Chillblast http://www.stuff.tv/chillblast/all en-GB Nvidia Battlebox: Why ludicrously pricey PCs are the future of 4K gaming http://www.stuff.tv/chillblast/are-pcs-future-4k-gaming/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> With the 4K gaming capabilities of the PS4 and Xbox One in question, PC gaming is leading the graphical charge </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nvidia Battlebox Insignia" alt="Nvidia Battlebox Insignia" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/battelbox-insignia.jpg?1386624313" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The steady march of 4K into the mainstream continues, with more affordable 4K TVs and more 4K content gradually becoming available thanks to streaming services and top-end camcorders.&nbsp;</p> <p>You might expect that the PS4 and Xbox One next-gen consoles would do 4K too, and you&#39;d be right, but not entirely. 4K gaming is the PC&#39;s domain.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/jools-whitehorn" title="View user profile.">Jools Whitehorn</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Next-gen consoles will play 4K video, but not 4K games </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It has been confirmed that both the PS4 and Xbox One are capable of displaying 4K, but that it&#39;s currently limited to video content and photographs &ndash; not actual games. This is somewhat surprising for a pair of consoles that, if history is anything to go by, are designed to last almost 10 years (the Xbox 360 will be eight years old in November). The trouble is that, when it comes to demanding titles, there&#39;s a big question mark hanging over whether they even have the raw power to push 4K&#39;s 3840x2160 pixels, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/sony-ps4-vs-xbox-one-4k-war-begins/feature">as you can read all about here.</a></p> <p>Meanwhile, thanks to their upgradeability, gaming PCs are already capable of taking advantage of the new format - and now they&#39;re shouting about it too.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Battlebox bangs the 4K drum </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Nvidia has just unveiled its plans to encourage PC gamers to upgrade to 4K with its &#39;Battlebox&#39; seal of approval.</p> <p>Gaming rigs equipped with Nvidia&#39;s top-end GeForce GTX 780 or GTX Titan graphics boards in 2- or 3-way configurations and paired with overclocked <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/intel/how-intel-haswell-making-cpus-exciting/feature">Intel Haswell </a>Core i5 or i7 processors will be proudly marked up with the company&#39;s new &#39;Battlebox&#39; branding. These are then sold with 4K displays to show off exactly what they can do.</p> <p>Nvidia says Battleboxes will churn 45-60 frames per second at 4K at top detail setting, and with all the graphical bells and whistles such as TXAA anti-aliasing enabled. The current lineup of 4K-capable games include <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/hands-watch-dogs-hyper-connected-coolness/feature">Watch_Dogs</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/assassins-creed-4-black-flag-%E2%80%93-need-know/news">Assassin&#39;s Creed IV: Black Flag</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/watch-new-call-duty-ghosts-trailer/news">Call of Duty: Ghosts</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/batman-arkham-origins-trailer-released/news">Batman: Arkham Origins</a>. UK Battlebox hardware partners include Chillblast, DinoPC, Scan, PC Specialist, CyberpowerPC and Overclockers UK.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/battlebox_board.jpg?1386624313" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> But do we actually need 4K games on a TV? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&#39;d be happy if the new hardware let games developers really push the depth of their games rather than just the surface sheen; certainly, improved AI and more extensive virtual worlds are what the console makers are championing. After all, at the heart of a great game is a great story.</p> <p>The difference is, PC gaming enthusiasts get up close and personal with their monitors and enjoy the bragging rights that an extra frame per second or two over their companions&#39; machines bring, so 4K provides real benefits. For console gaming, where we currently almost always make do with 720p graphics (which provide half the pixels of 1080p full HD, and one eighth those of 4K) on screens several feet away, it&#39;s that bit less important.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SonyXBR-55X900A_0_0.jpg?1386624313" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="579" height="315" title="4k 1080p comparison" alt="4k 1080p comparison" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nvidia-battlebox-4k-comparison_2.jpg?1386624313" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It wasn&#039;t always this way </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>At launch, the Xbox 360 (2005) and Sony PS3 (2006) were at the forefront of game graphics, and boasted the sort of specs that got PC gamers drooling. The Xbox 360&#39;s bespoke 3-core 3.2GHz PowerPC chip and the PS4&#39;s 8-core Cell processor really turned heads.</p> <p>Now, in 2013, as their x86 architecture is cut from mid-range PC cloth, these compact, stylish (ish) boxes can&#39;t compete with the plus-sized electronics, nuclear-class cooling systems and national grid-straining energy consumption of the very best PCs. To put it bluntly, the PS4 and Xbox One aren&#39;t at the forefront of gaming tech, at least in graphical terms. But hey, at least you can afford one.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/xbox-360.jpg?1386624313" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HOW MUCH?! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&#39;s always going to be harder to generate 4K video on the fly &ndash; as is required for games &ndash; rather than just playing it. Pushing that many pixels through all those little electronic pipes was never going to be easy. That&#39;s why the 4K gaming PCs are so ludicrously expensive.