PC Specialist Infinity X review
The PC Specialist Infinity X is a monster of a base unit. On paper, though, it has a fair amount in common with DinoPC’s Kaverian 7850K: they’re both fitted with AMD’s new Kaveri A10-7850K APU and 8GB of DDR3 RAM.
Performance-wise, the Infinity X fails to distinguish itself. As we noted in our review of the Kaveri, it can’t compete with Intel’s Core i5; this was borne out in our testing. An Overall score of 0.73 in our Real World Benchmarks, while adequate, lags behind machines equipped with Core i5 CPUs. It’s a similar story in terms of graphics power, with the APU delivering a below-average performance in our Crysis benchmark. In the High quality, Full HD test, it managed a stuttery average of 20fps.
Features & Design
However, while performance isn’t particularly noteworthy, the Infinity X has a fantastic, upgrades-friendly case. The interior is cavernous, yet neatly ordered, with the Asus A88XM-Plus motherboard clear of clutter. There are also two free RAM slots, spare PCI Express x1 and conventional PCI slots, and a pair of empty PCI Express x16 slots.
The Infinity X also adds a dedicated SSD to its hardware array: a 120GB Kingston SSD is included along with the plain, 7,200rpm 1TB Toshiba HDD. And there’s plenty of scope for adding more, with six free drive bays arrayed in a stack at the front of the chassis, plus five spare SATA/600 ports on the motherboard once the SSD, hard disk and DVD writer have been taken into account.
The PC Specialist Infinity X may not be the fastest desktop out there, but a well-balanced build and plenty of upgrade potential make it an appealing low-priced system.
|Warranty||1 yr return to base|
|CPU nominal frequency||3.70GHz|
|CPU overclocked frequency||4.00GHz|
|Conventional PCI slots free||1|
|Conventional PCI slots total||1|
|PCI-E x16 slots free||2|
|PCI-E x16 slots total||2|
|PCI-E x1 slots free||1|
|PCI-E x1 slots total||1|
|Graphics card||AMD Radeon R7 250|
|Graphics card RAM||2MB|
|Hard disk||Toshiba DT01ACA100|
|Optical disc technology||DVD writer|
|Chassis||PCS Alpha Trion 7622B|
|Dimensions||190 x 465 x 437mm (WDH)|
|Power supply||Corsair VS 450|
|Power supply rating||500W|
|USB ports (downstream)||1|
|3.5mm audio jacks||1|
|Front panel USB ports||4|
Operating system and software
|OS family||Windows 8|
Noise and power
|Idle power consumption||35W|
|Peak power consumption||80W|
|3D performance (crysis) low settings||78fps|
|Overall Real World Benchmark score||0.73|