CyberPower's systems tend to cater for the enthusiast who wants their PC to perform well and look good. The Ultra Athenna XT 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.

CyberPower's systems tend to cater for the enthusiast who wants their PC to perform well and look good. The Ultra Athenna XT 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 system is powered by an AMD Phenom II X2 550 processor running at 3.1GHz. This is the joint-fastest clock speed in the chart and the CyberPower Ultra Athenna XT desktop PC makes solid use of it, achieving a WorldBench 6 real-world speed score of 116. However, the Palicomp delivers significantly faster overall performance with its Intel Core i3 540 CPU.

The usual 4GB of RAM is supplied, although CyberPower has gone for the more expensive and faster DDR3 type rather than the DDR2 chips supplied by Arbico and Eclipse. You also get a 500GB hard drive with the CyberPower Ultra Athenna XT desktop PC, which is perfectly adequate at this price point, plus a long three-year warranty (albeit not the collect-and-return guarantee offered by Chillblast).

CyberPower supplies an ATI Radeon HD 5670 graphics card with 512MB of video memory. This is more than capable of playing sophisticated games at reasonable framerates, particularly in the undemanding environment of the CyberPower Ultra Athenna XT desktop PC's low-res 18.5in monitor.

Budget PCs chart ranking

  1. Palicomp Core i3 Blast 540-19
  2. Chillblast Fusion Vortex
  3. Eclipse Quantum a55r575
  4. CyberPower Ultra Athenna XT
  5. Arbico Phenom 5524 GT

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