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CyberPower Gamer Ultra 930 budget desktop PC review

£499 inc VAT

Manufacturer: CyberPower

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

Based on the familiar CoolerMaster Elite 330 case, CyberPower’s Gamer Ultra 930 looks much like the other sub-£500 systems. But a look inside reveals a different beast.

Based on the familiar CoolerMaster Elite 330 case, CyberPower’s Gamer Ultra 930 looks much like the other sub-£500 systems. But a look inside reveals a different beast.

The CyberPower Gamer Ultra 930’s Phenom 9550 X4 quad-core processor is well equipped to handle multiple applications and the latest entertainment titles. The processor is topped by a massive Thermaltake Blue Orb II cooler, which helps keep things quiet.

As is often the case with quad-core computing, however, the CyberPower Gamer Ultra 930’s WorldBench 6 speed scores lag behind those of its rivals. You won’t get the best from this system unless you use multithreaded software.

The 19in Hannspree HW191D flat-panel is well suited to the CyberPower Gamer Ultra 930’s capabilities. Graphics grunt is provided by an ATI Radeon HD 3650 card. This offers similar performance to the other PCs’ GeForce 8600 GTs, although that card achieves a narrow lead in certain more demanding games.

Where the CyberPower Gamer Ultra 930 really loses marks is in its use of Vista Home Basic – you lose many of Premium’s features, including Windows Media Center and the Aero Glass interface.

Verdict

A quad-core system such as the CyberPower Gamer Ultra 930 for under £500 is a tempting proposition, but it’s unlikely you’ll be running the types of applications to see any real benefit from the extra cores.

Budget desktop PCs chart ranking (July 08 issue)


  1. Arbico Elite 8400
  2. Chillblast Fusion Rogue
  3. Mesh Delta GT
  4. CyberPower Gamer Ultra 930
  5. CyberPower Gamer Infinity 750

See also: Budget desktop PCs buying advice

CyberPower Gamer Ultra 930 Expert Verdict »
2.2GHz AMD Phenom X4 9550
Windows Vista Home Basic
2GB DDR2 RAM
160GB SATA
MSI K9A2 CF
6 x USB
19in Hannspree HW191D (0.238mm pixel pitch, 1,440x900 native resolution)
512MB PCI Express Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 3650
onboard Realtek ALC888
speakers built into flat-panel
20x/20x/12x/8x/6x/8x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-ROM)
one-year return-to-base warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 90
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 7 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

A quad-core system such as the CyberPower Gamer Ultra 930 for under £500 is a tempting proposition, but it’s unlikely you’ll be running the types of applications to see any real benefit from the extra cores.

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