CyberPower has cleverly opted for a cost-effective Core i7 9xx-series CPU with its Infinity Hades GT power desktop PC, leaving cash in the budget for a fast-booting solid-state disk and a Blu-ray drive.
Both the CyberPower Infinity Hades GT and Mesh PC have opted for Intel's Core i7 860 processor. This chip combines a 2.8GHz clock speed with quad-core performance and demands lower-cost components than the Core i7 9xx series.
Unfortunately for the CyberPower Infinity Hades GT, this has resulted in the lowest WorldBench 6 score of the group. It's worth pointing out, however, that this is still a jolly quick PC.
The installation of Windows on a 64GB SSD improves the CyberPower Infinity Hades GT's startup and shutdown times, as well as general operation. SSDs are rather expensive, so it's pleasing to see the inclusion hasn't pushed up the price tag.
One down side to SSDs is that they fill up quickly, but the CyberPower Infinity Hades GT gets around this by also including a 1.5TB hard drive.
With an ATI Radeon HD 5870 graphics card under the hood, the CyberPower Infinity Hades GT is easily capable of keeping up with the competition in our gaming tests.
CyberPower supplies separate DVD and Blu-ray drives, with the latter put to good use playing HD movies on the Infinity Hades GT's 24in full-HD AOC monitor - the same screen that Arbico includes. While it offers a good specification and a front-facing USB port, it looks a little chunky and less elegant than those supplied with the other systems in our chart.
Chart ranking: Power desktop PCs (June issue)
- Chillblast Fusion Pinnacle
- Mesh Ice7 5870 HD
- Arbico Elite 9387 HD
- CyberPower Infinity Hades GT
- Palicomp Core i7 Blitz 960-24
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