CyberPower Infinity 3D 2000 review

17 Oct 2011

A fine all-rounder, but despite the attraction of 3D it isn’t quite as good as its main rival

Price when reviewed 
1,199
5

It may not have taken off in the way TV companies would like, but we’re seeing 3D appear in more PCs and laptops these days – so the arrival of CyberPower’s latest machine with a 3D monitor in tow didn’t come as a surprise.

The monitor in question is a ViewSonic VX2268wm, which has a 22in screen and is compatible with Nvidia’s 3D Vision kit – which CyberPower has included with its Infinity 3D 2000. Even without the 3D gimmick, though, it’s a reasonable display: an average Delta E of 2.3, measured contrast ratio of 991:1 and luminance of 317cd/m2 mean it’s vivid, bright and very colour accurate.

That’s a good place to start, but it isn’t perfect, with the 1,680 x 1,050 native resolution the first minor disappointment in a machine that includes a Blu-ray drive. The screen takes on a noticeable grain when lighter images are displayed, and viewing angles aren’t particularly good either - lean to the left or right and colours begin to distort. It feels cheap too, thanks to glossy plastic and, despite its chunky construction, it’s extremely wobbly.

CyberPower Infinity 3D 2000

The power to play 3D titles comes from Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 560 Ti graphics card. It’s a fine mid-range card, and is capable of handling most of today’s top games – as a score of 41fps in our 1,920 x 1,080 Very High quality Crysis test demonstrates. Turn on the system’s 3D kit, though, and frame rates take a turn for the worse, with that same test returning a score of only 24fps when run at the screen's native resolution of 1,680 x 1,050. So you may have to turn some of the options down to make some titles playable.

The effect works well thanks to the maturity of Nvidia’s drivers, but you’ll get more pure gaming grunt elsewhere – the A-Listed Chillblast Fusion Flash doesn’t come with a 3D screen, but it does include an AMD Radeon HD 6970, which scored 53fps in the Very High quality test.

Joining the graphics card is Intel’s top-end Core i7-2600K and 8GB of RAM. This normally runs at 3.4GHz, but here it’s overclocked to 4.5GHz. That’s a tad low (the Chillblast Fusion Flash ran its Core i5-2500K at 4.8GHz and scored 1.17) but it’s enough to deliver excellent levels of performance, with a benchmark score of 1.1.

The rest of the specification falls in line with what we’d expect. There’s a 32GB OCZ Onyx SSD, which CyberPower has configured to take advantage of the Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3-B3 motherboard’s ISRT caching, and storage consists of a 2TB Samsung Spinpoint F4 hard disk. There’s a Blu-ray reader, too, which makes the 1,680 x 1,050 native resolution of the monitor a little disappointing.

Details

Price ex VAT £999
Price inc VAT £1,199
Overall rating 5
Performance 5
Features & Design 5
Value for Money 5

Warranty

Warranty 1 yr return to base

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity 2,000GB
RAM capacity 8.00GB
Screen size 22.0in

Processor

CPU family Intel Core i7
CPU nominal frequency 3.40GHz
CPU overclocked frequency 4.50GHz
Processor socket LGA 1155
HSF (heatsink-fan) Asetek water-cooling

Motherboard

Motherboard Gigabyte Z68A-D3-B3
Motherboard chipset Intel Z68
Conventional PCI slots free 2
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
Wired adapter speed 1,000Mbits/sec

Memory

Memory type DDR3
Memory sockets free 0
Memory sockets total 4

Graphics card

Graphics card Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards? no
3D performance setting Medium
Graphics chipset Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti
Graphics card RAM 1.00GB
DVI-I outputs 2
HDMI outputs 1
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 0
DisplayPort outputs 1
Number of graphics cards 1

Hard disk

Hard disk Samsung Spinpoint F4
Capacity 2.00TB
Hard disk usable capacity 1.86TB
Internal disk interface SATA/600
Spindle speed 7,200RPM
Cache size 64MB
Hard disk 2 make and model OCZ Onyx SSD
Hard disk 2 nominal capacity 32GB
Hard disk 2 formatted capacity 20

Drives

Optical disc technology Blu-ray reader/DVD writer combo

Monitor

Monitor make and model ViewSonic VX2268wm
Resolution screen horizontal 1,680
Resolution screen vertical 1,050
Resolution 1680 x 1050
Pixel response time 3ms
Contrast ratio 1,000:1
Screen brightness 300cd/m2
DVI inputs 1
HDMI inputs 0
VGA inputs 0
DisplayPort inputs 0

Additional Peripherals

Speakers Logitech S220 2.1
Speaker type 2.1
Sound card Realtek ALC662

Case

Chassis Cooler Master HAF 912
Case format Full tower
Dimensions 230 x 496 x 480mm (WDH)

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays 3

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream) 6
PS/2 mouse port yes
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports 1
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports 0
3.5mm audio jacks 8

Front ports

Front panel USB ports 2
Front panel memory card reader no

Mouse & Keyboard

Mouse and keyboard Logitech keyboard and mouse

Operating system and software

OS family Windows 7

Noise and power

Idle power consumption 114W
Peak power consumption 486W

Performance tests

3D performance (crysis) low settings 134fps
3D performance setting Medium
Overall Real World Benchmark score 1.10
Responsiveness score 1.02
Media score 1.07
Multitasking score 1.21