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CyberPower Gamer Infinity 600 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £499
inc VAT


3.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E8500, 4.000000 RAM, 19in 1,440×900 display, Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit


CyberPower’s Gamer Infinity 600 uses the same spacious Cooler Master midi tower case as Arbico’s CD7400 XL, but the inclusion of extra case fans makes it much noisier.

The side window reveals blue cold cathode lights and the fascia is also illuminated, so its looks could put you off.

The Gamer Infinity came top of the £500 PCs in our PCMark Vantage Overall benchmark test but its performance in our other tests was mediocre. We were disappointed by its 3D performance – it managed a jerky 14fps in Call of Duty 4 and just 5.9fps in Crysis.

The Infinity 600’s Core 2 Duo E8500 is an incredibly fast processor and won a Best Buy in last month’s Labs. However, several other £500 PCs here managed better results. The Nvidia GeForce 9500GT graphics card has plenty of memory but can’t handle the latest games at high resolutions.

As with any budget PC, sacrifices have been made to cut costs. Some of these, such as the relatively small 320GB hard disk, are easily addressed by buying a second disk. Others, such as the limited expansion potential of the MSI P31 Neo-F motherboard, are harder to fix. It supports a maximum of 4GB of RAM, which is already fitted. As 64-bit Windows Vista will support more, it would be nice to have the option to upgrade.

The 19in widescreen Hanns.G HG191A monitor has only a VGA port and lacks any form of digital input. We had no major complaints about its quality but it’s not among the best here, thanks to slightly washed out pale tones and fiddly adjustment buttons.

The three-year warranty seems tempting, but the second two years cover labour costs only – not parts. The Gamer Infinity 600 isn’t an ideal budget games PC. It proved fast in PCMark Vantage but fell behind other £500 systems in our game tests. If you have £500 to spend, opt for Eclipse’s Matrix i74n96GS PC for gaming or Mesh’s Nero 9850HD for its multimedia and upgrade potential.

Basic Specifications

Rating ***
Processor Intel Core 2 Duo E8500
Processor external bus 333MHz (1,333MHz quad-pumped FSB)
Processor multiplier x9.5
Processor clock speed 3.16GHz
Processor socket LGA775
Level 1 cache 2x 32KB
Level 2 cache 6,144KB
Memory 4.000000
Memory type PC2-6400
Maximum memory 4GB
Motherboard MSI P31 Neo-F
Motherboard chipset Intel P31
Power consumption standby 4W
Power consumption idle 96W
Power consumption active 148W


USB2 ports (front/rear) 2/4
Firewire ports (front/rear) 0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear) 0/0
Wired network ports 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support none
Other ports none

Internal Expansion

Case midi tower
PCI-E x1 slots (free) 1 (1)
PCI-E x16 slots (free) 1 (0)
Free Serial ATA ports 3
Free memory slots 2
Free 3.5in drive bays 5

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Hitachi HDP7250GLA360
Interface SATA/300
Total storage capacity 320GB
Spindle speed 7200rpm


Graphics card(s) 1GB Nvidia GeForce 9500GT
Graphics/video ports VGA, DVI


Sound Realtek High Definition Audio
Sound outputs 7.1 line out
Speakers none

Removable Drives

3.5in floppy drive no
Supported memory cards none
Optical drive model HL-DT-ST GH22NP20
Optical drive type(s) DVD+/-RW +/-DL


Viewable size 19 in
Screen model Hanns.G HG191A
Native resolution 1,440×900
Response time 5ms
Screen inputs VGA, line in

Other Hardware

Modem No
Keyboard Logitech Value Keyboard
Mouse Logitech RX 250


Software included none
Operating system Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore option Windows disc

Buying Information

Warranty three years RTB (three years labour, one year most parts)
Price £499

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