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Cyberpower Infinity i5 Achilles XT - PC Exterior, Connectivity & Cooling

Cyberpower has decided on Antec's Three Hundred mid-tower for the Infinity i5 Achilles XT's case, which is a popular budget choice and housed both the OCUK Titan Xenomorph AVP and Wired2Fire HellSpawn ALC. Solid but unremarkable would be the best way to describe this matt black steel case, which with its plastic front mouldings and mesh metal bay covers retains a certain muted appeal.

At the front connectivity is limited, with two well-spaced USB ports, headphone and microphone jacks and power and reset buttons (which are slightly too easy to mix up without looking). Below this we have a plain DVD-Rewriter in the middle bay of the three 5.25in ones provided. Rear connectivity is quite generous, with 10 USB 2.0 ports, eSATA, FireWire, PS2, Gigabit Ethernet, plus analogue (six 3.5mm jacks) and digital (co-axial and optical) audio connections.

Video outputs are handled by the Radeon HD 5770 which provides dual DVI, HDMI with audio and DisplayPort. The latter two are sealed by removable dust-covers as they can't be used with the included AOC F22s+ monitor. Much as we would have loved to find USB 3.0 connections on the Infinity i5 Achilles XT's back, it's not realistic to expect it at this PC's budget price point. Besides, its an easy process to add USB 3.0 by means of a PCIe card at a later date.

Cooling is handled by two speed-controlled fans at the Three Hundred's front with a hardware speed control switch mounted inside the case, while a third 120mm fan at the back and the case's 140mm top fan are regulated by the motherboard. They're all sensibly set to their lowest speeds.

After opening the case up by simply removing two thumb-screws, you'll notice that Cyberpower has gone to quite a bit of effort to add noise dampening features. We weren't overly impressed by the implementation on its previous Infinity i5 Hercules SE, but here the company has toned things down a bit, including only the Sound Absorbing Foam and Anti-vibration Fan Mounts, which would normally cost you around £25 onto the base price of any Cyberpower system.

It works quite well too, making an already reasonable system even quieter. Though its hum is definitely audible, it's very unobtrusive, making this one of the more pleasant gaming PCs to spend headphone-free time with – though it's not as quiet as the far more powerful DinoPC 6th Sense.

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