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CyberPower Infinity White Knight review

Verdict

A fast, well-built PC in an excellent chassis, but it’s spoiled by very poor peripherals and a price that’s a touch high for what’s on offer

Review Date: 11 Jan 2011

Reviewed By: Mike Jennings

Price when reviewed: £1,445 (£1,698 inc VAT)

Overall Rating
4 stars out of 6

Features & Design
4 stars out of 6

Value for Money
4 stars out of 6

Performance
5 stars out of 6

The CyberPower Infinity White Knight is one of the most striking PCs you’ll see, even by the Newcastle-based firm’s extravagant standards. With the NZXT Phantom chassis taking centre stage and the peripherals matching its bright white finish, it’s a system capable of standing out whatever the surroundings.

The White Knight is about more than just looks, though. At the top of the case is a bank of fan controls that alter the speed of the front and rear case fans as well as the trio – which includes one 200mm model – on the meshed side panel.

Remove that - and the fact that the white interior is matched by white water-cooling tubes - and the combination of motherboard tray and CyberPower’s fastidious attention to detail means it’s neat, even without a modular PSU.

The water-cooling isn’t the kind of third-party unit characterised by low prices and high noise. Instead, CyberPower has put together its own loop consisting of a roof-mounted 360mm radiator, a reservoir that occupies two 5.25in bays, and pipes heading to and from the processor and graphics card.

CyberPower Infinity White Knight

The neat build and military-styled Asus Sabertooth X58 motherboard combine to provide plenty of upgrade room. The spare PCI Express x16 slot is capable of running at its full speed even with the top slot occupied by the graphics card, and there are two PCI Express x1 sockets and one PCI slot empty. Three DIMM sockets cater for up to 24GB of 1,866MHz DDR3 memory, and there are two free SATA/300 ports.

The three spare hard disk cages are slightly plasticky but offer tool-free expansion. The empty 5.25in bay is blocked by the cooling system’s radiator, however, although with a Blu-ray reader and DVD writer already installed, you’re unlikely to want to upgrade anytime soon.

If it all looks high-end, the Phantom copes admirably with the resulting heat. We dialled the five fan controllers to their minimum levels and the quiet hum barely increased in our stress tests - helped, in part, by the sound-absorbing foam that coats the Phantom’s interior. Peak temperatures of 74°C from the processor and just 47°C from the graphics card are impressive, almost on a par with the cool and quiet operation of the A-Listed Chillblast Fusion Dimension.

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User comments

is it a condenser or does it need a vent hose out the back or front? what about a lint filter or reversible door? decent review but it doesn't say how dry this tumble dryer gets your clothes

By mr_chips on 12 Jan 2011

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