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CyberPower Gamer Infinity 850 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £649
inc VAT and delivery


3.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E8500, 4.000000 RAM, 22in 1,680×1,050 display, Windows Vista Home Premium


CyberPower’s Gamer Infinity 850 is one of two PCs in our £650 category with a dual-core rather than a quad-core processor.

However, with 4GB of RAM and a Core 2 Duo E8500 it still performed well in our benchmarks. This is due mainly to the fact that each core runs at a blistering 3.16GHz, which helped the PC to keep pace in applications that don’t use all four cores of a quad-core processor. The Infinity 850 fell behind only in our TV & Movies video encoding test, which uses all processor cores.

There’s plenty of power to play games, with a smooth 31fps in our Call of Duty 4 test. However, its score of 15.3fps in our Crysis test is slow compared with the 23fps from Eclipse’s £650 PC. The Infinity 850’s Radeon HD 4670 graphics card has plenty of outputs. It has HDMI and DisplayPort, alongside the usual VGA and DVI, but you can still only use two monitors simultaneously.

We were disappointed with the 22in Hanns.G widescreen display’s image quality. It’s bright, but large areas of white have a beige tint and small text looks fuzzy. Viewing angles are also quite tight, so colour accuracy suffers unless you sit directly in front of it.

The Infinity 850 is distractingly noisy too, although it’s still quieter than the company’s ridiculously loud Gamer Infinity GT in the £800 category. You won’t be able to fit more RAM than the 4GB it comes with, but otherwise there are plenty of internal expansion options. There are six 3?in drive bays for adding more hard disks and three spare 5?in bays for extra optical drives, which should be more than enough for most people. There are also three PCI slots for internal peripherals such as TV tuners and WiFi adaptors – only Eclipse’s Andromeda has more slots.

Compared with the competition, CyberPower’s Gamer Infinity 850 is a disappointment. Its performance is below par, as is the monitor – even though it’s larger than most. Factor in the irritating fan noise, and this is not a PC we can recommend.

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 5W
Power consumption idle 98W
Power consumption active 177W


USB2 ports (front/rear) 2/4
Firewire ports (front/rear) 0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear) 0/0
Wired network ports 1x 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 6

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Hitachi DeskStar P7K500 HDP725050GLA360
Interface SATA 300
Total storage capacity 500GB
Spindle speed 7,200rpm


Graphics card(s) 512MB ATI Radeon HD 4670
Graphics/video ports VGA, DVI, DisplayPort, HDMI


Sound Realtek ALC888
Sound outputs 7.1 line out
Speakers none

Removable Drives

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


Viewable size 22 in
Screen model Hanns.G HG221A
Native resolution 1,680×1,050
Response time 5ms
Screen inputs VGA

Other Hardware

Modem No
Keyboard Logitech Deluxe Keyboard
Mouse Logitech M-SBF90


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

Buying Information

Warranty three years RTB (three years labour, one year most parts)
Price £649

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