Chillblast’s Fusion Nautilus desktop PC is a top performer, delivering a chart-leading performance score and the most convincing gaming framerates of all the machines on test.

Chillblast’s Fusion Nautilus desktop PC is a top performer. Despite being built around a slightly cheaper 2.66GHz Intel Core i5-750 processor and motherboard than the second-place Arbico, this quad-core system delivered a chart-leading WorldBench score of 137 points. And while it was beaten by the DinoPC in our Stalker: Call of Pripyat games test, the Chillblast’s overall gaming performance is the most convincing of all the machines on test.

Only 500GB of storage space is provided with the Chillblast Fusion Nautilus desktop PC, while CyberPower and DinoPC offer twice this capacity. Adding a second drive is a fairly simple upgrade, however, and one that’s all the more attractive given the Asus motherboard’s support for high-speed 6 gigabits per second (Gbps) SATA and USB 3.0. The motherboard also offers good expansion potential through add-in cards.

The Digimate monitor supplied with the Chillblast Fusion Nautilus desktop PC isn’t the best-looking screen we’ve seen, but its 23in display gives you a full-HD resolution with slightly bigger pixels than you’ll get from the Arbico or DinoPC, making onscreen text a little easier to read.

The Chillblast Fusion Nautilus is one of only two systems here to come with a set of external speakers. But don’t get too excited – the Gigabyte units supplied cost only £7.

The Chillblast Fusion Nautilus desktop PC is housed in an EZCool A200D case, which comes with tool-free drive bays and a meshed front panel to aid cooling; a blue LED-lit interior fan is visible from the outside – a nice or vulgar touch, depending on taste.

Budget PCs chart ranking

  1. Chillblast Fusion Nautilus
  2. Arbico i7-9250 XL
  3. DinoPC Elmisaur 750 OC
  4. Eclipse Matrix i567r577
  5. CyberPower Infinity i3 Apollo

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