Cyberpower infinity Hercules Pro Review
Category : PCs
Published by Hiwa Pouri on 10.04.15
With the Cyberpower Hercules Infinity Pro the British system integrator has one good looking and well made system in their portfolio. Today we're going to have a very close look at what this rig can do and for what kind of gaming it is suitable.


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Cyberpower is one of the world's largest international companies which make customized PC and notebooks. Today we are going to review one of their ATX PC systems made for gamers; the Cyberpower Infinity Hercules Pro. Based on a white midi tower case from NZXT and a well thought configuration this system appears to be perfectly suitable for mid-range gamers. On the following pages we will have a closer look at performance of all internal components and we will check temperatures and power consumption.

Page 1 - Introduction Page 10 - WinRAR
Page 2 - Preview Page 11 - Frybench
Page 3 - Specifications Page 12 - Games
Page 4 - 3DMark Page 13 - SSD
Page 5 - UCBench Page 14 - Overclocking
Page 6 - XTU Page 15 - Power Consumption
Page 7 - Cinebench Page 16 - Temperatures / Noise Levels
Page 8 - HWBot Prime Page 17 - Conclusion
Page 9 - Blackhole  
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Page 1 - Introduction Page 10 - WinRAR
Page 2 - Preview Page 11 - Frybench
Page 3 - Specifications Page 12 - Games
Page 4 - 3DMark Page 13 - SSD
Page 5 - UCBench Page 14 - Overclocking
Page 6 - XTU Page 15 - Power Consumption
Page 7 - Cinebench Page 16 - Temperatures / Noise Levels
Page 8 - HWBot Prime Page 17 - Conclusion
Page 9 - Blackhole  
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Specifications / Chassis

CPU Intel i5-4690K @ 3.8GHz / Overclocked 4.3GHz
Cooler Corsair Hydro H55
Motherboard ASUS Z97-P
Memory Kingston HyperX Fury White 2x4GB 1866MHz CL 10-11-10-30
Graphics card MSI GTX 960 Reference Design
Hard drive Seagate Barracuda 1TB
SSD 1 x Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB
Power supply Corsair VS450 ATX Non-Modular
Connectors
  • 4 x USB 3.0
  • 2 x USB 3.0 Front
  • 2 x USB 2.0
  • 1 x HDMI
  • 1 x DVI-D
  • 1 x D-Sub
  • 1 x Gigabit LAN
  • 1 x S/PDIF
  • 2 x PS/2
  • 1 x WiFi Antenna
  • 3 x Audio jacks
Case NZXT S340
Dimensions 200 x 445 x 432 mm
Weight 7.05 Kg
Drivers NVIDIA ForceWare 347.25
OS Windows 8.1 x64


   


As we already mentioned the Cyberpower Infinity Hercules Pro is a Mid-Tower system based on an ATX form-factor. These days the Infinity Hercules is available in four versions, three of them feature an Intel Core i5-4690K and one high-end model ships with an i7-4790K inside. Having a closer look at the configurations quickly shows that Cyberpower knows very well what they are doing. Apart from one model all systems Infinity Hercules systems are based on motherboards with Z97 motherboards and in the case of graphics cards there are options which range froom AMD R7 250X to NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 970.

Cyberpower is using an NZXT S340 case for their Infinity Hercules Pro gaming PC, which measueres 200 x 445 x 432 mm and weighs 18 Kg. This particular case is very good looking, features a window on the left side and a clean front, which does not offer space for a 5.25 inch drive. In order to guarantee good airflow, there are plenty of intake openings integrated into the front, which allows fans to pull in fresh air easily (through dust filters of course). Regarding the different connectors, you can find two USB 3.0 ports at the top as well as two standard audio jacks. Apart form that there are the typical HDD and power LEDs. Moving on to the interior we find one additional fan mounted in the top of the case, which starts spinning, when the system temperature is above 50°C.

Taking a closer look at the components, we find an ASUS Z97-P motherboard. With this model you get four USB3.0 and two USB2.0 ports. Apart from that there is an Intel Core i5-4690K CPU, which has been overclocked to 4.3 GHz. The processor receives cooling via a Corsair H55 all-in-one watercooler, where the 120 millimeter radiator has been equipped with two fans. Coming to the core of any gaming PC we find a MSI GeForce GTX 960 graphics card, which is based on NVIDIA's reference design. Stable current supply to the different components comes from a Corsair VS450 power supply, which is perfectly suitable. What's also well done are the storage options. There is one Kingston SSDNow V300 120 GB SSD and one Seagate Barracuda 1TB HDD. Since this case does not offer any 5.25 inch bay, there is also no such thing as a DVD burner or a BluRay drive. To add more connectivity options, there is a WiFi card, which makes it easy to connect to any modem/router.



