It's been quite a couple of weeks in the hardware world. Just when you thought it was safe to finalise your list of desired hardware nVidia appeared with the stunning GTX780 and Intel rapidly followed up by releasing their 4th Generation CPUs and the Z87 chipset.
In one fell swoop most of us were left looking enviously at the benchmark results, and disappointingly at our own hardware which suddenly seemed obsolete. With a graphics card that makes even a GTX680 seem ponderous and a new CPU that requires a new motherboard, perhaps the time is is perfect to refresh your entire system.
Cyberpower are a big name on the other side of the pond and have been recently gaining ground on these shores. With a huge range of systems, the capability to customise them with any hardware of your choosing, and none of them being over-priced just because it's prebuilt, it is the perfect time to see what is available if you want to purchase a completely state-of-the-art system.
Today we're looking at their Infinity Achilles GT model which, like all their systems, comes with a 3 year warranty and telephone support from some of the most customer friendly tech people on the end of a phone.
Even if you're the type of person who only check in with what's current every now and again, you'll still nod appreciatively at the specifications of the Infinity Achilles GT. Top line, overclocked, 4th Generation CPU cooled by a custom water loop, best single-GPU card on the market, blazing SSD, bucket loads of memory all wrapped up in a great case. Even if you sat down with a blank cheque we think you'd struggle to put together a better system for a sensible price. Of course if any part of it isn't to your taste then Cyberpower will happily swap for alternate hardware. As always we'd recommend sticking with Windows 7 instead, but that's personal taste.
Intel Core i7-4770K @ 4.6GHz
Palit GTX780 3GB
16GB Corsair Vengeance Pro 2133MHz
Samsung 840 250GB
1TB Sata III HDD
Blu Ray Writer
Corsair Vengeance C70
Cyberpower Advance CPU Watercooling
Windows 8 64 bit
When purchasing a system the most important aspect is that it arrives at your door in the finest possible condition. Cyberpower go to extraordinary lengths to make sure that this is the case. The GT is packed into the C70 box, which is then put in an incredibly sturdy and MUCH larger box, with all the gaps filled with airbags. So many that when packing it back up after our review it was a struggle to get them all back in. Four layers of protection and a wise choice of courier all but guarantee that your purchase will be flawless when it arrives.
It's not only on the outside that care has been taken. Every bit of the internals is protected with air bags too. So much that the likelihood of anything jiggling in transit is all but eliminated.
Once things have carefully been removed we get our first look at the Infinity Achilles GT. Straight away you can see a theme. The Akasa fans and coolant are green to match the logo of the CX PSU and Palit GTX780.It's the little details that can make all the difference. Everything is tucked away neatly thanks to some time and effort on the part of Cyberpower to make the most of the cable routing in the C70 case.
Utilising the silver Corsair Vengeance means it blends well with the silver on the GTX780 cooler. Again it's those little things. It would have been easy to just plug any colour sticks in because the green is the dominant colour, but it's nice to see that some thought has been put into the choice of hardware.
For the eagle-eyed and unaware amongst you, you'll always get some air pockets in a water loop that's been bumped about in the post. They'll vanish as soon as it's switched on. So don't worry that the CPU block looks like it hasn't got anything flowing to it.
Thanks to the tight cable management it's nearly impossible to move the drives without unplugging them, but SSDs aren't the most photogenic of hardware anyway.
Up Close continued
One of the major selling points of a modular PSU is that you aren't left with a ton of unused cables. Despite the Corsair CX750 being non-modular Cyberpower have done a great job it getting it all tucked out the way. Sure in some ways it's like looking beneath a teenagers bed after they've tidied their room, but who ever takes the back off their case anyway.
The dual radiator sits neatly in the roof of the C70. At the front of the case is the dual-bay reservoir and pump combo with a green LED to light up the coolant from the front.
The XSPC waterblock is one of the best on the market and a wise choice to keep the i7-4770K under control. The picture on the right is after a quick blast of power to move the coolant around, just to demonstrate how easily the air gets pushed back to the reservoir if anyone was concerned by the picture on the previous page.
The main point in using a proper loop rather than a pre-packaged CPU cooler is the joy of having some colour, and the Infinity Achilles GT makes the most of the green colour scheme. It's so bright you could play a pantomime villain just from the glow, although the boo's and hisses would mainly be from jealous people rather than the kids playing along.
One of the coolest things about this setup is that we've only just recently reviewed the i7-4770K at this speed on this motherboard with our bench system. So we'll get a really good look at how the Cyberpower Infinity Achilles GT compares and how much extra performance you'll get from a GTX780 over a HD7970. So if you ever wanted a system that was just like the OC3D benchmark setup this could be just the model.
Having a ton of processing power is pointless if your drive can't supply the data quickly, and the Samsung 840 proves it's worth as one of our favourite SSD's. Rock solid performance and very consistent across block sizes.
Across all three variants of 3D Mark in our test suite, the GT gives some outstanding results. As the detail level increases you can really see how much extra performance the top range nVidia card has over the Radeon equivalent.
