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Chillblast Fusion Centauri Ryzen Threadripper Ultimate – PC Review

Chillblast Fusion Centauri Ryzen Threadripper Ultimate – PC Review

Chillblast Fusion Centauri Ryzen Threadripper Ultimate The Chillblast Fusion Centauri Ryzen Threadripper Ultimate is the most expensive desktop PC we’ve ever reviewed. It’s one of the largest, too, and certainly the most outrageous.

It’s got more hardware than any machine we’ve ever seen, along with some of the best water-cooling too. But can it ever be worth £7,500?

Chillblast Fusion Centauri Ryzen Threadripper Ultimate – PC Review – Components

Taking centre stage in the Chillblast Fusion Centauri Ryzen Threadripper Ultimate is the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X – the top chip from AMD’s latest high-end range. It’s got sixteen cores that can support thirty-two concurrent threads, and its 3.4GHz stock speed can boost to a mighty 4GHz.

There’s 64GB of DDR4 that runs at its maximum speed of 2,666MHz, and a 1TB Samsung 960 PRO SSD. That’s not all when it comes to storage: there’s a vast 10TB Seagate Barracuda hard disk that delivers 9,341GB of formatted space.

That headline hardware indicates how Chillblast expects this machine to be used. This isn’t just a gaming rig – it’s aimed at people who do high-end video production, streaming and design as well. And, of course, it’s also targeted at people who want their rig to look good in the process.

Two GTX 1080 Ti cards sit alongside the Threadripper CPU. They serve up a combined 7,168 stream processors and 22GB of GDDR5X memory, and they’re overclocked from 1,480MHz to 1,630MHz.

Chillblast Fusion Centauri Ryzen Threadripper Ultimate The high-end components connect to one of the priciest motherboards we’ve ever seen. The Asus ROG Zenith Extreme costs almost £500 on its own, so it certainly looks the part: it’s dominated by huge, metal heatsinks and RGB LEDs, with shielding over the audio circuits, an enclosed rear IO and the huge Threadripper socket sandwiched between eight memory slots.

It has loads of high-end features. The metal cover around the processor and the rear ports has its own fan and a small display that can provide component temperatures and frequencies. A ninth memory socket can even house two additional M.2 SSDs.

The board comes with an Asus ROG Areion 10G networking card, power and reset buttons, a POST display, and buttons to switch between PCI slots and boot into safe mode.

The Zenith Extreme ticks more conventional boxes, too. It supports four GPUs from AMD and Nvidia, it has room for M.2 SSDs and U.2-based storage, and it has beefed-up Ethernet, dual-band 802.11ac wireless and SupremeFX audio.

The backplate has a monster ten USB 3.1 ports, a future-proofed USB 3.1 Type-C connection and both Clear CMOS and BIOS Flashback buttons alongside the ordinary audio ports.

The final component, the power supply, is suitably beefy. The Corsair AX1500i helps the Chillblast course with 1500W of power, and it has a market-leading 80Plus Titanium rating and a modular design.

We haven’t reviewed any system that can match the Chillblast’s formidable specification. The CyberPower Ultra Threadripper Xtreme was our first PC with one of these AMD chips, but it only had a single GTX 1080 Ti. And, while machines like the Scan 3XS Carbon Fluid Extreme use two overclocked GTX 1080 Tis, that system used a ten-core Intel Core i9 chip.

Chillblast Fusion Centauri Ryzen Threadripper Ultimate – PC Review – Design

The Phanteks Enthoo Luxe is used as a base for this machine, and we have no complaints: the case is large and strong, with tempered glass side panels on neat hinges and smart, gunmetal aluminium used on its major panels.

Chillblast Fusion Centauri Ryzen Threadripper Ultimate The interior is dominated by Chillblast’s bespoke cooling loop. The roof obscures A 360mm XSPC radiator, and the metal column at the front of the case hides a 240mm radiator and an EKWC X3 250mm reservoir.

The hidden hardware puts the emphasis on the key components. The processor is topped with a Phanteks Glacier waterblock made of clear acrylic, and two further Glacier-branded blocks are used to keep the graphics cards cool. Orange coolant can be seen throughout, coursing through the waterblocks and the solid acrylic tubes that link the components together.

The motherboard, memory and case RGB LEDs to glow orange, too. The exterior of the case has a further band of orange lighting. The machine is a mix of dark grey, orange and black, and it looks stunning.

The only minor issue is component access and upgrades, but we can’t imagine that many people will be tweaking or adding hardware to this machine. Nevertheless, it is certainly tricky to access the motherboard, the memory sockets and the storage upgrade routes behind all of this machine’s hardware and cooling gear.

It’s huge, too: it weighs upwards of 20kg, and the Phanteks case is 560mm tall.

Chillblast Fusion Centauri Ryzen Threadripper Ultimate There’s no denying that the Chillblast Fusion Centauri Ryzen Threadripper Ultimate is better-looking than the CyberPower, which arrived with a far cheaper price of £3,469 thanks to basic design and cooling. It looks just as good as the Scan, which had a similar setup, with two graphics cards and acrylic tubing.