Page 1 - Introduction Page 10 - WinRAR
Page 2 - Preview Page 11 - Frybench
Page 3 - Specifications Page 12 - Games
Page 4 - 3DMark Page 13 - SSD
Page 5 - UCBench Page 14 - Overclocking
Page 6 - XTU Page 15 - Power Consumption
Page 7 - Cinebench Page 16 - Temperatures / Noise Levels
Page 8 - HWBot Prime Page 17 - Conclusion
Page 9 - Blackhole  
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Test Setup Ocaholic Test System

Motherboard
  • ASUS Maximus VII Hero (BIOS 0224)
CPU
  • Intel Core i7-4770K- HT Off@ 4.3 GHz (Turbo On / HT Off)
Memory
  • G.Skill Ares Dual Channel 2x8GB @ CL10-11-10-30-1T-Auto DDR3-1866 MHz
Graphics Cards
  • ASUS Strix OC Edition GeForce GTX 960
Drivers
  • Windows 8.1 x64 (up to date)
  • NVIDIA ForceWare 347.25
Games
Games and OS
  • Windows 8.1 x64
  • All games were up to date on the
System Drive
PSU
  • Seasonic Platinum SS-1000XP / 1000 Watts

3DMark



  Score Graphic Score
Ocaholic Test System (4770K- HT Off + ASUS GTX 960 Strix) 3'433 3'639
Cyberpower Infinity Hercules Pro (4690K + MSI GTX 960) 3'246 3'406

Fire Strike Physix

  Points %
Ocaholic Test System (4770K- HT Off + ASUS GTX 960 Strix) 8'719 181.93 %
Cyberpower Infinity Hercules Pro (4690K + MSI GTX 960) 8'267 100.00 %


Page 1 - Introduction Page 10 - WinRAR
Page 2 - Preview Page 11 - Frybench
Page 3 - Specifications Page 12 - Games
Page 4 - 3DMark Page 13 - SSD
Page 5 - UCBench Page 14 - Overclocking
Page 6 - XTU Page 15 - Power Consumption
Page 7 - Cinebench Page 16 - Temperatures / Noise Levels
Page 8 - HWBot Prime Page 17 - Conclusion
Page 9 - Blackhole  
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UCBench

  Points %
Ocaholic Test System (4770K- HT Off + ASUS GTX 960 Strix) 1021.9 107.12 %
Cyberpower Infinity Hercules Pro (4690K + MSI GTX 960) 954.00 100.00 %


Page 1 - Introduction Page 10 - WinRAR
Page 2 - Preview Page 11 - Frybench
Page 3 - Specifications Page 12 - Games
Page 4 - 3DMark Page 13 - SSD
Page 5 - UCBench Page 14 - Overclocking
Page 6 - XTU Page 15 - Power Consumption
Page 7 - Cinebench Page 16 - Temperatures / Noise Levels
Page 8 - HWBot Prime Page 17 - Conclusion
Page 9 - Blackhole  
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XTU (Intel Extreme Tuning Utility)

  Points %
Ocaholic Test System (4770K- HT Off + ASUS GTX 960 Strix) 1'036 105.71 %
Cyberpower Infinity Hercules Pro (4690K + MSI GTX 960) 980 100.00 %


Page 1 - Introduction Page 10 - WinRAR
Page 2 - Preview Page 11 - Frybench
Page 3 - Specifications Page 12 - Games
Page 4 - 3DMark Page 13 - SSD
Page 5 - UCBench Page 14 - Overclocking
Page 6 - XTU Page 15 - Power Consumption
Page 7 - Cinebench Page 16 - Temperatures / Noise Levels
Page 8 - HWBot Prime Page 17 - Conclusion
Page 9 - Blackhole  
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Cinebench R15

  Points %
Ocaholic Test System (4770K- HT Off + ASUS GTX 960 Strix) 658 146.38 %
Cyberpower Infinity Hercules Pro (4690K + MSI GTX 960) 419 100.00 %


Page 1 - Introduction Page 10 - WinRAR
Page 2 - Preview Page 11 - Frybench
Page 3 - Specifications Page 12 - Games
Page 4 - 3DMark Page 13 - SSD
Page 5 - UCBench Page 14 - Overclocking
Page 6 - XTU Page 15 - Power Consumption
Page 7 - Cinebench Page 16 - Temperatures / Noise Levels
Page 8 - HWBot Prime Page 17 - Conclusion
Page 9 - Blackhole  
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HWBot Prime

