By far the most impressive - but also the most expensive - system this month is the Gamer Infinity i7 Phoenix from CyberPower.
Take one look at this PC and you can tell it's going to be pricey. The CyberPower Gamer Infinity i7 Phoenix's Cooler Master Storm Scout case is finished in stealth black and looks so sturdy and over-engineered that you'd almost expect to be able to drive it home. Four front-facing USB ports are provided at the top of the case, along with an eSATA connector next to the power switch.
Fans are placed at the front, rear and top of the CyberPower Gamer Infinity i7 Phoenix's case, with a powerful 850W WinPower PSU installed at the bottom.
A design such as this would be an embarrassment without the performance to back it up, but the CyberPower Gamer Infinity i7 Phoenix has it in spades. The second system here to use Intel's brand-new Core i7 950 processor, the Phoenix delivers our highest ever WorldBench 6 score: 147 points.
Graphics performance is also very good, but the CyberPower Gamer Infinity i7 Phoenix's standard 275 card can't match the Chillblast's 285 or the Eclipse's overclocked 275 on the most demanding games.
The CyberPower Gamer Infinity i7 Phoenix offers 1.5TB of storage in the form of two 750GB drives in a Raid 0 configuration. This is a high-performance setup but is less secure than those systems with two separate volumes.
Twin optical drives provide optimal performance for burning DVDs and playing back Blu-ray films on the CyberPower Gamer Infinity i7 Phoenix's 24in monitor, which comes with digital and HDMI inputs.
Chart rankings: Power desktop PCs (October 09 issue)
- Eclipse Armageddon X58-i795N275
- Arbico Elite i7890 HD
- Chillblast Fusion Turismo
- CyberPower Gamer Infinity i7 Phoenix
- Chillblast Fusion Thunder
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