The £2,799 CyberPower Infinity Xtreme Titanium GTX is an unusual PC – for starters, it’s powered using a Skylake-X Core i7-7800X processor. That’s a left-field choice after months where other machines have been dominated by Intel Coffee Lake and AMD Ryzen. After all, competitors like the PC Specialist Velocity X 01 and Corsair One rely on the popular Core i7-8700K, and the Chillblast Fusion Yogscast Ultimate uses the superb AMD Ryzen 7 1800X. That said, this unusual choice may make plenty of sense in benchmarks – so read our CyberPower Infinity Xtreme Titanium GTX PC review to find out if it’s a contender.
CyberPower Infinity Xtreme Titanium GTX – The Skylake-X Processor
Intel Skylake-X chips like the Core i7-7800X were introduced back in June 2017, but they’ve still got impressive specifications.
Intel Skylake-X turbo-charged the standard Skylake architecture with more PCI lanes, improved Turbo Boost abilities and cleverer caching. There are more cores on board, too, which means that the Core i7-7800X won’t just be great for gaming – it should prove adept with content-creation and tough work, too.
The Core i7-7800X has six Hyper-Threaded cores, and it’s clocked to 3.5GHz with a Turbo peak of 4GHz. Those are solid speeds, but they’re looking a little long in the tooth. The Core i7-8700K starts at 3.7GHz and can reach a peak of 4.3GHz across all of its cores. The Chillblast’s Ryzen 7 1800X is clocked to 3.6GHz with a Turbo peak of 4.1GHz.
The Skylake-X chip and architecture have other advantages. The i7-7800X has 28 PCI-E lanes – a dozen more than Coffee Lake – which means it’s easier to add more storage and graphical grunt to this machine. It’s got more lanes than Ryzen offers, too.
You also get the X299 chipset with Skylake-X. That means support for quad-channel memory, rather than the dual-channel systems that Coffee Lake and AMD Ryzen use. You also get more SATA connectivity with X299. Upgrade room is better, too: Ryzen’s AM4 socket tops out at eight CPU cores, and the LGA 1151 socket used for Coffee Lake peaks at six cores, but the X299 chipset and its LGA 2066 socket will accept processors that have eight, twelve or even sixteen cores.
That’s all well and good, but Skylake-X shows its age in some areas. It’s got 8.25MB of cache, which falls behind the 12MB in the i7-8700K and 16MB in the Ryzen 7 1800X. The Skylake-X chip also has a huge TDP of 140W – 45W more than the Coffee Lake-based i7-8700K. That’ll make it harder to cool and more difficult to overclock.
CyberPower Infinity Xtreme Titanium GTX – Components
The processor connects to an MSI X299 SLI PLUS motherboard. Because this system uses Skylake-X, you get eight memory sockets, with four vacant. It supports Intel Optane memory, and the extra PCI-E lanes mean you can add plenty of hardware into its four PCI-E x16 slots.
You get a second M.2 connector for extra storage, and a future-proofed U.2 port. At the rear you’ve got a CMOS button, two Ethernet ports and six USB 3.1 slots.
There’s loads of room to grow – certainly more than the competition offers. Those rigs have more conventional consumer boards with fewer PCI and memory slots. The MSI board used in the CyberPower also offers on-board diagnostic information and power buttons – something that its rivals don’t have.
CyberPower has paired the unusual processor with the familiar Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. The MSI-made card in this machine has been overclocked from 1,480MHz to 1,506MHz, and the GPU has its conventional 3,584 stream processors and 11GB of GDDR5X memory.
It’s the same overclock as the GTX 1080 Ti inside the Chillblast. It’s also better than the stock-speed card inside the Corsair One. However, the PC Specialist went a step further, overclocking the chip to 1,569MHz.
The CyberPower’s content-creation chops are further enhanced by 32GB of DDR4 memory clocked to 3,000MHz. That’s a good speed, and the same amount as the Chillblast and Corsair systems – other rigs that were designed for productivity. It’s twice the memory of the PC Specialist, which is more suited for gaming.
Elsewhere, you’ve got a 500GB Samsung 960 EVO SSD and a 2TB hard disk. That’s a fine storage setup, but the Chillblast rig included more SSD and hard disk space – and the PC Specialist relied on SSDs entirely.
A Corsair RM750x powers this machine. It’s excellent, with a fully-modular design and an 80Plus Gold rating.
CyberPower protects this machine with its usual warranty – a three-year labour deal that includes two years of parts protection and a month of collect-and-return service. It’s a similar deal to the PC Specialist and outstrips the Corsair’s two-year deal, but Chillblast goes even further with a five-year warranty.
The CyberPower Infinity Xtreme Titanium GTX uses the familiar Corsair Crystal 570X. It’s a popular case – used by numerous other machines, including the Chillblast. We still love its strong, tempered glass panels and strong underlying skeleton.
The roof and front panels are made from the same tempered glass as the sides, and underneath you’ll find a smart pattern of honeycomb plastic and dark mesh.
CyberPower has added to the looks with some smart fan work. Three Akasa Vegas fans are installed in the front of the machine, and they glow with rings of red LEDs. They look fantastic when viewed through the front panel. The fans also have rubber pads to reduce noise.
