PC Specialist Infinity X review

£499
Price when reviewed

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.

PC Specialist Infinity X

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

PC Specialist Infinity X

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.

Verdict

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

Warranty 1 yr return to base

Basic specifications

RAM capacity 8.00GB

Processor

CPU family AMD
CPU nominal frequency 3.70GHz
CPU overclocked frequency 4.00GHz

Motherboard

Motherboard Asus A88XM-Plus
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

Memory

Memory type DDR3

Graphics card

Graphics card AMD Radeon R7 250
Graphics card RAM 2MB

Hard disk

Hard disk Toshiba DT01ACA100
Capacity 1.00TB
Spindle speed 7,200RPM

Drives

Optical disc technology DVD writer

Monitor

HDMI inputs 1

Case

Chassis PCS Alpha Trion 7622B
Dimensions 190 x 465 x 437mm (WDH)

Power supply

Power supply Corsair VS 450
Power supply rating 500W

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream) 1
3.5mm audio jacks 1

Front ports

Front panel USB ports 4

Operating system and software

OS family Windows 8

Noise and power

Idle power consumption 35W
Peak power consumption 80W

Performance tests

3D performance (crysis) low settings 78fps
Overall Real World Benchmark score 0.73
Responsiveness score 0.80
Media score 0.78
Multitasking score 0.62

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