Cyberpower infinity Apollo Pro review

Cyberpower infinity Apollo Pro

The subtle wonkiness of The NZXT Source 220 mid-tower case gives Cyberpower's Infinity Apollo Pro a somewhat unsettling appearance next to other gaming PCs. It looks almost as though a panel needs to be clicked back into place. This is in fact by design: the asymmetric front panel eschews the perpendicular, in favour of some jaunty, jutting angles you'll only really notice when you get up close. See what's the best gaming PC?

Inside, there are plenty of empty tool-free drive bays and cable management to help keep things tidy and easy airflow through the PC's case. There's also space to install more fans top and bottom should you feel the need to increase the cooling further. There's a lot of empty space inside, so other than for airflow reasons, this case is rather larger than it needs to be.

More importantly, we find a Pentium Anniversary Edition processor overclocked to 4.5GHz and cooled by a sizeable Cooler Master Hyper TX3 heatpipe cooler. The processor is complemented by 8GB of DDR3 RAM and both as installed in an Asus H81M-D Plus motherboard. As you will guess from its name, this motherboard uses an unlocked version of the Intel H81 Express chipset to allow unofficial overclocking of the CPU at lower cost.

Cyberpower infinity Apollo Pro review: class-leading gaming speeds

This cost saving has allowed Cyberpower to install an MSI GeForce GTX 760 graphics card delivering the same level of class-leading gaming speeds as similar cards delivered by Chillblast and Scan.

The result is top notch performance in one of the least expensive PCs of the group test. The 4.5GHz overclock gives a slight edge over Chillblast's 4.3GHz system, while the low-cost motherboard makes the Infinity Apollo Pro considerably less expensive than Scan's 3XS Performance GT. (See all Budget PCs reviews.)

Cyberpower infinity Apollo Pro review: testing problems

Unfortunately we encountered a couple of problems during testing. First of all, the built-in network adapter on the motherboard failed to work, so we had to use an external USB one instead. Then the system crashed during the first run of our torture test. Subsequent runs of the torture test completed successfully however, and we gave it an extra-long run just to make sure.

The system is supplied with a 23.6in AOC full HD display, featuring an ultra-thin bezel and a subtle red wine colouring. Its TN panel can't match the colour reproduction or viewing angles of an IPS display, but its 2ms response time and large screen area is perfect for gaming. You also get a Cooler Master Devastator combo comprising a high resolution MS2K mouse and backlit MB24 keyboard featuring a toughened design and dedicated multimedia keys. See also: best budget PCs.

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CYBERPOWER INFINITY APOLLO PRO: Specs

  • 3.2GHz Intel Pentium G3258 (@4.5GHz)
  • Coolermaster Hyper TX3
  • 8GB DDR3 1866MHz (running @ 1,333MHz)
  • 1TB Western Digital Caviar Blue
  • Cooler Master Elitepower 500W
  • Asus H81M-D plus
  • 3x USB 3.0, 3x USB 2.0
  • 23.6in, AOC E2461FWH, 1920x1080, TN, HDMI, VGA
  • MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB VRAM, Core: 1085MHz (1150 boost), RAM: 1502Mz
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • 2x DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort
  • PS/2 keyboard and mouse ports
  • NZXT Source 220
  • Cooler Master Devastator Keyboard and Mouse
  • LiteOn BD-ROM/DVDRW
  • Windows 8.1 64bit
  • 3 years RTB (2 years parts, 3 years labour)
  • 3.2GHz Intel Pentium G3258 (@4.5GHz)
  • Coolermaster Hyper TX3
  • 8GB DDR3 1866MHz (running @ 1,333MHz)
  • 1TB Western Digital Caviar Blue
  • Cooler Master Elitepower 500W
  • Asus H81M-D plus
  • 3x USB 3.0, 3x USB 2.0
  • 23.6in, AOC E2461FWH, 1920x1080, TN, HDMI, VGA
  • MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB VRAM, Core: 1085MHz (1150 boost), RAM: 1502Mz
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • 2x DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort
  • PS/2 keyboard and mouse ports
  • NZXT Source 220
  • Cooler Master Devastator Keyboard and Mouse
  • LiteOn BD-ROM/DVDRW
  • Windows 8.1 64bit
  • 3 years RTB (2 years parts, 3 years labour)

OUR VERDICT

The Cyberpower infinity Apollo Pro delivers excellent performance and good features at a very competitive price point. The unofficially overclocked H81 Express based motherboard helps keep costs low enough to allow for a speedy graphics card within our assigned budget. Were it not for a couple of failures during testing, this would have been a strong contender for our Best Buy award.