In a chart dominated by Intel processors, CyberPower's Ultra Scylla GT desktop PC bucks the trend with a 3.2GHz AMD Phenom II x6 1090T. This six-core chip is able to process half a dozen discrete program threads simultaneously.

In a chart dominated by Intel processors, CyberPower's Ultra Scylla GT desktop PC bucks the trend with a 3.2GHz AMD Phenom II x6 1090T. This six-core chip is able to process half a dozen discrete program threads simultaneously.

This sort of parallel computing power may be ideal for a low-cost graphics workstation, but in our benchmarking it fares rather less well. Despite support for AMD's single-thread-boosting 'Turbo Core' technology, the CyberPower Ultra Scylla GT desktop PC is beaten by the Intel processors.

The Asus motherboard provides a single PCI Express x16 slot, so you'll need to replace the CyberPower Ultra Scylla GT desktop PC's existing graphics card rather than add another if you wish to upgrade. A pair of PCI Express x1 and four PCI slots are provided for expansion elsewhere, however.

Only two of the four memory slots are filled with the CyberPower Ultra Scylla GT desktop PC's 4GB of DDR3 RAM, but the remaining pair are perilously close to the fan. A mighty 950W PSU provides plenty of juice for upgrades or overclocking.

The CyberPower Ultra Scylla GT desktop PC is also the only system here to offer nVidia graphics, with the GTX 470 and 1,280MB of video memory under the bonnet. Our tests showed it performing on a par with the HD 5850 in DirectX 11.0 titles, but elsewhere it was slightly slower.

A 23.6in full-HD monitor is provided with the CyberPower Ultra Scylla GT desktop PC, but there are no external speakers.

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  1. Chillblast Fusion Centaur
  2. Eclipse Solar Crossfire i786r585
  3. Palicomp Core i7 Blitz 860-24
  4. CyberPower Ultra Scylla GT
  5. Arbico Elite 6885 HD

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