CyberPower tends to cater for the enthusiast who wants their PC to perform well and look great, and the CyberPower Ultra Athenna XT budget desktop PC is no exception.

CyberPower tends to cater for the enthusiast who wants their PC to perform well and look great, and the Ultra Athenna XT budget desktop PC is no exception. With its metallic-blue trim and glossy piano-black finish, it immediately stands out from the crowd and looks more expensive than most of the competition.

The CyberPower Ultra Athenna XT budget desktop PC makes good use of its 3.1GHz AMD Phenom II X2 550, delivering 116 points in our WorldBench 6 real-world speed test - the highest score in the chart. But the Chillblast does a pretty good job keeping up, scoring 114 points with a slower 3GHz CPU.

Like the competition, CyberPower supplies 4GB of memory with the Ultra Athenna XT budget desktop PC. You also get a 500GB hard drive, which is a generous offering in comparison to those provided by Eclipse and Arbico, plus a long three-year warranty (albeit not the collect-and-return guarantee offered by Chillblast).

It's one of three systems here to use an ATI Radeon HD 5670 graphics card. The CyberPower Ultra Athenna XT budget desktop PC is thus quite capable of playing sophisticated games at reasonable framerates, with the latter necessary given that the 18.5in AOC monitor is limited to a 1366x768 resolution. The Best Buy Eclipse offers much faster graphics for the same amount of money, however.

Chart ranking (July 2010 issue)

  1. Eclipse Matrix a55R575
  2. Chillblast Fusion Hades
  3. CyberPower Ultra Athenna XT
  4. Palicomp Excalibur 630-19 System
  5. Arbico Phenom 5467 HD

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