CyberPower Infinity i3 Apollo XT review

Barry de la Rosa
29 Jul 2010
CyberPower Infinity i3 Apollo XT
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The Intel Core i3 530 processor makes this PC faster than others that cost almost £200 more, but we recommend buying the base system only



3.5GHz Intel Core i3-530, 2GB RAM, 22in 1,920x1,080 display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

The Infinity i3 Apollo XT is based on Intel's Core i3 530 processor and even with only 2GB of RAM, the Infinity i3 Apollo XT was very quick compared to its competitors at this price point, with an overall score of 120. It also comes with a Full HD 22in monitor and has plenty of room for expansion, both inside and out.

As we've come to expect from CyberPower, the Infinity i3 Apollo XT's case is padded with rubber foam and despite four fans the PC produces a hum that's barely audible. The four fans are well placed to provide cooling for the overclocked processor, directing air from front to rear. There's plenty of room inside the case, as CyberPower has opted to use the Core i3's built-in graphics chip, which leaves the PCI-E x16 slot free for a dedicated graphics card.

There's also room for extra RAM, hard disks and expansion cards. Externally, there are eight USB ports but no FireWire or eSATA ports. Audio is well catered for, with a set of 7.1 outputs. The Logitech keyboard and mouse use PS/2 ports, but are budget models that you may want to upgrade; the keyboard has a very light, spongy action and the mouse is a simple two-button unit which we found too lightweight.

CyberPower Infinity i3 Apollo XT

Intel's Core i3 530 may be only a dual-core processor, but it supports Hyper-Threading which doubles the number of effective cores. It doesn't support Turbo Boost like the more expensive Core models, but with a modest overclock by CyberPower it managed a score of 145 in the single-threaded image-editing test, and 112 in the multi-tasking test - all with only 2GB of RAM.

The built-in graphics chip isn't powerful enough for gaming, but it can handle HD content. Plus, applications that support GPU acceleration will get a small boost. With a free PCI-E x16 slot, however, you will be able to add a dedicated graphics card in future. This makes the Infinity i3 Apollo XT ideal for gamers who may already have a decent graphics card but are looking to upgrade their base system.

AOC's F22s+ monitor may look impressive with its unusual design, but its image quality wasn't as good as other 22in monitors. Colours are muted, partly due to the matt finish on the screen that reduces reflections, and partly due to the backlight, which is uneven and not as bright as the best. Still, it has a Full HD resolution and gives you plenty of desktop space.

The Infinity i3 Apollo XT is more powerful than other PCs that cost almost £200 more, and the free PCI-E x16 slot makes it easy to install a graphics card. If you buy the base system for £418 you can put the money you save towards a decent monitor, making this an excellent deal, and earning it our Budget Buy award.

Basic Specifications

ProcessorIntel Core i3-530
Processor external bus159.6MHz
Processor multiplierx22
Processor clock speed3.5GHz
Processor socketLGA1156
Level 1 cache2x 64KB
Level 2 cache2x 256KB
Memory typeDDR3
Maximum memory16GB
MotherboardMSI H55M-E33
Motherboard chipsetIntel H55


USB2 ports (front/rear)2/6
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)2 (2)
PCI-E x16 slots (free)1 (1)
Free Serial ATA ports4
Free memory slots2
Free 3.5in drive bays6

Hard Disk

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


Graphics card(s)Intel GMA HD
Graphics/video portsVGA, DVI, HDMI


SoundRealtek HD Audio
Sound outputs7.1 line out

Removable Drives

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


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

Other Hardware

KeyboardLogitech Deluxe 250 Keyboard
MouseLogitech M-SBF96


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

Buying Information

Warrantythree years RTB (three years labour, one year most parts)

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