At first glance the Cyberpower Ultra Scylla GT desktop PC looks like it might have come from the darker reaches of Dante’s Inferno, and its overclocked six-core AMD processor produces fiery performance.

With a Thermaltake Element T case that glows all over with the most furious red light, the Scylla is quite something to behold. But if the classically themed system name also hints at evil forces hidden within the confines of this PC, then the Cyberpower Ultra Scylla GT system could prove surprisingly uplifting, thanks to its sterling performance.

The AMD Phenom II X6 1055T has already established itself as a relatively fast but affordable alternative to the Intel Core i5 660 and 670s. With six cores within its confines, the 1055T has some impressive specifications. It’s also a quick performer – when overclocked – as is proven by the 135 point score in WorldBench 6.

Take off the Cyberpower Ultra Scylla GT's lid and the essential cooling equipment rather hogs the attention; the Akasa AK-274CR-4RDS fan and Xtreme Gear cooler tower upwards and outwards, grabbing every bit of space they possibly can.

If anything, it makes the Cyberpower Ultra Scylla GT a little more cramped than you’d expect given the roomy case. Most areas are actually quite easy to access, but should you be looking to upgrade the memory, note that the two spare slots are obscured by the cooler, so it’ll be hard to simply buy more RAM and stick it in later.

Eight USB ports include two that support USB 3.0, thanks to the Gigabyte 770T-USB3 motherboard. The off switch on top of the case front closes down the PC within seconds – perhaps a little too easy to hit by accident.

The Cyberpower Ultra Scylla GT comes with 4GB of Corsair PC3-1066 RAM (running at 1333MHz). The Samsung Spinpoint F2 EcoGreen is a cost-effective solution, and a little faster than its 5400rpm would appear to suggest. At 1TB capacity, that’s ample storage. A Sony AD-5240S DVD writer offers impressive burning capabilities, with 24-speed DVD±R putting this near the top of the current drives.
 
An ATI Radeon 5770 with 1GB memory helps this Cyberpower Ultra Scylla GT to some decent gaming performance: 193fps in our older FEAR test, 71fps in Crysis (1024, High) and 26fps (1680, Very High)

The power supply is a generously speciified at 950W, which ought to handle most potential upgrades.

The Cyberpower Ultra Scylla GT includes a Logitech Wireless Deluxe 660 keyboard and mouse, and a 22in BenQ G2222HDL flat-panel. This full HD 1920x1080 screen doesn’t stretch to HDMI or DisplayPort, but its image quality is extremely enticing, with a rich and versatile colour palette that breathes life into the most static of images.

You also get a three-year warranty, which is especially welcome given the factory overclocking.

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Cyberpower Ultra Scylla GT: Specs

  • 2.8GHz (overclocked to 3.5GHz) AMD Phenom II X6 1055T
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • Gigabyte 770T-USB3 motherboard
  • 4GB DDR3-1333 RAM
  • 1TB SATA HDD
  • CyberPower 950W PSU
  • Thermaltake Element T case
  • 1GB PowerColor 5770
  • DVI/HDMI/DP
  • 8x USB (2x USB 3.0)
  • 1x FireWire & Mini FireWire
  • 24x DVD±RW DL drive
  • 22in (1920 x 1080) BenQ G2222HDL LCD panel
  • Logitech Wireless Deluxe 660 Keyboard & Mouse
  • 3-year warranty
  • 2.8GHz (overclocked to 3.5GHz) AMD Phenom II X6 1055T
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • Gigabyte 770T-USB3 motherboard
  • 4GB DDR3-1333 RAM
  • 1TB SATA HDD
  • CyberPower 950W PSU
  • Thermaltake Element T case
  • 1GB PowerColor 5770
  • DVI/HDMI/DP
  • 8x USB (2x USB 3.0)
  • 1x FireWire & Mini FireWire
  • 24x DVD±RW DL drive
  • 22in (1920 x 1080) BenQ G2222HDL LCD panel
  • Logitech Wireless Deluxe 660 Keyboard & Mouse
  • 3-year warranty

OUR VERDICT

The BenQ screen and Logitech keyboard alone add up to £150-£160 of value to this high-spec PC, and CyberPower’s superior warranty could be the deciding factor in a hot-rodded system such as this. The Cyberpower Ultra Scylla GT offers powerful performance and if you don't mind an overclocked chip, it represents decent value for money.

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