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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.

Rated ‘Excellent’ by our customers! Based on 2537 reviews
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.

Intel 750 400GB SSD Review

11/10/2015

Today we are putting Intel’s 750 series 400GB PCI Express SSD through its paces. We’ve been extolling the virtues of SSD technology here at Chillblast for years, but this new drive from Intel is different from now ubiquitous 2.5” SATA SSDs in that it connects directly to the PCI Express bus. As such it is provided as an add-in card and more closely resembles a video card than any drive you may have seen before.

Installation requires chipset level support. Users with Z97 or newer chipset boards should be fine, however it is recommend you update your board to the latest BIOS before you purchase, and look for NVMe boot support as a feature explicitly added in the BIOS release notes.

With the additional inconvenience of a BIOS update and a loss of a PCI Express slot you’ll probably be thinking this Intel drive had better deliver a quantum leap in performance to be worth the bother, as we were.

Fortunately it does not disappoint.

 

 Test Rig
Gigabyte X99M-GAMING 5 motherboard
Intel Core i7 5820K Processor
32GB DDR4 2666MHz RAM
GeForce GTX 980 4GB Graphics Card
Intel 750 400GB SSD
Samsung 850 EVO 1TB SSD
WD Black 2TB HDD

First up we wanted to see how Intel’s new drive compares in raw synthetic performance to a really fast conventional 2.5” drive – namely Samsung’s 850 EVO. This is our price / performance champion when it comes to 2.5” SSDs and our best-selling SSD by far. It’s quick too – one of the fastest mainstream 2.5” SSDs on the market. In all cases we like to run our drives in substantially before testing them. We have no interest in performance figures on freshly polished empty drives that have not been used under race conditions.

Intel 750 400GB

Samsung 850 EVO 1TB

In crystal disk mark the Intel 750 SSD is as much as 420% faster than the Samsung in sequential read, and a good deal faster in all other metrics. The Intel 750 shows the Samsung 850 1TB a clean pair of heels in every sub test.

For entertainment value we wanted to see how traditional hard drives fare in the same tests. Still using spinning rust as your operating system drive? :)

Why!? Intel’s 750 is as much as 676x faster. That’s right, six hundred and seventy six times faster.

To simulate how disks perform in a “real world” environment we put the disks through their paces in PCMark. The guys at Futuremark have put a lot of effort into ensuring their storage benchmarks are representative of real world performance characteristics and we have always found them to be near enough spot on.

As you can see, things are much closer this time around, with the Intel showing good performance benefits over the Samsung and a quantum leap over the mechaniocal drive. The “Starting Applications” test is particularly telling here, as it is the test that most closely mimics what most of us do when we are using Windows in a day to day environment. The results also show how much faster games load up on an SSD compared to spinning hard disks, with both SSDs showing more than 5x the speed of the traditional drive.

Conclusion

We never planned this to be an Anandtech style analysis – after all that’s what Anandtech is there for, but just a snapshot into how Intel’s latest SSD technology can help improve your PC’s performance and your user experience. The take home messages are that if you have a newish motherboard with a Z97 chipset or better and want the quickest SSD on the market today – the Intel 750 is the drive to go for. We’ve teamed up with Intel to offer a special price on these drives for those looking to upgrade to an Intel 750 today – and those specifying a new PC with one such drive get an exclusive cash back offer that scales with the capacity of drive you choose.