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Chillblast Fusion Stealth review

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Price when reviewed : £1199
inc VAT

This very powerful PC runs so quietly you won’t even notice it’s switched on, but those silent components add to its cost


4.3GHz Intel Core i5-3570K, 16GB RAM, N/A display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

The Chillblast Fusion Stealth is a powerful gaming system with all the features you’d expect to see on a high-end PC, such as an SSD, a large Nvidia graphics card with 2GB of memory and an overclocked Core i5 processor. More unusual, though, is the Stealth’s near-silent performance.

Most users will find a PC with an Intel Core i5-3570K processor running at 4.3GHz more than powerful enough for their needs, regardless of whether it’s overclocked or not. Although we appreciate extra speed and performance, many performance systems can be noisy, but not the Fusion Stealth.

Chillblast Fusion Stealth

The Stealth is built into a Fractal Design Define R4, one of our favourite cases. It has heavy-duty sound proofing on the side panels, on the front panel’s lid and on the removable covers that cover the fan mounts at the top of the case. Another nice touch, which has nothing to do with soundproofing, is an extra bracket mounting slot at the back of the PC. You could use it to provide extra USB ports without blocking any of your PC’s valuable expansion slots, for example.

The case fans are also engineered for quiet operation and the neatly designed drive trays use rubber grommets to mute any vibrations from HDDs. There are eight 3 1/2in bays, but one cage can be removed, leaving you with three slots and extra space in case you want to install an unusually long graphics card such as the AMD Radeon HD 6690. 3 1/2in bays are occupied by a 120GB SSD system drive and a 2TB HDD storage disk, while one of the case’s two 5 1/4in bays holds a Blu-ray re-writer. The CPU cooler is also a silent model, a Gelid Tranquillo Rev.2, while a 680W Be Quiet! PSU completes the specification.

Even the graphics card, a 2GB Nvidia-based Asus GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II, is virtually inaudible unless you open the case and put your ear to it. The card has a pair of DVI outputs, an HDMI port and a DisplayPort output, and it can handle up four simultaneous displays for desktop use and three for gaming. Using a single 1,920×1,080 monitor we got brilliant frame-rates of 61.4fps in Dirt Showdown and 45.1fps in Crysis 2, both at Ultra quality.

Chillblast Fusion Stealth

The Fusion Stealth’s processor is an Intel Core i5-3570K that has been modestly overclocked to 4.3GHz, producing an overall score of 110 in our benchmark tests. Although it’s by no means the highest score we’ve ever seen from this processor, it’s more than powerful enough for gaming and desktop use. The system has 16GB of RAM in the form of two 8GB modules, so it’ll easily handle memory-intensive tasks such as high-level graphics and video editing, and there are two vacant slots that will let you upgrade it to the motherboard’s maximum 32GB of RAM.

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Basic Specifications

Rating *****
Processor Intel Core i5-3570K
Processor external bus 100MHz (DMI)
Processor multiplier x43
Processor clock speed 4.3GHz
Processor socket LGA1155
Memory 16
Memory type PC3-12800
Maximum memory 32GB
Motherboard Asus P8Z77-V
Motherboard chipset Intel Z77


USB2 ports (front/rear) 4/6
eSATA ports (front/rear) 0/0
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support 802.11n

Internal Expansion

Case midi tower
PCI-E x1 slots (free) 2 (1)
PCI-E x16 slots (free) 3 (2)
Free Serial ATA ports 5
Free memory slots 2
Free 3.5in drive bays 6

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Intel SSDSC2CT120A3 + Seagate ST2000DM001-9YN164
Interface SATA3


Graphics card(s) 2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 670
Graphics/video ports 2x DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort


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

Removable Drives

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


Screen model none
Native resolution N/A
Screen inputs N/A

Other Hardware

Keyboard none
Mouse none


Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore option Windows disc

Buying Information

Warranty three years RTB
Price £1,199

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