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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 3630 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.

Photo Editing: Mac vs. PC

15/03/2018

Buying a new PC for editing could be one of the most expensive purchases you make this year, so getting it right and choosing the best tool for the job is extremely important. Many professional photographers and editors end up being overwhelmed at the sheer amount of choice available when it comes to choosing a PC and end up retreating to the relative simplicity a Mac Pro affords, when in reality this usually isn’t the best option for them. The Mac Pro is still using technology forged in 2013. When compared to the latest Intel “Skylake X” and “Coffee Lake” architectures employed in Chillblast PCs, this leaves much to be desired.

An entry level Mac Pro costing £700 more than Chillblast’s flagship “Photo OC VIII” PC-based system offers half of the performance in video editing and rendering, and 50% less performance in Photoshop or Lightroom.

With two simple systems in the range, choosing a Chillblast photo editing PC is no more difficult than choosing a Mac. Those looking for an affordable solution are well served by the £1500 Photo OC Lite IV. This system certainly isn’t light in specification, with the brand brand new six-cored Intel Core i7-8700K CPU, 16GB of 2400MHz DDR4 RAM, an NVIDA GeForce GTX 1050 video card and an ultra-fast 256GB M.2 solid state drive. Technical gobbledegook aside, that adds up to a system that’s up to 40% faster than the Mac Pro and costs half as much.

Upping the budget brings the flagship Chillblast machine into contention. This system has double the cores of a “normal” Core i7 computer and that makes it a monster for both photo and video editing workloads. It serves up rendering and video editing performance almost double that of the £3000 Mac Pro, yet costs £700 less.

As well as great performance, a great operating system underpins modern Chillblast PCs. Windows 10 is every bit the match of Mac OS when it comes to stability, security and speed, yet offers a vastly larger software library and enhanced convenience thanks to features like Cortana personal assistant, biometric logins and better multitasking features. And yes, the start menu is back.

All Chillblast workstations are underpinned by the industry’s best warranty; a 5 year package with 2 years collect and return and lifetime UK-based phone support, so if you need a little help in your transition to the Windows platform, Chillblast is ready to lend a hand.

Mac Vs PC in numbers

It is easy to be drawn in by the svelte lines of the Mac Pro, but underpinning this unquestionably attractive PC lies PC architecture several generations behind the Chillblast Photo OC VIII.

 

Mac Pro

Chillblast Photo OC VIII

Difference

CPU Cores

6 x Intel “Ivy Bridge-E” Cores (2013 Spec)

8 x 2017 Spec Intel “Skylake X” Cores (2017 Spec)

Up to 40% faster

CPU Clock Speed

3.5GHz

4.3GHz

23%

Memory

16GB

32GB

100% more

Storage

256GB SSD

256GB SSD + 6TB

6TB Additional

Graphics

2 x AMD Firepro D500 3GB

1 x GeForce GTX 1060 6GB

4x faster

Cost

£3000

£2300

£700 cheaper

Relative Adobe Photoshop performance (transform, resize, filter, edit batch run)

33s

22s

50% faster

Relative Blender performance

501s

255s

96% faster

 

The Apple system even compares poorly to the entry level Chillblast photo editing option which costs half as much.

 

Mac Pro

Chillblast Photo OC Lite IV

Difference

CPU Cores

6 x Intel “Ivy Bridge-E” Cores (2013 Spec)

6 x 2017 Spec Intel “Coffee Lake” Cores (2017 Spec)

Up to 15% faster

CPU Clock Speed

3.5GHz

4.8GHz

37%

Memory

16GB 1866MHz

16GB 2400MHz

29% faster

Storage

256GB SSD

256GB SSD + 2TB

2TB Additional

Graphics

2 x AMD Firepro D500 3GB

1 x GeForce GTX 1050 2GB

2x faster

Cost

£3000

£1500

£1500 cheaper

Relative Adobe Photoshop performance (transform, resize, filter, edit batch run)

33s

26s

26% faster

Relative Blender performance

501s

357

40% faster