Chillblast Fusion Triplex review

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The PC itself is built inside Lian Li’s PC-A05NB chassis. It’s not the largest we’ve seen, only just able to accommodate an ATX motherboard, but it has a quirk we haven’t often seen since the BTX revolution failed to take off: the motherboard is on the opposite side and upside down, with the PSU sitting at the front of the chassis, which should increase airflow.

The two 120mm case fans proved quiet, and the Xigmatek NRP-PC502 power supply has a 140mm fan – slightly larger than normal to reduce noise – so the whole system barely made a peep during a testing. Cooling performance was more mixed. The Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2 kept the processor below a peak 69°C, but the graphics card wasn’t as effective, rising to a peak of 94°C – not critical, but higher than we’d like.

The processor, two free DIMM sockets and the graphics card are all easily accessible, and the vacant hard disk and 5.25in bays can be used without the need for tools. There’s also a trio of spare PCI sockets and a PCI-Express x4 slot free.

Chillblast Fusion Triplex

There’s a DVD writer instead of Blu-ray, but a wide selection of ports and sockets are spread around the case. A pair of USB 3 ports on the rear is joined by USB 2, eSATA, FireWire, two PS/2 sockets and even Bluetooth 2.1, which is included as standard with the Asus motherboard. You also get Logitech’s Desktop Wave keyboard and mouse set, which is comfortable and sports additional media buttons.

As a fast PC with three 23in monitors, the Fusion Triplex is awesome to behold, but so is the £2,398 inc VAT price. We know these monitors, as well as a decent stand, can be had at retail for about £250 inc VAT each. That leaves the PC itself at about £1,400, which looks high for this specification. If the chosen monitors were of a better quality – perhaps Dell’s Ultrasharp U2311H – we could fully jump on board, but as it is the Chillblast is a niche package for home office professionals looking for a quick productivity boost.


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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