CyberPower's Infinity Hercules XT delivered a chart-leading 148-point score in our WorldBench 6 real-world speed test, despite using the least expensive processor here.

CyberPower's Infinity Hercules XT delivered a chart-leading 148-point score in our WorldBench 6 real-world speed test, despite using the least expensive processor here. Costing around £50 less at retail than the Intel Core I7 860, the Core i5 660 is a dual-core chip, albeit with a significantly higher clock speed.

Whether the CyberPower Infinity Hercules XT is faster for you in practice will depend on the applications you run - it's worth checking whether your most frequently used software would benefit from a quad-core CPU.

The CyberPower Infinity Hercules XT's single 1TB drive won't provide the speed boost available from a Raid 0 configuration; but such a setup takes up less space, is quieter, consumes less power and can be less prone to data loss.

The 24in Acer X243HQ monitor is the best of the bunch, with the largest screen, dual inputs and a pleasantly thin bezel. Sadly, no external speakers are provided with the CyberPower Infinity Hercules XT.

With graphics powered by ATI's HD 5850, the CyberPower Infinity Hercules XT offers excellent gaming performance and support for DirectX 11.0. The CPU's higher clock speed seems to eke out a few extra frames per second.

The CyberPower Infinity Hercules XT's case is practical and sturdy-looking, with an industrial feel. Its matt black interior offers plenty of space, easy-access drive bays and top-mounted USB ports.

Chart ranking: Power desktop PCs (issue 178)

  1. Chillblast Fusion Goliath
  2. CyberPower Infinity Hercules XT
  3. Eclipse Evolution i792R585
  4. Arbico i7 HD8650 Pro
  5. Mesh Ice7 860 DX Fire

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