Overclocked processor, flagship graphics card, performance case, latest technology; these are characteristics of a computer built from a high-end boutique builder and normally come with a boutique builder price. Would you believe this system costs less than 1600 Dollars?
CyberPower used a Cooler Master Centurion 590, and we like that the builder took advantage of the case’s tool-less chassis design. Our Gamer Xtreme XE features Asetek Liquid CPU Cooling System, and CyberPower overclocked the processor from 2.83GHz to 3.6GHz. There are plenty of expansion options, including a free PCI-E x16 slot and three PCI-E x1 slots, and we like that the Radeon 4870 X2 graphics card (or even a second 4870 X2) had room to breathe. CyberPower didn’t cut a side window, but with blue LEDs in the two top-panel fans and the front chassis, the Gamer Xtreme XE produced some attractive exterior lighting.
Although the Gamer Xtreme XE didn’t break any records yet, it posted scores within range of many of the top-notch systems (see “Leaders Of The Pack” on page 20 of the September 2008 issue of CPU) we saw in our dream PC roundup. The graphics processing power of the Radeon 4870 X2 shined in our gaming benchmarks. The Gamer Xtreme XE achieved a playable frame rate of 38fps in Crysis when we changed all the settings to High, and its 19fps at the Very High settings was also impressive. In addition, scores of 13930 (multithreaded) in Cinebench 10 and 3333pps in POV-Ray 3.7 Beta place the Gamer Xtreme XE’s results near those of the dream PCs.