CyberPower Infinity White Knight review
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)
Features & Design
Value for Money
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.
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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