  Points %
Ocaholic Test System (4770K- HT Off + ASUS GTX 960 Strix) 5351.8 100.47 %
Cyberpower Infinity Hercules Pro (4690K + MSI GTX 960) 5326.9 100.00 %


Page 1 - Introduction Page 10 - WinRAR
Page 2 - Preview Page 11 - Frybench
Page 3 - Specifications Page 12 - Games
Page 4 - 3DMark Page 13 - SSD
Page 5 - UCBench Page 14 - Overclocking
Page 6 - XTU Page 15 - Power Consumption
Page 7 - Cinebench Page 16 - Temperatures / Noise Levels
Page 8 - HWBot Prime Page 17 - Conclusion
Page 9 - Blackhole  
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Blackhole Benchmark Multithreaded

Single Thread

  Points %
Ocaholic Test System (4770K- HT Off + ASUS GTX 960 Strix) 2'020 119.67 %
Cyberpower Infinity Hercules Pro (4690K + MSI GTX 960) 1'688 100.00 %

4 Threads

  Points %
Ocaholic Test System (4770K- HT Off + ASUS GTX 960 Strix) 4'456 98.85 %
Cyberpower Infinity Hercules Pro (4690K + MSI GTX 960) 4'508 100.00 %

Multithreaded

  Points %
Ocaholic Test System (4770K- HT Off + ASUS GTX 960 Strix) 4'899 100.14 %
Cyberpower Infinity Hercules Pro (4690K + MSI GTX 960) 4'892 100.00 %

Overall

  Points %
Ocaholic Test System (4770K- HT Off + ASUS GTX 960 Strix) 10.864 101.87 %
Cyberpower Infinity Hercules Pro (4690K + MSI GTX 960) 10.488 100.00 %


Page 1 - Introduction Page 10 - WinRAR
Page 2 - Preview Page 11 - Frybench
Page 3 - Specifications Page 12 - Games
Page 4 - 3DMark Page 13 - SSD
Page 5 - UCBench Page 14 - Overclocking
Page 6 - XTU Page 15 - Power Consumption
Page 7 - Cinebench Page 16 - Temperatures / Noise Levels
Page 8 - HWBot Prime Page 17 - Conclusion
Page 9 - Blackhole  
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WinRAR

  Points %
Ocaholic Test System (4770K- HT Off + ASUS GTX 960 Strix) 6'105 110.14 %
Cyberpower Infinity Hercules Pro (4690K + MSI GTX 960) 5'543 100.00 %


Page 1 - Introduction Page 10 - WinRAR
Page 2 - Preview Page 11 - Frybench
Page 3 - Specifications Page 12 - Games
Page 4 - 3DMark Page 13 - SSD
Page 5 - UCBench Page 14 - Overclocking
Page 6 - XTU Page 15 - Power Consumption
Page 7 - Cinebench Page 16 - Temperatures / Noise Levels
Page 8 - HWBot Prime Page 17 - Conclusion
Page 9 - Blackhole  
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Frybench

  Points %
Ocaholic Test System (4770K- HT Off + ASUS GTX 960 Strix) 1'312 104.46 %
Cyberpower Infinity Hercules Pro (4690K + MSI GTX 960) 1'256 100.00 %


Page 1 - Introduction Page 10 - WinRAR
Page 2 - Preview Page 11 - Frybench
Page 3 - Specifications Page 12 - Games
Page 4 - 3DMark Page 13 - SSD
Page 5 - UCBench Page 14 - Overclocking
Page 6 - XTU Page 15 - Power Consumption
Page 7 - Cinebench Page 16 - Temperatures / Noise Levels
Page 8 - HWBot Prime Page 17 - Conclusion
Page 9 - Blackhole  
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Games

Borderlands - The Pre-Sequel
Average FPS %
Ocaholic Test System (4770K- HT Off + ASUS GTX 960 Strix) 138.3 100.58 %
Cyberpower Infinity Hercules Pro (4690K + MSI GTX 960) 137.5 100.00 %
     
GRID Autosport
Average FPS  
Ocaholic Test System (4770K- HT Off + ASUS GTX 960 Strix) 74.8 101.22 %
Cyberpower Infinity Hercules Pro (4690K + MSI GTX 960) 73.9 100.00 %
     
