CyberPower Ultra Triton GT review

One of the finest enclosures we've seen on a PC at this price, although the noise removes some of the sheen

Mike Jennings
8 Feb 2012
5
Price when reviewed 
599

CyberPower is one of the only manufacturers we’ve seen in months to send us a PC with an AMD processor, and it’s the top-of-the-range 2.9GHz A8-3850 APU - a chip that combines a processor with a graphics core in the same package.

Whether that’s a good choice is debatable: it’s at standard clock speed, and as CyberPower has also included a discrete graphics card, the APU’s own impressive integrated GPU is redundant. So while an overall benchmark score of 0.76 is fine for most everyday uses, it’s less than you’d expect from an Intel-based machine at this price.

That slower processor has an impact on the gaming side of things too. The CyberPower employs an AMD Radeon HD 6850, and it managed a very good average of 31fps in our Very High quality Crysis test. However, that’s beaten by other PCs in the same price bracket – the A-Listed Chillblast Fusion Elixir pairs an overclocked HD 6850 with an Intel processor for a result of 36fps in the same test.

Still, both are fast gamers, and some of the money saved has clearly been spent wisely. The case - a Cooler Master HAF 912 - is a cut above anything else we've seen at this price: rock-solid build quality, a cavernous interior, and a gregarious design that’s far more appealing than this budget usually offers.

CyberPower Ultra Triton GT

Pop off the side panel and, as well as an interior that’s impeccably tidy thanks to its motherboard tray, you’ll find an Asetek water-cooling unit. All the slots and sockets are easily accessible, too, with five side-facing, tool-free hard disk bays and three similarly accessible 5.25in bays.

The small waterblock leaves room to reach the four DIMM sockets – although bear in mind they’re all full. The Gigabyte motherboard provides the standard array of slots, and the 850W power supply gives plenty of headroom.

That power supply, however, provides the CyberPower’s biggest headache: noise. It’s a loud PC when idle and, while the noise doesn’t really increase when stressed, it’s still noticeable – you’ll have to turn up the volume on your speakers to drown it out.

That aside, there’s plenty to like about the CyberPower. It has water-cooling and a good graphics card. Unless you really need raw power its processor is fine, and the savings have allowed CyberPower to bring an exceptional chassis to the table. We’d still opt for the Chillblast as a better all-round option, but this is an worthy alternative.

Warranty

Warranty1 yr return to base

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity1,000GB
RAM capacity8.00GB

Processor

CPU familyAMD A8
CPU nominal frequency2.90GHz
Processor socketAMD FM1
HSF (heatsink-fan)Asetek water-cooling

Motherboard

MotherboardGigabyte GA-A75-D3H
Motherboard chipsetAMD A75
Conventional PCI slots free3
Conventional PCI slots total3
PCI-E x16 slots free1
PCI-E x16 slots total2
PCI-E x1 slots free1
PCI-E x1 slots total2
Internal SATA connectors4

Memory

Memory typeDDR3
Memory sockets free0
Memory sockets total4

Graphics card

Graphics cardAMD Radeon HD 6850
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards?no
3D performance settingLow
Graphics chipsetAMD Radeon HD 6850
Graphics card RAM1.00GB
DVI-I outputs2
HDMI outputs1
VGA (D-SUB) outputs0
DisplayPort outputs1
Number of graphics cards1

Hard disk

Hard diskSeagate Barracuda ST31000524AS
Capacity1.00TB
Hard disk usable capacity931GB
Internal disk interfaceSATA/300
Spindle speed7,200RPM
Cache size32MB

Drives

Optical driveLite-On iHAS124
Optical disc technologyDVD writer

Case

ChassisCooler Master HAF 912
Case formatFull tower
Dimensions230 x 496 x 480mm (WDH)

Power supply

Power supplyAndyson AD-E850AE-A5/A6
Power supply rating850W

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays3

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream)4
eSATA ports2
PS/2 mouse portyes
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports0
Modemno
3.5mm audio jacks8

Front ports

Front panel USB ports2
Front panel eSATA ports1
Front panel memory card readerno

Operating system and software

OS familyWindows 7

Noise and power

Idle power consumption115W
Peak power consumption344W

Performance tests

3D performance (crysis) low settings118fps
3D performance settingLow
Overall Real World Benchmark score0.76
Responsiveness score0.81
Media score0.75
Multitasking score0.71

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