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Chillblast Fusion Challenger System

Chillblast Fusion Challenger System

Chillblast Fusion Challenger PC Review

Chillblast Fusion Challenger – Internal

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By removing the sides of the system we can see how much care and attention Chillblast have taken when building the system and what sort of quality the components used are. Looking first at the wiring the person building this system has performed this task well. There are no loose cables in the main chamber of the system and the wires are passed behind the motherboard tray when possible. In terms of the wiring behind the tray little has been done to tidy this area and there are two ways to look at this. Either it should have been done or alternatively it makes future system changes/upgrades easier.

The system uses an i3 CPU, to be more specific it is the i3-530 model and this is overclocked to 4.0GHz through bios configuration on the Asus P7P55D-E. It is cooled by the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro which is an exceptionally quiet cooler with aluminium fins and copper heatpipes/base. The P7PP55D-E is an ideal choice for this system, firstly because we rate any Asus motherboard highly but also because it features support for USB 3.0 and SATA 6GB/s through use of high quality controllers from NEC and Marvell.

In their configuration tool Chillblast offer alternatives and additions on each of the above items, even down to changing the type of thermal paste used in the system and the option is there to move to i5 CPUs or add CoolIT’s Domino cooler.

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Looking to the rest of the major components in the system we find a selection of parts from some of the top manufacturers around. Starting with the graphics card we have the ASUS GeForce GTX 460, a 768MB DirectX 11 product with HDMI and DVI outputs and compatibility with stereoscopic 3D for movies and games. It is set to 700MHz core and 920MHz memory and features a very quiet, non reference cooler.

Then we have a Xigmatek 600w PSU which is 80Plus Bronze certified with the option of moving up to a Corsair 650w model or alternatives from Thermaltake.

The memory which Chillblast use is Kingston branded, in our case 2x 2GB of 1333MHz modules and in terms of storage we have a 1TB Samsung drive with plenty of alternatives available which include Corsair SSDs, VelociRaptors and RAID configurations.

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Stuart Davidson

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