Another Vegas fan is installed as the exhaust, and two more are attached to the radiator – a 240mm EKWB CoolStream SE-240 model that’s hidden in the roof of the case.
The 240mm radiator connects to a tiny 60mm EKWB XRES 100 SPC-60 MX PWM reservoir that’s installed at the front of the case, on a small bracket. An EKWB Supremacy waterblock sits on top of the processor. Another acrylic part sits on the graphics card.
The white coolant looks fantastic as it flows through the waterblocks and the rigid tubing, and CyberPower has been smart with the system: the tiny reservoir means that the entire loop sits in the top half of the case – so it’s easier to get to the ports and sockets at the bottom of the motherboard.
It’s still not tricky to get to the spare memory slots, and CyberPower has done a good job with cabling. The wires are discreet thanks to clever routing and Corsair’s rubber-ringed grommets.
There aren’t many negatives. The PSU shroud is a little flimsy, which is the only build quality issue with this PC. There’s only room to add a single extra hard disk.
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CyberPower Infinity Xtreme Titanium GTX – Application Performance
The CyberPower, for instance, scored 4,657 in Geekbench’s single-core test, but that decent result was still around 700 points behind the stock-speed i7-8700K – and a further 600 points behind the overclocked chip inside the PC Specialist.
It did, at least, manage to outpace the Ryzen 7 1800X. The first-generation Ryzen chip inside the Chillblast Fusion Yogscast scored 3,713 points in the single-threaded test.
The six-core i7-7800X suffered similarly in Geekbench’s multi-tasking test. Its score of 21,262 is great – but the stock-speed i7-8700K remained around 2,000 points quicker. It at least, again, beat the Chillblast’s Ryzen chip.
And, finally, there’s Cinebench. This multi-threaded test saw the CyberPower scored 1,286cb. That’s around 100cb behind the stock-speed Core i7-8700K and around 300 points behind the overclocked Core i7 part and the eight-core Ryzen 7 1800X.
The Skylake-X chip offers good speed across single- and multi-threaded tests, which means it’ll prove adept with most tasks – from simpler tools to top-end games and high-end productivity and design applications.
That’s good, but this older chip can’t compete with Intel’s newer silicon in either category – Coffee Lake is faster at stock speed and even further ahead when overclocked.
CyberPower Infinity Xtreme Titanium GTX – Gaming & Thermal Performance
The GTX 1080 Ti remains a rapid graphics card that’ll handle 4K and VR playback – and every resolution beneath that, too. That’s good, but the lesser processor meant that the CyberPower delivered relatively middling scores when compared to some other machines.
It handled 4K gaming with ease. Its weakest minimum result was a solid 37fps in Fallout 4, and its 4K averages ranged from 48fps in Fallout to a smooth 91fps in Shadow of Mordor. That doesn’t just mean smooth gameplay – it means you’ll be able to run at high refresh rates, too.
The CyberPower’s modest GPU overclock saw it beat the Corsair One in every gaming test – no surprise when you consider that the smaller system has stock-speed graphics and processing hardware. It was also a couple of frames quicker than the Chillblast and its stock-speed GPU in every test.
However, the PC Specialist machine had an overclocked Coffee Lake processor and a better graphics card overclock – and that machine proved faster still. Its Battlefield 1 average was three frames better, and it was five frames faster in Crysis 3. The PC Specialist proved quicker in nine of our 4K gaming tests, with an equal average in Witcher 3.
The CyberPower was an excellent thermal performer thanks to the great case and impressive cooling setup. The processor’s peak temperature of 83°C is fine, and the graphics card topped out at a chilly 59°C. We had no noise issues: it was near-silent when idling and hardly any louder when running tough work applications or high-end games.
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The CyberPower Infinity Xtreme Titanium GTX is a curious machine – chiefly because of its processor. The i7-7800X remains quick, especially when compared to first-generation Ryzen, but it can’t compete with newer Coffee Lake chips whether they’re at stock speeds or overclocked.
However, the i7-7800X and its X299 chipset make up for that with extra versatility. You get more CPU upgrade options, better memory support and more PCI lanes, which mean you can add more GPU power or faster storage.
Elsewhere, CyberPower’s machine has impressive water-cooling, quiet operation, and components that’ll handle content creation and high-end work tasks with ease. If you’re a gamer, though, the processor and many of the other components will be overkill. If that’s the case, you’d be better off with a more conventional machine, like the PC Specialist.
The CyberPower is a worthwhile option if you’re a content creator or productivity professional and you’re after a good-looking machine with loads of upgrade room.
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- Impressive water-cooling setup
- Fast graphics card
- The older processor remains capable
- Loads of upgrade room for the future
- Newer processors are faster in several tests
- Only a little space to add storage
CPU: 3.5GHz Intel Core i7-7800X
Memory: 32GB Corsair Vengeance LPX 3,000MHz DDR4
Graphics: MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB
Motherboard: MSI X299 SLI PLUS
Storage: 500GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2 SSD, 2TB Seagate Barracuda HDD
Warranty: 3yr Labour w/ 2yr parts and 1mth C&R