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CyberPower Infinity X99 RTX Hyper Liquid II Gaming PC Review

CyberPower Infinity X99 RTX Hyper Liquid II Gaming PC Review

CyberPower Infinity X99 RTX Hyper Liquid II review CyberPower PC review CyberPower gaming PC review 09The CyberPower Infinity X99 RTX Hyper Liquid II has a long name and a huge design – and they’re not the only reasons that this PC is eye-catching and outlandish. CyberPower has packed powerful components inside this vast PC, and it comes with a wallet-busting price of £3,600 in the UK and $3,819 in the US. Is it worth spending this much on your next PC? You’ll find out in our CyberPower Infinity X99 RTX Hyper Liquid II review.

CyberPower Infinity X99 RTX Hyper Liquid II Review – Design

The CyberPower Infinity X99 RTX Hyper Liquid II is a vast system thanks to its reliance on the InWin 915 case. It’s 570mm tall and 590mm deep, and it weighs more than 20kg when all of the components have been installed.

It’s a case that’ll draw eyes in any room just through its sheer size. And, beyond that, it looks fantastic. It’s hewn from anodized aluminium, and both the front and back of the machine are made from bold pieces of curved metal. There are tempered glass side panels and another panel of glass on the roof. There’s a band of RGB LEDs at the top of the front panel, too.

It’s not all for show – take the curved ends of the case, which are actually doors. Opening the front allows access to three RGB intake fans. Opening the rear grants access to the rear IO.

CyberPower Infinity X99 RTX Hyper Liquid II review CyberPower PC review CyberPower gaming PC review 01The plate of glass at the top isn’t just cosmetic, either. Turn the PC on, and the glass rises by about an inch to reveal slatted sides. The glass panel is motorised, and improves airflow through the roof’s three exhaust fans.

The glass panel rises automatically when the CyberPower is booted, and automatically closes fifteen seconds after it’s shut down – so residual heat can be expelled. It can also be controlled manually using a button. It’s an innovative feature that we’ve never seen before.

The chassis is larger and more imposing than any case we’ve seen elsewhere. CyberPower’s last machine, the Hyper Liquid RTX, used a Corsair Obsidian 500D that was far subtler and far smaller – it was just 508mm tall and 502mm deep.

The latest CyberPower faces its biggest competition from the Palicomp i7 Arctic Glacier RTX. That machine used a Corsair Crystal 570X that was made almost entirely from tempered glass – so it looked striking. However, it was also smaller, with a height of 512mm and a depth of 480mm.

Put simply, neither of the CyberPower Infinity’s rivals look as eye-catching as this machine – and neither of them are quite so large. Whether that’s a good thing depends on how much room you’d like your PC to occupy.

CyberPower Infinity X99 RTX Hyper Liquid II review CyberPower PC review CyberPower gaming PC review 07The InWin 915’s interior is conventional but still impressive. Rows of RGB LEDs illuminate hardcore water-cooling hardware. The cavernous roof hides a 360mm EK-CoolStream radiator with three fans.

At the front there’s a 140mm reservoir with a pump from EK. Rigid acrylic tubing courses between the CPU and GPU. The waterblocks, both models from EK, are also made from acrylic – so you can see the white coolant flowing.

It’s virtually the same hardware as the older CyberPower. It’s better cooling kit than the £3,350 Palicomp, too. That machine was water-cooled, but it had a smaller radiator, flexible tubes and no GPU cooling.

The bottom of the chassis is dominated by a metal PSU shroud that hides cables and hard disks. There are four hard disk bays alongside several 2.5in bays and a box to connect more RGB LEDs. At the front, there are brackets for more storage. Impressively, despite the wealth of hardware the upgrade paths are all easy to reach, and there’s more room to grow than in either rival.

Cabling is neat throughout. They’re not braided, but that’s our only tiny complaint about the CyberPower’s internals.

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CyberPower Infinity X99 RTX Hyper Liquid II Review – Components

CyberPower Infinity X99 RTX Hyper Liquid II review CyberPower PC review CyberPower gaming PC review 05The CyberPower is an expensive, high-end PC – so it’s got an RTX 2080 Ti. Nvidia’s latest flagship is the chip of choice for beefy gaming systems, and the card here comes from MSI.

It’s one of MSI’s Duke 11GB OC models. That means that you get an overclock – the original boost speed of 1,545MHz has been improved to 1,655MHz.

The older CyberPower used the same card. Its overclock is 5MHz more than the tweaked EVGA RTX 2080 Ti inside the Palicomp, but the speed change won’t make a noticeable difference.

You get the usual 11GB of GDDR6 memory and 4,352 stream processors, and the various architectural improvements from Nvidia’s latest Turing design.

