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CyberPower Gamer Infinity Yang review

Barry de la Rosa
21 May 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
549
inc VAT and delivery

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Specifications

2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200, 4.000000 RAM, 19in 1,440x900 display, Windows Vista Home Basic 64-bit

This month we took delivery of two new CyberPower Gamer Infinity PCs: Yin and Yang.

Both cost £549 and are supplied with the same peripherals. While the Yin has an AMD Phenom II processor and an ATI Radeon graphics card, the Yang uses an Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 processor and an Nvidia Geforce 9600 GT card.

The Yang's MSI P31 Neo V2 motherboard has the maximum 4GB of RAM installed, so there's no room for future upgrades. It has three empty PCI slots and a PCI-E x1 slot, although the latter is closer to the graphics card's fan than we'd like. The Yin has only a single accessible PCI slot but a freely available PCI-E x1 slot.

The Yang's selection of ports isn't that impressive, with no eSATA or FireWire. Bizarrely, it includes both parallel and serial ports. We don't know anyone who still uses these ports; a digital audio out would have been far more useful. The graphics card has one VGA and one DVI output. The latter will connect to the supplied Hanton H-341WDB 19in monitor. It's our favourite budget model, and won a Budget Buy award in our last monitors group test.

CyberPower has installed Vista Home Basic on the 500GB hard disks used in both PCs. This lacks the full feature set of Vista Home Premium. Because these PCs lack Microsoft's MPEG2 codec, the TV & Movies element of PCMark Vantage suffers badly. This is why both PCs scored well below average compared to the Home Premium models in our recent group test. In real terms, however, the lack of the codec won't affect day-to-day performance.

CyberPower has used a 2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200, which costs around £40 more than the triple-core AMD Phenom II X3 710 in the Yin. Despite this, the two PCs had roughly equivalent overall scores in PCMark Vantage.

To make up for the disparity in processor prices, the Yang's Nvidia GeForce 9600 GT is cheaper than the Yin's ATI Radeon HD 4830. In Call of Duty 4 it scored respectably for a PC at this price, but the Yin is better suited for gaming.

In Chinese philosophy, Yin and Yang are meant to be complementary opposites. However, the Gamer Infinity Yang complements the Yin only by highlighting the latter's remarkable value. We don't see any reason why you'd want to buy this PC instead of the CyberPower Gamer Infinity Yin.

Basic Specifications

Rating***
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Quad Q8200
Processor external bus333MHz (1,333MHz quad-pumped FSB)
Processor multiplierx6
Processor clock speed2.33GHz
Processor socketLGA775
Level 1 cache128KB
Level 2 cache4,096KB
Memory4.000000
Memory typeDDR2
Maximum memory8GB
MotherboardMSI P31 Neo V2
Motherboard chipsetIntel P31 + ICH7
Power consumption standby5W
Power consumption idle108W
Power consumption active160W

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 HDP725050GLA360
InterfaceSATA 300
Total storage capacity500GB
Spindle speed7200rpm

Graphics

Graphics card(s)512MB Nvidia GeForce 9600 GT
Graphics/video portsVGA, DVI, S-video

Sound

SoundRealtek High Definition Audio
Sound outputs7.1 line out, stereo line out, 2x mic in, line in
Speakersnone

Removable Drives

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

Display

Viewable size19 in
Screen modelHanton H-341WDB
Native resolution1,440x900
Response time5ms
Screen inputsDVI, VGA, line in

Other Hardware

ModemNo
KeyboardLogitech Deluxe Keyboard Y-SU61
MouseLogitech M-UAE96

Software

Software includednone
Operating systemWindows Vista Home Basic 64-bit
Operating system restore optionrestore disc

Buying Information

Warrantythree years RTB
Price£549
Detailswww.cyberpowersystem.co.uk

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