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CyberPower Infinity Pro

At a Glance
  • CyberPower Infinity Pro

    PCWorld Rating

    This excellent all-purpose system for serious power users that includes vast storage and dual 22-inch LCDs.

Priced at $4999 (as of September 12, 2007), including two 22-inch wide-screen LCDs, the Infinity Pro is a bit expensive compared with other workhorse PCs we've seen of late; but considering everything that comes in the package we tested, it's definitely a worthwhile investment for anyone seeking a powerful desktop machine.

The Infinity Pro runs on the new Intel 3-GHz Core 2 Extreme QX6850 processor, which features a faster frontside bus speed (1333 MHz, up from 1066 MHz). Our test system also came with 4GB of DDR2-800 RAM (two Corsair 2GB sticks) and a whopping 1.8 terabytes of hard-disk space, consisting of two 150GB, 10,000-rpm Western Digital Raptor drives configured in a RAID 0 array and two 750GB, 7200-rpm Hitachi drives (configured individually) for data storage and backup.

Running 64-bit Windows Vista Premium, the Infinity Pro scored an impressive 124 in our WorldBench 6 Beta 2 test suite, ahead of the 123 mark of the quad-core HP Blackbird 002 (which uses the same Intel QX6850 CPU), but still behind the score of 129 that CyberPower's more gaming-oriented Gamer Infinity Ultimate earned.

Using a single, 768MB EVGA GeForce 8800 GTX graphics board on a Gigabyte GA-P35 DQ6 CrossFire-ready motherboard, our Infinity Pro also received very respectable scores in its graphics performance, though it didn't set any records. For example, its score of 222 average frames per second (fps) while running Far Cry at 1024 by 768 bested the HP Blackbird 002's 217 fps on the same test, but it wasn't quite as fast as the 227-fps result of the Xi MTower IGE-Stacker, which uses the same EVGA 8800 GTX graphics board as the Infinity Pro does.

It's worth noting that for dual-graphics card use, the Gigabyte motherboard in our test system requires two ATI CrossFire-compatible graphics cards, and that, unfortunately, precludes using an nVidia card such as the GeForce 8800 that came in our test PC. However, CyberPower is flexible about the motherboard it uses for this model: The company can configure the Infinity Pro with an nVidia SLI-ready motherboard upon request.

The Infinity Pro's stylish silver case (Cooler Master Cosmos) has handles on both the top and bottom that are helpful for transportation and that improve the airflow by lifting the ventilated bottom off the floor. Behind the hinged, front panel are five external drive bays, three of which in our test system were filled with a LiteOn Blu-ray writer drive (which can store up to 25GB of content per disk), a multiformat DVD burner, and a multiformat card reader. The top panel holds an easily accessible connection dock with USB, FireWire, and audio ports, plus an eSATA connector. Additional USB, FireWire, and other ports are located on the back; they include serial and parallel ports for older peripherals.

The Cosmos case is easy to pop open, and everything inside looks neat and tidy. A Thermaltake V1 Gaming CPU Cooling Fan and four 120mm case fans provide excellent thermal management. Upgrades are essentially tool-less. The external drive bays use a push-button locking mechanism (no screws necessary), and the six internal drive bays (two of which were open in our test system) use pull-out hard drive caddies/holders that are a snap to open and close. Additional upgrade options include several open slots: one PCIe x16, one PCIe x1, and one PCI.

When we viewed various text and graphics images on the dual 22-inch wide-screen ViewSonic Optiquest Q22WB displays bundled with our test machine, the picture quality was good, with crisp, readable text (even in small sizes) and bright, well-contrasted color in both still and moving images.

The sharp-looking Logitech Cordless Desktop MX3200 Laser set is loaded with features. The keyboard is chock-full of useful extra programmable keys, and the ergonomically designed mouse is delightfully comfortable to use. As a final bonus, CyberPower also throws in a versatile Creative Lab Inspire P7800 surround-sound system as part of the package.

Featuring the newest CPU, graphics, and storage technologies, the CyberPower Infinity Pro is an excellent all-purpose system for serious power users.

--Richard Jantz

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At a Glance
  • PCWorld Rating

    This excellent all-purpose system for serious power users that includes vast storage and dual 22-inch LCDs.

    Pros

    • Quad-core processor
    • Huge amount of hard disk space

    Cons

    • Expensive
    • Dual displays require greater space
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