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CyberPower Infinity i7 Hercules XT review

£999 inc VAT

Manufacturer: CyberPower

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

With a CPU specially designed for overclocking, the CyberPower Infinity i7 Hercules XT power desktop PC will prove a hit with those who are happy to tinker.

With a CPU specially designed for overclocking, the CyberPower Infinity i7 Hercules XT power desktop PC will prove a hit with those who are happy to tinker.

CyberPower has plumped for Intel’s Core i7-875K for its Infinity i7 Hercules XT power desktop PC – in essence an i7-870, but with an unlocked multiplier that makes this chip ideal for overclocking.

At stock speeds, the CyberPower Infinity i7 Hercules XT power desktop PC performed slightly slower than we’d like. Its 136-point tally in our speed test was beaten by the Arbico and Eclipse, which both use the Core i7-870 at the same speed, as well as the Palicomp.

The nVidia GeForce GTX 460 graphics card selected by CyberPower not only offers more RAM than the Eclipse’s version (1GB versus 768MB), but it uses a wider 256bit memory interface. This factory-overclocked card has also had its core clock bumped from 675MHz to 700MHz. Yet it still can’t beat the Eclipse’s deadly duo – it’s important to note that Eclipse’s Tornado SLi i87n46 is available at the same price as the CyberPower Infinity i7 Hercules XT power desktop PC, yet comes with two 768MB GeForce GTX 460 cards as standard – nor the ATI Radeon HD 5850 found in three of the four other PCs here. Note, however, that the GTX 460 is reputed to be a highly overclockable card – your mileage may vary.

While the CyberPower Infinity i7 Hercules XT power desktop PC comes with the very latest processor and graphics card, it’s actually the slowest PC overall in our chart. That’s to ignore its overclocking capabilities, however, and if you’re happy to tinker away then this machine could be the best investment of all.

Power PCs chart ranking

Palicomp Core i7 Blitz 930-24 USB3
Arbico Elite i7-8785 HD
Eclipse Tornado SLi i87n46
CyberPower Infinity i7 Hercules XT
Chillblast Fusion Hammerhead

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2.93GHz Intel Core i7-875K
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
4GB DDR3 RAM
1TB SATA
6 x USB 2.0
2 x USB 3.0
Gigabyte P55-USB3 motherboard
850W AvengePower PSU
24in HKC 2249A (0.28mm pixel pitch
1920x1080)
1GB Palit nVidia GeForce GTX 460 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 76/30fps
Stalker: Call of Pripyat [Medium/Ultra] = 127/65fps)
onboard Realtek ALC888 sound
speakers built into monitor
max DVD speeds: 22x/22x/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: 136
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

Tested at stock speeds, the CyberPower Infinity i7 Hercules XT was the slowest power desktop PC in our group test and failed to impress. But if you're happy to overclock the specially designed CPU and graphics card, you're likely to be satisfied with the speed boost returned.

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