You do, of course, also get Ray-tracing and Deep Learning Super-Sampling. The former technique renders light in a more realistic way. The latter uses artificial intelligence to improve anti-aliasing. However, neither are viable yet – ray-tracing is only working in Battlefield V, and we’re waiting for Nvidia, Microsoft and game developers to improve support. DLSS doesn’t yet work in any games, although nearly 30 have pledged support.

They’re potentially brilliant features, but they’ll only come into their own in the future. At least the RTX 2080 Ti has enough raw power to make use of them when they finally make a proper debut.

CyberPower Infinity X99 RTX Hyper Liquid II review CyberPower PC review CyberPower gaming PC review 06CyberPower has deployed a Core i9-9900K processor inside the Infinity. It’s one of Intel’s latest Coffee-Lake S chips, which means the architecture has been given a host of small technological boosts alongside some clock and Turbo improvements. It has eight Hyper-Threaded cores, which means it can address sixteen concurrent tasks. That’s overkill for gaming, but it’s perfect for productivity – whether it’s content creation, design work or databases.

The chip usually runs at 3.6GHz, but CyberPower has overclocked for a top speed of 4.6GHz. That’s an improvement over the older CyberPower, which used the same chip but with no overclock.

However, the Palicomp does go one better here – at least in terms of clock speed – by overclocking its Core i7-8700K from 3.7GHz to 5GHz. The heftier raw speed could mean that the Palicomp is quicker in some benchmarks. However, the Palicomp’s Core i7-8700K does only have six cores, so it won’t be quite as adept with multi-tasking as the Infinity and its eight-core chip.

Elsewhere, CyberPower has deployed 16GB of 3,200MHz memory. There’s also a 500GB Samsung 970 EVO SSD and a 4TB Seagate Barracuda Pro hard disk. The PSU Is a Corsair RM750x with fully modular design and 80Plus Gold certification.

Those specifications fall in line with the older CyberPower. However, Palicomp included 32GB of memory and two 500GB Samsung 970 EVO drives in RAID 0.

Behind all of that hardware is an MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Pro Carbon. It’s a solid motherboard, but it doesn’t add many extra high-end features. You get conventional large heatsinks and a pre-mounted rear IO cover, and one spare M.2 slot with a heatsink. There are plenty of empty PCI-Express connectors and SATA ports, and two free memory slots.

CyberPower Infinity X99 RTX Hyper Liquid II review CyberPower PC review CyberPower gaming PC review 04Steel strengthens the key slots, and you get Audio Boost 4. It’s the same motherboard that CyberPower used in its older system.

It’s also a similar offering to the Palicomp’s Asus Prime Z370-A. That’s another high-end product that doesn’t have enthusiast features like on-board buttons or a POST display.

At the rear, the CyberPower’s board only has three USB 3.1 ports – a disappointment given the price. It has USB 3.1 Type-C, at least, and there’s another Type-C connector at the front.

It’s also worth mentioning that CyberPower’s machine is a little different depending on which country you buy in. It’s called the CyberPower Infinity X99 RTX Hyper Liquid II in the UK, and it costs £3,600. In the US, it’s called the CyberPower Luxe SF-300 and it costs $3,819.

The American machine has the same overclocked processor, the same storage and the same stunning design, but it only has an RTX 2080 graphics card. It’s got 32GB of memory, a slightly different motherboard.

That’s not a huge issue, though. If you want to customise the specification, you can change any of the components on the USA machine to match the UK model that we’ve reviewed here.

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CyberPower Infinity X99 RTX Hyper Liquid II Review – Gaming Performance

CyberPower Infinity X99 RTX Hyper Liquid II review CyberPower PC review CyberPower gaming PC review 4K gaming benchmarksThe card in our CyberPower Infinity X99 RTX Hyper Liquid II review delivered near-identical clock speeds when compared to its rivals, so it’s no surprise that it was level with the competition in benchmarks too.

Its weakest minimum at 4K was a solid 42fps speed in Fallout 4 – and result level with the other CyberPower and only one frame behind the Palicomp. Its best 4K minimum was a 103fps result in Battlefield 1. That score was faster than its rivals, but not by much.

The story was the same with average results. The CyberPower’s poorest average was, again, in Fallout 4 – but its score of 56fps was excellent, and near-level with both competitors. The CyberPower averaged at beyond 100fps in both Battlefield 1 and Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor.

The CyberPower only opened a convincing lead over the Palicomp in Witcher 3’s minimum framerate test. The average framerate benchmark wiped out that advantage.

Just look at 3D Mark Fire Strike to see evidence of the lack of difference between the three machines. In the default and Extreme benchmarks these three rigs are never more than a few hundred points apart.

There may be little noticeable difference between the CyberPower and its rivals, but the RTX 2080 Ti remains one of the market’s best GPUs – which gives this machine loads of versatility.

