Despite the emergence of Intel's super-fast Sandy Bridge chips, the Chillblast Fusion Corona desktop PC is proof that there are still some good deals to be had with the older Core processors.

Intel’s Core i5-760 processor dominates this category, featuring in four of the five PCs – including the Chillblast Fusion Corona. Despite the superior performance of the Core i5-2400 selected by CyberPower, there are some good deals to be had with PCs based on the older chip.

Chillblast’s Fusion Corona may not offer the stellar speeds delivered by CyberPower, but it still performs very well indeed. With 140 points scored in WorldBench 6, it’s one of the best-performing Core i5-760 desktop PCs we’ve seen.

The Chillblast Fusion Corona desktop PC also offers a better feature set than the CyberPower: in addition to the standard 4GB of RAM and one-terabyte (1TB) hard drive, you get a fast Radeon HD 6850 graphics card, a 25in Hannspree full-HD (1920x1080 pixels) monitor, an external speaker set and a Blu-ray drive.

The motherboard supports both SATA 6 gigabits per second (Gbps) and USB 3.0. The Chillblast Fusion Corona desktop PC won’t accept Intel’s new ‘Sandy Bridge’ processors, such as the i5-2400, however.

Gaming performance is good, with the Chillblast Fusion Corona desktop PC delivering solid speeds across the board in our graphics tests.

The Chillblast Fusion Corona desktop PC is housed in a Xigmatek Asgard case, which comes with easy-access drive bays for future upgrades. There’s plenty of room to add an extra drive or second graphics card. A large cooling fan at the rear keeps noise levels down.

Arbico’s i576 HD is very similar in specification, but the Chillblast Fusion Corona desktop PC has the edge with a superior monitor, speakers and case, plus faster overall performance.

Budget PCs chart ranking

  1. Chillblast Fusion Corona
  2. CyberPower Infinity Achilles
  3. Palicomp Core i5 Blast 760-24 6870
  4. Eclipse Starburst i576r687
  5. Arbico i576 HD

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