Chillblast Fusion Immortal review

27 Feb 2012

AMD’s latest graphics cards provide stunning performance in a superb PC with few faults

Price when reviewed 
2,099
5

Chillblast’s latest Fusion system is aiming high with its latest Immortal offering, but it’s got the hardware to back up its boasts. The star attraction is a pair of AMD Radeon HD 7970 graphics cards, which is the kind of combination that could deliver record-breaking benchmark results.

The two cards certainly don’t disappoint. Our Very High quality, 1,920 x 1,080 Crysis benchmark was brushed aside at an astonishing 94fps, and this only fell to 90fps when we added 4x anti-aliasing.

To push it harder, we hooked up a 30in, 2,560 x 1,600 screen, but still the Immortal charged on. At this increased resolution and Very High quality settings, the Chillblast scored 81fps, with ten frames shaved off this figure by adding anti-aliasing. That figure destroys other machines efforts: Scan’s 3XS Velocity X79 SLI Extreme could only manage 66fps in the same test.

Chillblast Fusion Immortal

For a final torture test, we added a pair of screens and bumped the resolution to a massive 5,760 x 1,080, but the pair of graphics cards also handled this with aplomb, scoring 53fps and falling to 46fps with anti-aliasing. That’s the sort of pace we’ve only seen beaten by much more expensive PCs in the past – the £4,488 inc VAT Scan 3XS Carbon, for instance, with its pair of dual-core GeForce GTX 590 cards, managed 49fps in the latter test.

It isn’t only a PC for playing Crysis, though. In our Just Cause 2 benchmark across three screens it averaged 98fps, and Crysis 2 when run at its Ultra quality settings and at 2,560 x 1,600 returned a stunning 55fps – with this figure dropping to a still-playable 33fps at 5,760 x 1,080.

That’s a stonking level of power, but other benchmarks revealed that AMD’s drivers and application profiles aren’t fully mature yet, with some odd-looking results. In Battlefield 3, for instance, the Chillblast returned a 40fps score at 2,560 x 1,600, but this improved to 57fps when we ran the game across three screens.

Chillblast has taken less of a risk with its choice of processor, with the Intel Core i7-2700K overclocked from 3.5GHz to a mighty 5GHz. It’s an impressive number, but the i7-2700K isn’t quite as potent as Sandy Bridge-E chips, with two fewer cores and a smaller cache. The resulting benchmark score of 1.24 in the PC Pro application-based benchmarks is extremely impressive, but machines boasting overclocked Core i7-3930K chips routinely score north of 1.3 in the same tests.

Details

Price ex VAT £1,749
Price inc VAT £2,099
Overall rating 5
Performance 6
Features & Design 5
Value for Money 5

Warranty

Warranty 1yr collect and return

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity 1,120GB
RAM capacity 16.00GB

Processor

CPU family Intel Core i5
CPU nominal frequency 3.50GHz
CPU overclocked frequency 5.00GHz
Processor socket LGA 1155
HSF (heatsink-fan) Xigmatek Prime SD1484

Motherboard

Motherboard Asus P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3
Motherboard chipset Intel Z68
Conventional PCI slots free 1
Conventional PCI slots total 1
PCI-E x16 slots free 1
PCI-E x16 slots total 3
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 6
Wired adapter speed 1,000Mbits/sec

Memory

Memory type DDR3
Memory sockets free 0
Memory sockets total 4

Graphics card

Graphics card AMD Radeon HD 7970
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards? yes
3D performance setting High
Graphics chipset AMD Radeon HD 7970
Graphics card RAM 5.86GB
DVI-I outputs 4
HDMI outputs 2
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 0
DisplayPort outputs 2
Number of graphics cards 2

Hard disk

Hard disk Corsair Force 3 SSD
Capacity 120GB
Hard disk usable capacity 111GB
Internal disk interface SATA/600
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 64MB

Drives

Optical disc technology Blu-ray reader/DVD writer combo

Additional Peripherals

Sound card Realtek HD Audio

Case

Chassis Silverstone Fortress FT02
Case format Full tower
Dimensions 212 x 616 x 497mm (WDH)

Power supply

Power supply Corsair HX1050
Power supply rating 1,050W

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays 4

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream) 8
eSATA ports 1
PS/2 mouse port no
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports 0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports 1
Modem no
3.5mm audio jacks 8

Front ports

Front panel USB ports 2
Front panel memory card reader no

Operating system and software

OS family Windows 7

Noise and power

Idle power consumption 121W
Peak power consumption 688W

Performance tests

3D performance (crysis) low settings 106fps
3D performance setting High
Overall Real World Benchmark score 1.24
Responsiveness score 1.09
Media score 1.32
Multitasking score 1.30