The CyberPower Gamer Infinity i7 Galaxy is a highly impressive if rather expensive desktop PC.

The Gamer Infinity i7 Galaxy from CyberPower and Mesh's i7 920 HD are the first systems we’ve reviewed to feature Intel’s Core i7 processor. CyberPower has opted for the i7 940, running at 2.93GHz.

Part of a new breed of quad-core CPUs, this chip brings with it many new technologies and potential performance far in excess of its predecessors. It also requires an entirely new type of motherboard and DDR3 RAM rather than DDR2. The triple-channel memory controller built into the CPU means memory sticks should be installed in threes rather than pairs, which is why the CyberPower Gamer Infinity i7 Galaxy is equipped with 6GB.

Previously, choosing a quad-core system meant compromising headline performance figures on the common applications that can’t take full advantage of multiprocessing technology. However, the CyberPower Gamer Infinity i7 Galaxy is right up there with the best of the Core 2 Duo E8600 systems that usually dominate our charts. With an excellent WorldBench 6 score of 131 points, the CyberPower Gamer Infinity i7 Galaxy is very fast indeed.

However, this performance comes at a price: this PC is the most expensive of the group. The CyberPower Gamer Infinity i7 Galaxy's Core i7 940 costs around twice as much as the slower Core i7 920 found in Mesh's i7 920 HD, while DDR3 RAM costs twice as much as DDR2.

The CyberPower Gamer Infinity i7 Galaxy’s ATI Radeon HD 4870 graphics card is a stellar performer at a good price. However, the cheaper Mesh i7 920 HD has a Radeon HD 4870 X2 with around twice the graphics power. If gaming is your primary focus, you may want to look elsewhere.

Also included with the CyberPower Gamer Infinity i7 Galaxy is a Blu-ray-capable DVD writer and a set of 5.1-channel surround speakers (five speakers and a subwoofer) to help you make the most of movie soundtracks.

Chart ranking: Power desktop PCs (Feb 09 issue)

  1. CyberPower Gamer Infinity i7 Galaxy
  2. Mesh i7 920 HD
  3. Arbico Elite 8630 Pro
  4. Chillblast Fusion Medusa
  5. Zoostorm 64-6503

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