Cyberpower Gamer Infinity Aquarius review

£999
Price when reviewed

The chassis, a Cooler Master 310, continues the blue theme: cathode tubes along the base and side give every component an ethereal glow, and the front of the system is bordered by a distinctive cobalt-coloured surround.

The water-cooling tubes and cables mean it’s necessarily a busy interior, but Cyberpower has done a commendable job of keeping everything bunched together, with some cables hidden behind the Biostar P45 motherboard and others tidied out of sight. There’s a reasonable amount of upgrade potential, too, with a pair of DIMM slots, a PCI-Express 16x socket and four 3.5in bays catering for extra components where necessary.

The water cooling may not be particularly effective, but that quad-core processor still provides a strong balance of power and value. The Q8400 has a core clock speed of 2.66GHz and scythed through our 2D benchmarks to return a score of 1.92. That’s not quite up there with the newer Phenom II X4s and Core i7s: Yoyotech’s Water Dragon 3.6, for instance, scored 2.08, and Chillblast’s Fusion Stinger managed a hefty 2.33 with its overclocked Core i7-920.

The Aquarius is a bold design, but its very selling point is what most disappoints
The graphics card isn’t water cooled but it’s an A-Listed ATI Radeon HD 4890, so it still delivers fantastic performance. A playable frame rate of 31fps in our 1,600 x 1,200, very high Crysis benchmark is decent enough, and it managed a frame faster in the same test at the monitor’s native resolution of 1,680 x 1,050. This is marginally quicker than the Yoyotech system, which scored 29fps in the very-high quality test, and far quicker than the Chillblast.

The rest of the specification is generous: the 1TB hard disk and Blu-ray reader should endear the Cyberpower to media fans, and the included 4GB of DDR2 RAM makes light work of intensive applications and multi-tasking.

Cyberpower’s choice of peripherals, though, does little to excite. The 22in DGM monitor comes with a native resolution of 1,680 x 1,050 but also displays notable backlight bleeding and a slight blue hue to lighter tones. The Logitech S220 speakers are an adequate 2.1 set. The Yoyotech and Chillblast systems didn’t come with any peripherals, but adding them wouldn’t push the cost far beyond the £869 that Cyberpower is asking for this system.

Its rivals also excel in other areas: those looking for water cooling would be better served by the Yoyotech, which kept its AMD processor 50% cooler than the Cyberpower, and those hungry for raw power would be better served by the Chillblast.

With its blue-tinged water-cooling and Core 2 Quad processor, there’s no doubt that the Gamer Infinity Aquarius is a bold design, but its very selling point is what most disappoints. The mediocre monitor adds little to a package that, with its solid performance, should be far more attractive than it is.

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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