In its ATX-sized case, complete with transparent side-panel, you would be forgiven for mistaking the Cyberpower Ultra Triton SE for another gaming PC. Despite its inappropriate dress sense, this Cooler Master Elite 430 housing offers better build quality than most of the competition.

Thankfully, CyberPower has removed the usual interior lighting system and it could be argued that being able to see inside the case will help you to spot and deal with issues such as dust build-up before they turn into problems.

The extra space inside has also allowed Cyberpower to tidy up the internal cables, leaving a clear space for working inside.

Like Braebo's ultra-low cost PC, the Ultra Triton SE uses an AMD processor. CyberPower has gone for the A8-3850 running at 2.9GHz. Despite its slower clock speed, this PC outperforms Braebo's PC by nearly 20 per cent. It too is a quad-core chip, but based on the newer ‘Llano' architecture and featuring integrated Radeon HD 6550D graphics. Graphics processing on this chip is pretty impressive, outpacing all other integrated graphics solutions.

However, overall application performance from the Ultra Triton SE is still considerably lower than any of the PCs based on Intel processors; and there's no price advantage to offset this. Chillblast's Fusion Palomino for example offers a very similar specification for the same price but with a much higher WorldBench 6 result of 164 points to the Cyberpower's 119. See also: What's the best budget PC?

The processor is installed in a Gigabyte GA-A75-D2H motherboard which unlike Braebo's AM2 board, doesn't restrict the bandwidth available to the processor, allowing much greater performance. The processor is fitted with a large Cooler Master cooler, but sadly any noise advantage gained from this is offset by the loud system power supply, which makes the Ultra Triton SE the loudest PC of the group overall.

A full 8GB of RAM is included, along with a 500GB hard disk. The display used is the competent, but ultimately unimpressive 22in AOC F22+, but better than the 18.5in screen supplied by Braebo. Logitech's MK120 keyboard and mouse combo is also one of the better offerings, with quiet yet responsive keys. Software loaded is MS Office Starter, unsuited to office work with its flashing adverts and stripped of Outlook.

CyberPower Ultra Triton SE: Specs

  • AMD FM1 A8-3850
  • 8GB DDR3 RAM
  • Gigabyte GA-A75-D2H
  • AOC 22" F22+
  • On board Realtek ALC889
  • 24 x DVD(+R -R), 12 x DVD+R DL 6x/8x (-RW/+RW), 12 x DVD-RAM
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
  • CoolerMaster Elite 430
  • 500GB SATA II
  • Logitech Keyboard and Mouse MK120
  • AMD FM1 A8-3850
  • 8GB DDR3 RAM
  • Gigabyte GA-A75-D2H
  • AOC 22" F22+
  • On board Realtek ALC889
  • 24 x DVD(+R -R), 12 x DVD+R DL 6x/8x (-RW/+RW), 12 x DVD-RAM
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
  • CoolerMaster Elite 430
  • 500GB SATA II
  • Logitech Keyboard and Mouse MK120

OUR VERDICT

Although solidly built a good value for money, the Cyberpower Ultra Triton SE looks like a gaming rig masquerading as a business PC. Its performance is also skewed in favour of graphics which is an unneeded luxury on an office PC.

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