GAMING PC CyberPower Infinity Xtreme Titanium
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.
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.
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.