Chillblast’s Fusion Warrior is one of the first Windows 7 PCs we’ve seen to use Intel’s brand-new Core i7 860 processor.

Chillblast's Fusion Warrior is one of the first PCs we've seen to use Intel's brand-new Core i7 860 processor. Whereas 900-series Core i7 CPUs use the LGA 1366 socket, the 860 CPU uses the same LGA 1156 socket as the lower-cost Core i5 processors. This means dual- rather than triple-channel motherboards can be used, which are available at a lower cost and require fewer memory chips to be installed.

The Chillblast Fusion Warrior thus comes with only 4GB of RAM, with two slots remaining for expansion. The 2.8GHz CPU performs well in this configuration, powering the Chillblast to a WorldBench score of 136 points.

With an ATI Radeon HD 5850 graphics card under the bonnet, the Warrior may be capable of impressive gaming performance in DirectX 11.0 games titles. But if you hunger for more power still, the Chillblast Fusion Warrior's CrossFireX support lets you add a second card.

The Fusion Warrior's Gigabyte GX-7 system case has a smart matt-black finish with subtle red details, complementing the red PSU and graphics card inside. A high-quality 22in monitor offers dual inputs, but it doesn't support a full-HD resolution. This is a shame, given that Chillblast has managed to squeeze in a Blu-ray drive. It's also the only company to offer external speakers.

Chart ranking (issue 174)

  1. Mesh Ice 7 DX11
  2. Eclipse Fusion Crossfire i792R585
  3. Chillblast Fusion Warrior
  4. Arbico HD8658 XL
  5. Chillblast Fusion Apex

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