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CyberPower Infinity i7 Phoenix Gaming PC - CyberPower Infinity i7 Phoenix Gaming PC

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers



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As for gaming, here the CyberPower Infinity i7 Phoenix also lives up to its price tag, as it simply annihilates everything we've reviewed before. On the audio side of things, the Creative X-Fi Gamer sound card brings EAX 5.0 HD for the best sound effects in games without placing much additional load on the CPU. Though a discrete sound card is no longer the necessity it once was in terms of features, they still greatly surpass onboard solutions for sheer quality.

As ever though, graphics is the most important part of any gaming setup and the AMD/ATI Radeon 5970 doesn't disappoint. If you want all the details on this card it's worth reading our review, but basically it puts two 5870 chips with slightly lower clock speeds on a single board using an internal CrossFire interface.

Only in Call of Duty does the quad-SLI graphics setup of the £2750 Fujitsu Celsius ULTRA even stand a chance, and then only as long as anti-aliasing (AA) is not applied. With AA on, the Radeon HD 5970 again comfortably pulls ahead of its rival's twin nVidia GeForce 295GTxs. Of course in DirectX 11-compatible titles the 5970 has no competition.

In the more complex and demanding Crysis running on DirectX 10, CyberPower's system also wins the day. Again we'll show you the chart here as it not only demonstrates this computer's lead over the ULTRA but also the perfectly stepped performance of the Radeon HD 5970 over the Dino PC's 5870, the Wired2Fire's 5850 and the Scan's 5750; basically the top four Radeon cards in AMD's lineup.

Crysis runs at a fairly smooth 33.6fps average on Very High Detail with the resolution set to 1,920 x 1,200, while even owners of 30in monitors can run the game on High Quality at 2,560 x 1,600 and maintain a reasonable 31fps.


March 4, 2010, 5:53 am

there's just one massive problem with this system it has windows 7 home premium by default which only supports 16Gb of RAM whereas professional and ultimate support upto 192Gb after spending all that money it's a bit silly to give you more RAM than the PC can physically use


March 4, 2010, 12:12 pm

The one thing that I would like to see is the actual decibel (dB) rating for PCs. I often read reviews that refer to noise but if mentioned it is either quiet or noisy. Although this gives a general indication it can not be used to compare two systems. Personally I would be willing to pay more for a PC that does what is asked for whilst being quiet in the process. To me PC noise and quality sound system do not go together.


March 4, 2010, 2:49 pm


You're right of course, slight error on our part - though in fact the initial spec did list Win 7 Premium, all versions are delivered with Win 7 Professional (as was our test sample).


We'll look into it. And I couldn't agree more, any PC above £2000 should ideally be whisper-quiet (and we can but dream that one day, ALL PCs will be whisper-quiet).


March 4, 2010, 5:08 pm

Thanks for the review, I did the OC and tuning on this PC. Yeah, value is a bit poor with the current price of 4GB DDR3 sticks and yes it is overkill. Unfortaunately Intels ever receding release date for the Gulftown 6-Core CPU meant we couldn't go one better.

On the noise front, any systems from now onwards should be getting the i7 930 CPU which tends to run a little cooler than the 920 at high CPU clocks. I did a system in an Antec 1200 for a customer recently where the intake and radiator fans were all replaced with 'silent' red LED fans and we used a water cooled 5870 with only 3.8GHz on the CPU. This system was quieter than the review system here but there is always going to be a delicate balancing act of the overclockers trinity of performance, noise and heat in a system at this performance level. Turning the fans down to watch a Blu-Ray would be very unlikely to cause stability problems since most of the work is done by the GPU.



March 5, 2010, 2:18 am

im sure if they dropped it down to 3.8ghz you could make it much quieter.

24gb that IS bizzare i still think 6gb is overkill.i wonder if you could use the ram as a hdd for windows .

nice system tho,i wouldnt say no to it.trouble is games on pc are become consolized? even with max quality and resolutions a lowly £100 gpu can run them with ease.maybe this will be a system for crysis 2.

hey initialised how about one for a competition?.


March 5, 2010, 5:20 am

@betelgeus - I agree all that RAM is crying out to be used as a RAM disk, but you wouldn't be able to use it for a Windows install since it would require a constant power source (i.e. you would have to reinstall Windows every time you restarted the PC).


March 5, 2010, 6:45 am

@Ardjuna: cool, good to know though I guess if you're spending this much cash on a top end rig you would likely spend a few quid more and plump for ultimate if only for the factor of having 'top' everything


March 5, 2010, 3:01 pm

One of the advantages of water cooling is to make PC's quieter, but in this case they have just used it to overclock the CPU. Maybe with some more modifications, eg. water cool the northbridge/southbridge/memory/GPU etc, this could be made to be a lot quieter. Also it's possible to make PC's quieter with sound proofing foam, but of course you would loose the pretty lights into the case. :)

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