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CyberPower Gamer Infinity 600 review

Alan Lu
18 Mar 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
499
inc VAT

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Specifications

3.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E8500, 4.000000 RAM, 19in 1,440x900 display, Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit

CyberPower's Gamer Infinity 600 uses the same spacious Cooler Master midi tower case as Arbico's CD7400 XL, but the inclusion of extra case fans makes it much noisier.

The side window reveals blue cold cathode lights and the fascia is also illuminated, so its looks could put you off.

The Gamer Infinity came top of the £500 PCs in our PCMark Vantage Overall benchmark test but its performance in our other tests was mediocre. We were disappointed by its 3D performance - it managed a jerky 14fps in Call of Duty 4 and just 5.9fps in Crysis.

The Infinity 600's Core 2 Duo E8500 is an incredibly fast processor and won a Best Buy in last month's Labs. However, several other £500 PCs here managed better results. The Nvidia GeForce 9500GT graphics card has plenty of memory but can't handle the latest games at high resolutions.

As with any budget PC, sacrifices have been made to cut costs. Some of these, such as the relatively small 320GB hard disk, are easily addressed by buying a second disk. Others, such as the limited expansion potential of the MSI P31 Neo-F motherboard, are harder to fix. It supports a maximum of 4GB of RAM, which is already fitted. As 64-bit Windows Vista will support more, it would be nice to have the option to upgrade.

The 19in widescreen Hanns.G HG191A monitor has only a VGA port and lacks any form of digital input. We had no major complaints about its quality but it's not among the best here, thanks to slightly washed out pale tones and fiddly adjustment buttons.

The three-year warranty seems tempting, but the second two years cover labour costs only - not parts. The Gamer Infinity 600 isn't an ideal budget games PC. It proved fast in PCMark Vantage but fell behind other £500 systems in our game tests. If you have £500 to spend, opt for Eclipse's Matrix i74n96GS PC for gaming or Mesh's Nero 9850HD for its multimedia and upgrade potential.

Basic Specifications

Rating***
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo E8500
Processor external bus333MHz (1,333MHz quad-pumped FSB)
Processor multiplierx9.5
Processor clock speed3.16GHz
Processor socketLGA775
Level 1 cache2x 32KB
Level 2 cache6,144KB
Memory4.000000
Memory typePC2-6400
Maximum memory4GB
MotherboardMSI P31 Neo-F
Motherboard chipsetIntel P31
Power consumption standby4W
Power consumption idle96W
Power consumption active148W

Ports

USB2 ports (front/rear)2/4
Firewire ports (front/rear)0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear)0/0
Wired network ports10/100/1000
Wireless networking supportnone
Other portsnone

Internal Expansion

Casemidi tower
PCI-E x1 slots (free)1 (1)
PCI-E x16 slots (free)1 (0)
Free Serial ATA ports3
Free memory slots2
Free 3.5in drive bays5

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s)Hitachi HDP7250GLA360
InterfaceSATA/300
Total storage capacity320GB
Spindle speed7200rpm

Graphics

Graphics card(s)1GB Nvidia GeForce 9500GT
Graphics/video portsVGA, DVI

Sound

SoundRealtek High Definition Audio
Sound outputs7.1 line out
Speakersnone

Removable Drives

3.5in floppy driveno
Supported memory cardsnone
Optical drive modelHL-DT-ST GH22NP20
Optical drive type(s)DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Display

Viewable size19 in
Screen modelHanns.G HG191A
Native resolution1,440x900
Response time5ms
Screen inputsVGA, line in

Other Hardware

ModemNo
KeyboardLogitech Value Keyboard
MouseLogitech RX 250

Software

Software includednone
Operating systemWindows Vista Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore optionWindows disc

Buying Information

Warrantythree years RTB (three years labour, one year most parts)
Price£499
Detailswww.cyberpowersystem.co.uk

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