The Fusion Thunderbolt from Chillblast lives up to its name, combining a strong multimedia offering with a powerful dual-card gaming setup.

The Chillblast Fusion Thunderbolt’s Digimate is one of four 24in monitors in this month’s power PC chart, indicating a growing trend towards ever larger (yet affordable) screens. While this one isn’t as polished as the CyberPower’s Samsung flat-panel, it’s capable of delivering exciting gameplay and full HD movies from the Chillblast’s combo Blu-ray Disc drive. If you regularly burn DVDs, you may notice the drive’s slower write speeds. But adding a fast burner is a low-cost upgrade.

The Chillblast Fusion Thunderbolt's Coolermaster Centurion is a smart, well-built case, with plenty of space for airflow and easy access to the drive bays. Inside, there’s a capacious 750GB hard drive and a pair of 512MB 8800 GTS graphics cards – an old-school setup that delivers great performance, even if it can’t quite keep up with the Chillblast Fusion SuperNova’s 9800 GX2.

The Chillblast Fusion Thunderbolt's excellent XtremeAudio card delivers surround sound to a set of five Creative Inspire T6100 speakers and subwoofer.

The Thunderbolt’s 4GB allocation of RAM is supplied in two sticks, leaving room for further expansion. Meanwhile, Intel’s Core 2 Duo E8500 processor drives the Chillblast Fusion Thunderbolt to a very credible WorldBench 6 real-world speed score of 121.

Power desktop PCs: chart ranking (October issue)

  1. Chillblast Fusion SuperNova
  2. CyberPower Gamer Infinity XT Elite
  3. Eclipse Titan iQX965A487
  4. Arbico Elite 4870
  5. Chillblast Fusion Thunderbolt

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