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CyberPower Gamer Infinity Crossfire HD - CyberPower Gamer Infinity Crossfire HD

By Edward Chester

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

8

Talking of fans, this case is packed to the gills with them and they're all large too. In front of the hard drive bays are two 120mm intake fans that include dust filters. On the top there are two giant 140mm blowers that are just perfect for mounting a large water cooling radiator under (if you fancy doing a bit of tinkering). Finally, there is a further 140mm fan on the back just next to the CPU. All this lot combined does an excellent job of keeping all the components cool and, although the industrial design is rather uncompromising in achieving the impressive cooling performance still, we'd recommend it for an extreme system like this.

Aside from the aforementioned problems with noise and stability, the build quality is top notch with all cables routed in such a way as to optimise airflow and keep clutter to a minimum. There's nothing extravagant here that's going to impress your mates, like you would get with the machines Vadim used to produce, but everything's neat enough and the optional basic lighting and UV trimming adds a little something if you like that sort of thing.

One thing I must applaud is the balance of components that CyberPower has put together. All too often you see gaming PCs configured with £500 quad core CPUs, terabytes of storage, and only 2GB of RAM and a single graphics card. By combining a relatively low cost CPU with ample 4GB of RAM and Vista 64-bit, your everyday computing experience is going to feel snappier and the dual graphics cards give you miles of headroom for gaming. Considering we gave CyberPower no influence on what type of system to send us, it's good to see its version of a quality gaming system fits in exactly with ours.

We started our performance testing with PCMark Vantage, which tests all aspects of a PC's performance including image editing, video encoding, gaming, web browsing and productivity. The CyberPower achieved an overall score of 5366, which is not bad at all. Obviously the gaming score is high and the CPU and memory help considerably but hard drive speed in particular would seem to be the main reason this otherwise fast machine doesn't get a higher score.

Next we moved onto game testing and very quickly it became obvious this machine glided through games with the ease of water off a duck's back. Call Of Duty 4 at 1,920 x 1,200 with 4xAA, was running at over 90fps. Moving onto the ultimate test - Crysis - we fired up our usual test run at 1,920 x 1,200 with 2xAA and got a very playable 50.46 fps. An ultimate gaming machine this is without doubt - it really is amazing what £1,000 can buy you nowadays!

Verdict

We asked CyberPower to send us the best gaming PC it could for £1,000 and the machine we received fit the bill superbly. The combination of components is near enough exactly what we would've picked ourselves and the incredible performance, particularly in our gaming tests reflects this. The build quality is fine, though not outstanding and we did have a few stability issues due to the extreme overclocking that had been applied but we're sure these issues could easily be fixed with a quick call to tech support and the three-year warranty ensures you'll be trouble free for the life of the PC.

UPDATE here is the direct link to order this PC for £998.75 inc VAT

Hans Gruber

July 23, 2008, 5:49 am

Good to see a review of a sensibly balanced and well built system such as this, offered by CyberPower. I agree that it is amazing what you can get system-wise for a �. Just tarried up the cost of all the individual components myself and they alone came to some 𨁐 inc VAT and I'm sure there's one or two small things I've left out that the CyberPower system includes (like the different CPU heatsink/fan etc). The inclusion of the Asus Rampage Formula motherboard (intel X48 chipset) at this price point is very impressive (perhaps a bit overkill though?).





I see their site has a dedicated forum too. This is always nice to see. Only thing is there ought to be a direct link to the system reviewed in my opinion since they haven't updated their awards section to show the TR reviewed system, though I imagine this will be forthcoming. That way readers could easily tell whether this actual system was readily available at the reviewed price or not without having to go through the myriad of system configuration options themselves.





Didn't know about the chipset system fan/temperature throttling issue thing. It did strike me the overclock was a little over-ambitious even with the 8400 CPU. So maybe the premium paid for having the system pre-overclocked isn't such a good thing if essentially the buyer is going to have to tweak it themselves in the bios anyhow?





Perhaps the only thing letting the system down is the relatively slow ram considering the board supports up to 1200MHz though of course, it wouldn't be too hard to supply a better hard drive and not too much of a premium to add a 1TB model or even 2 x 500GB striped in RAID 0 for better performance?





Anyhow, CyberPower look like a pretty smart outfit to anyone wishing to purchase such a system. I see they build their own media centre range too.

apoc286

July 23, 2008, 2:52 pm

You know I may be missing something here but having just spent some time on cyberpowers website it doesn't seem to be possible to build a system with the components listed in this review for �. Methinks Cyberpower weren't exactly playing fair with their review machine...

Mike Cyberpower

July 23, 2008, 4:28 pm

Hi There!





This is Mike (Cyber_tech from our forums) from CyberpowerPowerSystem UK. The unit specified here was created specifically for the review and is due to be uploaded today to the Gamer Infinity Crossfire HD profile on the website. Anyone wishing to order before then is advised to give sales a call or drop us an email to sales at cyberpowersystem dot co dot uk





Any other questions can either be passed to me on the forum or you can send me an email direct if you would prefer, michael at cyberpowersystem dot co dot uk





Take Care


Mike

Hans Gruber

July 23, 2008, 8:16 pm

Hi Mike, does this mean people will get the exact same machine as reviewed for less than a grand?





What do you do with the review samples you send out? Considering they're effectively err, ahem, second hand? I'll be the first to make you an offer if you like. :)

apoc286

July 23, 2008, 9:17 pm

Thanks for clearing that up Mike.





Of course you have just taken the best argument I could manage against my temptation to buy myself a new pc...





I've now got 8 days to come up with a new reason or end up � poorer :P

The Pope

July 23, 2008, 9:36 pm

"Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 CPU, 4GB 800MHz DDR2 RAM, two ATI Radeon HD 4870 graphics cards, an Asus P5E motherboard, a 500GB Samsung hard drive, a DVD/CD writer, and a Hiper 630W power supply. The whole lot is wrapped up inside an NZXT Tempest chassis and the CPU and memory have both been given a healthy overclock."





That lot would set you up for quite some time I'd say, apoc286. I've just had a quick look and there's plenty of room for more hard drives so you can add an additional 1TB drive in a year's time for probabably 㿞 and you'll be laughing mate. :)

Hans Gruber

July 23, 2008, 10:32 pm

Asus P5E motherboard? Doh! Where on earth did I get the idea the system used an ASUS Rampage Formula (x48) motherboard? That rather changes what I said above since it's half the price or less. Still, not a bad deal if you want to have a system built for you with added warranty, I guess. Can't believe I messed up like that. :/

Ed

July 24, 2008, 3:13 am

It's alright Azro, you're not imagining things. I simply changed it after I read your comment. I should've notified you.

Hans Gruber

July 24, 2008, 1:26 pm

Woo, thanks for that Ed. I thought I was going to have to re-evaluate the nature of reality and how I see it. ;)

Mike Cyberpower

July 24, 2008, 7:05 pm

Azro - I'm afraid they have to come back here! I need something to play on at lunchtimes you know!





And yes, the exact machine is less than �. Also, the link is live correctly now:





https://www.cyberpowersystem.c...





Mike

The Pope

July 24, 2008, 7:21 pm

Thanks Mike - review updated

apoc286

August 20, 2008, 3:02 pm

Bought it... damn you all for making me do this...

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