps
3D performance settingLow

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