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CyberPower Gamer Infinity 850 review

Alan Lu
18 Mar 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
649
inc VAT and delivery

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Specifications

3.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E8500, 4.000000 RAM, 22in 1,680x1,050 display, Windows Vista Home Premium

CyberPower's Gamer Infinity 850 is one of two PCs in our £650 category with a dual-core rather than a quad-core processor.

However, with 4GB of RAM and a Core 2 Duo E8500 it still performed well in our benchmarks. This is due mainly to the fact that each core runs at a blistering 3.16GHz, which helped the PC to keep pace in applications that don't use all four cores of a quad-core processor. The Infinity 850 fell behind only in our TV & Movies video encoding test, which uses all processor cores.

There's plenty of power to play games, with a smooth 31fps in our Call of Duty 4 test. However, its score of 15.3fps in our Crysis test is slow compared with the 23fps from Eclipse's £650 PC. The Infinity 850's Radeon HD 4670 graphics card has plenty of outputs. It has HDMI and DisplayPort, alongside the usual VGA and DVI, but you can still only use two monitors simultaneously.

We were disappointed with the 22in Hanns.G widescreen display's image quality. It's bright, but large areas of white have a beige tint and small text looks fuzzy. Viewing angles are also quite tight, so colour accuracy suffers unless you sit directly in front of it.

The Infinity 850 is distractingly noisy too, although it's still quieter than the company's ridiculously loud Gamer Infinity GT in the £800 category. You won't be able to fit more RAM than the 4GB it comes with, but otherwise there are plenty of internal expansion options. There are six 3?in drive bays for adding more hard disks and three spare 5?in bays for extra optical drives, which should be more than enough for most people. There are also three PCI slots for internal peripherals such as TV tuners and WiFi adaptors - only Eclipse's Andromeda has more slots.

Compared with the competition, CyberPower's Gamer Infinity 850 is a disappointment. Its performance is below par, as is the monitor - even though it's larger than most. Factor in the irritating fan noise, and this is not a PC we can recommend.

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 standby5W
Power consumption idle98W
Power consumption active177W

Ports

USB2 ports (front/rear)2/4
Firewire ports (front/rear)0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear)0/0
Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
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 bays6

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s)Hitachi DeskStar P7K500 HDP725050GLA360
InterfaceSATA 300
Total storage capacity500GB
Spindle speed7,200rpm

Graphics

Graphics card(s)512MB ATI Radeon HD 4670
Graphics/video portsVGA, DVI, DisplayPort, HDMI

Sound

SoundRealtek ALC888
Sound outputs7.1 line out
Speakersnone

Removable Drives

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

Display

Viewable size22 in
Screen modelHanns.G HG221A
Native resolution1,680x1,050
Response time5ms
Screen inputsVGA

Other Hardware

ModemNo
KeyboardLogitech Deluxe Keyboard
MouseLogitech M-SBF90

Software

Software includednone
Operating systemWindows Vista Home Premium
Operating system restore optionWindows disc

Buying Information

Warrantythree years RTB (three years labour, one year most parts)
Price£649
Detailswww.cyberpowersystem.co.uk

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