CyberPower Infinity Fusion GT review

£1448
Price when reviewed

Most high-end PCs follow the same tried-and-trusted configuration, with Windows booting from an SSD and a standard hard disk being used for storage, but the CyberPower Infinity Fusion GT deviates from the norm. It has two SSDs, and they’ve been used to create the fastest RAID array we’ve ever seen in a consumer PC.

The CyberPower’s two 128GB Plextor M5S drives are configured in a RAID0 array, and its AS SSD benchmark results were staggering: a sequential read result of 961MB/sec was followed by a sequential write score of 404MB/sec. That’s much faster than the A-Listed Wired2Fire HAL 4000: in the same tests, the HAL 4000’s RAID0 array scored 818MB/sec and 183MB/sec.

The storage isn’t the only area that’s been supercharged. The Intel Core i5-3570K is a potent force when overclocked, and CyberPower has boosted its 3.4GHz stock speed to 4.6GHz. It’s a big jump, and the Infinity scored 1.19 in our Real World Benchmarks – even faster than the Wired2Fire, which scored 1.16.

CyberPower Infinity Fusion GT

A third key component, the Radeon HD 7970 graphics card, has been overclocked by AMD – this GHz Edition chip has had its 925MHz clock raised to 1,000MHz. It’s a capable performer, and it eased the CyberPower to an average of 80fps in our Very High quality 1,920 x 1,080 Crysis benchmark, one frame per second ahead of the Wired2Fire.

CyberPower has housed the high-end components in Corsair’s Carbide 300R case. It’s a popular choice, thanks to its compact dimensions, good looks and effective cooling. Most of the case is crafted from matte-black metal, and we love the industrial styling and exposed mesh at the front.

The case impresses on the inside, too. CyberPower has used the motherboard tray and cable routing cut-outs to keep most of the cables out of sight, and routed the rest neatly with cable ties. The two free memory sockets can accept up to 24GB of additional RAM, and one of the two spare PCI Express x16 slots runs at the full x16 speed – handy for a second graphics card. There are three PCI Express x1 slots free, and two empty 5.25in bays at the top of the chassis. CyberPower has removed the middle hard disk cage to improve airflow – which means there’s only one free 3.5in hard disk bay – but it’s included in the box and can be easily reinstalled.

CyberPower Infinity Fusion GT

Cooling is handled with aplomb. A Corsair Hydro water-cooling unit is latched to the CPU, and two stacked 120mm fans draw air through the front of the case. The processor and graphics card remained relatively cool throughout our toughest stress tests: the CPU peaked at 76°C, and the GPU topped out at 72°C. We were also impressed by the CyberPower’s noise levels. Gaming or running intensive applications saw the fans ramp up to a low rumble, but it’s easily drowned out by a set of speakers.

The rest of the Infinity’s internal specification is less exciting. The inclusion of a Blu-ray writer is something of a novelty – most high-end PCs only provide Blu-ray readers – but the 1TB hard disk and 8GB of RAM aren’t anything out of the ordinary.

The bundled monitor is an AOC I2367FH – a 23in Full HD IPS panel. The measured brightness of 230cd/m2 is ample, and the contrast ratio of 1,149:1 is excellent. Our range of images and video clips were handled deftly, with the AOC dredging up plenty of detail, and colour accuracy is a strong point, too – the average Delta E of 2.5 is superb.

CyberPower has put together a cracking system. Despite costing only £50 more than Wired2Fire’s HAL 4000, the Infinity Fusion GT bests its rival for performance and bundles a great-quality IPS monitor into the package. It’s more than enough to clinch the top spot on our A-List.

Warranty

Warranty 3 yr return to base

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity 1,256GB
RAM capacity 8.00GB
Screen size 23.0in

Processor

CPU family Intel Core i5
CPU nominal frequency 3.40GHz
CPU overclocked frequency 4.60GHz
Processor socket LGA 1155
HSF (heatsink-fan) Corsair Hydro

Motherboard

Motherboard MSI Z77A-G45
Motherboard chipset Intel Z77
PCI-E x16 slots free 2
PCI-E x16 slots total 3
PCI-E x1 slots free 3
PCI-E x1 slots total 3
Wired adapter speed 1,000Mbits/sec

Memory

Memory type DDR3
Memory sockets free 2
Memory sockets total 4

Graphics card

Graphics card AMD Radeon HD 7970
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards? no
3D performance setting High
Graphics chipset AMD Radeon HD 7970
Graphics card RAM 2.93GB
DVI-I outputs 2
HDMI outputs 1
DisplayPort outputs 1
Number of graphics cards 1

Hard disk

Hard disk Plextor M5S
Capacity 128GB
Hard disk usable capacity 119GB
Hard disk 2 make and model Plextor M5S
Hard disk 2 nominal capacity 128GB
Hard disk 2 formatted capacity 119
Hard disk 3 make and model Seagate Barracuda
Hard disk 3 nominal capacity 1,000GB

Drives

Optical disc technology Blu-ray writer

Monitor

Monitor make and model AOC I2367FH
Resolution screen horizontal 1,920
Resolution screen vertical 1,080
Resolution 1920 x 1080
DVI inputs 1
HDMI inputs 1

Case

Chassis Corsair Carbide 300R
Case format Full tower
Dimensions 210 x 485 x 475mm (WDH)

Power supply

Power supply Corsair CX600
Power supply rating 600W

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays 2

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream) 4
PS/2 mouse port yes
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports 1
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports 1
3.5mm audio jacks 6

Front ports

Front panel USB ports 2
Front panel memory card reader no

Mouse & Keyboard

Mouse and keyboard Logitech MK330 wireless keyboard and mouse

Operating system and software

OS family Windows 8

Noise and power

Idle power consumption 92W
Peak power consumption 434W

Performance tests

3D performance (crysis) low settings 105fps
3D performance setting High
Overall Real World Benchmark score 1.19
Responsiveness score 1.12
Media score 1.28
Multitasking score 1.16

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