The striking all-white Infinity White Knight desktop PC from CyberPower immediately grabbed our attention – not only because of its dazzling paint job, but also with its sheer size.

The striking all-white Infinity White Knight desktop PC from CyberPower immediately grabbed our attention – not only because of its dazzling paint job, which extends to the system case, monitor and keyboard, but also with its sheer size.

Housed in an NZXT Phantom case, the CyberPower Infinity White Knight desktop PC looks expensive – and at £1,799, it really is. It’s built for the enthusiast who likes to tinker, and comes with plenty of fan-mounting points that each have their own speed control on top of the case.

Soundproofing has been applied inside, while a giant watercooling system continues the CyberPower Infinity White Knight desktop PC's colour scheme with white pipes.

Both the Intel Core i7-950 CPU and the nVidia GeForce GTX 480 graphics card are watercooled, allowing superb overclocking potential. The GTX 480 is an incredibly fast card, but has been criticised for running hot and loud. CyberPower’s cooling solution addresses both issues, and the quiet Infinity White Knight desktop PC turned in the fastest framerates.

A 60GB Crucial C300 SSD boosts disk performance, and is supplemented by a 1TB hard drive. A 950W PSU is also found inside the CyberPower Infinity White Knight desktop PC.

The WorldBench 6 score of 152 points is beaten by the Chillblast and Arbico, but the CyberPower Infinity White Knight desktop PC would dominate if we were to allow the submission of overclocked machines to our group tests.

BenQ’s full-HD V2400 Eco monitor is a perfect partner to the white system case. It, too, is finished entirely in white, save for a removable green ‘Stickle-Bricks’-like stationery holder on the stand. It’s also a good performer and comes with VGA and HDMI inputs. No speakers are provided with the CyberPower Infinity White Knight desktop PC.

Power PCs chart ranking

  1. Chillblast Fusion Reaper
  2. Arbico Elite i7 9568 HSD
  3. DinoPC Maxosaur 870
  4. Palicomp Core i7 Blitz 950-24 SSD
  5. CyberPower Infinity White Knight

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The striking all-white Infinity White Knight desktop PC from CyberPower immediately grabbed our attention – not only because of its dazzling paint job, but also with its sheer size.

Power PCs buying advice

Processor: Intel’s original 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, or you can save money by opting for an i7-930. Core i7-800-series chips are excellent value, delivering good performance while requiring less expensive motherboards.

Memory: A £1,001-plus Core i7 machine should come with at least 6GB of RAM; some may even make the leap to 12GB, although most of us won’t need this much. For dual-core machines, look for 8GB in two modules to allow expansion.

The triple-channel architecture of Core i7-900-based PCs requires you to install chips in threes. Core i7-800-series CPUs use a two-channel system.

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 trio of drives to reduce the risk of total data loss, although noise levels will increase. Raid 0 setups boost speed at the expense of reliability.

Consider mirroring for added security. SSDs provide a speed boost, but offer limited capacity and are expensive. Go for an SSD with at least 60GB if you’re running Windows 7.

Dual-layer DVD+/-R capabilities are useful, preferably at eight-speed or above. Also look for eight-speed DVD+RW.

If you want Blu-ray playback, be prepared to compromise on DVD speeds or buy a dedicated Blu-ray drive.

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 GTX 480 and AMD’s Radeon HD 5870. It’s a close call between the two, with nVidia’s card often offering a performance edge, but costing considerably more. nVidia’s cards offer support for PhysX in-game effects and stereoscopic 3D using glasses.

Don’t be fooled by AMD’s naming system: the HD 6850 and 6870 are in fact slower than the 5850 and 5870.

Look out for pre-overclocked graphics cards. Buying a single-card setup keeps your options open and 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. If you’re using an Intel CPU, a motherboard with an X58 chipset will give you better performance in multicard setups.

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 White Knight: Specs

  • 3.06GHz Intel Core i7-950
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
  • 6GB DDR3 RAM
  • 1TB SATA
  • 60GB SSD
  • 6 x USB 2.0
  • 2 x USB 3.0
  • Asus Sabertooth X58 motherboard
  • 950W Xtremegear PSU
  • 24in BenQ V2400 Eco (0.28mm pixel pitch
  • 1920x1080)
  • 1,536MB EVGA nVidia GeForce GTX 480 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 92/46fps
  • Stalker: Call of Pripyat [Medium/Ultra] = 179/108fps)
  • onboard Realtek ALC892 sound
  • speakers built into monitor
  • 4x BD-ROM
  • 24x/24x/12x/16x/12x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-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
  • 1TB SATA
  • 60GB SSD
  • 6 x USB 2.0
  • 2 x USB 3.0
  • Asus Sabertooth X58 motherboard
  • 950W Xtremegear PSU
  • 24in BenQ V2400 Eco (0.28mm pixel pitch
  • 1920x1080)
  • 1,536MB EVGA nVidia GeForce GTX 480 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 92/46fps
  • Stalker: Call of Pripyat [Medium/Ultra] = 179/108fps)
  • onboard Realtek ALC892 sound
  • speakers built into monitor
  • 4x BD-ROM
  • 24x/24x/12x/16x/12x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RAM/-ROM)
  • three-year return-to-base warranty
  • WorldBench 6 score: 152

OUR VERDICT

The CyberPower Infinity White Knight desktop PC may sit in fifth place in our chart, but it could just as easily go at the top. If you have the money and want a stunning-looking gaming rig that performs as well as it looks, the CyberPower will make you very happy indeed.

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