Cyberpower Infinity X55 Pro Gaming PC Review

Introduction


Cyberpower is one of most respected system integrators worldwide and quickly gained a superb reputation for their commitment to impeccable customer service. The company’s vast buying power means consumers can choose from a massive range of components and construct a system which suits their individual requirements. This level of flexibility is astounding and ensures the end-user receives a product with the best possible specification. Upgrades are listed using high-resolution images and include a brief outline of the pricing variation when selecting various parts. Of course, there are pre-configured options with a default configuration to help simplify the buying process. Cyberpower’s slick website manages to catch your imagination and become fascinated by the company’s custom PC range.

The latest PC to arrive for review purposes is the Cyberpower Infinity X55 Pro sporting an Intel i5-6660K processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM and XFX AMD Radeon R9 390 8GB. Cyberpower has utilised the Corsair H55 all-in-one CPU cooler to achieve a hefty 4.5GHz overclock. In terms of storage, there’s a high-performance 240GB SSD and 1TB mechanical disk. The Corsair VS 650W is a non-modular 80 plus white power supply with enough wattage to easily cope with demanding applications. This impressive specification is housed in the extremely unusual Corsair 600C chassis. Priced at £999, I’m fascinated to see the performance numbers in relation to other products under the £1000 mark.

Specifications

  • Name: Cyberpower Infinity X55 Pro
  • Case: Corsair 600C
  • Motherboard: MSI Z170A SLI Plus
  • Processor: Intel Core-i5 6600K Overclocked to 4.5GHz
  • Processor Cooler: Corsair H55
  • System Memory: Corsair 8GB (2x4GB) DDR4 LPX 2400MHZ
  • Main Boot Drive: Corsair Neutron XT 240GB
  • Additional Storage Drive(s): Western Digital 1TB 7200RPM
  • Graphics card: XFX AMD Radeon R9 390 8GB
  • Power Supply: Corsair VS 650W
  • Peripherals: N/A
  • Monitor: N/A
  • Optical Drive: N/A 
  • Wireless: N/A
  • OS: Windows 10 Home
  • Warranty: 3 Year Labour, 2 Year Parts, 1 Month Collect and Return plus Life-Time Technical Support
  • Price: £999

Packing and Accessories

The system arrives in a humongous outer box which offers exceptional protection during transit. More specifically, the thick cardboard adds rigidity and prevents the system from encountering cosmetic imperfections. On another note, the fragile notice instructs the courier to adopt a careful approach when handling the package.

Once opened, the main chassis box is held in place with supporting foam inserts and the accessories box. As a result, the unit shouldn’t move around in a brash manner.

Prior to turning on the system, a precautionary label is used to cover the power supply and inform the user to remove any internal packaging.

Here we can the huge array of protective inserts which cushions the key components from any sudden impact during delivery. These are absolutely essential additions to ensure the system arrives safely and without any cables being misaligned. Honestly, I’d prefer Cyberpower to use a foam pack instead because of the harder material and more secure positioning.

The system is bundled with a handy troubleshooting guide, component documentation, driver’s disk, PCI brackets where the GPU has been installed, power cord and SLI bridge. Unfortunately, the troubleshooting guide was placed underneath the chassis box which led to some hefty creases.

CPU-Z

GPU-Z

XFX Brings Back Blower Style R9 390X

When AMD first launched their R9 290 and 290X GPUs back in 2013, many had mixed feelings for the blower style cooler. While the cooler was one of the best efforts yet from AMD, it was not enough for the hot Hawaii chips, leading to high temperature, throttling and noisy operation. In the end, many opted for custom coolers which were not blowers and did a better job at cooling. Two years later, it looks like XFX is planning on releasing the 390/X series cards equipped with what appears to be the original 290X cooler.

Using the Grenada core, the R9 390X is fundamentally the same as the 290X, with maybe better binning and process improvements to differentiate them. XFX is also using the older cooler and not the revamped one AMD launched with the R9 390X in a while ago. The new 390X blower cooler take’s its design cues from the Fury X and Nano. Given XFX’s choice of using the 2013 cooler and not the 2015 model, either XFX has a lot of stock left or there is little difference between the 2015 and 2013 models. You can check out the 2015 model below.

There is undoubtedly a market for blower style GPUs as they tend to exhaust more of the GPU heat out of the case. This is especially important for SFF and builds with poor case cooling. If the cooler is still lacking though, there won’t be many users who will pick it up. The biggest advantage is that with a reference board, watercooling blocks will be easier to source. It will be interesting to see how well the blower card does, both performance and sales wise.

PowerColor R9 390 PCS+ 8GB Graphics Card Review

Introduction


We have all had mixed opinions on the R9 300 series upon release, the rebranded nature of the 200 series was seen as the fall of AMD and short-changing consumers. However, while they are in fact rebranded, they are great cards and provided an excellent performance boost over the previous generation and are a great foundation for the Fiji range to be based on.

Today in the test bench is the PowerColor R9 390 PCS+. This is the only version of the R9 390 that PowerColor offer which is good as it’s not confusing to consumers to have to choose between different models. As with all other R9 390’s, it features 8GB VRAM, a 6000MHz memory clock and over 1000MHz core clock.

This R9 390 PCS+ edition in particular, features a 3 fan monster metal cooling shroud which hugs a large heatsink; ideal for 0db operation at low load levels. The design of this card is extremely deceiving, the shroud is wide at the top and comes in. This makes the card look a lot larger than it actually is, being 10mm shorter than the Gigabyte G1 gaming and 7mm short than the Sapphire Tri-X cooler.

Packaging and accessories

The outer skin of the box is plain, but also extremely attractive to the eye. The trio of colours and simple design show that this is a no fuss card and the specifications along the bottom show that it means business.

