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Chillblast Fusion Brix review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £585
inc VAT

A tiny but mighty mini PC with good graphics performance, but it’s a bit expensive compared to the competition


1.7GHz Intel Core i3-4010U, 8GB RAM, N/A display, Windows 8.1

The Chillblast Fusion Brix is quite possibly the smallest PC we’ve ever tested. It’s based on Gigabyte’s miniscule barebones Brix unit, and measures just 30x107x114mm, making it even smaller than PCs based on Intel’s NUC Kit chassis and motherboard, such as used in the PC Specialist NUC Lite. It’s so small, in fact, that you can quite comfortably hold it in the palm of your hand and still curve your fingers round the edges.

Chillblast Fusion Brix

Size isn’t the only thing that makes the Fusion Brix more convenient than the PC Specialist NUC Lite, as its full-size rather than mini HDMI output makes it easier to connect to your TV or monitor, without you having to buy an adaptor. Other outputs include a mini DisplayPort, a Gigabit Ethernet port, a combined headphone and S/PDIF optical audio output and two USB3 ports on the front and rear. This is particularly handy if you want to connect additional storage devices to the Fusion Brix, as its 120GB mSATA SSD doesn’t leave much room for large media collections.

Chillblast Fusion Brix

Upgrading the Fusion Brix is simple. It’s sold as a complete unit, so only enthusiasts will ever need to open it up, but once you’ve unscrewed the base of the PC it’s very easy to work in. You have easy access to its two laptop memory slots, its mSATA SSD and a mini PCIe slot, currently filled with a Wi-Fi and Bluetooth combination card and tucked under the SSD.

Chillblast Fusion Brix

The Fusion Brix doesn’t sacrifice much power for its small size. As shown in our multimedia benchmarks, its 1.7GHz Intel Core i3-4010U processor packs a surprising punch. It will struggle with several heavy-duty programs running simultaneously, but an overall score of 34 puts it ahead of larger mini PCs such as the Lenovo IdeaCentre Q190 and even a few Core i3-based all-in-one PCs we’ve tested such as the HP Envy Rove 20.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ****
Processor Intel Core i3-4010U
Processor external bus 100MHz
Processor multiplier x17
Processor clock speed 1.7GHz
Processor socket N/A
Memory 8
Memory type DDR3
Maximum memory 16GB
Motherboard Gigabyte MMLP3AP
Motherboard chipset Intel ID0A04


USB2 ports (front/rear) 2/2
eSATA ports (front/rear) 0/0
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support 802.11n

Internal Expansion

Case mini PC
PCI slots (free) 0
PCI-E x1 slots (free) 0
PCI-E x16 slots (free) 0
Free Serial ATA ports 0
Free memory slots 0
Free 3.5in drive bays 0

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Intel SSDMCEAC120B3
Interface SATA3


Graphics card(s) Intel HD Graphics 4400
Graphics/video ports HDMI, mini DisplayPort


Sound Realtek HD Audio
Sound outputs headphone
Speakers N/A

Removable Drives

Supported memory cards none
Optical drive type(s) none


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

Other Hardware

Keyboard none
Mouse none


Operating system Windows 8.1
Operating system restore option restore disc

Buying Information

Warranty two years collect and return
Price £585

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