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Chillblast Fusion Pegasus review

Barry de la Rosa
11 Aug 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
1,249
inc VAT

The most powerful PC we've seen to date, it can take on everything from HD video editing to playing the latest games.

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Specifications

3.8GHz Intel Core i7-920, 6.000000 RAM, 22in 1,920x1,080 display, Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit

Chillblast's Fusion Pegasus has an overclocked Intel Core-i7 920 processor, up from 2.66GHz to 3.8GHz, and comes with 6GB of RAM.

In our 2D benchmarks, the Pegasus flew to a score of 195 overall, which makes it almost twice as fast as our reference system. It's an incredible score that shows what can be done by pushing Intel's most powerful processors.

The Pegasus comes with a 22in monitor, speakers, keyboard and mouse. Asus worked with Chillblast on this PC, and supplied most of the components that make it up. The most visible component is the Asus monitor, the VH222H. This has a full HD resolution of 1,920x1,080, and has a bright, even backlight. There's a cold blue tint to whites, but colours are vibrant and contrast is good.

Asus also supplies the Vento tower case, which is roomy inside, and Chillblast has done a great job of tidying away the internal cables. The Asus P6T SE motherboard has three PCI-E x16 slots, and support for multiple ATI cards in a CrossFire configuration, One of the slots is filled by a fast ATI HD 4890 graphics card, which also obscures the neighbouring PCI-E x1 slot. Thankfully, you can fit x1 cards into the larger x16 slots. The card scored incredibly well in our tests, with smooth frame rates in every game we tried, even at 1,920x1,080.

Although the Pegasus will outperform practically any PC, it doesn't offer any noticeable advantage in games. A budget PC such as Mesh's 9950HD (Editor's Choice, opposite) with the same HD 4890 graphics card would perform very similarly and cost around £700. Where the Pegasus will shine is in video editing, 3D design and other heavy number-crunching applications.

The Vento case has a large grille on the side panel, with two 120mm fans mounted behind it. It's startlingly noisy when you turn it on, before the fan controllers kick in, and it can also get noisy when the machine is working hard. We were initially concerned that the overclocked processor would overheat, especially as Chillblast has used only a standard Intel fan. However, the internal temperatures were reasonable and we didn't notice any instability in our tests.

Chillblast has included a wireless Logitech keyboard and mouse set with the Pegasus. A set of cheap 5.1 speakers complete the package, though we'd rather have had the money put towards a better-quality stereo set or a decent pair of headphones.

Intel Core-i7 PCs are no longer commanding very high prices, as Arbico's £800 Value i7 Gamer proves. You could overclock that PC to get similar performance, although you'd get no support from the manufacturer. It makes the Pegasus look a little expensive, even when you factor in its peripherals and faster graphics card. Still, if you want an incredibly fast PC for both applications and gaming, then the Fusion Pegasus is a decent buy - just get yourself some better speakers.

Basic Specifications

Rating****
ProcessorIntel Core i7-920
Processor external bus190MHz (3.4GHz QuickPath Interconnect)
Processor multiplierx20
Processor clock speed3.8GHz
Processor socketLGA1366
Level 1 cache8x 32KB
Level 2 cache4x 256KB
Memory6.000000
Memory typePC3-10700H
Maximum memory24GB
MotherboardAsus P6T SE
Motherboard chipsetIntel X58
Power consumption standby6W
Power consumption idle179W
Power consumption active324W

Ports

USB2 ports (front/rear)2/6
Firewire ports (front/rear)0/1
eSATA ports (front/rear)1/1
Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking supportnone
Other portsnone

Internal Expansion

Casetower
PCI-E x1 slots (free)1 (1)
PCI-E x16 slots (free)3 (2)
Free Serial ATA ports3
Free memory slots3
Free 3.5in drive bays3

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s)Seagate ST3500418AS
InterfaceSATA 300
Total storage capacity500GB
Spindle speed7200rpm

Graphics

Graphics card(s)ATI Radeon HD4890 VT
Graphics/video ports2x DVI, S-video

Sound

SoundRealtek High Definition Audio
Sound outputs7.1 line out, coaxial S/PDIF out, optical S/PDIF out
SpeakersTrust SP-6250K

Removable Drives

3.5in floppy driveno
Supported memory cardsnone
Optical drive modelAsus DRW-22B1LT
Optical drive type(s)DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Display

Viewable size22 in
Screen modelAsus VH222H
Native resolution1,920x1,080
Response time5ms
Screen inputsDVI, VGA, HDMI

Other Hardware

ModemNo
KeyboardLogitech Internet 1500 Laser Cordless Desktop
MouseLogitech Cordless Rechargeable Optical Mouse

Software

Software includednone
Operating systemWindows Vista Home Premium 64-bit

Buying Information

Warrantytwo years collect and return
Price£1,249
Supplierhttp://www.chillblast.com
Detailswww.chillblast.com