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CyberPower Infinity Apollo XT review

Barry de la Rosa
9 Feb 2011
CyberPower Infinity Apollo XT
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
350
inc VAT

A well-built PC with a fast Core i3 processor, a large hard disk, and plenty of USB ports, but it lacks USB 3.0 and it isn't as good value with a monitor.

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Specifications

3.7GHz Intel Core i3-540, 2GB RAM, 22in 1,920x1,080 display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

CyberPower's Infinity Apollo has an Intel Core i3-540, plus 2GB of RAM and a 500GB hard disk. This is already a quick processor, but CyberPower has overclocked it from its stock 3GHz to 3.7GHz, making it one of the fastest PCs you can buy for £350, despite the fact that is has half the memory of some rivals. Adding more RAM in the future will be a doddle, as you can plug in a second 2GB module into the spare slot.

CyberPower stuffs the PC with bubble wrap to keep everything in place during transit, and inside we found all the cables neatly bundled and tucked away behind the motherboard and drive bays. This looks great, and is only a hassle when you come to upgrade components and need to un-bundle some of the wires to find a spare power connector.

CyberPower Infinity Apollo XT

The CoolerMaster Elite 310 case has plenty of space for upgrades, with numerous spare drive bays and SATA ports. There's a spare PCI-E x16 slot for a dedicated graphics card, two free PCI slots and a single PCI-E x1 slot. You may have to upgrade the 450W power supply if you plan on adding a powerful graphics card, however.

Externally, the Apollo has eight USB ports, in addition to the two mounted on the front. While this is commendable, we would have liked to have seen some faster USB3 or eSATA ports as well. The bundled keyboard and mouse set is from Logitech. The keyboard is a bit spongy and the keys feel slightly wobbly; the mouse, despite being fairly light, has a comfortable shape and a chunky scroll wheel that supports side-to-side scrolling. Although the Apollo has two PS/2 ports, only the keyboard has a PS/2 connector so you'll have to use up a USB port for the mouse.

CyberPower provides a three-year warranty with the Apollo, but only the first year covers replacement parts so it's comparable to a the standard one-year, return-to-base warranty.

For an extra £149, you can add a 22in LG E2240 monitor to the bundle. We were impressed by its bright, even LED backlight and vibrant colours. By default, it's set to quite a warm colour temperature, but it also has three gamma settings and a user colour setting that gives you more control over colour balance. It only has a VGA input however, so you won't be able to connect a Blu-ray player or other device that requires an HDCP-protected link. For PC use, this isn't a problem as the Infinity only has a VGA output.

The Apollo packs a surprising amount in considering the price, but as a bundle including the monitor, it isn't quite as good value as other PCs we've seen for around £500. While it's fast and has plenty of room for expansion, it lacks some of the latest standards such as USB3. The OP3 Mars is £40 cheaper and, although it has a 500GB hard disk and 2GB of RAM, its warranty is much longer, which makes it a cracking deal.

Basic Specifications

Rating***
ProcessorIntel Core i3-540
Processor external bus160MHz (3.5GHz QPI)
Processor multiplierx23
Processor clock speed3.7GHz
Processor socketLGA1156
Memory2
Memory typeDDR3
Maximum memory8GB
MotherboardGigabyte H55M-S2
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 supportN/A

Internal Expansion

Casetower
PCI-E x1 slots (free)1 (1)
PCI-E x16 slots (free)1 (1)
Free Serial ATA ports4
Free memory slots1
Free 3.5in drive bays4

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s)Samsung SpinPoint F3 (HD502HJ)
InterfaceSATA II
Total storage capacity500GB

Graphics

Graphics card(s)Intel GMA HD
Graphics/video portsVGA

Sound

SoundRealtek HD Audio
Sound outputs5.1 line out
SpeakersN/A

Removable Drives

Supported memory cardsnone
Optical drive type(s)DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Display

Viewable size22 in
Screen modelLG Flatron E2240
Native resolution1,920x1,080
Screen inputsVGA

Other Hardware

KeyboardLogitech Deluxe 250 Keyboard
MouseLogitech B110

Software

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

Buying Information

Warrantyone year RTB (plus two years labour only)
Price£350
Detailswww.cyberpowersystem.co.uk

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