The CyberPower will play any modern game on 4K monitors, widescreen panels and on VR headsets. It’ll run any esports title easily.

It’ll also play today’s top titles on high refresh-rate screens at 1080p and 1440p – where every gaming benchmark hit an average of 115fps or better.

There isn’t much that the CyberPower won’t do when it comes to gaming – now and in the next few years. There’s also hardly any difference between this machine and its rivals. If you’re looking for pure benchmark performance, any of these machines will fit the bill.

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CyberPower Infinity X99 RTX Hyper Liquid II Review – Application & Thermal Performance

CyberPower Infinity X99 RTX Hyper Liquid II review CyberPower PC review CyberPower gaming PC review 4K gaming benchmarks application benchmarksIn our CyberPower Infinity X99 RTX Hyper Liquid II review the PC’s eight-core processor and 4.6GHz didn’t give it a consistent advantage in applications.

The eight-core i9-9900K scored 29,712 points in the Geekbench multi-core benchmark. That’s superb, and better than the six-core Palicomp – but it’s not as good as the other CyberPower.

A similar pattern could be seen in the Cinebench CPU test, which also relies on multi-core abilities. The CyberPower Infinity’s result of 1,986 is superb, but it’s a little behind the other CyberPower machine. The Palicomp, which had two fewer cores, was further afield.

The CyberPower fell behind in Geekbench’s single-threaded test, where the Palicomp and its larger overclock took the win.

It’s not a clean bill of health for the CyberPower when it comes to CPU performance – but it’s not a disaster. All three PCs took victories or suffered losses when dealing with incredibly slim margins, and all three will feel lightning-fast in everyday use and when gaming. The CyberPower also has two extra cores than the Palicomp, which means it’s a better option for tougher work tasks.

The CyberPower’s SSD is good, too, thanks to read and write speeds of 3,562MB/s and 2,344MB/s. Those speeds are near-identical to the other CyberPower. They also ensure that the system boots quickly and never feels sluggish when navigating Windows. The Palicomp’s write result is faster because it has two drives in RAID 0, but it’s not a huge advantage.

CyberPower’s high-end water-cooling worked reasonably well. The graphics card peaked at a temperature of 64°C, which is absolutely fine. With the vent at the top of the machine opened, the overclocked processor reached a normal top temperature of 89°C.

This CyberPower always produces noise. It’s reasonably quiet during games – easy enough to eliminate with speakers or a headset. However, it’s louder when the entire machine is stress-tested, which may happen often if you want to use the PC for productivity. It’s very similar to the low rumble of the Palicomp.

We also wouldn’t use the CyberPower at its full strength with the roof vent closed. With that closed, the CPU hit a peak temperature of 92°C. That’s too high, but at least opening the vent quickly brings the temperature down.

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CyberPower Infinity X99 RTX Hyper Liquid II Review – Conclusion

CyberPower Infinity X99 RTX Hyper Liquid II review CyberPower PC review CyberPower gaming PC review 03When it comes to performance there’s little to separate the machine in our CyberPower Infinity X99 RTX Hyper Liquid II review from its competition. It offers excellent and virtually identical gaming pace to its two rivals.

It’s sometimes a tiny bit slower than its competitors in application tests, but it’s never sluggish – it’ll also handle anything you throw at it. Its two extra cores also make it better for work than the Palicomp. That machine does have more memory and better storage, but those better components only deliver marginal gains in a handful of applications. Having two more cores is far handier.

The CyberPower Infinity X99 RTX Hyper Liquid II differentiates itself through stonking design. The InWin 915 case is larger, better-looking and more feature-packed than either rival. It’s got more room to grow, and it’s been put together well – it’s still easy to access despite all of the hardware.

The CyberPower is a great PC, but it’s more expensive than its rivals. If you want a PC that makes a statement and don’t mind paying for it, then the CyberPower Infinity is an excellent option that also delivers great performance. Just be aware that you could make savings if you don’t need a PC that makes such a huge impression.

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The GoodRecommended Award

  • A stunning, feature-packed case
  • Consistently good benchmark results
  • Plenty of room to grow
  • Solid motherboard and storage

The Bad

  • Huge, heavy and imposing
  • More expensive than the competition
  • A little louder than rivals
  • Some other machines have better memory and storage

The Specs

CPU: 3.6GHz Intel Core i9-9900K overclocked to 4.6GHz
Memory: 16GB 3,200MHz DDR4
Graphics: MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB
Motherboard: MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Pro Carbon
Storage: 500GB Samsung 970 EVO SSD, 4TB Seagate Barracuda Pro hard disk
Warranty: 3yr Labour (6mth C&R, 2yr parts)

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Mike Jennings

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