CyberPower Infinity White Knight review

A fast, well-built PC in an excellent chassis, but it’s spoiled by very poor peripherals and a price that’s a touch high for what’s on offer

Mike Jennings
11 Jan 2011
4
Price when reviewed 
1,698

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The CyberPower Infinity White Knight is one of the most striking PCs you’ll see, even by the Newcastle-based firm’s extravagant standards. With the NZXT Phantom chassis taking centre stage and the peripherals matching its bright white finish, it’s a system capable of standing out whatever the surroundings.

The White Knight is about more than just looks, though. At the top of the case is a bank of fan controls that alter the speed of the front and rear case fans as well as the trio – which includes one 200mm model – on the meshed side panel.

Remove that - and the fact that the white interior is matched by white water-cooling tubes - and the combination of motherboard tray and CyberPower’s fastidious attention to detail means it’s neat, even without a modular PSU.

The water-cooling isn’t the kind of third-party unit characterised by low prices and high noise. Instead, CyberPower has put together its own loop consisting of a roof-mounted 360mm radiator, a reservoir that occupies two 5.25in bays, and pipes heading to and from the processor and graphics card.

CyberPower Infinity White Knight

The neat build and military-styled Asus Sabertooth X58 motherboard combine to provide plenty of upgrade room. The spare PCI Express x16 slot is capable of running at its full speed even with the top slot occupied by the graphics card, and there are two PCI Express x1 sockets and one PCI slot empty. Three DIMM sockets cater for up to 24GB of 1,866MHz DDR3 memory, and there are two free SATA/300 ports.

The three spare hard disk cages are slightly plasticky but offer tool-free expansion. The empty 5.25in bay is blocked by the cooling system’s radiator, however, although with a Blu-ray reader and DVD writer already installed, you’re unlikely to want to upgrade anytime soon.

If it all looks high-end, the Phantom copes admirably with the resulting heat. We dialled the five fan controllers to their minimum levels and the quiet hum barely increased in our stress tests - helped, in part, by the sound-absorbing foam that coats the Phantom’s interior. Peak temperatures of 74°C from the processor and just 47°C from the graphics card are impressive, almost on a par with the cool and quiet operation of the A-Listed Chillblast Fusion Dimension.

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Warranty

Warranty1 yr return to base

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity1,064GB
RAM capacity6.00GB
Screen size24.0in

Processor

CPU familyIntel Core i7
CPU nominal frequency3.07GHz
CPU overclocked frequency3.80GHz
Processor socketLGA 1366
HSF (heatsink-fan)XSPC water cooling

Motherboard

MotherboardAsus Sabertooth X58
Motherboard chipsetIntel X58
Conventional PCI slots free1
Conventional PCI slots total2
PCI-E x16 slots free1
PCI-E x16 slots total2
PCI-E x8 slots free0
PCI-E x8 slots total0
PCI-E x4 slots free0
PCI-E x4 slots total0
PCI-E x1 slots free2
PCI-E x1 slots total2
Internal SATA connectors4
Internal SAS connectors1
Internal PATA connectors1
Internal floppy connectors0
Wired adapter speed1,000Mbits/sec

Memory

Memory typeDDR3
Memory sockets free3
Memory sockets total6

Graphics card

Graphics cardEVGA GeForce GTX 480 Hydro Copper FTW
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards?no
3D performance settingLow
Graphics chipsetNvidia GeForce GTX 480
Graphics card RAM1.50GB
DVI-I outputs2
HDMI outputs1
VGA (D-SUB) outputs0
DisplayPort outputs0
Number of graphics cards1

Hard disk

Hard diskSamsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ
Capacity1.00TB
Hard disk usable capacity931GB
Internal disk interfaceSATA/300
Spindle speed7,200RPM
Cache size32MB
Hard disk 2 make and modelCrucial RealSSD C300 64GB
Hard disk 2 nominal capacity64GB
Hard disk 2 formatted capacityN/A
Hard disk 2 spindle speedN/A
Hard disk 2 cache sizeN/A
Hard disk 3 make and modelN/A
Hard disk 3 nominal capacityN/A
Hard disk 4 make and modelN/A
Hard disk 4 nominal capacityN/A

Drives

Optical disc technologyBlu-ray reader
Optical disk 2 make and modelDVD writer
Optical disk 3 make and modelN/A

Monitor

Monitor make and modelBenQ V2400 Eco
Resolution screen horizontal1,920
Resolution screen vertical1,080
Resolution1920 x 1080
Pixel response time5ms
Contrast ratio1,000:1
Screen brightness250cd/m2
DVI inputs0
HDMI inputs1
VGA inputs1
DisplayPort inputs0

Additional Peripherals

SpeakersN/A
Speaker typeN/A
Sound cardRealtek HD Audio

Case

ChassisNZXT Phantom
Case formatFull tower
Dimensions222 x 623 x 540mm (WDH)

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays0

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream)8
FireWire ports1
eSATA ports3
PS/2 mouse portyes
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports1
Modemno
3.5mm audio jacks6

Front ports

Front panel USB ports2
Front panel eSATA ports1
Front panel memory card readerno

Mouse & Keyboard

Mouse and keyboardTrust wired keyboard, Logitech wired mouse

Operating system and software

OS familyWindows 7

Noise and power

Idle power consumption198W
Peak power consumption680W

Performance tests

Overall application benchmark score2.70
Office application benchmark score2.36
2D graphics application benchmark score2.89
Encoding application benchmark score2.23
Multitasking application benchmark score3.34
3D performance (crysis) low settings153fps
3D performance settingLow

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