Chillblast Fusion Firebird - Offers The Fastest Framerates

1/8/2013 9:01:52 AM

Say, for a moment, that you fancy a complete gaming system that offers the fastest framerates available and costs less than $1,800. Stop reading. Go and buy the Chillblast Fusion Firebird.

The processor is a mighty 3.5GHz Intel Core i7-3770K, overclocked to an impressive 4.6GHz. This nets you a maximum CPU speed that’s equal to or faster than any other system reviewed here, along with the benefit of the Core i7’s four extra processing threads over the i5.

This amount of processing power Is enough to propel the Fusion Firebird toward the top of the PCMark performance chart; In fact it came second, beaten only by a surprisingly good performance from the lower-specced Computer Planet system.

But when it comes to gaming, nothing can touch the Firebird and Its factory overclocked Palit Jetstream GeForce GTX 680 graphics card. Turn to our performance graphs and it’s instantly obvious that this machine outpaced all the competition in each of our five gaming tests, at both Medium and Ultra quality settings. That’s a remarkable achievement at this price.

ASUS P8Z77-V Motherboard

ASUS P8Z77-V Motherboard

Of course, when choosing a gaming PC you won’t be concerned only with raw performance; peripherals also play a major role. Chillblast throws in a 23.6ln iiyama IPS monitor. Its 5ms response time means the iiyama is fast enough for serious gaming, and the image it provides is of a significantly higher quality than that of almost every other monitor included here.

The Logitech MK260 wireless keyboard and mouse combo is a perfectly serviceable set, but it’s not really aimed at gamers. We’d prefer to see wired USB and PS/2 connections, and the mouse also lacks programmable gaming keys and high resolution.

The Logitech MK260 wireless keyboard and mouse combo

The Logitech MK260 wireless keyboard and mouse combo

The system is housed in a tidy Corsair Carbide 200R system case, which is less impressive than those supplied with much of the competition. It’s also a little cramped inside, where Chillblast has squeezed in a large Akasa Nero 3 cooler, a Blu-ray drive and a card reader. Cable management and tool-free bays are also present.

a large Akasa Nero 3 cooler

a large Akasa Nero 3 cooler


·         Price: $1,799

·         Contact:

·         Model: Fusion Firebird

·         Processor: 3.5GHz (OC @4.6GHz) Intel Core i7-3770K

·         CPU cooler: Akasa Nero 3

·         Memory: 16GB DDR3 1,600MHz

·         Storage: 120GB Intel 330 Series SSD + 2TB Seagate Barracuda HDD

·         Power supply: 600W Corsair

·         Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V

·         External USB ports: 4x USB 3.0, 4x USB 2.0

·         Display: 23.6in Iiyama X2377HDS (1920x1080) IPS panel with HDMI, VGA and DVI

·         Graphics card: Palit Jetstream nVidia GeForce GTX 680, 2GB VRAM

·         Sound: Onboard

·         Networking: 802.11n, gigabit ethernet

·         Other ports: HDMI, 2x DVI, DisplayPort, PS/2

·         Case: Corsair Carbide 200R

·         Keyboard & mouse: Logitech MK260

·         Optical drive: LG BD-ROM/DVD ± RW combo

·         Operating system: Windows 8

·         Extras: Optional Family Software package, card reader

·         Case dimensions: 210x497x430mm

·         Warranty: 2-year return-to-base


·         PCMark 7 score: 6,498

·         Hard Reset: 156, 138

·         Lost Planet 2: 104, 81

·         Stalker CoP: 273, 122

·         Alien vs Predator: 113, 61

·         Sniper Elite V2: 95, 24

·         Chillblast’s Fusion Firebird offers exceptional performance and value for money with little compromise.

·         All it lacks is specialist gaming peripherals and a suitably futuristic-looking system case.

·         Build: 4/5

·         Features: 3.5/5

·         Performance: 5/5

·         Value: 5/5

·         Overall: 4.5/5


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