With Intel's older, slower Core 2 Duo E8500 chip under the hood, the CyberPower Gamer Infinity Draco was never going to reach the top of our performance charts. It's hard to justify this purchase in the face of faster E8600-powered PCs that are available at the same price.
In contrast with the top three systems, the CyberPower Gamer Infinity Draco turns to nVidia for its graphics card, although the 896MB GeForce GTX 260 is a powerful component in its own right. Our tests favoured the HD 4890, but the GTX 260 may be faster on some games.
A 500GB hard drive and 4GB allocation of memory are fairly standard at this price point, but it's worth noting that this RAM is of the faster, more expensive DDR3 variety. This should give the CyberPower Gamer Infinity Draco the edge in memory-intensive tasks, although our performance tests didn't provide much evidence of this. CyberPower also supplies a beefy 850W power supply, which is ample for overclocking and hardware upgrades.
The monitor supplied with the CyberPower Gamer Infinity Draco is the same 22in Digimate model as seen with the Best Buy Chillblast. It's a smart-looking budget display with a glossy finish and a digital connector that helps maintain image clarity.
And CyberPower takes top honours in its choice of system case for the Gamer Infinity Draco. The stylish Cooler Master model featured here is finished in two-tone metallic blue and glossy black.
A transparent side-panel also shows off the CyberPower Gamer Infinity Draco's illuminated interior, including a Gigabyte motherboard that's festooned with metallic blue components.
The motherboard has room for an additional two sticks of DDR3 memory and the CyberPower Gamer Infinity Draco is the only one of the group to support CrossfireX technology for a dual graphics card setup.
Chart rankings: Budget desktop PCs (October 09 issue)
- Chillblast Fusion Predator
- Arbico CD8690 XL
- Eclipse Spirit i86R489
- CyberPower Gamer Infinity Draco
- CyberPower Gamer Ultra HD II
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