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So far the Cyberpower Infinity Game Qube has effortlessly impressed us, but can it keep up in the gaming stakes? Until recently we wouldn't have recommended any gaming PC with an Nvidia card - for the simple reason that they produced more heat and noise, and consumed more power than similarly performing ATI Radeon equivalents. However, this all changed with the debut of the award-winning GTX 460 just over a month ago.
To add even more desirability to its system, Cyberpower has chosen to go with an MSI Cyclone graphics card, which enhances the 1GB GTX 460 with a large custom cooler. When idle or under light load, this leads the Game Qube to be almost inaudible. And though the fan does kick up significantly under higher load, it creates a gentle whoosh rather than an annoying rattle or whine, making it easy to live with.
Though even a slightly overclocked GTX 460 can't quite match the more expensive Radeon HD 5850, not to mention the 5870 as found in the Cryo Pico, nVidia's latest nonetheless puts in a good performance, and brings Nvidia-exclusive benefits such as stereoscopic 3D and PhysX. Crysis at High detail is not a problem, though at Very High (1,920 x 1,080, no AA) our intense Gaming-PC benchmark pushed it down to a barely playable 24fps average.
DirectX 11 title Stalker: Call of Pripyat ran at a smooth 80fps, with the 460 GTX again trailing the ATI cards by a slight margin.
As we saw with the Mini Carnivore, even Call of Duty 4 can still test the graphics capabilities of small PCs, but not with a 'proper' gaming machine such as the Game Qube. In fact you'll generally need to make very few compromises, and only a minority of the most demanding titles at their highest detail settings will even begin to stress this miniature beast out. Plus you can always upgrade the graphics, or indeed anything else that takes your fancy.
Overall, then, we have a fairly quiet, sleek and small machine, offering excellent build quality and attractive looks, with a capable selection of components, all for just £899. You may find a better-specified tower system for around the same price, but everything considered there's little that can beat this small Cyberpower. For example, the base configuration Cryo Pico will also set you back around £900, but for that money you get a dual (instead of quad)-core CPU, less powerful HD 5770 graphics, smaller hard drive and weaker power supply, all stuffed into a far bulkier, heavier case that's noisier to boot. Everything considered, Cyberpower has quite simply built the best small form factor gaming PC we've seen.
Cyberpower's Infinity Game Qube is one of the smallest, quietest and simply best all-round mini-ITX gaming PCs on the market, at a price that's difficult to beat. If you want a small gaming system that's stuffed with features and will look great under your TV or on your desk, there's little that can touch it.