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CyberPower Gamer Infinity GT 800 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £800
inc VAT and delivery

The Gamer Infinity GT 800 may use an ageing Core 2 Quad Q6600 processor, but CyberPower has overclocked it from its stock clock speed of 2.4GHz to 3.2GHz.

This made it one of the faster PCs in this Labs, keeping up with, or exceeding, the speeds of some of the Phenom II PCs in certain tests.

Sadly, the GT 800 was by far the noisiest PC here. The fan noise is very distracting, even when idle, and sounds like a hair dryer. We’re not fond of the GT 800’s industrial-looking front panel or the blue lighting that lines the transparent side panel, but its appearance is a matter of taste. Besides, if you don’t like the lights, you can always disconnect them.

Although the GT 800 wasn’t the fastest PC here in our 3D graphics tests, it’s a powerful gaming PC. Thanks to the Radeon HD 4850 graphics card it was third-fastest in Call of Duty 4, scoring 57.1fps. It managed a playable 26.6fps in Crysis, so it should handle the latest, graphically intensive 3D games. The card has DisplayPort, DVI and HDMI outputs so you can connect it to the latest monitors and HD TVs.

You’ll almost certainly want to connect a better monitor to the GT 800, as we were underwhelmed with the bundled 22in Hanns.G. It’s bright, but whites had a beige tint and small text looked fuzzy. The latter problem is probably due to the analogue VGA interface.

Although the GT 800 is one of only two £800 PCs to come with a set of speakers, we were unimpressed with the 2.1 Logitech S220 set provided. They’re good enough for enjoying YouTube clips and the occasional MP3, but they sound muddy and indistinct. They don’t have as much bass as we’d like, either.

CyberPower’s Gamer Infinity GT 800 is undoubtedly fast in both Windows and games, but its riotous noise levels are unacceptable for all but the most tolerant. Mesh’s Matrix II performed similarly in our tests, but is much quieter and is the better buy.

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