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Here is the iCUE Infinity Gaming PC configuration that was sent to TechRadar for review:
Central processor: AMD Ryzen 9 5900X 12-core 3.70 GHz
graphic: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 (MSI)
R.A.M.: 32 GB
warehouse: Corsair Force MP600 1 TB SSD, Seagate ST2000DM 2 TB HDD
Connections (front): 2 x USB 3.1, USB-C, 3.5 mm audio jack
Connections (rear): 1 x USB-C, 1 x DisplayPort, 1 x HDMI, 2 x WiFi module, 4 x USB 3.1, 5 x audio jack
Connectivity: Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168
Weight: 13.8 kg
size: 230 x 452 x 460 mm (9.1 x 17.8 x 18.1 in)
Without a doubt, the first thing you’ll notice about the iCUE Infinity, along with the size and bulk that is common for mid-tower PCs, is its looks. The initially inconspicuous, monolithic Corsair iCUE 5000X RGB housing comes to life when switched on and illuminates the interior of the tower with beautiful RGB lighting that also extends to iCUE-compatible mice and keyboards.
The side glass pane of the tower resembles a museum display case and gives you a clean and eye-catching view of the light effect of the RGB lighting on the PC components. Corsair’s iCUE software is also installed on the system from the start, so you can customize the lighting with a full range of colors and a range of fancy patterns and effects.
This is purely cosmetic, but it gives creative people plenty of options to play with. You can also set multiple profiles to switch between your existing presets if you want to mix up your color scheme.
It’s not all style about substance, however, as the real power of the iCUE Infinity becomes apparent as you start playing your games. With ivUE Infinity, powered by Nvidia GeForce RTX and AMD Ryzen gaming technology, most high-end games can be run effortlessly in 4K while the 60fps threshold we consider essential for gaming these days is no problem is achieved.
In many cases, we were also able to record frame rates of up to 144 fps at 1080p and Ultra presets, which makes high refresh rate monitors like the LG UltraGear 38GN950 a perfect companion for the iCUE Infinity Gaming PC.
If you are concerned about the amount of heat the iCUE Infinity is giving off then you shouldn’t when you factor in all of these super powerful components. The PC has fully assorted cooling and ventilation. The fans at the front, back and top of the tower as well as the Corsair Hydro cooling ensure that the system runs efficiently even during strenuous gaming tasks. The mesh panels on the top and front of the tower also help your PC breathe significantly.
The iCUE Infinity is also an excellent PC for productivity and hobby activities thanks to the AMD Ryzen 9 5900X processor. Not only does this allow for easy multitasking, but it also makes the PC a perfect choice for video editing and rendering, as well as streaming games on platforms like Twitch.
As a mid-tower PC, the iCUE Infinity Gaming PC may be a little too bulky for some, especially if you are already struggling for space around you. Its size and weight are two of the only real drawbacks for the PC. Once you’ve turned your machine off and plugged everything in, moving it again can be a huge pain.
The price could protect some customers elsewhere as well, as the base iCUE Infinity model will set you back to an absolute minimum of £ 1,749. Better upgrades naturally increase the already high price.
Price and availability
The iCUE Infinity Gaming PC isn’t cheap, which is to be expected given the high-end components it comes with. Combine that with the current global GPU shortage, and you’ll likely have to pay more than usual for this pre-built PC.
The base model gives you back £ 1,749. By default, this comes with a 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 GPU, and 16GB of RAM, making the system a 1080p gaming beast, albeit a very expensive one.
If you’re looking to use that elusive Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 in your iCUE Infinity to unlock high frame rate 4K games, then expect to pay around £ 450 extra before considering any further upgrades to the base model you want.
In a nutshell, the iCUE Infinity Gaming PC is very expensive, but if you have the money it’s a relatively hassle-free way to get your hands on these rare high-end components, especially if you do decide to go for an anyway full PC- Upgrade.
So far the iCUE Infinity is only available in the UK. However, we will update this section with US and Australian prices should the PC be available in those countries.
Before you can even switch the iCUE Infinity on, you must first move it to the desired area. Our advice? Make absolutely sure of where you want to keep this mid-tower PC as you will likely never want to move it again.
The iCUE Infinity is both heavy and takes up a lot of space. This is not uncommon for mid-towers. However, the first time you buy a PC, consider the size and weight of the machine.
However, if you look at the inside of the pc, this average tower size is justified. The large, clear glass panel gives you a perfect insight into the innards of your PC. The PC’s RGB lighting function will also be immediately noticeable, with a nice multicolored ripple effect as standard.
While the RGB effect is relatively subtle (it really helps to compliment it with an RGB compatible gaming keyboard and mouse), this can be a disappointment if you’re into PC aesthetics. On the other hand, the subtlety isn’t intrusive, which means the iCUE Infinity can be reasonably placed anywhere without your peripheral vision being overly conspicuous.