The back of the box has some key features with some images to be more appealing.

The accessories aren’t bursting from the seams with this card, PowerColor just offering the driver disc, installation manual and PCI-e power adapter.

Sapphire Nitro R9 390 8GB Graphics Card Review

Introduction


The AMD Rx 300 range has been the source of many arguments and rumours in recent months, based on the rebadging that AMD are set to re-introduce and high bandwidth memory which is poised to revolutionise the future of graphics cards. From what we already know, AMD are planning on re-introducing slightly modified versions of the current range of cards with a new higher range of ‘Fury’ branded cards based on the new Fiji GPU and includes HBM.

The card we have in today is the Sapphire Nitro R9 390 8GB. The Nitro range is a new addition to the line-up, bringing amazing cooling technologies to a wider range of graphics cards. It features a modified cooling design from the previous generation Tri-X cut down to just two fans. It features twin 100mm fans which are actively controlled to give the best cooling and audible experience, even setting them into a passive mode when under light load. The Nitro range is set to take the enthusiast world by storm, by “…cramming in everything you need (and left out everything you don’t)…” With the 300 range, we see a new era of gaming with the mainstream introduction of DX12 support, liquid VR (headset required) and AMD free sync technology which rivals NVIDIA G-SYNC.

Let’s find out if Sapphire has pushed this card to its limits to outshine its predecessor in today’s review.

The Nitro series is a new range to Sapphire. The boxes are more robust than previous boxes, offering more protection and a sneak peak at the card itself through a small window.

The cooling shroud is a new design for the Rx 300 series, based on the Tri-X cooling solution, it is more box-like than the previous Tri-X coolers.

The back of the card looks unfinished, Sapphire really need to consider adding a backplate to more of the graphics cards to really finish off the look.

Here you can see how much longer the shroud and heatsink is compared to the PCB. The subtle Sapphire logo gives this card a high-end look without being untasteful. The card is powered by twin 8-pin PCI power cables.

A slightly different arrangement of ports, 1x DVi, 1x HDMI and 3x DisplayPort.

AMD 300 Series GPU Pricing Leaked

With the launch of AMD’s Radeon 300 series GPU imminent, some pricing and specification details have leaked out. Sweclockers was able to find a leak detailing the pricing for a large number of 300 series GPU. Somewhat unexpectedly, the prices quoted by Sweclockers are a bit higher than the prices the original chips launched at. However, once we take away the VAT which is 25% in Sweden, the prices are much more reasonable, especially once you consider the current street price. The table below is after conversion from SEK to USD and with VAT subtracted.

At $480 the 390X is about $65 cheaper than the 290X was at launch a few years. It’s still about $100 more than the current street price for some 290X models, but once you consider the 8GB of VRAM, it’s about right for 290X 8GB. The same is true of the 390 as it’s nearly $100 more than the 290, but it does come with an extra 4GB of VRAM. Moving onto Tonga, the two R9 380 variants are priced competitively considering their VRAM endowment. The R9 370 4GB is interesting as it’ll be rare that it can make use of that extra 2GB of VRAM though the 2GB model is priced decently. Bonaire is pretty much where we expect to be.

Overall, pricing isn’t all that novel, with AMD preferring to slot in their new series into the current pricing market. Deal hunters will be disappointed as it’s unveiled that there won’t be any revolutionary changes in card pricing this generation. With only a short period till the real launch of the cards, those looking to buy soon are well advised to wait, either to pick up cheap last gen cards or snag a new one. Whether or not this will be enough to help AMD start growing market share remains to be seen. As this is an unconfirmed leak, it’s best to take the pricing with a grain of salt but the data largely checks in.

GIGABYTE’s Take on the AMD Radeon R9 380 Leaked

AMD’s launch of the Radeon R9 300 series is eminent, but we don’t know yet whether it will be at Computex or not. AMD does have a press event scheduled, but we’ll have to be a little more patient in that regards.

However, a Russian technology site managed to pick up slides of the upcoming GIGABYTE Radeon R9 380 graphics card. While the card itself isn’t pictured, we still get the important information surrounding it.

The GIGABYTE R9 380 G1 Gaming is equipped with the WindForce dual-fan cooler and comes with 4GB GDDR5 memory. The card also features a black backplate and direct heat pipe touch with the GPU. The cooler features the fan stop principle where the whole thing only is spun up when needed. When one isn’t used to that feature, it can be weird that one can’t hear the fans. GIGABYTE added small LEDs on the top to show you the fan state and ensure you that the card actually is running.

The graphics card also comes with the Super Over Clock label, giving you all the performance that the GPU is able to deliver

Included in the same leak we got a banner naming the Radeon R9 390 and 390X. While not pictured we know by now that these will be based on the Hawaii GPU while the new Fiji will be named the Radeon Fury instead. They could however still feature HBM memory. I’m sure we’ll know more really soon.

XFX Radeon R9 390 Double Dissipation in Pictured!

Chinese forums have leaked what could be the first real photos of AMD’s upcoming Radeon R9 390 graphics card and it isn’t even a reference design. The XFX Radeon R9 390 is featured in two photos, one from the top and one from the side, and both sides give us some good clues that this could be the real deal and that the launch isn’t that far in the future.

There were no direct card specifications provided by the users who posted this, so it’s unclear whether it’s just an aftermarket cooler or if it’s also overclocked and enhanced over the reference. The power will be provided by an 8-pin and 6-pin power connector which points to a TDP of 300W. There is no physical crossfire connector which points to the continued use of their XDMA Crossfire technology.

The shroud seems to have gotten an upgrade from the previous plain black design and now features a diamond styled surface. Below is a summary of the specifications that have been leaked so far and expected prices, but we won’t know for sure until it’s released.

Thanks to WCCFtech for providing us with this information.