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
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.
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.
|Price ex VAT||£499|
|Price inc VAT||£599|
|Features & Design||5|
|Value for Money||5|
|Warranty||1 yr return to base|
|Total hard disk capacity||1,000GB|
|CPU family||AMD A8|
|CPU nominal frequency||2.90GHz|
|Processor socket||AMD FM1|
|HSF (heatsink-fan)||Asetek water-cooling|
|Motherboard chipset||AMD A75|
|Conventional PCI slots free||3|
|Conventional PCI slots total||3|
|PCI-E x16 slots free||1|
|PCI-E x16 slots total||2|
|PCI-E x1 slots free||1|
|PCI-E x1 slots total||2|
|Internal SATA connectors||4|
|Memory sockets free||0|
|Memory sockets total||4|
|Graphics card||AMD Radeon HD 6850|
|Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards?||no|
|3D performance setting||Low|
|Graphics chipset||AMD Radeon HD 6850|
|Graphics card RAM||1.00GB|
|VGA (D-SUB) outputs||0|
|Number of graphics cards||1|
|Hard disk||Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS|
|Hard disk usable capacity||931GB|
|Internal disk interface||SATA/300|
|Optical drive||Lite-On iHAS124|
|Optical disc technology||DVD writer|
|Chassis||Cooler Master HAF 912|
|Case format||Full tower|
|Dimensions||230 x 496 x 480mm (WDH)|
|Power supply||Andyson AD-E850AE-A5/A6|
|Power supply rating||850W|
Free drive bays
|Free front panel 5.25in bays||3|
|USB ports (downstream)||4|
|PS/2 mouse port||yes|
|Electrical S/PDIF audio ports||0|
|Optical S/PDIF audio output ports||0|
|3.5mm audio jacks||8|
|Front panel USB ports||2|
|Front panel eSATA ports||1|
|Front panel memory card reader||no|
Operating system and software
|OS family||Windows 7|
Noise and power
|Idle power consumption||115W|
|Peak power consumption||344W|
|3D performance (crysis) low settings||118fps|
|3D performance setting||Low|
|Overall Real World Benchmark score||0.76|