Another very impressive aspect of the structure is the remarkably neat cable management. While this is to be expected from a professionally built PC, the benefits will become apparent if you plan to upgrade your iCUE Infinity in the future.
In terms of external appearance, the iCUE Infinity is actually nothing to write home about. The monolithic black tower doesn’t really stand out from the crowd. Suffice it to say that RGB lighting does most of the work here in terms of sheer aesthetics.
We had the feeling that the placement of the ports could have been better. While there’s nothing out of the ordinary on the back of the device and all of the ports are exactly where you’d expect them to be, the ports on the front of the PC are a bit awkward to locate, at least initially.
On the top of the PC, next to the power switch, there are two USB 3.2 ports, a USB-C port and an audio jack for microphones, headphones and speakers. While some prefer to find their ports on the side of the PC, it at least gives you the option of whether to place your PC on one side of you rather than being forced to place it based on the side of the computer’s ports would otherwise find each other again.
This is how the iCUE Infinity developed in our series of benchmark tests:
3DMark:: Night attack: 67.262; Fire strike: 34,047; Time spy: 16.604
Cinebench R20: 7.116
GeekBench 5: 1,443 (single core); 12,116 (multi-core)
PCMark 10 (home test): 8.246
Total War: Three Kingdoms (1080p, Ultra): 142.9 fps; (1080p, low): 377.3 fps
Metro Exodus (1080p, Ultra): 60.24 fps; (1080p, low): 220.9 fps
Probably the biggest attraction of the iCUE Infinity will be its ability to play most games comfortably at 1080p at frame rates well over 60 fps. What’s even better is that the machine is more than capable of consistently performing at 60 fps at 4K.
Games like Death Stranding, a game developed using the sophisticated Decima engine, ran great on the iCUE Infinity with no noticeable performance degradation at 4K Ultra settings. Similarly, Dirt 5, arguably the most graphically impressive game from Codemasters, performed fantastic at 4K.
In short, the iCUE Infinity is capable of running some of the most graphically intense games at 4K while keeping the frame rate consistently high. The device also gives you the option to play at 1080p with an unlocked frame rate if you prefer performance over quality. This is definitely a plus if you play online multiplayer games frequently.
Nevertheless, the iCUE Infinity is certainly an enthusiastic PC. If you’re not in the market for cutting-edge 4K quality, the base model’s RTX 3060 GPU is perfect for high frame rate 1080p gaming.
The iCUE Infinity also handles intensive tasks such as ray tracing very well. Ray tracing is a sophisticated solution that maps detailed lighting onto the game world and normally enables realistic lighting behavior on reflective surfaces.
During a Cyberpunk 2077 session with ray tracing enabled, we noticed a significant increase in temperature and fan speed from the PC, but it wasn’t anything that detracted from the game’s performance.
The graphical performance is not the only highlight of the iCUE Infinity, however, as the processing functions are also excellent. The AMD Ryzen 9 5900X ensures that games with heavy processing (e.g. an abundance of unusual particle effects) do not noticeably burden the PC.
Combine this with the excellent Corsair Force MP600 SSD, which offers a considerable storage capacity of 1 TB, and you have a PC that not only plays games at high to extreme settings in 4K, but also loads them very quickly.
High load games like Total War: Warhammer 2, Baldur’s Gate 3, and Final Fantasy 14 perform much better on the SSD, so you can get even more actual game time in the long run.
Should I buy the iCUE Infinity?
Buy it when …
You want a premium gaming PC
If you are looking in the market for a brand new PC that meets all of the 4K gaming criteria, the iCUE Infinity is a great way to access it, especially considering it comes with elusive components like the RTX 3080.
They love the RGB aesthetic
The customizable RGB-loaded components of the iCUE Infinity are not particularly noticeable compared to other PCs, but they are eye-catching without unduly affecting your peripheral vision.
You want to make yourself future-proof
With high-end Nvidia and AMD technology powering the PC, the iCUE Infinity should keep you going for years, and the abundance of storage space coupled with superbly organized cable management makes future upgrades a breeze.
Don’t buy it if …
You are on a budget
The iCUE Infinity is incredibly expensive even if you stick to the base model. There are cheaper alternatives that do great at 1080p.
You don’t have a lot of space
The size of the iCUE Infinity cannot be overstated. It’s a beefy PC that takes up a good chunk of the real estate in your desktop space. Consider a smaller build if you don’t have a lot of space to work.
4K is not a priority for you
The iCUE Infinity’s high price tag is largely due to its ability to play 4K games at high presets and frame rates. If you’d rather stick to 1080p instead, there are cheaper alternatives.
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