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CyberPower Infinity X66 GTX Pro – PC Review

CyberPower Infinity X66 GTX Pro – PC Review

CyberPower Infinity X66 GTX Pro The mid-range CyberPower Infinity X66 GTX Pro is the first machine we’ve seen to arrive with the new Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti.

This is the latest card from the Nvidia Pascal range of products, and it’s a powerful part that’s designed to respond to the AMD Radeon RX Vega 56.

CyberPower Infinity X66 GTX Pro PC Review – Components

The new card has a formidable specification. It’s got 2,432 stream processors, which is far closer to the 2,560 included with the high-end GTX 1080 than the 1,920 used on the mid-range GTX 1070. The GTX 1070 Ti also shares its core clock of 1,607MHz with the more expensive Nvidia card.

The GTX 1070 Ti has 8GB of memory, although it’s the more conventional GDDR5 RAM rather than the future-proofed GDDR5X that’s used in pricier cards. It has 7.2 billion transistors, just like the GTX 1080. It’s not overclocked in this machine, but that hardly matters.

It’s a stonking card, especially for a £1,299 system, and it’s joined by an excellent processor. The Core i5-8600K is a Coffee Lake part, which means it gets all the architectural improvements from Intel’s latest technology. It’s also been overclocked from its conventional 3.6GHz speed to a monster 4.7GHz.

CyberPower Infinity X66 GTX Pro

That bodes well for tasks that require great single-threaded pace, like web browsing, office tools and most games. The new Core i5 chip has received a multi-tasking boost too – unlike older chips, it’s got six cores. However, these Core i5 parts don’t have Hyper-Threading, so Core i7 chips remain the best bet for proper multi-tasking. The Core i5 part also has a little less cache than new Core i7 chips.

Elsewhere, the CyberPower ticks the right boxes for a mid-range rig. Sixteen gigabytes of DDR4 is plenty, although the lower price does mean a lower 2,400MHz speed. The 256GB SSD is paired with a 2TB hard disk but the Samsung 850 EVO drive is an older product that won’t match today’s M.2 parts for speed. Expect SSD pace that’s better than a hard disk but not as good as the Samsung 960 series. There’s a discrete wireless card, too.

The core components compare well to the Yoyotech Redback N5, which remains the CyberPower’s biggest challenger. That machine used a standard GTX 1070 card rather than the Ti version. It also had an AMD Ryzen 7 1700 processor, which has eight cores but no overclocking.

The Asus Prime Z370-P motherboard is solid. It’s got upgraded audio circuits and a couple of spare M.2 sockets for adding lightning-fast storage. Two memory slots are vacant, and there are several free fan headers.

Of course, though, it is missing enthusiast-grade features. It doesn’t have on-board buttons or USB 3.1 Type-C at the rear. There’s no optical S/PDIF, either, and it only has three audio jacks. It looks plain, too, although most people won’t be concerned with that.

The three-year warranty has two years of parts coverage and a month of collect-and-return service. That’s marginally better than the Yoyotech, which had a single year of parts coverage.

CyberPower Infinity X66 GTX Pro CyberPower Infinity X66 GTX Pro PC Review – Design

The CyberPower’s modest budget and concentration on components mean the Thermaltake Core G21 case isn’t augmented with much extra.

The inside is spacious with plenty of room to work around the graphics card. The Cooler Master Seidon unit has a tiny waterblock and its 240mm radiator and pair of 120mm fans are kept out of the way at the front of the rig. It’s simple to access the spare memory slots. The empty M.2 and PCI connectors are just as easy to reach.

There’s a PSU shroud with a couple of empty 2.5in drive bays, so it’s easy to add extra SSDs, and the system’s hard disk and existing SSD are slotted away beneath the shroud – so they can’t be seen through the side panel’s window.

CyberPower Infinity X66 GTX Pro The system is tidy throughout. CyberPower has kept cables locked down and out of site, which is pleasing considering both side panels are see-through. This is a mid-range machine, so it doesn’t have fancy cable-braiding or anything like that.

The chassis only has minor issues. The memory, graphics card and case doesn’t have any RGB LEDs, and the Seidon cooler is a little ugly. The build quality is only middling, with a bit too much flex in the front panel and the metal on the roof, but that’s hardly an issue if this machine will spend its life sat beneath a desk.

There’s very little to choose between the CyberPower’s case and the Game Max Vega tower used in the Yoyotech machine. Both are mid-range and accessible towers in mainstream systems.

