CyberPower’s Apollo XT budget desktop PC looks like a gaming beast. Unfortunately, there’s little inside worth showing off on a £500 budget.

CyberPower’s Apollo XT budget desktop PC looks like a gaming beast, with its glossy black case finished with a metallic blue trim and see-through side panel. Unfortunately, there’s little inside worth showing off on a £500 budget.

It’s a sheep in wolves’ clothing. There’s no dedicated graphics card to be found – the CyberPower Apollo XT budget desktop PC relies on the graphics chip integrated into its Core i3-540 processor, and its 17fps score in Fear (1024x768, ‘Maximum’ detail) means games are a no-no.

We also found the CyberPower Apollo XT budget desktop PC rather noisy, despite the disproportionate level of cooling provision to hardware.

While it certainly looks the part, the CyberPower Apollo XT budget desktop PC can’t keep pace with the competition. Its WorldBench 6 score of 126 points shows performance that’s adequate for most users, but it’s on a par with Palicomp’s Blast, which is now in its fifth month in the Sub-£500 PCs chart. And it’s a noticeable nine points behind the Arbico’s 135.

Thankfully, the CyberPower Apollo XT budget desktop PC's MSI motherboard has pair of switches to enable easy overclocking by up to 20 percent, without having to resort to tricky Bios-configuration settings. This motherboard doesn’t support USB 3.0, however.

The 4GB allocation of RAM is standard at this price, but the 500GB hard drive is meagre in comparison to most of the competition. The popular 21.5in AOC F22+ full-HD monitor completes the CyberPower Apollo XT budget desktop PC package.

Budget desktop PCs chart ranking

  1. Chillblast Fusion Shogun
  2. Arbico i3 5600 XL
  3. DinoPC Plutosaur 650
  4. Palicomp Core i3 Blast 540-22 USB3
  5. CyberPower Apollo XT

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