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CyberPower Infinity Hercules SE review

Kat Orphanides
4 Apr 2011
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
650
inc VAT

Although it performed well in our application performance tests, we were disappointed by this system's modest graphics card and analogue-only display.

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Specifications

3.1GHz Intel Core i5-2400, 4GB RAM, 22in 1,920x1,080 display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

It's hard to make a bad PC if you start with one of Intel's new 'Sandy Bridge' Core i5 processors, simply because of their sheer power. CyberPower has done just that, opting for a 3.1GHz Core i5-2400. Unlike the i5-2500K, it's not possible to massively overclock this processor, but it's already powerful enough to make mincemeat of just about any application you can think of.

CyberPower Infinity Hercules SE

In our intensive benchmark tests, the Infinity Hercules SE managed an overall score of 164: less than overclocked Sandy Bridge Core i5 processors, but extremely fast nonetheless. The rest of the specification is what we'd expect: 4GB of RAM and a 1TB hard disk. CyberPower has opted for an Asus P8H67-M LX microATX motherboard. It's not exactly brimming over with features or upgrade potential. There are just two memory slots, both of which are occupied by 2GB sticks. Both of the board's SATA3 ports are occupied by cables to the hard disk and DVD writer, but there are four spare SATA2 ports and plenty of empty drive bays for more disks. The motherboard has two PCI slots, but one is blocked by the graphics card. Unusually there's also a PCI-e x4 slot, which can take any x4 or x1 expansion card.

At the back of the PC, there are six USB ports, a PS/2 port, a Gigabit network port and little else. There are just three 3.5mm stereo audio outputs, which can be configured for analogue surround sound. If you want to use a mic as well, you'll need to plug it in to the front connector. The front panel also has a headphone output and two more USB ports.

CyberPower Infinity Hercules SE rear ports

For graphics, CyberPower has installed a 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 430 graphics card. It'll just about do the job for older 3D games, as indicated by 28fps in Call of Duty 4, but our more demanding Crysis test chugged along at just 14fps and Stalker at 13fps. The LG Flatron E2240 monitor also has a distinct limitation in that it lacks a digital video input - you're stuck with an analogue VGA connection. That said, it's still a 22in widescreen display with a resolution of 1,920x1,080. Its image quality is great, too, with even backlighting, a non-reflective matt screen and warm, vibrant colours. The keyboard and mouse are a basic, but decent Logitech set.

Although the Infinity Hercules SE is a great PC that we wouldn't be sorry to own, there are others which are better value for your money. For example, the better-balanced combination of 3D gaming performance and processor power from the Chillblast Fusion Aurora, make it a better choice for most people.

Basic Specifications

Rating***
ProcessorIntel Core i5-2400
Processor external bus100MHz (Sandy Bridge DMI)
Processor multiplierx31
Processor clock speed3.1GHz
Processor socketLGA1155
Memory4
Memory typePC3-10700
Maximum memory16GB
MotherboardAsus P8H67-M LX
Motherboard chipsetIntel H67 Express

Ports

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

Internal Expansion

Casemidi tower
PCI-E x1 slots (free)0 (0)
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)Samsung HD103SJ
InterfaceSATA II
Total storage capacity1,000GB

Graphics

Graphics card(s)1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 430
Graphics/video portsHDMI, DVI, VGA

Sound

SoundRealtek ALC887
Sound outputs5.1 line out, stereo line out, mic in
Speakersnone

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 K120
MouseLogitech B110

Software

Software includedMicrosoft Office Starter
Operating systemWindows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore optionWindows disc

Buying Information

Warrantythree years RTB (three years labour, one year most parts)
Price£650
Detailswww.cyberpowersystem.co.uk

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