CyberPower Ultra Triton GT review

8 Feb 2012

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

CyberPower Ultra Triton GT
Price when reviewed: 
599(£599 inc VAT)
5

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.

Details

Price ex VAT £499
Price inc VAT £599
Overall rating 5
Performance 4
Features & Design 5
Value for Money 5

Warranty

Warranty 1 yr return to base

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity 1,000GB
RAM capacity 8.00GB

Processor

CPU family AMD A8
CPU nominal frequency 2.90GHz
Processor socket AMD FM1
HSF (heatsink-fan) Asetek water-cooling

Motherboard

Motherboard Gigabyte GA-A75-D3H
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

Memory type DDR3
Memory sockets free 0
Memory sockets total 4

Graphics card

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
DVI-I outputs 2
HDMI outputs 1
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 0
DisplayPort outputs 1
Number of graphics cards 1

Hard disk

Hard disk Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS
Capacity 1.00TB
Hard disk usable capacity 931GB
Internal disk interface SATA/300
Spindle speed 7,200RPM
Cache size 32MB

Drives

Optical drive Lite-On iHAS124
Optical disc technology DVD writer

Case

Chassis Cooler Master HAF 912
Case format Full tower
Dimensions 230 x 496 x 480mm (WDH)

Power supply

Power supply Andyson AD-E850AE-A5/A6
Power supply rating 850W

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays 3

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream) 4
eSATA ports 2
PS/2 mouse port yes
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports 0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports 0
Modem no
3.5mm audio jacks 8

Front ports

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

Performance tests

3D performance (crysis) low settings 118fps
3D performance setting Low
Overall Real World Benchmark score 0.76
Responsiveness score 0.81
Media score 0.75
Multitasking score 0.71