There’s also no denying that the Chillblast’s specification and its £7,500 are huge, either – certainly more than those rival machines, which make component and design compromises to save cash.

It’s also worth remembering that a lot of the Chillblast’s cost is tied up in its cooling and workmanship. If you’re willing to eschew the aesthetics and build yourself, you can save thousands. The same specification, built on PCPartPicker and with conventional cooling, is £2,000 cheaper.

Of course, the Chillblast’s price also includes its warranty. The Fusion machine comes with a five-year labour warranty with two years of collect-and-return coverage, which is one of the most generous deals on the market.

Chillblast Fusion Centauri Ryzen Threadripper Ultimate – PC Review – Performance

Chillblast Fusion Centauri Ryzen Threadripper UltimateThe Chillblast Fusion will handle almost any work and gaming task. If you’re using a 4K monitor, a multi-monitor rig or a VR headset, then it’ll scythe through those scenarios with ease. And, if you’re creating video, streaming, designing or running other high-end work applications, it’ll run those too.

There isn’t much that this machine can’t do – if it’s struggling, you probably need a server.

The Threadripper processor demonstrated its power in benchmarks. Its score of 3,051cb in the Cinebench test is the best we’ve ever recorded. The 64GB of memory undoubtedly helps.

The Threadripper chip’s single-core Geekbench result of 4,386 is ordinary due to the chip’s middling single-core speed, but its multi-threaded result of 28,069 is spectacular – no surprise from a sixteen-core processor. The only machines that have gone faster are the Scan 3XS Carbon Fluid Extreme and Chillblast Fusion Halcyon, and both used Core i9 processors. Even then, there was little between the rigs, and certain applications will still benefit from Threadripper’s extra cores.

There’s no disputing the SSD, too, which delivered read and write speeds of 3,534MB/s and 2,111MB/s – market-leading speeds that means application boot times will be excellent. And the memory is top-notch, with multi-threaded bandwidth of 59.91GB/s. That’s the best figure we’ve ever recorded.

Chillblast Fusion Centauri Ryzen Threadripper UltimateThe Chillblast’s gaming results are no less spectacular. Its 3D Mark Fire Strike Extreme score of 21,641 is only a couple of thousand points behind Scan’s machines, which paired Core i9 processors with similarly GTX 1080 Ti cards running in SLI.

Our real-world games tests saw the Chillblast Fusion Centauri Ryzen Threadripper Ultimate overtake the Scan in many instances. Its 4K minimums were higher in three of our five games. Its averages were equal or better in the same number of tests.

At 4K its minimums ran at 66fps or better, and three of its averages ran beyond 100fps. This PC wonChillblast Fusion Centauri Ryzen Threadripper Ultimate’t struggle with any gaming task.

It’s worth mentioning that Ryzen Master also has a gaming mode that alters the system’s memory configuration to improve performance. However, don’t rely on it too much – it only added a couple of frames in our tests.

Impressively, despite all of this hardware, the Chillblast Fusion remained pretty quiet. It’s tricky to hear when it’s idling, and wasn’t much louder during our games tests.

It only became louder when we stress-tested the CPU and GPU together. Even then, it was still no noisier than most conventional gaming rigs. Given how much performance is on offer here, that’s a great result.

The cooling works well, too: the CPU and GPU top temperatures of 45°C and 89°C are fine.

Chillblast Fusion Centauri Ryzen Threadripper Ultimate – PC Review – Conclusion

Chillblast Fusion Centauri Ryzen Threadripper UltimateThe Chillblast Fusion Centauri Ryzen Threadripper Ultimate is an incredible computer that is also incredibly expensive.

That’s hardly a shock, given the hardware. It’s got AMD’s most expensive consumer chip, two overclocked GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards, envelope-pushing memory and storage – and the most expensive motherboard we’ve ever seen. It’s all inside a rig that offers fantastic build quality and design.

Only a select few will appreciate this PC’s benchmark-breaking performance. Unless you’re into video editing, streaming, CAD design or any other high-end applications, this is overkill. If you don’t need a sixteen-core CPU, for instance, the Scan machine is a better option.

If you do undertake those kinds of tasks, though, this machine will complete them faster than almost anything else – and look better than most PCs while doing it. It’s vastly expensive, but the Chillblast Fusion Centauri Ryzen Threadripper Ultimate is still an exceptional bit of kit in every department.

The Chillblast Fusion Centauri Ryzen Threadripper Ultimate costs £7,500. Amazed by this PC? Join the discussion on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

The Good

  • Stupendous power from AMD Threadripper
  • Huge gaming pace from SLI GTX 1080 Ti cards
  • Superb motherboard, memory and storage
  • Impeccable water-cooled design

The Bad

  • Huge, prohibitive cost
  • Components are overkill for most users
  • Loud in particular tests

The Specs

CPU: 3.4GHz AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
Memory: 64GB 2,666MHz DDR4
Graphics: 2 x Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB
Motherboard: Asus ROG Zenith Extreme
Hard disk: 1TB Samsung 960 PRO SSD; 10TB Seagate Barracuda HDD
Warranty: 5yr labour with 2yr C&R

 

 

 

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