Cyberpower Gamer Ultra 930 review

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CyberPower’s Gamer Ultra PCs generally use AMD and ATi components rather than Intel and Nvidia parts. True to form, this is the only PC this month with a CPU and graphics card from the Canadian conglomerate.

Cyberpower Gamer Ultra 930 review

A 2.2GHz Phenom X4 9550 delivers a decent 2D benchmark score of 1.24 – which is fine for everyday computing but pales in comparison with the Mesh, Zoostorm and Chillblast PCs and their Intel CPUs.

The system’s multimedia credentials are improved by Ozaki’s DV808 5.1 speakers – the only surround-sound set in this Labs. They’re budget speakers, but provide more bass and depth than any of the 2.1 sets provided this month.

Sadly, this means the proverbial belt has been tightened elsewhere – the hard disk, at 160GB, is relatively small. Thankfully, six free 3.5in bays cater for ample additional storage.

The monitor is the familiar Hanns.G HW191D, which we cover in more depth within the Mesh Pulse 8400 review.

The interior is tidy, and is dominated by the CPU cooler – a Thermaltake Blue Orb II with a huge 140mm fan. While this keeps the Phenom 9550 processor cool, it looms over the free DIMM slots, which makes the installation of extra memory difficult.

The ATi Radeon HD 3650 graphics card provides resolutely mid-range 3D scores, and won’t be able to handle the latest games at their highest settings. Our High detail Crysis test petered out at 8fps, but 20fps at Medium and 58fps at Low suggest that modern games aren’t out of reach if you reduce the detail.

The Cyberpower is an adequate all-round machine, but doesn’t excel in any area. If you’re determined to buy from AMD and ATi, it’s the only choice, but there’s much better value in the Intel-based systems here.

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