The Bottom Line
- Dedicated 3D Graphics Card
- Strong Quad Core Processor
- Surprisingly Affordable
- Limited Expansion From mATX Motherboard
- Only Six USB 2.0 Ports
- Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 Desktop Processor
- 4GB PC2-6400 DDR2 Memory
- 500GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 22x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT Graphics Card With 1GB Memory
- Intel HDA 7.1 Audio
- Fast Ethernet
- Six USB 2.0
- Vista Home Premium 64-bit
Guide Review - Cyberpower Gamer Inifinty 3312 Budget Gaming Desktop PC
Apr 23 2009 - Budget desktop systems are generally not well known for PC gaming. Much of this comes from the fact that they use integrated graphics processors built onto the motherboard that can't handle the 3D graphics needed for gaming. Cyberpower has released a system found for under $600 that actually has the ability to play PC games and do it quite decently. The key is the NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT graphics card that allows running games up to a 1440x900 resolution with moderate details or possible higher on certain games.
Of course, PC games also generally use a far amount of CPU and memory as well. The Gamer Infinity 3312 doesn't disappoint in these areas by using an Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 quad core processors and 4GB of PC2-6400 DDR2 memory. This is the lowest grade of quad core processor from Intel but it outperforms much of the dual core Pentium Dual-Core processors typically found in this price range. It won't benefit games much but will help on multitasking and running video editing programs.
While the graphics and processor are both above average in terms of performance, the storage for the Gamer Infinity 3312 is pretty much average. The 500GB hard drive isn't as large as some now found in the budget class but should provide a decent amount of space. The 22x speed dual layer DVD burner is speedy but not that much more than many 16x rated drives.
The big disappointment for the Gamer Infinity 3312 is its limited expansion capabilities. While the case has room for more internal drives, the motherboard is a small mATX board that does not allow for many other expansion cards to be installed or more memory. This can very well limit the systems potential for being upgraded to a higher performance gaming system. Still, it is a very surprising value for someone looking to get a low cost gaming rig.