Metro Last Light
Average FPS  
Ocaholic Test System (4770K- HT Off + ASUS GTX 960 Strix) 34.44 102.74 %
Cyberpower Infinity Hercules Pro (4690K + MSI GTX 960) 33.52 100.00 %
     
Thief
Average FPS  
Ocaholic Test System (4770K- HT Off + ASUS GTX 960 Strix) 54.6 102.43 %
Cyberpower Infinity Hercules Pro (4690K + MSI GTX 960) 53.3 100.00 %
     
Tomb Raider
Average FPS  
Ocaholic Test System (4770K- HT Off + ASUS GTX 960 Strix) 31.20 100.65 %
Cyberpower Infinity Hercules Pro (4690K + MSI GTX 960) 31.00 100.00 %
     
Watch Dogs
Average FPS  
Ocaholic Test System (4770K- HT Off + ASUS GTX 960 Strix) 37.98 102.73 %
Cyberpower Infinity Hercules Pro (4690K + MSI GTX 960) 36.97 100.00 %
     


Page 1 - Introduction Page 10 - WinRAR
Page 2 - Preview Page 11 - Frybench
Page 3 - Specifications Page 12 - Games
Page 4 - 3DMark Page 13 - SSD
Page 5 - UCBench Page 14 - Overclocking
Page 6 - XTU Page 15 - Power Consumption
Page 7 - Cinebench Page 16 - Temperatures / Noise Levels
Page 8 - HWBot Prime Page 17 - Conclusion
Page 9 - Blackhole  
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SSD

Crystal Disk Mark



The Cyberpower Infinity Hercules Pro features one Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB SSD and it's been placed on a dedicated rack located at the bottom of the case. Apart from the SSD there is also a Seagate Baracuda 1TB.

The SSDNow V300 is a competitively priced SSD from Kingston with 120GB. This particular drive uses a LSI SandForce controller and allows for 493.6 MB/s sequential read and 137.6 sequential write performance. In the case of random accesses this drive can push up to 14'700/33'750 IOPS random read/write over the bus. Since this is a 120GB SandForce based drive, it's not the fastest SSD, but as we already mentioned the drive is competitively priced.

Page 1 - Introduction Page 10 - WinRAR
Page 2 - Preview Page 11 - Frybench
Page 3 - Specifications Page 12 - Games
Page 4 - 3DMark Page 13 - SSD
Page 5 - UCBench Page 14 - Overclocking
Page 6 - XTU Page 15 - Power Consumption
Page 7 - Cinebench Page 16 - Temperatures / Noise Levels
Page 8 - HWBot Prime Page 17 - Conclusion
Page 9 - Blackhole  
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Overclocking / BIOS

Cyberpower decided to factory overclock this system. This makes us curious to find out what settings they're actually using. Overclocked the CPU runs at 4.3 GHz and the Vcore is at only 1.23 Volt. Since this is a very low voltage, Cyberpower could potentially be pre-testing the CPUs used for their overclocked gaming PCs. What's also nicely done are the four different profiles Cyberpower is saving, which let you choose between default and different overclocking settings.
To dive a bit deeper into the detailed settings, we see that Cyperpower is setting the multiplyer to 43X instead of the standard 35X, which is equal to a 23% increase. The BCLK wasn't altered and remains at 100 MHz. This makes the CPU run at 4.3 GHz default. Apart from that Cyberpower didn't touch the uncore, and therefore all related settings are on "auto". This helps increasing overall system stability.
A quick look at the memory settings shows, that the Kingston sticks are running at 1866 MHz and the primary timings are 10-11-10-30. The reference MSI GeForce GTX 960 runs at stock clocks, which makes perfect sense in the case of pre-built systems.

   


   


Page 1 - Introduction Page 10 - WinRAR
Page 2 - Preview Page 11 - Frybench
Page 3 - Specifications Page 12 - Games
Page 4 - 3DMark Page 13 - SSD
Page 5 - UCBench Page 14 - Overclocking
Page 6 - XTU Page 15 - Power Consumption
Page 7 - Cinebench Page 16 - Temperatures / Noise Levels
Page 8 - HWBot Prime Page 17 - Conclusion
Page 9 - Blackhole  
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Power Consumption





Power Consumption Load (Idle)* Watts
Cyberpower Infinity Hercules Pro (4690K + MSI GTX 960) 52
*Entire system Less is better


Power Consumption Load (FurMark)* Watts
Cyberpower Infinity Hercules Pro (4690K + MSI GTX 960) 232
*Entire system Less is better




