The CyberPower Infinity i3 Apollo's Core i3 processor offers a significantly higher clock speed than the 2.66GHz i5 750 favoured by its rivals.

CyberPower's Infinity i3 Apollo is the first Core i3-powered entrant to our charts. The 3.06GHz 540 CPU seen here offers a significantly higher clock speed than the 2.66GHz i5 750 favoured elsewhere, but this dual-core chip can't offer the same future-proofing as the quad-core i5- and i7-based machines.

Those who run lots of apps at once will notice a performance decrease with the Core i3. For most users, however, the CyberPower Infinity i3 Apollo will deliver an excellent computing experience. Its higher clock speed enables it to run individual processes faster, while hyperthreading technology boosts its multiprocessing capabilities.

This performance boost is reflected in our WorldBench 6 test, with the CyberPower Infinity i3 Apollo's Core i3 540 beating the Core i5 750 and delivering the best performance score of the group.

Graphics duties are taken care of by a Radeon HD 5750. Although it's slower than the HD 5770 found in our Best Buy Arbico, it'll save around £10 on the CyberPower Infinity i3 Apollo's overall system price. If you're into gaming, you probably won't find this a good trade-off.

The CyberPower Infinity i3 Apollo's other specifications are fairly typical for a system at this price point and include a 500GB hard drive, 4GB of DDR3 RAM and a 650W PSU.

The 22in Digimate monitor offers a digital connection and reasonably good picture quality, but the 1680x1050 screen resolution isn't capable of producing a full-HD image. As we noted earlier, this will make text and icons appear slightly larger on the CyberPower Infinity i3 Apollo's display.

Chart ranking: Budget desktop PCs (issue 177)

  1. Arbico HD 7577 XL
  2. Mesh Ice5 5750 HD
  3. Chillblast Fusion Scimitar
  4. CyberPower Infinity i3 Apollo
  5. Eclipse Matrix Crossfire i786R577

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