3D Mark Vantage
3D Mark 11
Whilst the CPU benchmarks are identical to our test system, as they should be given identical chips on identical 'boards at identical speeds, the difference in memory is stark to the say the least. The Corsair Vengeance in the Infinity Achilles GT is positively blistering.
The Haswell CPUs have got incredible calculation performance, and the i7-4770K is naturally the best of the bunch.
There is a new version of PC Mark out which lauds its ability to utilise Adobe and Office suites to give you scores. Assuming that you have those extremely expensive packages installed. The GT performs very well in both tests. Although we have no comparisons for PC Mark 8 yet, just by watching it everything was performed smoothly as we'd expect from such a high-end system.
PC Mark 7
PC Mark 8
The faster memory performance when compared to our bench rig gives us some gains in Maxon's CineBench. Anything around 10 is an excellent score.
We don't get quite the same gains in wPrime95, but the Infinity Achilles GT still rocks hard.
We've often commented about how testing the Unigine Heaven benchmark is, and if you've ever run it you know how gorgeous it looks. If the guys at E3 knew about this, perhaps the NextGen Consoles wouldn't have seemed so impressive.
What is impressive is how blistering the performance of the Cyberpower system is. Anything that can make a HD7970 seem pathetic in comparison has to be good.
Achieving a 60FPS average in the Extreme HD 8xMSAA test is no mean feat.
Resident Evil 6
Things continue to be very impressive in the polarising Resident Evil 6.
For our gaming tests as always we ran at 1920x1080 and set each game to the highest possible levels of detail, anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering. In non-benchmark scenarios you could lower the AA to 4x without noticeably impacting image quality and easily getting above 60FPS average in every title. Although to be fair the Cyberpower Infinity Achilles GT is such a gaming behemoth that you can just stick everything on maximum and forget about it.
Finally the all-important temperatures. By using a custom-built loop rather than a self-contained unit the Cyberpower performs 6°C better than the Corsair H100i. Worth the extra expense.
There are loads of things to like about the Cyberpower Infinity Achilles GT.
As always when looking at a prebuilt system you're making compromises between price and performance. As anyone who has spent some time browsing potential purchases, there are a few things that can ramp the price up to ridiculous levels. If it's utilising cutting edge hardware, if it's water cooled in any way and if it's got a factory overclock. We find all of these in the Achilles Infinity GT, and yet the price is still only £1900. Sure it's not 'cheap' but it's exceptional value for money and such high-end parts would usually have a price deeply past the two grand mark.
The second element is compromising parts. Companies always want to give you as little as possible elsewhere, whilst retaining a couple of marquee hardware choices that look good in the advertising. This absolutely isn't the case with this Cyberpower system either. Everything from the choice of power supply and case, to the processor, GPU, RAM, storage and cooling are items we'd probably choose ourselves if we were looking to build a system.
The GTX780 is relatively cool and certainly quiet, so although it's retaining the air-cooler rather than a full watercooled arrangement, the savings on a larger radiator and GPU waterblock are worth having. The Haswell i7-4770K CPU is pretty toasty and by using a combination of XSPC parts and a great radiator certainly keeps it much cooler than we saw with the H100i on our bench rig. The D3H is a great value motherboard and we obtained the same maximum overclock that we see from the Infinity Achilles GT, even though we have an Engineering Sample CPU which usually go a little further. The Corsair Vengeance RAM has amazing bandwidth and that really showed up in a few of our tests.
Speaking of performance, there is no doubt that you'll be smiling constantly. With the backing of the excellent Samsung 840 SSD everything loads snappily, and once it's loaded the 4.6GHz i7-4770K and GTX780 combination perform as eye-poppingly well as you would expect the current cutting edge parts to do. Even the harsh Crysis 3 and Unigine tests were buttery smooth.
All of that would be meaningless, or at least you'd have your enthusiasm dampened, if the build quality wasn't up to snuff. As it is the Infinity Achilles GT comes in probably the most protective packaging we've ever seen. Inside the box is all the sundries and manuals that come with the components. You even get the blanking plates from the case. Once you've got it out of the box and removed the air-bags that keep everything stable in transit then you can see the care that has been taken by Cyberpower in routing the cables, choosing harmonious components and generally giving you a system that you're proud to show off. Throughout all of our time with the Infinity Achilles GT we only thought of one area we'd change and that's to swap the motherboard from the Gigabyte D3H to the Sniper M5. Solely because it's around the same price but the green colour scheme of the board would accentuate the rest of the green lighting and parts.
All in all this is a tremendous system that gives you the very latest hardware at an extremely competitive price. With a big overclock, great cooling and outstanding build quality backed up by a three year warranty and great technical support it would be a great choice for anyone who has neither the time or the inclination to build their own system. You aren't even paying much of a premium over self-building, and the plethora of customisation options mean that if there is something you don't want then it can be changed.
The Cyberpower Infinity Achilles GT is a serious statement of intent and if you want a hardcore gaming machine at a very affordable price then you should unquestionably take a long hard look at one. All the latest hardware with none of the self-build faffing about, a definite winner of our OC3D Gold Award.
Thanks to Cyberpower for supplying the Infinity Achilles GT for review. Discuss your thoughts in the OC3D Forums.