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CyberPower Infinity Hades review

Barry de la Rosa
19 May 2010
CyberPower Infinity Hades
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
778
inc VAT

The Infinity Hades' memory expansion is limited and it's missing some useful ports, but with decent performance, a Full HD monitor and a three-year warranty, it's a safe bet.

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Specifications

3.2GHz Intel Core i5-750, 4.000000 RAM, 22in 1,920x1,080 display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

CyberPower's Infinity Hades is strangely named, considering the blue surround on the case's front and the three case fans lit by blue LEDs. However in terms of performance, the Infinity Hades is most definitely red-hot, with an Intel Core i5-750 processor overclocked from 2.67GHz to 3.2GHz, and a blisteringly fast ATI Radeon HD 5770 graphics card. Those worried about the dangers of overclocking should note the three year warranty that CyberPower provides.

Those three fans, as well as a large Cooler Master CPU fan, ensure that the inside of the case is kept cool, and they are surprisingly quiet. CyberPower has lined the bottom of the case, and small parts of the side panels, with sound-dampening foam, but it's not really necessary, as even with the case open the sound is hardly distracting.

All the cabling inside the case is tidily bundled and routed, and there are plenty of free slots for disks and drives. There are also two free PCI slots, including a fast PCI-E x16 slot, but sadly there are only two memory slots, so to upgrade to the maximum 8GB of RAM you'd have to sacrifice the existing RAM. Expansion ports on the outside aren't much better: there are enough USB ports, but no eSATA or FireWire ports.

Multimedia is well catered for, with a full set of 7.1 surround sound outputs, and an optical S/PDIF audio output. The graphics card has HDMI, DVI and VGA ports, so we were a bit disappointed to find the monitor only supported a VGA input. It's an unusual display - instead of a stand, the bottom of the screen rests on what looks like a long carrying handle. To balance it, you fit a plastic phallus to the rear of the case, and adjust the tilt of the screen by screwing or unscrewing its rubber-tipped knob.

Despite the VGA connection, we found the display to be crisp, with vibrant colours. The backlight was a bit uneven and dull, but a slight red cast made images feel warmer. The Full HD 1,920x1,080 resolution is great for watching movies or playing games, and will let you tile application windows side-by-side.

A frame rate of 71.2fps in Call of Duty 4 is impressive, and even in Crysis the Infinity Hades managed a steady 36fps at our test resolution of 1,680x1,050. At its native 1,920x1,080 resolution it still got a playable 32fps. The Radeon 5770 is probably the best value gaming card on the market at the moment, and a great choice.

Most PCs ship with a poor keyboard and mouse, and are often the first things you'd upgrade. CyberPower has included a comfortable Logitech wireless set, which has the advantage of only using one USB port. The mouse has a prominent wheel with a light action and side-to-side scrolling, and the buttons were also light. Unlike budget mice, it has some weight to it which gives you a better feeling of control. The keyboard is similarly stylish, and although the keys don't have much bite, they have a firm base which provides reasonably good feedback for touch-typists.

Overall the Infinity Hades is a decent performer, and it's well-made. It's let down by the limited potential to add more memory and a lack of input ports, and although we liked the Full HD monitor, we'd have preferred one with a digital input. On a purely cosmetic note, it doesn't have the visual impact of Palicomp's Ice Blast 750OC-22 or Eclipse's Matrix I75R577 either. What is does have is a three year warranty, however, so if you want a powerful PC as well as peace of mind, the Infinity Hades is the best choice.

Basic Specifications

Rating****
ProcessorIntel Core i5-750
Processor external bus133MHz (2,400MHz QuickPath Interconnect)
Processor multiplierx24
Processor clock speed3.2GHz
Processor socketLGA1156
Level 1 cache4x 64KB
Level 2 cache4x 256KB
Memory4.000000
Memory typeDDR3
Maximum memory8GB
MotherboardGigabyte GA-H55M-S2H
Motherboard chipsetIntel H55

Ports

USB2 ports (front/rear)2/8
Firewire ports (front/rear)0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear)0/0
Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking supportnone
Other portsoptical S/PDIF output

Internal Expansion

Casemidi tower
PCI-E x1 slots (free)0 (0)
PCI-E x16 slots (free)2 (1)
Free Serial ATA ports4
Free memory slots0
Free 3.5in drive bays4

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s)Samsung SpinPoint F3 HD502HJ
InterfaceSATA 300
Total storage capacity500GB
Spindle speed7,200rpm

Graphics

Graphics card(s)1GB ATI Radeon HD 5770
Graphics/video portsHDMI, DVI, VGA

Sound

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

Removable Drives

3.5in floppy driveno
Supported memory cardsnone
Optical drive modelOptiarc AD-5240S
Optical drive type(s)DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Display

Viewable size22 in
Screen modelAOC F22s+
Native resolution1,920x1,080
Response time5ms
Screen inputsVGA

Other Hardware

ModemNo
KeyboardLogitech Deluxe 660 Cordless
MouseLogitech RX 650

Software

Software includednone
Operating systemWindows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore optionWindows disc

Buying Information

Warrantythree years RTB
Price£778
Detailswww.cyberpowersystem.co.uk

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