The CyberPower Gamer Ultra Triton's Phenom processor did offer good value for money – until the Intel Core i5 750 came along and ruined it all.

CyberPower's Gamer Ultra Triton stands out as the only non-Intel-based sub-£750 Windows 7 system we've tested. AMD's AM3 Phenom II x4 965 processor did offer good value for money - until the Intel Core i5 750 came along and ruined it all.

This 3.4GHz quad-core CPU is fast, but delivers performance that's a little way behind the Intel challenger in our real-world speed tests. Indeed, with a tally of 124 points, the CyberPower Gamer Ultra Triton scored eight points fewer than the fastest system here. That's not bad, but it's not amazing either.

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A 500GB hard drive comes as standard, along with 4GB of DDR3 memory. The CyberPower Gamer Ultra Triton is also backed by a rather powerful 850W PSU, which will be ample for upgrading or overclocking. The Asus M4A78-EM motherboard is basic, offering a single PCI Express x16 slot (you won't be able to add a second graphics card) and a pair of PCI slots.

This is also the only system to specify an nVidia rather than ATI graphics card. The GeForce GTX 260 comes with 896MB of video memory, which is less than the 1,024MB supplied elsewhere, but it's a fast card that jostles for supremacy with the HD 4890 (depending on what game you're playing). It's certainly faster than the Arbico's HD 4870, but the slower CPU causes the CyberPower Gamer Ultra Triton to fall just behind in overall gaming performance.

No external speakers are supplied with the CyberPower Gamer Ultra Triton, and its tidy-looking 22in Hanns-G display sadly isn't a match for the two Chillblasts' full-HD alternatives.

On the plus side, CyberPower machines are well-known for their striking looks; the Gamer Ultra Triton's blue case immediately sets it apart from the competition, and build quality is pleasingly high. It's a good system, but it's overshadowed by Intel's Core i5 CPU.

Chart ranking (December 09 issue)

  1. Chillblast Fusion Strider
  2. Chillblast Fusion Rage
  3. Eclipse Matrix i57R489
  4. Arbico HD5750 XL
  5. CyberPower Gamer Ultra Triton

CyberPower Gamer Ultra Triton: Specs

  • 3.4GHz AMD AM3 Phenom II X4 965
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
  • 4GB DDR3 RAM
  • 500GB SATA
  • Asus M4A78-EM motherboard
  • 6 x USB 2.0
  • 850W WinPower PSU
  • 22in Hanns-G Hi221 (0.28mm pixel pitch
  • 1,680x1,050 native resolution)
  • 896MB PCI Express Sparkle nVidia GeForce GTX 260 (games scores: Crysis = [High/Very High] = 64/24fps
  • Fear = 221fps)
  • onboard Realtek ALC887 sound
  • speakers built into monitor
  • 22x/22x/12x/16x/6x/8x/12x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM)
  • three-year return-to-base warranty
  • WorldBench 6 score: 124
  • 3.4GHz AMD AM3 Phenom II X4 965
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
  • 4GB DDR3 RAM
  • 500GB SATA
  • Asus M4A78-EM motherboard
  • 6 x USB 2.0
  • 850W WinPower PSU
  • 22in Hanns-G Hi221 (0.28mm pixel pitch
  • 1,680x1,050 native resolution)
  • 896MB PCI Express Sparkle nVidia GeForce GTX 260 (games scores: Crysis = [High/Very High] = 64/24fps
  • Fear = 221fps)
  • onboard Realtek ALC887 sound
  • speakers built into monitor
  • 22x/22x/12x/16x/6x/8x/12x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM)
  • three-year return-to-base warranty
  • WorldBench 6 score: 124

OUR VERDICT

The CyberPower Gamer Ultra Triton is a great system with striking looks, but it's overshadowed by the performance of Intel's new Core i5 processor.

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