&nbsp;</p> <p>Take Chillblast&#39;s Fusion Battlebox &ndash; with its 4.5GHz i7 processor, 32GB of RAM, 250GB SSD and more it will set you back &pound;3600. And that&#39;s just for the PC &ndash; you&#39;ll still need the 4K monitor. Let&#39;s throw in the 31.5in Asus PQ321Q &ndash; a snip at just &pound;2,715. If you&#39;ve got any change left over you might think about adding a keyboard and mouse to that too.</p> <p>Around &pound;6500 is a lot of money. Considering the PS4 will be &pound;350 and you&#39;ll already have a TV to play it on, that&#39;s quite a jump. That 4K gaming PC on its own is over 10 times the price of the PS4. Just think of all the games you could buy instead.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/battlebox.jpg?1386624313" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The future of 4K gaming? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>PCs may well be the future of 4K gaming, but is 4K really the future of gaming?</p> <p>Perhaps not until the next generation of next-gen consoles arrives - or, of course, their completely hardware-free, cloud gaming equivalent. That could take a while.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/xbox-one-console_1.jpg?1386624313" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/chillblast/are-pcs-future-4k-gaming/news#comments 4K Chillblast Gaming Nvidia PlayStation 4 Xbox One Thu, 03 Oct 2013 10:55:51 +0000 Jools Whitehorn 1427428 at http://www.stuff.tv Chillblast Fusion Triton http://www.stuff.tv/chillblast-fusion-triton/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> As fast and powerful as it is big and heavy, the Triton is a gaming monster </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="780" height="333" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/chillblast-triton-main_2.jpg?1364298665" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="615" height="246" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/chillblast-triton-2_2.jpg?1364298665" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Fusion Triton ships with a checklist of killer components which all go towards forming a serious gaming rig. The double-fan-cooled CPU is overclocked by 1.4GHz, over 40% faster than the stock speed. To keep that hungry CPU fed there’s a huge 16GB of RAM and an SSD drive too, for fast booting and snappy access to games. The Chillblast’s unusual chassis mounts the motherboard on its side, which means that all of the ports for power, the screen, sound and so on are on the case top – great for compulsive tweakers.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £3,000.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Chillblast Fusion Triton: fast and quiet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Triton isn’t quite the fastest PC around, but its hefty dual-GPU GeForce GTX 590 has more than enough power to display demanding games across three surround monitors - and in stereoscopic 3D as well, which is surely the perfect gaming set up. The most astounding thing? Despite its high-performance internals, the Chillblast Fusion Triton is one of the quietest rigs we’ve ever tested.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As fast and powerful as it is big and heavy, the Triton is a gaming monster</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/chillblast-fusion-triton </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/chillblast-fusion-triton/review#comments Chillblast Desktops Fusion Triton Mon, 10 Oct 2011 11:32:59 +0000 Tony Horgan 421109 at http://www.stuff.tv Chillblast Fusion Hardcore http://www.stuff.tv/chillblast/chillblast-fusion-hardcore/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A well-equipped and ready-overclocked system to replace your existing base unit, but you&#039;ll need to pay extra for the full kit </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <p>It might not have the clout of a big name like Dell, but Chillblast has a specification that's still eye-watering compared to a normal desktop system - and it's actually clocked faster than Dell's titanic H2C.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £2,100.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A well-equipped instant upgrade to your existing setup, although the graphics stop short of maximum performance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/chillblast-fusion-hardcore </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/chillblast/chillblast-fusion-hardcore/review#comments Chillblast Desktops Fusion Hardcore Mon, 24 Sep 2007 05:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 7673 at http://www.stuff.tv Chillblast Fusion FX57 SLI Ultra http://www.stuff.tv/chillblast/chillblast-fusion-fx57-sli-ultra/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Coolermaster case looks great as do the graphics and the sound...faultless. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="296" height="222" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/2c928c616581c7e98da5df982e603640_0.jpg?1364300808" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>‘A hotrod boutique for PCs’ is how Chillblast describes itself. Its website is awash with shiny kit to power up your PC but its Fusion range of PCs is the carefully assembled pick of the bunch.</p> <p>Chill out</p> <p>The Chillblast Fusion FX57 SLI Ultra has been beautifully put together, and that care shows in both the wonderfully arranged internals and the performance. </p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £3,230.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The guys at Chillblast have done all the work, so you can chill out and play with this hotrod PC </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/chillblast-fusion-fx57-sli-ultra </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/chillblast/chillblast-fusion-fx57-sli-ultra/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/chillblast/chillblast-fusion-fx57-sli-ultra/review#comments Chillblast Desktops Fusion FX57 SLI Ultra Thu, 21 Sep 2006 05:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 2031 at http://www.stuff.tv