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Sunday, March 23, 2014

CyberPower Infinity Perseus XT review - big and powerful PC great for gaming

The Infinity Perseus XT is a traditional big black box of a gaming PC, housed in the latest Mk III version of Coolermaster's Dominator 690 mid-tower case.

There's plenty of room for upgrades inside and it offers adjustable drive bays which can switch between 3.5 and 2.5in sizes without tools. It also incorporates multiple dust filters to maintain excellent airflow. Although rather large and imposing, it's much easier to access internal components in a case such as this than in one of the compact Mini ITX form factor cases. You can also see all of those sexy components through the large transparent side window.

The price includes a Blu-ray combo drive with a Gigabyte Force K3 gaming keyboard and M6900 optical mouse. A 23in AOC i2367FH monitor is included, which features an IPS panel for excellent colour reproduction and wide viewing angles and a claimed 5ms response time which is fast enough for all but the hardest of hardcore gamers.

The system is powered by a 3.4GHz Intel Core i5-4670K which has been overclocked to 4.4GHz. This is a standard level of overclocking for this processor and is the same speed found in many competing PCs.

It's teamed up with 16GB of DDR3 memory and a roomy 256GB Plextor PX-M5S SD. This offers double the amount of high-speed flash storage found in most other systems of this type.

The Infinity Perseus XT performed well in our application tests, scoring 6731 points in PCMark 7. This is a few points behind the bbest gaming PCs we have tested of late, but close enough as to make no perceptible difference in general use.

Graphics processing is taken care of by one of AMD's latest R9 290 cards, featuring 4GB of video memory and delivering excellent performance. Although beaten by the fastest nVidia cards at Final Fantasy XIV and Sniper Elite V2, the Infinity Perseus XT is the king of the hill playing Alien vs Predator, so relative performance will depends largely on what games you play. (See also Group test: What's the best gaming PC?)

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