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Cyberpower Infinity i5 Achilles XT - Gaming, Value & Verdict
Finally we get onto the most important component of any gaming machine: its graphics card. Cyberpower has opted for an AMD/ATI Radeon HD 5770, which is about the most powerful solution we would expect for the money given current component prices. It gives you DirectX 11 compatibility so that you can turn on all the details and special effects in the latest games (though consequently you might have to lower the resolution, as this card won't be powerful enough to run more demanding titles at maximum everything).
Amazingly, Crysis still remains one of the most intense gaming benchmarks three years after its release. Consequently you've no hope of running it at maximum detail, but the Infinity i5 Achilles XT can just about deliver a playable framerate of 27fps average at 1080p if you kick the detail settings down a notch. If you want a smooth experience, you'll need to upgrade to a Radeon HD 5850.
Stalker: Call of Pripyat, on the other hand, runs perfectly with everything maxed out. And this is rather more representative of most games so you can be hopeful of decent overall performance.
Meanwhile, Call of Duty 4 gives a good indication of how older games will perform, which is very well indeed. To sum up, this Cyberpower's games performance, it will play all but the most demanding titles, and though you'll have to make the occasional sacrifice that's simply unavoidable at the its budget price.
Speaking of price, we would recommend that you upgrade or just ditch the included monitor and peripherals. As mentioned before, the latter option brings this machine down to a very enticing £642. To put into perspective what kind of value this represents, consider that it consistently outperforms the OverclockersUK Titan Xenomorph AVP yet remains quieter and costs £125 less! For that kind of money, we really have very few complaints.
As long as you upgrade or altogether remove the poor monitor, keyboard and mouse Cyberpower has chosen to include with its excellent Infinity i5 Achilles XT PC, you're getting a great deal on a competent gaming system.