CyberPower's Infinity i7 Heaven is one of the first PCs we've seen in months to use nVidia graphics, offering excellent performance in both general computing tasks and gaming.

CyberPower’s Infinity i7 Heaven is one of four PCs in the chart to supply a 2.8GHz Intel Core i7 930 processor. It achieves excellent performance results, despite not being matched with an SSD. The CyberPower instead takes its speed boost from a pair of 1TB drives configured in a Raid 0 array, while a third 500GB drive is provided for backups.

The CyberPower Infinity i7 Heaven took the lead in WorldBench 6, scoring 144 points. This is noticeably quicker than competing PCs using the same CPU, and may have something to do with the fact that this is the first machine using nVidia graphics we’ve seen in months.

The 1.5GB GeForce GTX 480 is nVidia’s flagship DirectX 11.0 graphics card and the company’s answer to the ATI Radeon HD 5870. In most cases, the GTX 480 equals or betters the performance of ATI’s product.

Unlike the three systems placed above the Heaven in the chart, the CyberPower Infinity i7 Heaven's MSI motherboard doesn’t offer USB 3.0 and 6Gbps SATA support. Nonetheless, it’s clearly capable of excellent performance.

Three PCI Express x16 slots are provided, enabling you to add multiple graphics cards in scalable link interface (SLI) mode to the CyberPower Infinity i7 Heaven.

You also get a Blu-ray drive and a 24in full-HD BenQ G2420HDBL monitor. A Creative X-Fi XtremeAudio 24 sound card completes the multimedia credentials of the superb CyberPower Infinity i7 Heaven.

Power desktop PCs chart ranking

  1. Palicomp Core i7 Blitz
  2. Arbico Elite 9587 HSD
  3. Chillblast Fusion Matrix
  4. CyberPower Infinity i7 Heaven
  5. Eclipse Supernova i793r587

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CyberPower's Infinity i7 Heaven is one of the first PCs we've seen in months to use nVidia graphics, offering excellent performance in both general computing tasks and gaming.

Power desktop PCs buying advice

Processor: Intel’s Core i7 CPUs offer a number of speed boosts, although they require more expensive motherboards and memory than previous-generation chips. The Core i7 950 or 960 are good choices at this price point, or you can save money by opting for an i7 930. Core i7 860 chips cost even less.

Memory: A £1,001-plus Core i7 machine should come with at least 6GB of RAM, although 3GB is acceptable if the manufacturer compensates with other extras. For dual-core machines, look for 4GB in two modules to allow expansion. The triple-channel architecture of Core i7 9xx-based PCs requires you to install chips in threes. Core i7 8xx-series CPUs use a two-channel system, which will save you some cash. You’ll also need to splash out on DDR3 RAM, but the price of memory is falling fast.

A 64bit OS is essential to take full advantage of this memory, particularly if you’re running a dual-graphics setup.

Storage: Expect at least 1TB. Look for a pair or even a trio of drives rather than a single unit to reduce the risk of total data loss, although noise levels will increase. Raid 0 setups are an option, boosting speed the expense of reliability. Consider mirroring for added security. SSDs provide a speed boost, but offer limited capacity and are expensive.

Dual-layer DVD+/-R capabilities are useful, preferably at eight-speed or above. You should also be able to get eight-speed DVD+RW.

If you want Blu-ray playback, be prepared to compromise on DVD speeds.

Display: We’re seeing increasing numbers of 24in displays in our PC charts. This used to be the magic size at which 1080p (full-HD) playback became available, making these ideal partners for Blu-ray drives. However, some of the newest 22in (16:9) monitors can also display full-HD – and with a considerable saving.

Make sure you get a digital input for the best image quality, while an extra HDMI port is great for hooking up additional devices such as games consoles without having to switch cables.

Graphics card: For a thrilling gaming experience, choose between nVidia’s new GeForce GTX 480 and AMD’s ATI Radeon HD 5870. It’s a close call between the two, with nVidia’s newer card offering a performance edge but also a considerably higher price. nVidia’s cards offer unique features such as support for PhysX in-game effects and stereoscopic 3D using special glasses.

Also look out for pre-overclocked graphics cards, which can deliver excellent value and are approved by chip manufacturers. Buying a single-card setup keeps your options open for adding a second card later. It also leaves more space for sound cards or TV tuners.

Motherboard: If you’re considering any upgrades, check that the motherboard offers enough memory slots to support the chips. SLI or CrossFireX support will enable you to add extra graphics cards to boost your gaming performance.

Power supply: The level of power you require will largely depend on the type of graphics card you expect to use. Look for a known and respected brand, and consider from 750W upwards if you have any thoughts of moving up to a dual-card setup later. Any form of overclocking will also demand a powerful PSU.

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CyberPower Infinity i7 Heaven: Specs

  • 2.8GHz Intel Core i7 930
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
  • 6GB DDR3 RAM
  • 2 x 1TB (Raid 0) + 500GB SATA
  • 8 x USB 2.0
  • MSI X58 Pro-E motherboard
  • 950W PSU
  • 24in BenQ G2420HDBL (0.28mm pixel pitch
  • 1920x1080)
  • 1.5GB PCI Express EVGA GeForce GTX 480 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 83/45fps
  • Fear = 289fps)
  • Creative X-Fi XtremeAudio 24 sound card
  • speakers built into monitor
  • 4x BD-ROM
  • max DVD speeds: 24x/24x/12x/16x/6x/8x/12x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM)
  • three-year return-to-base warranty
  • WorldBench 6 score: 144
  • 2.8GHz Intel Core i7 930
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
  • 6GB DDR3 RAM
  • 2 x 1TB (Raid 0) + 500GB SATA
  • 8 x USB 2.0
  • MSI X58 Pro-E motherboard
  • 950W PSU
  • 24in BenQ G2420HDBL (0.28mm pixel pitch
  • 1920x1080)
  • 1.5GB PCI Express EVGA GeForce GTX 480 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 83/45fps
  • Fear = 289fps)
  • Creative X-Fi XtremeAudio 24 sound card
  • speakers built into monitor
  • 4x BD-ROM
  • max DVD speeds: 24x/24x/12x/16x/6x/8x/12x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM)
  • three-year return-to-base warranty
  • WorldBench 6 score: 144

OUR VERDICT

With strong multimedia credentials, a fast processor and brand-new nVidia graphics, the CyberPower Infinity i7 Heaven is capable of excellent performance.

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