Cyberpower Gamer Infinity Aquarius review

£999
Price when reviewed

Before Intel’s Core i7 chips crashed the performance party towards the end of 2008, the Core 2 Quad was the CPU of choice for enthusiasts, offering a potent base level of power and copious overclocking ability. Cyberpower’s latest machine blends this chip with some cutting-edge water cooling.

The processor in question is the Core 2 Quad Q8400, with a custom water-cooling kit developed for Cyberpower by Durham-based specialists XSPC. It’s a simple setup that consists of a reservoir, radiator and CPU block, and helps define the look of the system – the reservoir occupies the top 5.25in bay and the various tubes are filled with blue cooling liquid.

CyberPower Aquarius internals

It may look snazzy, but the XSPC wasn’t particularly efficient when it came to cooling the CPU. Its idle temperature of around 28 degrees was fine but, when we stress-tested the system using Orthos, the cooling system failed to impress. Within minutes, the four processing cores were running at around 70 degrees.

While these temperatures are certainly safe and won’t see the system overheating, it’s no cooler than the processor would be when partnered with a capable air-cooled HSF, such as a Noctua NH-U12P or Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro.

Unfortunately, this mediocre performance negates the need for a water-cooled system in the first place, increasing the price of the system with little benefit – and potentially risking the rig’s safety should the water-cooling system fail. And if you think the noise reduction outweighs the downsides, think again: there are still numerous fans in the case and attached to the water-cooling system, so it’s not a quiet PC.

Warranty

Warranty 1 yr return to base

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity 1,000
RAM capacity 4.00GB
Screen size 22.0in

Processor

CPU family Intel Core 2 Quad
CPU nominal frequency 2.66GHz
Processor socket LGA 775
HSF (heatsink-fan) N/A

Motherboard

Motherboard Biostar P45
Motherboard chipset Intel P45
Conventional PCI slots free 2
Conventional PCI slots total 2
PCI-E x16 slots free 1
PCI-E x16 slots total 2
PCI-E x8 slots free 0
PCI-E x8 slots total 0
PCI-E x4 slots free 0
PCI-E x4 slots total 0
PCI-E x1 slots free 2
PCI-E x1 slots total 2
Internal SATA connectors 4
Wired adapter speed 1,000Mbits/sec

Memory

Memory type DDR2
Memory sockets free 2
Memory sockets total 4

Graphics card

Graphics card ATI Radeon HD 4890
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards? no
3D performance setting High
Graphics chipset ATI Radeon HD 4890
Graphics card RAM 1.00GB
DVI-I outputs 2
HDMI outputs 0
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 0
DisplayPort outputs 0
Number of graphics cards 1

Hard disk

Hard disk Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.B
Capacity 1.00TB
Hard disk usable capacity 931GB
Internal disk interface SATA/300
Spindle speed 7,200RPM
Cache size 16MB
Hard disk 2 make and model N/A
Hard disk 2 nominal capacity N/A
Hard disk 2 formatted capacity N/A
Hard disk 2 spindle speed N/A
Hard disk 2 cache size N/A
Hard disk 3 make and model N/A
Hard disk 3 nominal capacity N/A
Hard disk 4 make and model N/A
Hard disk 4 nominal capacity N/A

Drives

Optical drive Lite-On DH-401S
Optical disc technology Blu-ray reader
Optical disk 2 make and model Lite-On IHAP122 9
Optical disk 3 make and model N/A

Monitor

Monitor make and model DGM L-2242WD
Resolution screen horizontal 1,680
Resolution screen vertical 1,050
Resolution 1680 x 1050
Pixel response time 5ms
Contrast ratio 1,000:1
Screen brightness 300cd/m2
DVI inputs 1
HDMI inputs 0
VGA inputs 1
DisplayPort inputs 0

Additional Peripherals

Speakers N/A
Speaker type N/A
Sound card Realtek ALC662

Case

Chassis Cooler Master Elite 310
Case format Full tower
Dimensions 191 x 479 x 437mm (WDH)

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays 1

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream) 8
PS/2 mouse port yes
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports 0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports 0
Modem no
3.5mm audio jacks 8

Front ports

Front panel USB ports 2
Front panel memory card reader no

Mouse & Keyboard

Mouse and keyboard Logitech Deluxe 660 Cordless

Operating system and software

OS family Windows Vista

Noise and power

Idle power consumption 180W
Peak power consumption 355W

Performance tests

Overall application benchmark score 1.92
Office application benchmark score 1.45
2D graphics application benchmark score 2.27
Encoding application benchmark score 1.62
Multitasking application benchmark score 2.34
3D performance (crysis) low settings 50fps
3D performance setting High

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