CyberPower Gamer Xtreme 5000 Desktop PC Review

Sun, Dec 25, 2011

Hardware Reviews

CyberPower Gamer Xtreme 5000 Desktop PC Review

Overview

CyberPower’s entry in the gaming arena, the CyberPower Gamer Xtreme 5000 Desktop PC is a formidable contender in the $1,500-and below price bracket. The system offers a remarkable array of features without sacrificing affordability. This is something that is rare among excellent gaming systems nowadays.

Specifications

The CyberPower Gamer Xtreme 5000 Desktop PC has an impressive repertoire which includes:

  • Intel Core i7 2600K 3.4 GHz processor
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 video card
  • 4 GB DDR3 1600 MHz RAM
  • 1 TB 7200 rpm SATA-III hard drive
  • Cooling system (self-contained)
  • 650 watts power supply
  • Connection interface available for Bluetooth, eSATA, HDMI, and DVI-D (24-pin video)
  • Available ports: USB 2.0 – 10( 2 at the front, 8 at the back), USB 3.0 – 3 (1 at the front, 2 at the back), and Firewire (1 at the back)

Special Features

  • Cooling system. Heat management is handled by a cooling system composed of four (4) 120 mm fans placed at strategic positions inside the casing which improves airflow. Two fans are placed at the front, one at the top, and another one on the left side.
  • CPU cooling. Long hours of gaming can take its toll on the processor, which is why a standard CPU fan and heat sink is not enough. An Asetek 550LC 120 mm radiator set for the processor is installed in the system to provide rapid removal of heat from the Intel Core i7 processor.
  • Organized interiors. Cables are bundled in black mesh which greatly improves airflow and prevents wires from touching sensitive components.

Pros

CyberPower has shown its expertise in building great gaming systems once again. Putting in quality components was a wonderful idea. Keeping the costs below $1,500 is an outstanding feat. In addition, having a stable system overclocked at 30% is already a sound investment. Moreover, the absence of bloatware assures fast loading time.

For a middle-sized tower, the CyberPower Gamer Xtreme 5000 Desktop PC has a few tricks up its sleeves. Independent testing reveals impressive performance even on default CPU settings. Video tests show consistent output after a battery of benchmark tests. Gaming results show an average fps for the following: Resident Evil 5 (157.6 fps), DiRT 2 (126.49), Alien vs. Predator (46.1), and Crysis Warhead (69.82). Further full load testing on the CPU cooling system showed that the 120 mm radiators were able to bring down the CPU temperature from 67º C to 28º C after one hour.

Cons

The default RAM of 4GB could use an upgrade since most competitive gaming systems in the market has at least 8GB of RAM installed as default.

The Verdict

Overclocking a 3.4 GHz Intel Core i7 processor to achieve 4.4 GHz and maintaining stability is a classic example of CyberPower genius at work. Its creative combination of quality parts and sensible design has proven that having a high performance gaming platform at below $1,500 is attainable, even for gaming enthusiasts who do not have the time to build one from scratch.

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