Chillblast Fusion Photo OC VIII
Over- clocked Intel i7 octa- core chip / Excellent editing & multi- tasking performance / GPU acceleration / RAID- 1 back- up
SPECIFICATIONS Guide price: £ 2,300 Processor: Intel Core i7- 7820X 'Skylake- X' Processor Overclocking: Up to 4.6GHZ CPU Cooling: Corsair H100i V2 CPU Liquid Memory: 32GB RAM OS Drive: 250GB solid- state drive Storage: Twin 3TB hard drives Back- up: RAID- 1 configured Optical Drive: Blu- ray rewriter Website: www. chillblast. com
THERE’S NO TWO ways around it: the Fusion Photo OC VIII is a mightily expensive PC. Fortunately, this isn’t hubris – you’re getting the kind of high- end components that make speedy photo editing an absolute breeze.
The brains of the operation is the Intel Core i7- 7820X processor. Chillblast has over- clocked this so that each of its eight cores run even faster than usual, and this showed in our benchmark tests, which simulate various image and video editing tasks as well as heavy multi- tasking. It sailed through the image portion, indicating a system that will easily run any editing software you can throw it at, staying fast and responsive all the while.
Even more impressive was its performance in the video editing and multi- tasking portions of the benchmark; if you ever use your camera to shoot video footage, this PC will let you keep on working at a comfortable pace while video encodes in the background. The generous 32GB of RAM certainly helps; it runs at a relatively slow speed of 2133MHZ, but there’s so much to go around that this doesn’t make much of a difference.
Chillblast has also included a Geforce GTX 1060 graphics card. This is designed for gaming rather than media editing, but it does mean you can take advantage of GPU acceleration for better performance in certain applications, such as Adobe Lightroom CC. It also provides a healthy mix of HDMI, DVI and Displayport outputs, for varied monitor set- ups.
A breathlessly fast solid- state drive ensures that Windows 10 boots and loads quickly, but the dual 3TB hard drives are even better for photographers. They come pre- configured in RAID- 1, so any files you save on one drive will be mirrored on the other – an easy way of creating back- ups.
There are other quality- of- life inclusions as well, such as the 17- in- 1 multi- card reader and Blu- ray rewriter drive hidden behind a door on the front. There aren’t a huge number of USB ports for a PC of this price, but there’s still more than enough to suffice for most users. The case has also been lined with sound- absorbing fabric, to prevent the fan noise from disturbing you as you’re touching up your shots.
Chillblast hasn’t held back when creating this PC, and while it is expensive, it’s no more so than competing Windows- based systems with a similar specification. It’s also a much smarter buy than, say, the Apple Mac Pro, which is pricier at £ 2,999, yet gives you a slower processor, half the RAM and only a single SSD for storage.