CyberPower Infinity X66 GTX Pro PC Review – Performance

CyberPower Infinity X66 GTX Pro CyberPower Infinity X66 GTX Pro CyberPower Infinity X66 GTX Pro The new GTX 1070 Ti is an impressive card that successfully bridges the gap between the mid-range and the high-end.

It handled every 1080p benchmark without breaking a sweat. Its weakest minimum was 68fps in Witcher 3, and its averages in our five games all broke through the 100fps barrier.

It’s adept with 1440p games, too. It ran our five titles at a minimum of 50fps or better, and it got beyond 60fps in every game’s average framerate test.

Only the toughest titles will need graphical tweaking to run well at 1440p, and the GTX 1070 Ti’s pace also means that this machine will successfully output to widescreen panels and VR headsets.

It’ll handle 4K sometimes, too, although several of our tests saw its minimum framerates dip below 30fps. If y ou want to play at 3,840 x 2,160, expect to make graphical compromises in the toughest titles.

There’s a clear gap between this new card and the standard GTX 1070 included with the Yoyotech system. In the 3D Mark Fire Strike test the CyberPower scored 17,092 points – while the Yoyotech Redback N5 was more than 3,000 points slower. The gulf in graphical ability delivered solid improvements in all of our games tests – as our results graphs demonstrate.

The overclocked Core i5 processor is a superb bit of silicon. The tweak to 4.7GHz saw it return a Cinebench score of 1,142cb. Only more expensive Core i7 and AMD Ryzen 7 processors are faster. Its Geekbench single-core score of 5,623 is one of the best we’ve seen, too – and it means that games and other applications that rely on raw pace will run smoothly on this machine.

The Coffee Lake architecture gave Core i5 two more cores, which means a Geekbench multi-core result of 21,331. That, again, is superb – only beaten by processors that cost hundreds of pounds more. It’s also enough power to handle most work tasks, including Office applications, photo processing and online streaming.

The CyberPower’s Geekbench scores were both better than the AMD chip inside the Yoyotech, but the Yoyotech’s processor was quicker in the Cinebench test. Neither machine is slow, then.

The SSD is more ordinary. Its read and write speeds of 549MB/s and 526MB/s are fine, and better than any hard disk, but they’re several times slower than pricier M.2 drives.

That’s hardly an issue, though, and the CyberPower delivered solid thermal performance too. The CPU and GPU top temperatures of 78°C and 73°C are fine, and the machine remained quiet in every benchmark. You’ll barely notice the machine’s low rumble during gaming, and the components didn’t throttle.

CyberPower Infinity X66 GTX Pro CyberPower Infinity X66 GTX Pro PC Review – Conclusion

This machine doesn’t have fancy looks or flashy extras, but that doesn’t matter one bit. The new GTX 1070 Ti card is a stonking GPU that comfortably outpaces the GTX 1070, and that pace means it’ll play today’s top games at 1080p, 1440p and on VR headsets. It’ll also handle a bit of 4K if you don’t mind compromising on some graphics settings.

The overclocked processor offers pace to rival AMD’s Ryzen 7 chips, the motherboard is fine, and there’s plenty of memory and a reasonable SSD. And it never gets too hot or loud.

The CyberPower Infinity X66 GTX Pro isn’t fussy, but it’s fast in almost every scenario – and it comes with a tempting price. It’s one of the best mid-range PCs we’ve ever seen thanks to its consistent speed and calm, classy build.

Fancy getting your hands on this machine? It’s available from CyberPower for £1,299. Want to tell us your thoughts about the CyberPower Infinity X66 GTX Pro? Easy: head to our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Don’t forget to look at our latest guides, too: we’ve covered the best laptops and our favourite desktop PCs.

The Good

  • GTX 1070 Ti delivers impressive gaming performance
  • Overclocked processor
  • Unfussy, tidy build

The Bad

  • Few enthusiast-grade features
  • Little decoration

The Specs

CPU: 3.6GHz Intel Core i5-8600K overclocked to 4.7GHz
Memory: 16GB 2,400MHz DDR4
Graphics: MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB
Motherboard: Asus Prime Z370-P
Storage: 256GB Samsung 850 EVO M.2 SSD, 2TB Seagate Barracuda HDD
Warranty: 3yr Labour w/ 2yr parts and 1mth C&R

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CyberPower Infinity X66 GTX Pro

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Mike Jennings

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