Cyberpower Liquid High 5GHz review

£1499
Price when reviewed

The Azza Hurrican case, meanwhile, makes quite the first impression. It’s an imposing beast thanks to its huge side panels, finned roof and slatted front – not to mention its sheer size. The thick side panel houses a pair of 230mm fans, and the cooling doesn’t end there: two more 230mm fans sit beneath the top fins, a pair of 120mm fans adorn the front wall, there’s a 120mm exhaust and even another 120mm fan behind the motherboard, used to cool the rear of the processor.

Plenty of thought has gone into the interior. First to catch our eye were the six hard disk bays -they’re accessed by removing a spring-loaded clip at the front of the chassis, and drives are slotted into sturdy, tool-free caddies. Four of them are fitted with daughterboards that make them hot swappable, with each small piece of PCB offering SATA data and power ports alongside small LEDs to indicate occupation.

The size of the Azza Hurrican allows for a spacious motherboard tray, and despite the lack of a modular power supply, Cyberpower has kept the interior tidy. The water-cooling tubes are routed sensibly, there’s little excess cabling, and it’s possible to access most parts of the PC. All four DIMM sockets are in use, but there are two PCI Express x16 slots and single PCI Express x1 and PCI slots free. And only once you fill all the hot-swappable hard disk bays will you discover that the graphics card blocks the motherboard’s two remaining SATA 6Gbits/sec ports.

CyberPower Liquid High 5GHz

The biggest problem, though, is noise. Unlike the impressively quiet Chillblast, the proliferation of cooling kit inside the Cyberpower – 11 fans, and that’s before you add the graphics card or PSU – means it pumps out plenty of noise, even when idle. The peak system power draw of 620W will horrify those with an eye on the electricity bill, too.

It’s also a shame that the extreme performance isn’t given more space to show off than a 24in, 1,920 x 1,080 panel, even if the BenQ G2420HDBL is a decent enough TFT. Its average Delta E of 3.4 and measured brightness of 227.9cd/m[sup]2[/sup] serve up colours that are accurate and vivid without being overpowering, although a measured contrast ratio of 670:1 isn’t particularly high. Despite slight grain across lighter areas, overall quality is easily on par with the 3D-capable Asus screen included with the Chillblast.

The Logitech Wireless MK320 keyboard and mouse set is fine but, again, can’t match the Chillblast’s Razer keyboard and mouse and 5.1 set of speakers. All this makes the Chillblast Fusion Dimension a far better all-round PC for most people, but there’s no denying the Cyberpower’s brutish charm. It’s big, brash and stunningly powerful, without the sky-high price this usually brings. If you can put up with the noise, it’s an impressive piece of engineering.

Warranty

Warranty1 yr return to base

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity1,000GB
RAM capacity8.00GB
Screen size24.0in

Processor

CPU familyIntel Core i7
CPU nominal frequency3.40GHz
CPU overclocked frequency5.00GHz
Processor socketLGA 1155
HSF (heatsink-fan)XSPC Delta CPU block & reservoir

Motherboard

MotherboardAsus P8Z68-V Pro
Motherboard chipsetIntel Z68
Conventional PCI slots free1
Conventional PCI slots total1
PCI-E x16 slots free2
PCI-E x16 slots total3
PCI-E x8 slots free0
PCI-E x8 slots total0
PCI-E x4 slots free0
PCI-E x4 slots total0
PCI-E x1 slots free1
PCI-E x1 slots total2
Internal SATA connectors4
Wired adapter speed1,000Mbits/sec

Memory

Memory typeDDR3
Memory sockets free0
Memory sockets total4

Graphics card

Graphics cardNvidia GeForce GTX 580
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards?no
3D performance settingMedium
Graphics chipsetNvidia GeForce GTX 580
Graphics card RAM2.00GB
DVI-I outputs2
HDMI outputs1
VGA (D-SUB) outputs0
DisplayPort outputs1
Number of graphics cards1

Hard disk

Hard diskSamsung Spinpoint F3
Capacity1.00TB
Hard disk usable capacity931GB
Internal disk interfaceSATA/600
Spindle speed7,200RPM
Cache size64MB
Hard disk 2 make and modelKingston SSDNow V-Series
Hard disk 2 nominal capacity30GB
Hard disk 2 formatted capacity20
Hard disk 2 spindle speedN/A

Drives

Optical disc technologyBlu-ray reader/DVD writer combo

Monitor

Monitor make and modelBenQ G2420HDBL
Resolution screen horizontal1,920
Resolution screen vertical1,080
Resolution1920 x 1080
DVI inputs1
HDMI inputs0
VGA inputs1
DisplayPort inputs0

Additional Peripherals

Sound cardRealtek HD Audio

Case

ChassisAzza Hurrican
Case formatFull tower
Dimensions254 x 590 x 549mm (WDH)

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays1

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream)8
eSATA ports2
PS/2 mouse portyes
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports1
Modemno
3.5mm audio jacks8

Front ports

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

Mouse & Keyboard

Mouse and keyboardLogitech MK320 wireless keyboard and mouse

Operating system and software

OS familyWindows 7

Noise and power

Idle power consumption193W
Peak power consumption620W

Performance tests

3D performance (crysis) low settings149fps
3D performance settingMedium
Overall Real World Benchmark score1.26
Responsiveness score1.15
Media score1.30
Multitasking score1.32

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