GAM­ING PC Cy­berPower In­fin­ity Xtreme Ti­ta­nium

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Custom PC - - REVIEWS - MIKE JEN­NINGS

Both of this month’s review sys­tems use In­tel’s new Skylake-X pro­ces­sors, and Cy­berPower’s In­fin­ity Xtreme Ti­ta­nium’s price of £2,399 inc VAT eas­ily un­der­cuts the Scan 3XS Car­bon Aura’s price. The core of this ma­chine is the Core i7-7820X, with eight cores that can sup­port 16 con­cur­rent threads. Un­like the Scan, though, the Cy­berPower’s CPU isn’t over­clocked, so it runs at 3.6GHz rather than the Scan’s lofty 4.8GHz fre­quency.

The new LGA2066 chips re­bal­ance their L2 and L3 cache, and de­ploy more cores than the first gen­er­a­tion of Skylake CPUs, and they re­quire a mother­board based on In­tel’s new X299 chipset, which in this PC comes from an MSI X299 Raider mother­board. It misses out on high-end fea­tures such as a POST code dis­play or on-board but­tons, and it looks sub­dued – it’s a ba­sic black PCB with black heatsinks and no LEDs. Get be­yond its looks and lack of en­thu­si­ast toys, though, and it ticks the right boxes. It has eight mem­ory slots, two M.2 slots and eight SATA ports.

Its top PCI-E 16x slot is also steel-re­in­forced, and it can sup­port dual-graph­ics with this ma­chine’s 28-lane CPU. There are also six fan head­ers, ten USB ports and a 1x PCI-E slot along­side three spare 16x PCI-E slots.

The high-end CPU is also paired with 32GB of DDR4 mem­ory. That’s overkill for a gam­ing rig, but it’s wel­come for run­ning many vir­tual ma­chines, and the high-end ap­pli­ca­tions that will ben­e­fit from the CPU’s multi-core abil­i­ties. You also get the fa­mil­iar 250GB Sam­sung 960 Evo SSD and 1TB hard disk combo, along with a fully mod­u­lar Cor­sair RM650x PSU, which has an 80 Plus Gold rat­ing.

Gam­ing abil­ity comes from Nvidia’s pop­u­lar GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GPU, and here, it’s on an Aero card built by MSI. It doesn’t look flashy, but it prom­ises good cool­ing and an overclock – the 1480MHz stock GPU now runs at 1506MHz, and the 11GB of GDDR5X mem­ory has been given a tiny 16MHz (ef­fec­tive) boost.

The Cooler Master MasterBox 5t chas­sis is large and im­pos­ing. It mea­sures 541mm long, and its front panel leans for­ward with a glossy black façade sand­wiched be­tween ar­eas of red mesh. The red theme car­ries on else­where: there’s a panel at the top, and a light un­der­neath the front to pro­vide a warm glow. Cy­berPower has also added a strip of red LEDs in the roof, and the mother­board tray shares the same colour. It looks good, but we think the Scan looks sub­tler and classier.

The length of this case means there’s plenty of room to ma­noeu­vre though. The mem­ory slots are easy to reach, and the sin­gle spare hard disk bay uses a caddy that faces the side of the en­clo­sure. Most of the spare SATA ports and the empty M.2 slot can be ac­cessed too, while a Wi-Fi card oc­cu­pies the sole 1x PCI-E slot.

There isn’t much room to add stor­age, but that’s com­mon­place in modern PCs, and it isn’t a mas­sive is­sue any­more. How­ever, we’d have po­si­tioned the Cor­sair Hy­dro cooler higher – in its cur­rent po­si­tion, its bot­tom third isn’t get­ting much air be­cause it’s blocked by the hard disk bays. The ca­ble tidy­ing could be bet­ter too, es­pe­cially at the rear of the sys­tem, where it’s down­right messy. You don’t see be­hind the rear panel by de­fault, but it’s a mea­sure of pro­fes­sion­al­ism – com­par­a­tively, the Scan’s ca­bles run in straight lines. The Cy­berPower is bet­ter around the front, where wires poke through the rout­ing holes dis­creetly.

Fi­nally, the war­ranty is Cy­berPower’s stan­dard deal – a three year labour pack­age with two years of parts cov­er­age. You only get a month of col­lect and re­turn cov­er­age, but it’s not a bad deal for the price and spec of the ma­chine.

Per­for­mance

The Core i7-7820X is a pow­er­ful piece of multi-thread­ing sil­i­con, even at stock speed. Its video en­cod­ing re­sult of 575,764 is great, and its multi-tasking re­sult of 204,388 is good too – far bet­ter than any over­clocked Kaby Lake quad-core chip. The im­age edit­ing re­sult of 31,726 is a long way back, though, as this test re­lies on clock speed and sin­gle-core pace. Nev­er­the­less, the Cy­berPower’s

over­all score of 208,627 is solid – Kaby Lake ma­chines tend to score just over 150,000 points, while this month’s Scan man­aged 229,453.

One ad­van­tage of the stock speed CPU is, of course, a cool run­ning tem­per­a­ture. Its peak delta T of 58°C dur­ing stress test­ing is bril­liant, and it only peaked at 54°C with GPU stress test­ing re­moved from the equa­tion. The GPU’s delta T of 61°C is also fine, and the Cy­berPower was quiet too. It uses its low fan mode by de­fault, and it was ex­tremely quiet, even when run­ning games and bench­marks.

The over­clocked GTX 1080 Ti proved ca­pa­ble in our gam­ing bench­marks too. Its 36fps min­i­mums in Fall­out 4 and Deus Ex are ex­cel­lent, and its best re­sult came in The Witcher 3, where it man­aged a su­perb min­i­mum of 60fps. Those min­i­mum frame rates were only just be­hind those of the Scan, show­ing that you don’t need nec­es­sar­ily need a heav­ily over­clocked CPU to get good gam­ing per­for­mance.

Con­clu­sion

The Cy­berPower’s lower price over the Scan doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily equal poor per­for­mance – there’s hardly any gap in games, and the stock-speed CPU is still plenty quick enough in heav­ily multi-threaded soft­ware. Its sin­glethreaded per­for­mance is a long way be­hind the Scan though - it’s a shame Cy­berPower hasn’t at­tempted to overclock the CPU.

The Cy­berPower’s lower price also means you miss out on some fi­nesse when com­pared with the Scan. The mother­board doesn’t have quite as many fea­tures, you get half the SSD ca­pac­ity and the de­sign isn’t as smart or well-built. The Cy­berPower has loads of multi-threaded pro­cess­ing power, and is im­mensely fast in games, with­out cost­ing a silly amount of money.

It’s a shame there’s no overclock, and more care could have been taken over the build, but it has buck­ets of mul­ti­core grunt if you have a strict bud­get.

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