Definitely the most impressive-looking PC of the bunch, the Gamer Infinity XT Elite’s imposing looks are sure to appeal to hardcore gamers. Its many illuminated components shine through the casing with a demonic red glow, but it’s the sheer size rather than any such decorations that immediately grabs the attention.

Housed in CoolerMaster’s excellent Cosmos-Sport case, the CyberPower Gamer Infinity XT Elite shows a build quality head and shoulders above the rest. CyberPower has made good use of its almost obscenely huge internal capacity by mounting multiple fans top, bottom, front and rear in addition to the jumbo-sized one on the main side-panel door. Even so, it remains quieter than many competing models, while allowing the Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 processor to be safely overclocked from 3.16 to 3.8GHz.

At stock speeds we were a little disappointed with the CyberPower Gamer Infinity XT Elite’s 118 WorldBench 6 real-world speed points. Other systems with the same chip have managed 126, and the Gamer Infinity uses the chart’s most expensive motherboard – Asus’s P5E.

However, we couldn’t resist cranking the CyberPower Gamer Infinity XT Elite up to full speed and in this configuration it achieved a much more impressive 133 points. Gaming performance is very good even before overclocking and the CyberPower Gamer Infinity XT Elite turned in the best Crysis test results of all.

With its touch-sensitive illuminated power switch, top-mounted interface ports and tool-free access, the CyberPower Gamer Infinity XT Elite is instantly one of the most desirable PC systems you can buy – if you have the space. It also comes with the best monitor – Samsung’s 24in SM245B and a set of Creative T6100 5.1 speakers, powered by an X-Fi Xtreme Gamer sound card. A Blu-ray drive would have been a welcome addition.

Power desktop PCs: chart ranking (October issue)


  1. Chillblast Fusion SuperNova
  2. CyberPower Gamer Infinity XT Elite
  3. Eclipse Titan iQX965A487
  4. Arbico Elite 4870
  5. Chillblast Fusion Thunderbolt

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Buying advice: Power desktop PCs (October issue)

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duos are almost always the processors to go for: their performance is excellent for the price. But don’t power a standard desktop with a processor beginning with ‘E6’ – these chips’ time has passed.

If you’re feeling more adventurous, go for one of Intel’s latest quad-core processors, such as the Q9450. These deliver better performance than the previous generation of quad chips.

Memory: If you’re spending more than £1,000 on a PC, it should come with at least 4GB of RAM. Assuming you’re running Windows Vista, any less than this will prevent your PC from reaching its full potential.

For a PC that’ll be able to cope easily with programs in 2008 and beyond, get 4GB of RAM in two modules, so you’ll have room for expansion later.
A 64bit operating system will help you take full advantage of your memory, especially if you’re using dual graphics cards – these sap RAM on 32bit systems.

Storage: Expect at least 500GB and probably 750GB at this price. Beyond this, go for a pair of such drives rather than a single larger unit. It’ll boost your performance and prevent you losing lots of data if a drive fails. Raid setups are also an option. Hard drives are relatively inexpensive, so consider mirroring for added security.

Cover backup with a multiformat DVD writer. Dual-layer capabilities (allowing you to store 8.5GB rather than 4.7GB on a disc) are useful. Make sure the drive supports DVD+R DL at eight-speed or above – some more recent drives offer twice this speed. You should also be able to get eight-speed DVD+RW.

If you want Blu-ray playback, be prepared to compromise on your DVD-burning speeds. Alternatively, buy a second DVD burner for backup duties.

Display: We’re seeing increasing numbers of 24in displays in our high-end PC charts. You may baulk at the idea of such a large PC screen, but 24in is currently the magic size where full 1,080p high-definition (HD) playback becomes available – so these monitors make ideal partners for Blu-ray Disc drives.

If this doesn’t appeal, 22in displays are excellent value. Make sure you get a digital input for the best image quality and additional inputs if you want to attach other devices. An HD multimedia interface (HDMI) is useful if you want to share your display with a games console.

Graphics card: It’s possible to spend an eye-watering amount of money on gaming hardware – a top-spec graphics card can easily cost more than the rest of the system put together. For a thrilling gaming experience we recommend an nVidia GeForce GTX280 or 9800 GX2. ATI’s Radeon HD 4870 is also a strong contender. Buying a single-card solution now keeps your options open for adding a second card later. It also leaves more upgrade space available in your PC for sound cards or TV tuners.

Sound card and speakers: There have been big steps forward in onboard sound, with support for 7.1-channel audio (seven speakers and a subwoofer), but it’s still no match for a decent sound card. You should be able to find a PC with a Creative Audigy card or, better still, one from the excellent X-Fi range. If you only want stereo 2.1-channel speakers, make sure they’re high-quality models; most firms are bundling 5.1 speakers, which allow full surround sound when watching films or playing games.

CyberPower Gamer Infinity XT Elite: Specs

  • 3.16GHz (3.8GHz overclocked) Intel Core 2 Duo E8500
  • Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit
  • 4GB DDR2 RAM
  • 750GB SATA
  • Asus P5E X38
  • 8 x USB 2.0
  • 24in Samsung SM245B (0.27mm pixel pitch
  • 1,920x1,200 native resolution)
  • 512MB PCI Express Powercolor ATI Radeon HD 4870 (games scores: Crysis = 64fps
  • Fear = 214fps)
  • Creative X-Fi XtremeGamer
  • 5 x Creative Inspire T6100
  • subwoofer
  • 20x/20x/8x/8x/6x/8x/12x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM)
  • Nero Essentials
  • one-year return-to-base warranty
  • WorldBench 6 score: 118
  • 3.16GHz (3.8GHz overclocked) Intel Core 2 Duo E8500
  • Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit
  • 4GB DDR2 RAM
  • 750GB SATA
  • Asus P5E X38
  • 8 x USB 2.0
  • 24in Samsung SM245B (0.27mm pixel pitch
  • 1,920x1,200 native resolution)
  • 512MB PCI Express Powercolor ATI Radeon HD 4870 (games scores: Crysis = 64fps
  • Fear = 214fps)
  • Creative X-Fi XtremeGamer
  • 5 x Creative Inspire T6100
  • subwoofer
  • 20x/20x/8x/8x/6x/8x/12x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM)
  • Nero Essentials
  • one-year return-to-base warranty
  • WorldBench 6 score: 118

OUR VERDICT

With its touch-sensitive illuminated power switch, top-mounted interface ports and tool-free access, the CyberPower Gamer Infinity XT Elite is instantly one of the most desirable PC systems you can buy.

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