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Rated ‘Excellent’ by our customers! Based on 3968 reviews
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 3968 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 for desktop PCs specifically.

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.

The full terms and conditions of our warranty can be found here.

Corsair MP510 M.2 SSD Review

12/08/2019

Corsair’s SSD pedigree with its Force series is longstanding, with the firm debuting the first drives in this series drives nearly ten years ago. Based on the then-ground-breaking SandForce SF-1200 controller, those vintage 2010 SSDs came in capacities as low as 30GB and offered blistering transfer rates of up to 285MB/s, and formed the foundation of many a Chillblast gaming desktop when the SSD was seen by many as a luxury addition. Things have moved on quite a bit since then, and the new flagship drives offer transfer rates more than a dozen times faster than their distant relatives on the very latest M.2 interface.

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The new MP510 series is not to be confused with the outgoing MP500, as its based on a totally new controller and Toshiba’s latest 64-layer 3D TLC NAND flash chips. This should put into direct competition with Samsung all-conquering 970 series which have, for the most part, been untroubled at the top end of the consumer SSD market.

Corsair Force Series MP510 Specifications

Capacity

240 GB

480 GB

960 GB

1920 GB

Sequential Read

3100 MB/s

3480 MB/s

3480 MB/s

3480 MB/s

Sequential Write

1050 MB/s

2000 MB/s

3000 MB/s

2700 MB/s

Random Read

180k IOPS

360k IOPS

610k IOPS

485k IOPS

Random Write

240k IOPS

440k IOPS

570k IOPS

530k IOPS

Warranty

5 years

 

As usual, the lower capacity drives suffer on write performance compared to the bigger counterparts as there is less opportunity for concurrent writes, but it is also interesting to note the 960GB variant seems to be the sweet spot for performance users with the highest achievable throughput on each metric according to Corsair’s Specifications.

Performance

Performance from the Corsair MP510 is certainly there or thereabouts compared to high end offerings from Samsung and Western Digital, two other drives regularly used by Chillblast. This is impressive work from Phison on the E12 controller underpinning the MP510, and also from Corsair’s firmware team that helps tweak different attributes of the controller’s performance to deliver the best blend of performance across different scenarios. Also impressive is the drive’s power consumption, which registered nearly half a watt improvement over our previous frugal champion from WD during active idle state, and almost an entire watt compared to Samsung’s undeniably thirsty 970 EVO.

Conclusion

It’s clear when looking at the performance spectrum of PCIe SSDs that the current generations are essentially maxing out the potential of the interface. Peak transfer rates record differences that barely register as statistically significant, whilst all the high-end drives on test put in a good showing in our suite. Corsair’s biggest problem is thus one of differentiation against its competitors. Corsair’s product, warranty and pricing is all extremely competitive against the incumbents, so it ultimately comes down to the price on the day, brand loyalty and availability. After the mediocre MP500, Corsair has stormed back into contention for the best PCIe M.2 SSD in the market and it’s one of several great options available to consumers shopping for a fast PICe Gen3 M.2 SSD.