Very fast and extremely expensive, the Chillblast Fusion Titanium is an adventurous and highly impressive PC that achieves some of the best performance benchmarks we've ever seen.

In the Power PC price category it's performance that counts, and the Fusion Titanium has buckets of it.

Intel's Core i7 processor family has swept the board here. Although all the PCs in our chart use the entry-level 920 model, we're seeing some excellent test results. In WorldBench 6, the Chillblast Fusion Titanium's score of 135 is exceptionally good - particularly so for quad-core CPUs that don't tend to shine in our benchmarks.

The Chillblast Fusion Titanium's Asus P6T motherboard is fitted with 6GB of DDR3 memory, which is perfect for a PC so well equipped for multitasking.

A huge one-terabyte (1TB) hard drive is also provided, but it's the Chillblast Fusion Titanium's 30GB OCZ core V2 solid-state drive (SSD) that's caught our attention. By using memory chips rather than rotating disks, these drives can significantly boost the performance of certain disk operations - particularly boot times.

Unfortunately, SSDs are still rather expensive, and only relatively low-capacity models are affordable. The 30GB example provided in the Chillblast Fusion Titanium isn't really suitable for a Vista installation, and prospective purchasers will need to make sure their applications are installed on the disk drive if they want to avoid rapidly running out of storage space.

An ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 card delivered the best graphics test results of the group, with the Chillblast Fusion Titanium's Crysis framerates particularly impressing when quality levels and screen resolution were increased.

A 24in display and a set of five surround speakers and subwoofer complete the package, enabling full-HD playback from the Chillblast Fusion Titanium's Blu-ray-capable DVD writer.


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