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Chillblast Nautilus review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £1599
inc VAT

Monstrous in power and price, this media PC is nothing short of stunning


4.2GHz Intel Core i7-3770K, 16GB RAM, N/A display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Thanks to its Lian Li Snail case, the Nautilus from Chillblast is the most distinctive media centre PC we’ve ever reviewed. It looks stunning and runs very quietly, with only the faintest rush of air to be heard even when we pressed our ear to the case. This is particularly impressive given that the case has little soundproofing. Instead, its sides are made entirely of a fine but sturdy mesh, which does good job of keeping fluff out of the guts of the PC. Our review system was turned into a glowing apparition by some unusually impressive lighting. The lighting is optional, though, so you can order the system without if you’d find it distracting. The case has fans on its sides, so sitting it on its side under your TV will mess up the cooling.

Chillblast Nautilus

Inside, the components, cages and fan mountings slot into position like a three-dimensional jigsaw puzzle. All the internal edges are smoothly finished and all you have to do to gain access to the motherboard is slide away a mounting with a pair of intake fans on it. There’s also a rear outflow fan, which you can adjust to find your own optimal balance between cooling and quietness. The massive processor cooler and graphics card almost entirely obscure the Asus P8Z77-M microATX motherboard, leaving only one PCI slot accessible. This limits the Nautilus’ upgrade potential, but you could put a sound card or TV tuner in there if you don’t want to occupy the PC’s external USB ports.

Chillblast Nautilus

The PC has an Intel Core i7-3770K processor overclocked to 4.2GHz, making this the most powerful media centre system we’ve ever seen. The combination of this processor, a 2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 graphics card and 16GB RAM makes it obvious that this PC is ready for absolutely anything, from gaming to graphics. The graphics card has a pair of DVI ports as well as HDMI and DisplayPort, and you can simultaneously connect monitors to all of them. The system shows its speed in our benchmark tests, with a huge overall score of 129 in our application benchmarks, 124fps in our Dirt 3 gaming test and 50fps in Crysis 2 at Ultra quality.

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Basic Specifications

Rating *****
Processor Intel Core i7-3770K
Processor external bus 100MHz (DMI)
Processor multiplier x35
Processor clock speed 4.2GHz
Processor socket LGA1155
Memory 16
Memory type PC3-12800
Maximum memory 32GB
Motherboard Asus P8Z77-M PRO
Motherboard chipset Intel Z77


USB2 ports (front/rear) 2/6
Firewire ports (front/rear) 0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear) 1/2
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support none

Internal Expansion

Case media centre PC
PCI-E x1 slots (free) 1 (0)
PCI-E x16 slots (free) 2 (0)
Free Serial ATA ports 3
Free memory slots 0
Free 3.5in drive bays 0

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Mushkin Chronoz Deluxe MKNSSDCR 120GB + Samsung HD103SJ
Interface SATA3 + SATA2
Total storage capacity 1,120GB


Graphics card(s) 2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 680
Graphics/video ports 2x DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort


Sound Realtek ALC892
Sound outputs 7.1 line out, optical S/PDIF out, stereo line out, mic in
Speakers none

Removable Drives

Supported memory cards none
Optical drive type(s) BD-RE + DVD+/-RW +/-DL


Screen model N/A
Native resolution N/A
Screen inputs N/A

Other Hardware

Keyboard N/A
Mouse N/A


Software included CyberLink PowerDVD
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore option Windows disc

Buying Information

Warranty two year collect and return
Price £1,599

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