The CyberPower Infinity i3 Apollo XT budget desktop PC's striking looks will appeal to gamers, but can its internals live up to this strong first impression?

The CyberPower Infinity i3 Apollo XT budget desktop PC is an eye-catching machine. It won’t suit all tastes, but its metallic blue finish and transparent side panel give it a more expensive look that’s sure to impress gamers.

Sadly, the CyberPower Infinity i3 Apollo XT budget desktop PC's internals will not: the 2.93GHz Intel Core i3-530 is a perfectly good CPU for a budget PC, but similarly priced systems from Arbico, Eclipse and Palicomp come with the faster, 3.06GHz version of the processor.

The CyberPower Infinity i3 Apollo XT budget desktop PC comes with 2GB of DDR3 RAM. This is the bare minimum for running Windows 7, and every other PC here has twice as much. Supplied as it is in a single stick, you’ll miss out on the performance boost of using twin memory channels – but you’ll have an easy upgrade path should you wish to add more.

CyberPower relies on the integrated graphics of its Core i3 processor for gaming. This will provide enough power for running Windows’ Aero interface and playing HD video, but the integrated graphics eat into system memory – we found the CyberPower Infinity i3 Apollo XT budget desktop PC left only 1,787MB of RAM available for Windows.

It thus came as no surprise that the CyberPower Infinity i3 Apollo XT budget desktop PC turned in the slowest performance results of the group, with a WorldBench 6 score of 120 points. Its integrated graphics did manage to keep up with the HD 5450 graphics cards supplied by Arbico and Palicomp, however, albeit at rather unimpressive speeds of 19fps.

A rather nice 22in HKC monitor is supplied with the CyberPower Infinity i3 Apollo XT budget desktop PC. This delivers a full-HD resolution and comes with VGA and DVI inputs.

Budget PCs chart ranking

  1. Palicomp Core i3 Blast 540-22 USB3
  2. Chillblast Fusion Assassin
  3. Eclipse Solar i54r567
  4. Arbico i3-5445 XL
  5. CyberPower Infinity i3 Apollo XT

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