First submitted two months ago with Windows Vista installed, the CyberPower Gamer Infinity i7 Phoenix has had a makeover. This time kitted out with Windows 7 Home Premium, it improves its original WorldBench 6 score of 147 by five points to become the fastest machine ever to grace our Test Centre.

With an 896MB nVidia GeForce GTX 275 graphics card under the hood, the CyberPower Gamer Infinity i7 Phoenix provides powerful but not class-leading gaming performance. Our less expensive top two PCs are capable of higher framerates still, thanks to more powerful graphics hardware.

Windows 7 PCs will be available from 22 December 2009

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CyberPower supplies a very nice 24in full-HD monitor and a Blu-ray drive with the Gamer Infinity i7 Phoenix. No external speakers have been supplied. However, you do get a Logitech stereo headset, so you can listen to high-quality audio even if your friends can't share the experience.

The CyberPower Gamer Infinity i7 Phoenix's two 750GB hard drives offer a total 1.5 terabytes (TB) of storage space. These drives are configured in a Raid 0 array, offering a speed boost for data transfers but, as we've noted elsewhere, you'll pay a penalty in data security - it takes only one drive to fail for you to lose all the data stored on both. We much prefer the approach taken by Chillblast and Arbico, where two 500GB drives are combined in a Raid 0 array and a third drive is provided as a safety net for your data backups.

We particularly like the superb system case used by the CyberPower Gamer Infinity i7 Phoenix. Convenient handles aid with lugging it around, while USB and eSATA ports are conveniently placed at the top.

Chart ranking (December 09 issue)

  1. Eclipse Titan X58 i795R489
  2. Chillblast Fusion Payload
  3. Arbico Elite 9575 Pro
  4. CyberPower Gamer Infinity i7 Phoenix

CyberPower Gamer Infinity i7 Phoenix (Windows 7 edition): Specs

  • 3.06GHz Intel Core i7 950
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
  • 6GB DDR3 RAM
  • 2 x 750GB SATA (Raid 0 configuration)
  • MSI X58 Pro motherboard
  • 6 x USB 2.0
  • 850W WinPower PSU
  • 24in ViewSonic VX2433WM (0.27mm pixel pitch
  • 1,920x1,080 native resolution)
  • 896MB PCI Express Sparkle nVidia GeForce GTX 275 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 87/28fps
  • Fear = 262fps)
  • onboard Realtek ALC888S sound
  • headset supplied
  • 4x BD-ROM
  • 22x/22x/8x/8x/6x/6x/12x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM)
  • three-year return-to-base warranty, WorldBench 6 score: 152
  • 3.06GHz Intel Core i7 950
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
  • 6GB DDR3 RAM
  • 2 x 750GB SATA (Raid 0 configuration)
  • MSI X58 Pro motherboard
  • 6 x USB 2.0
  • 850W WinPower PSU
  • 24in ViewSonic VX2433WM (0.27mm pixel pitch
  • 1,920x1,080 native resolution)
  • 896MB PCI Express Sparkle nVidia GeForce GTX 275 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 87/28fps
  • Fear = 262fps)
  • onboard Realtek ALC888S sound
  • headset supplied
  • 4x BD-ROM
  • 22x/22x/8x/8x/6x/6x/12x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM)
  • three-year return-to-base warranty, WorldBench 6 score: 152

OUR VERDICT

Overall, the CyberPower Gamer Infinity i7 Phoenix is an impressive and well-built system that offers blistering desktop performance. But it is a little pricey, and we certainly would have hoped for a faster graphics card at this price point.

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