CyberPower Infinity White Knight review

11 Jan 2011

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

Price when reviewed 
1,698
4

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.

Details

Price ex VAT £1,445
Price inc VAT £1,698
Overall rating 4
Performance 5
Features & Design 4
Value for Money 4

Warranty

Warranty 1 yr return to base

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity 1,064GB
RAM capacity 6.00GB
Screen size 24.0in

Processor

CPU family Intel Core i7
CPU nominal frequency 3.07GHz
CPU overclocked frequency 3.80GHz
Processor socket LGA 1366
HSF (heatsink-fan) XSPC water cooling

Motherboard

Motherboard Asus Sabertooth X58
Motherboard chipset Intel X58
Conventional PCI slots free 1
Conventional PCI slots total 2
PCI-E x16 slots free 1
PCI-E x16 slots total 2
PCI-E x8 slots free 0
PCI-E x8 slots total 0
PCI-E x4 slots free 0
PCI-E x4 slots total 0
PCI-E x1 slots free 2
PCI-E x1 slots total 2
Internal SATA connectors 4
Internal SAS connectors 1
Internal PATA connectors 1
Internal floppy connectors 0
Wired adapter speed 1,000Mbits/sec

Memory

Memory type DDR3
Memory sockets free 3
Memory sockets total 6

Graphics card

Graphics card EVGA GeForce GTX 480 Hydro Copper FTW
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards? no
3D performance setting Low
Graphics chipset Nvidia GeForce GTX 480
Graphics card RAM 1.50GB
DVI-I outputs 2
HDMI outputs 1
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 0
DisplayPort outputs 0
Number of graphics cards 1

Hard disk

Hard disk Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ
Capacity 1.00TB
Hard disk usable capacity 931GB
Internal disk interface SATA/300
Spindle speed 7,200RPM
Cache size 32MB
Hard disk 2 make and model Crucial RealSSD C300 64GB
Hard disk 2 nominal capacity 64GB
Hard disk 2 formatted capacity N/A
Hard disk 2 spindle speed N/A
Hard disk 2 cache size N/A
Hard disk 3 make and model N/A
Hard disk 3 nominal capacity N/A
Hard disk 4 make and model N/A
Hard disk 4 nominal capacity N/A

Drives

Optical disc technology Blu-ray reader
Optical disk 2 make and model DVD writer
Optical disk 3 make and model N/A

Monitor

Monitor make and model BenQ V2400 Eco
Resolution screen horizontal 1,920
Resolution screen vertical 1,080
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Pixel response time 5ms
Contrast ratio 1,000:1
Screen brightness 250cd/m2
DVI inputs 0
HDMI inputs 1
VGA inputs 1
DisplayPort inputs 0

Additional Peripherals

Speakers N/A
Speaker type N/A
Sound card Realtek HD Audio

Case

Chassis NZXT Phantom
Case format Full tower
Dimensions 222 x 623 x 540mm (WDH)

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays 0

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream) 8
FireWire ports 1
eSATA ports 3
PS/2 mouse port yes
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports 0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports 1
Modem no
3.5mm audio jacks 6

Front ports

Front panel USB ports 2
Front panel eSATA ports 1
Front panel memory card reader no

Mouse & Keyboard

Mouse and keyboard Trust wired keyboard, Logitech wired mouse

Operating system and software

OS family Windows 7

Noise and power

Idle power consumption 198W
Peak power consumption 680W

Performance tests

Overall application benchmark score 2.70
Office application benchmark score 2.36
2D graphics application benchmark score 2.89
Encoding application benchmark score 2.23
Multitasking application benchmark score 3.34
3D performance (crysis) low settings 153fps
3D performance setting Low