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PC Specialist Infinity A10 review

Kat Orphanides
25 Apr 2013
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
449
inc VAT

A powerful PC capable of playing games and the monitor is excellent, but we'd have liked USB3

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Specifications

3.8GHz AMD A10-5800K, 8GB RAM, 21.5in 1,920x1,080 display, Windows 8

For its Infinity A10, PC Specialist has created a well-balanced PC that excels in pretty much every task you can throw at it.

When building on a budget, the choice of processor is incredibly important, so we were pleased to see an AMD A10-5800K CPU and Asus F2A55-M LE motherboard. It's a great combination of high quality components.

PC Specialist Infinity A10

Combined with the 8GB of RAM, this PC managed an overall score of 65 in our benchmarks. Generally speaking, PCs with Intel processors at this price will do better, but this PC is still capable of running any task.

The real Ace in its sleeve is that the A10-5800K processor also has excellent integrated graphics. In our Dirt Showdown laptop test, run at a resolution of 1,280x720, the Infinity A10 managed 48fps. It couldn't manage the same test at a resolution of 1,920x1,080 until we dropped the detail settings: going to medium quality gave us a frame rate of 36.8fps. Anyway you cut it, this processor's capable of playing games.

Should you want more performance, you may want to upgrade to a decent dedicated graphics card at some point. There's plenty of scope to do so, as the motherboard has two PCI-E x16 slots, one of which actually runs at x4. This means you can run CrossfireX with two graphics cards or one graphics card and the CPU's onboard graphics.

PC Specialist Infinity A10

For other expansion, there's a PCI slot and a PCI-E x1 slot. The x1 slot will be blocked by the fans of most graphics cards. There are only two memory slots, each occupied by a 4GB module for a total 8GB of RAM, which is plenty for most users.

A single 1TB 3.5in drive is screwed vertically into position at the front of the case, while the externally facing 3.5in bay is occupied by a memory card reader. This means that there's no standard drive cage, so you've got less expansion space, but there's enough room inside the case to fit a large graphics card, such as an AMD Radeon HD 7950. Above the heard dis are two 5.25in bays, one of which is occupied by a DVD-RW drive.

The hard disk and disc drive take up two of the motherboard's six SATA3 ports, while the memory card reader is connected to two of the motherboard's three USB headers. The card reader can handle a variety of common formats including SDXC, MicroSD and Memory Stick. It also has a USB port, bringing the total number on the front panel to three. The case very basic, but this quiet system doesn't need much sound proofing and all the internal edges are well finished. There's only a 350W power supply, though, so if you have any particularly ambitious upgrades planned, you may want to invest in a more powerful one.

PC Specialist Infinity A10

At the back of the case are six USB ports, but it's disappointing that there are no USB3 ports. You also get a PS/2 port and a Gigabit Ethernet port. There are HDMI, DVI and VGA outputs for the on-chip graphics, which supports up to three displays at once. There's both an optical S/PDIF output for digital audio and three 3.5 analogue audio outputs capable of up to 5.1 surround sound. There are also 3.5mm headphone and mic ports the front of the PC.

The system comes with a Logitech K200 keyboard and B110 mouse. Both of these are comfortable and accurate to use. The monitor is an AOC e2250Swda. It's a matt 21.5in display with even backlighting and excellent contrast. It has DVI and VGA inputs.

Combining one of our favourite budget monitors with a great Trinity processor, all at a low price, the Infinity A10 is a perfect Budget Buy, but the lack USB3 ports is disappointing. If you can stretch a bit further, the Wired2Fire Velocity VX is a better all-round PC.

Basic Specifications

Rating*****
ProcessorAMD A10-5800K
Processor external bus100MHz (HyperTransport)
Processor multiplierx38
Processor clock speed3.8GHz
Processor socketFM2
Memory8
Memory typePC3-10600
Maximum memory16GB
MotherboardAsus F2A55-M LE
Motherboard chipsetAMD A55 FCH

Ports

USB2 ports (front/rear)3/6
eSATA ports (front/rear)0/0
Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking supportnone

Internal Expansion

Casemidi tower
PCI-E x1 slots (free)1 (1)
PCI-E x16 slots (free)2 (2)
Free Serial ATA ports4
Free memory slots0
Free 3.5in drive bays0

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s)Toshiba DT01ACA100
InterfaceSATA3

Graphics

Graphics card(s)AMD Radeon HD 7660D
Graphics/video portsHDMI, DVI, VGA

Sound

SoundRealtek ALC887
Sound outputs5.1 line out, optical S/PDIF out, line out, mic in
Speakersnone

Removable Drives

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

Display

Viewable size21.5 in
Screen modelAOC e2250Swnd
Native resolution1,920x1,080
Screen inputsVGA, DVI

Other Hardware

KeyboardLogitech K200
MouseLogitech B110

Software

Operating systemWindows 8
Operating system restore optionWindows disc

Buying Information

Warrantythree years RTB (one year parts, three years labour)
Price£449
Detailswww.pcspecialist.co.uk

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