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CyberPower Ultra Athenna XT review

£499 inc VAT

Manufacturer: CyberPower

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

CyberPower tends to cater for the enthusiast who wants their PC to perform well and look great, and the CyberPower Ultra Athenna XT budget desktop PC is no exception.

CyberPower tends to cater for the enthusiast who wants their PC to perform well and look great, and the CyberPower Ultra Athenna XT budget desktop PC is no exception.

CyberPower tends to cater for the enthusiast who wants their PC to perform well and look great, and the Ultra Athenna XT budget desktop PC is no exception. With its metallic-blue trim and glossy piano-black finish, it immediately stands out from the crowd and looks more expensive than most of the competition.

The CyberPower Ultra Athenna XT budget desktop PC makes good use of its 3.1GHz AMD Phenom II X2 550, delivering 116 points in our WorldBench 6 real-world speed test - the highest score in the chart. But the Chillblast does a pretty good job keeping up, scoring 114 points with a slower 3GHz CPU.

Like the competition, CyberPower supplies 4GB of memory with the Ultra Athenna XT budget desktop PC. You also get a 500GB hard drive, which is a generous offering in comparison to those provided by Eclipse and Arbico, plus a long three-year warranty (albeit not the collect-and-return guarantee offered by Chillblast).

It's one of three systems here to use an ATI Radeon HD 5670 graphics card. The CyberPower Ultra Athenna XT budget desktop PC is thus quite capable of playing sophisticated games at reasonable framerates, with the latter necessary given that the 18.5in AOC monitor is limited to a 1366x768 resolution. The Best Buy Eclipse offers much faster graphics for the same amount of money, however.

Chart ranking (July 2010 issue)

  1. Eclipse Matrix a55R575
  2. Chillblast Fusion Hades
  3. CyberPower Ultra Athenna XT
  4. Palicomp Excalibur 630-19 System
  5. Arbico Phenom 5467 HD

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3.1GHz AMD Phenom II X2 550
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
4GB DDR2 RAM
500GB SATA
Asus M2N68-AM SE2 motherboard
4 x USB 2.0
450W WinPower PSU
18.5in AOC 931SWL (0.3mm pixel pitch
1366x768)
512MB PCI Express Powercolor ATI Radeon HD 5670 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 47/15fps
Fear = 114fps)
onboard Realtek ALC662
speakers built into monitor
max DVD speeds: 24x/24x/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: 116
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

Choosing between the CyberPower and Chillblast systems is a difficult task. Whereas the Chillblast offers a nicer display, the CyberPower Ultra Athenna XT budget desktop PC houses the faster CPU. There’s really very little between them.

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