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UK’s Most Awarded PC Manufacturer

As one of the top manufacturers of UK gaming computers, Chillblast is no stranger to winning awards. In fact, we’ve taken first place in the PC Pro Excellence Awards (previously known as the ‘Reliability and Service Awards’) a record six times. We’ve also been named ‘Desktop Retailer of the Year’ by PC Advisor for four consecutive years.

But doesn’t mean competition wasn’t intense. Chillblast was up against some of the biggest names in the industry, including Apple, Dell, PC Specialist and Scan. In the most recent round of awards (2015), Chillblast took first place with an astounding 97% customer satisfaction rating.

The secret to our consistently high rankings and stellar customer-satisfaction ratings is simple. You see, from the time that you enquire about a Chillblast gaming computer to the moment it’s delivered, you’ll be dealing with representatives who really understand your needs. That’s because Chillblast only employs PC experts – even for customer service positions.

When you call in, you’ll rarely have to wait before speaking to a representative. And we also check our email regularly in order to offer prompt call-backs. The result is a seamless service model in which you’re kept in the loop and confident that the representative you’re dealing with understands your technical needs and expectations.

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5 Year Warranty (Terms & Conditions Apply)

Given the fact that we manufacturer some of the best gaming desktops currently available, it should come as no surprise that we’re willing to stand beside our craftsmanship. Chillblast’s industry-leading warranty offers two phases of protection.

Our standard warranty begins with a two-year collect-and-return package, during which time we offer local-rate telephone support and unlimited repairs. We’ll both collect and return your custom pc at no charge. This applies to all models – whether you purchased a cheap gaming desktop or an ultra-high-spec custom built PC.

But we don’t stop there. Chillblast also offers an additional three years of warranty coverage after your collect-and-return package expires. During those three years, we’ll continue to provide labour-only support.

We believe this is one of the best warranties available from any custom PC builder in the UK. And if you’re looking for additional peace of mind, we also offer a 3 Year Gold Collect-and-Return Warranty as a potential add-on.

Buy a gaming desktop or custom build PC from Chillblast, and the benefits continue long after that initial five-year period. Even out of warranty, Chillblast is delighted to offer customers exclusive upgrades and repair services with discounted parts and subsidised collection, delivery and labour charges.

MFAA vs MSAA Anti Aliasing Comparison in Battlefield Hardline

01/03/2016

Battlefield Hardline

Battlefield Hardline is one of the biggest releases of the year, so we were really interested to see how NVIDIA’s new Game Ready Driver (released last week alongside the mighty GeForce GTX Titan X) could improve the experience for our customers. As we discussed in our recent Fusion Venom GTX overview article, there’s an exclusive new anti-aliasing mode called Multi Frame Anti-Aliasing (MFAA) that ships with Maxwell GPUs promising all the visual quality of 4x Multi Sample Anti Aliasing (MSAA) for a greatly reduced cost to frame rate. We wanted to see how this mode performs in this great new game. MFAA requires game-specific support, so keeping your drivers up to date is now more important than ever. 

What is Anti Aliasing? 

Anti-aliasing, or "AA" for short, is a technique used to when rendering images on a computer screen designed to minimize the prevalence of "aliasing"; a visual artifact that looks like the steps on a stair on any diagonal line. Anti-aliasing uses a variety of techniques to blend the edges more effectively resulting in a much smoother line that's easier on the eye. One method for example is to render the scene internally at a much higher resolution, then down scale the resultant frame to your resolution. This works, but is very costly to performance. More advanced methods are now employed at a hardware level in modern video cards to provide a similar aesthetic result with a smaller cost to performance. Two such modes are the afforementioned MSAA and MFAA. 
 

 

Enabling MFAA
 
Enabling MFAA is really easy. You simply load up the GeForce driver application from within the control panel, go to 3D settings and select Battlefield Hardline from the drop down menu. MFAA appears as an option in the menu below and you set it to “On”.

NVIDIA Control Panel

Once in game you need to head to the options menu and set the Anti Aliasing mode to 2x MSAA . Save the settings here and you are done. Alternatively if you prefer to use GeForce Experience to automatically handle and optimise all of your in-game settings MFAA is enabled by default.

GeForce Experience

We fired up the game and set all of the settings to Ultra, and ran through the same cut scene with 4x MSAA and then again with 2 x MFAA. In both cases the visual quality was comparable, with MFAA looking extremely similar, but with slightly better performance in areas of sharp contrast. Where the two modes start to separate is in their respective frame rates. We used FRAPs to record the frames per second over the course of the benchmark and plotted the results in a graph.

Graph

 

As you can see, the 2x MFAA enjoys a consistently higher frame rate than MSAA, but also a better level of consistency as well. These graphs are the mean values of three passes of the same benchmark and in each case the dip at 28 seconds was observed with MSAA. With MFAA enabled instead, the graph is considerably smoother. Here are the Minimum, Maximum and Average FPS over the run.

Battlefield Hardline 1920x1080 4xMSAA

Minimum FPS 92
Maximum FPS 102
Average FPS 99

Battlefield Hardline 1920x1080 2xMFAA

Minimum FPS 113
Maximum FPS 116
Average FPS 115

We’ve also put together a video for you showing the frame rate difference but also the similarity in image quality on the Chillblast Youtube channel – be sure to subscribe as we are really going to ramp up the amount of content for you in the coming months.