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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

Full review

Overall Rating
5 stars out of 6

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Comparison

Product

Chillblast Fusion Templar

Chillblast Fusion Templar

Chillblast Fusion Quasar

Chillblast Fusion Quasar

Palicomp Phoenix i5 Destiny

Palicomp Phoenix i5 Destiny

Wired2Fire Diablo Ultima

Wired2Fire Diablo Ultima
Details
Part Code Fusion Templar Fusion Quasar PHOT12 Diablo Ultima
Review Date 22 Feb 2013 2 Apr 2014 11 Apr 2011 4 Apr 2014
Price ex VAT £582 £500 £542 £500
Price inc VAT £699 £600 £650 £600
Overall rating 5 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6
Performance 5 stars out of 6 6 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6 6 stars out of 6
Features & Design 5 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6 4 stars out of 6
Value for Money 6 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6 4 stars out of 6 4 stars out of 6
Warranty
Warranty 1 yr return to base 5 yr return to base 1 yr return to base 3 yr return to base
Basic specifications
Total hard disk capacity 1,000GB 1,000GB 1,000GB
RAM capacity 8.00GB 8.00GB 4.00GB
Screen size 24.0in 22.0in
Processor
CPU family Intel Core i5 Intel Core i5 Intel Core i5 Intel Core i5
CPU nominal frequency 3.30GHz 3.40GHz 3.30GHz 3.40GHz
CPU overclocked frequency 4.50GHz 4.30GHz 4.50GHz 4.40GHz
Processor socket LGA 1155 LGA 1150
HSF (heatsink-fan) Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2 Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro THERMALTAKE ISGC-300 & Contac29 Fan
Motherboard
Motherboard Asus P8Z77-V LX Gigabyte GA-Z87-HD3 ASUS P8P67 PRO-B3 ASRock Z87 Pro 3
Motherboard chipset Intel Z77 ASUS P8P67 PRO-B3
Conventional PCI slots free 3 2 2 2
Conventional PCI slots total 2 2 2
PCI-E x16 slots free 1 0 2 0
PCI-E x16 slots total 2 1 3 1
PCI-E x8 slots free 0 0
PCI-E x8 slots total 0 0
PCI-E x4 slots free 1 0
PCI-E x4 slots total 1 0
PCI-E x1 slots free 3 1 1 3
PCI-E x1 slots total 3 2 2 3
Internal SATA connectors 6 0 4
Internal SAS connectors 0
Internal PATA connectors 0 0
Internal floppy connectors 0 0
Wired adapter speed 1,000Mbits/sec 1,000Mbits/sec Fail
Memory
Memory type DDR3 DDR3 DDR3
Memory sockets free 2 2 2
Memory sockets total 4 4 4
Hard disk
Hard disk Seagate Barracuda Seagate Desktop ST1000DX001 SSHD Samsung HD103SJSCSI Seagate ST100DM003
Capacity 1.00TB 1.00TB 1.00TB 1.00TB
Hard disk usable capacity 931GB 931GB
Internal disk interface SATA/600 SATA 2
Spindle speed 7,200RPM 7,200RPM 7,200RPM 7,200RPM
Cache size 64MB 32MB
Hard disk 2 make and model N/A
Hard disk 2 nominal capacity N/A
Hard disk 2 formatted capacity N/A
Hard disk 2 spindle speed N/A
Hard disk 2 cache size N/A
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 drive TSST Corp DVDWBD SH-B123L SCSI
Optical disc technology DVD writer Blu-ray reader DVD writer
Optical disk 2 make and model N/A
Optical disk 3 make and model N/A
Graphics card
Graphics card AMD Radeon HD 7770 AMD Radeon HD R7 260X ASUS ATI Radeon 5670 AMD Radeon R7 260X
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards? no no no
3D performance setting High Low Low
Graphics chipset AMD Radeon HD 7770 ASUS ATI Radeon 5670
Graphics card RAM 2.00GB 1,000MB 2.00GB
DVI-I outputs 3 1
HDMI outputs 2 1 1
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 1 11
DisplayPort outputs 1 0 1
Number of graphics cards 1 1 1
Monitor
Monitor make and model Iiyama Prolite X2377HDS AOC F22+
Resolution screen horizontal 1,920 1,920
Resolution screen vertical 1,080 1,080
Resolution 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080
Pixel response time 5ms
Contrast ratio 60,000:1
Screen brightness 300cd/m2
DVI inputs 2
HDMI inputs 0 1
VGA inputs 0
DisplayPort inputs 0
Rear ports
USB ports (downstream) 4 4 8 4
FireWire ports 1
eSATA ports 2
PS/2 mouse port yes no yes
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports 1
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports 1 1
Modem no no
3.5mm audio jacks 8 1
Additional Peripherals
Speakers Logitec 2.1 Speakers
Speaker type 2.1
Sound card N/A
Peripherals Wireless keyboard, mouse
Case
Chassis Corsair 200R Zalman Z3 Plus Cooler Master Elite 330 Zalman Z3 Plus
Case format Full tower Full tower
Dimensions 210 x 497 x 430mm (WDH) 192 x 465 x 430mm (WDH) 190 x 480 x 420mm (WDH) 192 x 465 x 430mm (WDH)
Power supply
Power supply FSP Aurum 80 Plus FSP600-50ARN FSP500-60HCN
Power supply rating 500W 600W 500W
Power supply efficiency 80%
Free drive bays
Free front panel 5.25in bays 2 2
Front ports
Front panel USB ports 2 3 2
Front panel memory card reader no no
Mouse & Keyboard
Mouse and keyboard Logitech wireless keyboard and mouse Palicomp WIreless Keyboard and Mouse Set
Operating system and software
OS family Windows 8 Windows 8 Windows 7 Windows 8
Software supplied none
Noise and power
Idle/eco noise level N/A
Peak noise level N/A
Idle power consumption 41W 80W
Peak power consumption 252W 224W
Performance tests
Overall application benchmark score N/A
Office application benchmark score N/A
2D graphics application benchmark score N/A
Encoding application benchmark score N/A
Multitasking application benchmark score N/A
3D performance (crysis) low settings 49fps 204fps 83fps 205fps
3D performance setting High Low Low
Overall Real World Benchmark score 1.15 1.14 1.10 1.07
Responsiveness score 1.16 1.01 1.10 0.95
Media score 1.18 1.29 1.13 1.19
Multitasking score 1.11 1.11 1.80 1.08
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