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CyberPower Infinity i7 Phoenix Gaming PC - CyberPower Infinity i7 Phoenix Gaming PC
When it comes to software, CyberPower has left us with a very clean PC in every regard: there is no excess software and the wallpaper is plain, with only shortcuts for the CyberPower UK Steam Game Clan and forums on the desktop. Naturally a 64-bit version of Windows 7 Pro is installed to take advantage of all that memory, but aside from some Creative apps that's pretty much it.
Overall then, is the £2,800 Infinity i7 Phoenix worth all that money? The only comparably-priced machine we've looked at recently is Fujitsu's Celsius ULTRA Gaming Workstation, and comparing these two the answer is a resounding yes. The Phoenix is better-built, has a faster, water-cooled CPU; more connectivity and features; a graphics setup that's quieter, more frugal and yet offers better performance; double the RAM; a far faster primary hard drive, and the list goes on. It is simply a superior machine in every way.
So is this the gaming PC to go for if you have a spare £3,000 burning a hole in your pocket? Well, despite actually representing good value for what you get (compared to the competition) we can't say that it is. Unless you do computational calculations or high definition content creation (or multitask more than any human rightly should) there is simply no need for 24GB of RAM – now or in the foreseeable future. Thankfully CyberPower's configurations are very flexible, and you can go for a 'mere' 12GB instead, shaving £386 off the price straight away. Alternatively you could join the rest of us mortals with a still plentiful 6GB and save £455.
Of course, this system is not about saving money, and a more significant concern is its noise. The six 120mm and single 200mm case fans are simply too loud for comfort at their shipped settings, especially when combined with those of the graphics card and power supply. While you might have better luck than we did at finding a balance with the fans at their lower settings without affecting the overclock, at defaults few will want to pay this much for a machine that you can hear from the other side of a sizeable room.
The Infinity i7 Phoenix is the fastest PC we've reviewed by a long stretch, and a good indication of what spending £2,800 on a gaming machine can get you. CyberPower has cleverly combined components to give you close to the best of everything. We might have recommended this system - with a little less RAM - to anyone who could afford it, if it weren't for the Phoenix's high noise level, which will be off-putting no matter how deep your pockets.