Chillblast has built a strong reputation as a leading PC manufacturer for overclocking. We’ve reviewed the Chillblast Fusion Trojan as a normally clocked PC, but we’re confident that this system has the potential to be pushed a little further if you’re keen to run it at a higher speed. And even in its unclocked state, the Chillblast Fusion Trojan has more than enough showmanship to stand out from the other contenders.

There may be faster chips than the Core 2 Duo E6850, but this is still a pretty devastating processor – even more so when paired with the Chillblast Fusion Trojan's 2GB of high-calibre Corsair memory. The resulting WorldBench score of 113 is dazzling for this price point and a good four points clear of its nearest contender, the CyberPower Gamer Infinity XT Elite.

Not that the Chillblast Fusion Trojan towers over its rivals in every area. The graphics card, a 640MB GeForce 8800 GTS, is an impressive model at this price point, but it’s not as fast as the CyberPower Gamer Infinity XT Elite’s ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT. In reality, the Chillblast Fusion Trojan’s slight advantage in general performance means that these two PCs run neck-and-neck in games testing. The Chillblast Fusion Trojan offers a better flat-panel, however – the 19in Hannstar AH191DP is proving a trusty screen that packs plenty of colour and detail.

The Chillblast Fusion Trojan's hard drive offers 320GB of storage – expansive enough to cater for most needs, yet not over the top like the AdvanceTec AT-FX E430-AP’s 750GB drive. The onboard sound isn’t outstanding, but the Chillblast Fusion Trojan's Logitech S220 speakers are a little better than those we’ve come to expect in this price range. They help to establish the Chillblast Fusion Trojan as one of the better-sounding systems in this price category.

You don’t get much in the way of software, although AVG AntiVirus is a pretty decent package for protecting your PC. And the Chillblast Fusion Trojan's two-year collect-and-return warranty is good for the price. Chillblast has established itself as one of the more reliable PC firms around, adding peace of mind to an already impressive system.

£501-£750 desktop PCs chart ranking, Dec 07 issue

  1. Chillblast Fusion Trojan
  2. CyberPower Gamer Infinity XT Elite
  3. Eclipse Evolution i685n88s - last month 1
  4. Eclipse Titan i675n88GTS
  5. AdvanceTec AT-FX E430-AP