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Chillblast Fusion Quasar

Chillblast Fusion Quasar

Verdict

Chillblast's Fusion Quasar offers gaming capability, bundles of upgrade potential and seriously impressive performance for the money

Review Date: 2 Apr 2014

Price when reviewed: £500

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Overall Rating
5 stars out of 6

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Details
Part Code Diablo Ultima Fusion Templar Fusion Quasar
Review Date 4 Apr 2014 22 Feb 2013 2 Apr 2014
Price ex VAT £500 £582 £500
Price inc VAT £600 £699 £600
Overall rating 5 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6
Performance 6 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6 6 stars out of 6
Features & Design 4 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6
Value for Money 4 stars out of 6 6 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6
Warranty
Warranty 3 yr return to base 1 yr return to base 5 yr return to base
Basic specifications
Total hard disk capacity 1,000GB 1,000GB
RAM capacity 8.00GB 8.00GB
Screen size 24.0in
Processor
CPU family Intel Core i5 Intel Core i5 Intel Core i5
CPU nominal frequency 3.40GHz 3.30GHz 3.40GHz
CPU overclocked frequency 4.40GHz 4.50GHz 4.30GHz
Processor socket LGA 1155 LGA 1150
HSF (heatsink-fan) Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2 Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro
Motherboard
Motherboard ASRock Z87 Pro 3 Asus P8Z77-V LX Gigabyte GA-Z87-HD3
Motherboard chipset Intel Z77
Conventional PCI slots free 2 3 2
Conventional PCI slots total 2 2
PCI-E x16 slots free 0 1 0
PCI-E x16 slots total 1 2 1
PCI-E x8 slots free 0
PCI-E x8 slots total 0
PCI-E x4 slots free 1
PCI-E x4 slots total 1
PCI-E x1 slots free 3 3 1
PCI-E x1 slots total 3 3 2
Internal SATA connectors 6 0
Internal PATA connectors 0
Internal floppy connectors 0
Wired adapter speed 1,000Mbits/sec 1,000Mbits/sec
Memory
Memory type DDR3 DDR3
Memory sockets free 2 2
Memory sockets total 4 4
Hard disk
Hard disk Seagate ST100DM003 Seagate Barracuda Seagate Desktop ST1000DX001 SSHD
Capacity 1.00TB 1.00TB 1.00TB
Hard disk usable capacity 931GB
Internal disk interface SATA/600
Spindle speed 7,200RPM 7,200RPM 7,200RPM
Cache size 64MB
Drives
Optical disc technology DVD writer DVD writer
Monitor
Monitor make and model Iiyama Prolite X2377HDS
Resolution screen horizontal 1,920
Resolution screen vertical 1,080
Resolution 1920 x 1080
HDMI inputs 1
Rear ports
USB ports (downstream) 4 4 4
PS/2 mouse port yes no
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports 1
Modem no
3.5mm audio jacks 1
Graphics card
Graphics card AMD Radeon R7 260X AMD Radeon HD 7770 AMD Radeon HD R7 260X
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards? no no
3D performance setting High Low
Graphics chipset AMD Radeon HD 7770
Graphics card RAM 2.00GB 2.00GB
DVI-I outputs 3
HDMI outputs 1 2
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 1
DisplayPort outputs 1 1
Number of graphics cards 1 1
Case
Chassis Zalman Z3 Plus Corsair 200R Zalman Z3 Plus
Case format Full tower Full tower
Dimensions 192 x 465 x 430mm (WDH) 210 x 497 x 430mm (WDH) 192 x 465 x 430mm (WDH)
Power supply
Power supply FSP500-60HCN FSP Aurum 80 Plus FSP600-50ARN
Power supply rating 500W 500W 600W
Power supply efficiency 80%
Free drive bays
Free front panel 5.25in bays 2 2
Front ports
Front panel USB ports 2 3
Front panel memory card reader no
Mouse & Keyboard
Mouse and keyboard Logitech wireless keyboard and mouse
Operating system and software
OS family Windows 8 Windows 8 Windows 8
Noise and power
Idle power consumption 41W
Peak power consumption 252W
Performance tests
3D performance (crysis) low settings 205fps 49fps 204fps
3D performance setting High Low
Overall Real World Benchmark score 1.07 1.15 1.14
Responsiveness score 0.95 1.16 1.01
Media score 1.19 1.18 1.29
Multitasking score 1.08 1.11 1.11
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