Page 1 - Introduction Page 10 - WinRAR
Page 2 - Preview Page 11 - Frybench
Page 3 - Specifications Page 12 - Games
Page 4 - 3DMark Page 13 - SSD
Page 5 - UCBench Page 14 - Overclocking
Page 6 - XTU Page 15 - Power Consumption
Page 7 - Cinebench Page 16 - Temperatures / Noise Levels
Page 8 - HWBot Prime Page 17 - Conclusion
Page 9 - Blackhole  
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Noise Level

   


The Cyberpower Infinity Hercules Pro Gaming PC has multiple noise sources, which include the two 120mm fans on the CPU AIO system in push pull, one top mounted 120mm fan and the blower on the graphics card. During our 3D tests, the system was subjectively speaking well audible. We notice that all fans come with three pin headers. We would love to find models with 4-pin PWM headers, which would allow for very simple noise level adjustments from within Windows or via the BIOS. Concerning the top mounted 120 millimeter fan, this one starts spinning when the temperatures pass 50°C.

Temperatures

Temperature Idle Full
Intel Core i5-4690K 32 / 34 / 33 / 34 55 / 56 / 55 / 55
MSI GTX 960 34 68
Less is better

With ambient temperatures at 23°C, we measured reasonable temperatures regarding processor and graphics card. Using Prime95 64bit and FurMark, HWmonitor Pro is telling us that the CPU runs at about 33°C in idle and roughly 55°C under load. In the case of the graphics card and Furmark for stress testing maximum temperature was 68°C.



Page 1 - Introduction Page 10 - WinRAR
Page 2 - Preview Page 11 - Frybench
Page 3 - Specifications Page 12 - Games
Page 4 - 3DMark Page 13 - SSD
Page 5 - UCBench Page 14 - Overclocking
Page 6 - XTU Page 15 - Power Consumption
Page 7 - Cinebench Page 16 - Temperatures / Noise Levels
Page 8 - HWBot Prime Page 17 - Conclusion
Page 9 - Blackhole  
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Conclusion


First of all: the Infinity Hercules Pro arrived in our office perfectly packed. We were actually surprised when we opened the case, since we found protecting air cushions everywhere. This makes dead sure nothing is going to break during shipment.

If you are looking for a powerful mid-range gaming desktop system, which is capable of running recent games in FullHD, the Cyberpower Infinity Hercules Pro is definitely a very good choice. In our tests, the Cyberpower Infinity Hercules Pro has proven to be a fast and efficient gaming PC. We tested this rig in various fields and scenarios, comparing the result obtained with our platform using an Intel's Core i7-4770K, where hyperthreading was disabled and the frequency was the same. The results gathered, are perfectly in line with our expectations and well comparable with the ones we observed our testbed.

The temperatures measured in games and benchmarks are perfectly in line for this configuration. Thanks to the fact, that there is an SSD in this rig and Windows 8.1 64 Bit pre-installed, the system boots quickly. We're also happy to find a 1 Terabyte hard drive, which allows for storing quite a few files.

Cyberpower is overclocking their Infinity Hercules Pro system to a very decent 4.3GHz. This means that the CPU does its job 23 percent faster than what's standard. We were actually impressed by the fact, that the Vcore is only 1.23 Volt. The only thing we would really love to see changed concerns the fans used in this system. In our opinion they are a bit too well audible and the changing to fans with 4-pin instead of 3-pin headers would make it very easy to reduce noise levels.

Now we come to the price of the Infinity Hercules Pro, which is available at Cyberpower for 799 GBP or about 1'100 Euro. We configured a PC system using the same components at Geizhals.eu and the price difference between the two configurations is about 200 Euro. These 200 Euro you pay for an overclocked CPU and a perfectly assembled and setup system without any bloatware at all.

Recommendation

The Cyberpower Infinity Hercules Pro is an excellent gaming PC and well worth the 1100 Euro Cyberpower is asking for it.
The Cyberpower Infinity Hercules Pro receives very good 4.5 out of 5 stars.




Page 1 - Introduction Page 10 - WinRAR
Page 2 - Preview Page 11 - Frybench
Page 3 - Specifications Page 12 - Games
Page 4 - 3DMark Page 13 - SSD
Page 5 - UCBench Page 14 - Overclocking
Page 6 - XTU Page 15 - Power Consumption
Page 7 - Cinebench Page 16 - Temperatures / Noise Levels
Page 8 - HWBot Prime Page 17 - Conclusion
Page 9 - Blackhole