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CyberPower AMD Pre-Build 2 Cores review

£499 inc VAT

Manufacturer: CyberPower

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

A carefully specced AMD system, such as the CyberPower AMD Pre-Build 2 Cores, can deliver very good value for money.

AMD processors don't tend to perform as well as their Intel counterparts under the stresses of our WorldBench 6 test, but that's no reason to discount them. A carefully specced AMD system, such as the CyberPower AMD Pre-Build 2 Cores, can deliver very good value for money.

The dual-core Athlon X2 7850 CPU used here nudges just above the 100-point mark. This represents a significant performance loss compared to the fastest Intel-based systems in the group. When it comes to games, however, the CyberPower AMD Pre-Build 2 Cores excels.

The cost savings made by this choice of processor leave enough cash in the pot to add an ATI Radeon HD 4770 graphics card to the CyberPower AMD Pre-Build 2 Cores. This is a considerably faster graphics card than any other in this price band, delivering almost double the performance of the competition in our ‘Very High' Crysis test.

A 4GB allocation of RAM and 320GB hard drive are standard fare at this price point, as is the CyberPower AMD Pre-Build 2 Cores' 19in monitor. The Hanton produced rather flat, muted colours, but its inclusion of a digital connection is pleasing.

The AMD Pre-Build 2 Cores' well-designed system case comes as a nice surprise, given that CyberPower usually bundles it with its pricier models. Its black mesh finish and subtle blue trim lends it a comparatively expensive appearance.

Inside, the Asus motherboard leaves little room for expansion. All memory slots are spoken for, while the graphics card and 500W Cooler Master power supply consume much of the CyberPower AMD Pre-Build 2 Cores' remaining space.

Chart ranking: Budget desktop PCs (September 09 issue)

  1. Arbico CD 8467 XL
  2. Palicomp Ballistix Excalibur E85SLI-19
  3. CyberPower AMD Pre-Build 2 Cores
  4. Eclipse Mirage A995R467
  5. HP Compaq Presario CQ5011uk

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CyberPower AMD Pre-Build 2 Cores Expert Verdict »

2.8GHz AMD Athlon X2 7850
Windows Vista Home Basic 32bit
Asus M9A2VM-F 780V
6 x USB 2.0
500W Cooler Master PSU
19in Hanton H-341WB (0.24mm pixel pitch
512MB PCI Express Powercolor ATI Radeon HD 4770 (games scores: Crysis (High/Very High) = 46/19fps
Fear = 150fps)
onboard Realtek ALC662
speakers built into monitor
22x/22x/12x/16x/6x/8x/12x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM)
three-year return-to-base warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 105
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

Gamers should place this excellent budget PC at or near the top of their list. With a full three-year warranty to fall back on, the only real drawback to the AMD Pre-Build 2 Cores is CyberPower’s decision to use Vista Home Basic.

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