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CyberPower Gamer Infinity Yin review

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

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Specifications

2.6GHz AMD Phenom II X3 710, 4.000000 RAM, 19in 1,440x900 display, Windows Vista Home Basic 64-bit

CyberPower's Gamer Infinity Yin uses the new AMD Phenom II X3 710 processor plus an ATI Radeon HD 4830 graphics card, our current Best Buy card.

You might be surprised to learn that an X3 710 is simply an X4 920 in which one of the four cores had a manufacturing defect. By simply disabling the faulty core, AMD can sell a fast triple-core processor at a bargain price.

Putting to one side the benchmark issues relating to Windows Vista Home Basic, the Yin manages to outperform all but one of the £650 PCs in our last group test. This continues to demonstrate that AMD has the advantage over Intel when it comes to budget desktop PCs. In our 3D games benchmarks, the Yin's score of 23.1fps in our Crysis test is remarkable for a computer at this price.

The Yin has a great selection of ports, with eSATA, FireWire and an optical S/PDIF output. There are also eight USB ports in total. Internal expansion is limited to one accessible PCI slot and one PCI-E x1 slot. CyberPower has used the 64-bit version of Vista in both this and the Yang, so the 4GB of RAM fitted can be fully utilised. It's also possible to add another 4GB of RAM if required.

The Yin's CoolerMaster case looks smart, and there's plenty of room inside for extra disks and optical drives. There's a red fluorescent strip light at the bottom of the case, and the fans have small red LEDs in each corner. Although this strikes us as slightly garish, we know that some people like the extra character it brings to an otherwise bland PC. The keyboard and mouse are basic, but perfectly usable. There are no speakers supplied with this PC, so we recommend Logitech's X-230s.

Our Best Buy-winning £500 Mesh Nero 9850HD doesn't have a dedicated graphics card for gaming, but it trumps the Yin by virtue of its 22in Iiyama monitor. It may not be as large, but it's worth noting that the Yin's Hanton H-341WDB 19in monitor has excellent image quality and won our Budget Buy award.

As a gaming PC, the Yin is great value for money, and so deserves it own Budget Buy award. However, if you don't intend to play games, then Mesh's Nero 9850HD is a better choice for day-to-day computing, and you'll save yourself £50 as well.

Basic Specifications

Rating*****
ProcessorAMD Phenom II X3 710
Processor external bus230MHz (2,300MHz HyperTransport)
Processor multiplierx13
Processor clock speed2.6GHz
Processor socketAM2+
Level 1 cache192KB
Level 2 cache1,536KB
Memory4.000000
Memory typeDDR2
Maximum memory8GB
MotherboardAsus M3A78-EM
Motherboard chipsetAMD 780G
Power consumption standby4W
Power consumption idle150W
Power consumption active196W

Ports

USB2 ports (front/rear)2/6
Firewire ports (front/rear)0/1
eSATA ports (front/rear)0/1
Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking supportnone
Other portseSATA (shared with USB socket), optical S/PDIF output

Internal Expansion

Casemidi tower
PCI-E x1 slots (free)1 (1)
PCI-E x16 slots (free)1 (0)
Free Serial ATA ports4
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)ATI Radeon HD 4830
Graphics/video ports3x DVI, S-video, VGA, HDMI, DisplayPort

Sound

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

Removable Drives

3.5in floppy driveno
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

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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