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CyberPower Ultra HTPC review

£749 inc VAT

Manufacturer: CyberPower

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

The CyberPower Ultra HTPC is a media PC that offers high performance in a large and somewhat noisy package. Here's our CyberPower Ultra HTPC media PC review.

Powered by an AMD FM2 A10 5800K processor, the CyberPower Ultra HTPC is a larger media PC from CyberPower delivers the fastest graphics of any media PC we have reviewed of late.

The CyberPower Ultra HTPC system is housed in a Silverstone SST-GD06B micro-ATX system case, very similar to the Silverstone Grandia GD04 used in the Arbico eXcel A2540 Media Centre. This features a lockable hinged front panel which conceals a pair of USB 3.0 ports, two removable drive caddies and a Pioneer Blu-ray writer within. See also: best media PCs.

The latter BD burner makes it easy to back up your media or add additional drive space without having to delve into the case itself. If you play a lot of Blu-ray discs, the door may become annoying, but the rest of the time it gives the CyberPower Ultra HTPC a tidy, living room-friendlier look.

Inside the CyberPower Ultra HTPC's case is a 120GB Kingston SSD for speed, and 1TB Seagate hard disk for bulk storage. The Compro Dual S800F tuner doesn't support Freeview HD, but can receive terrestrial and satellite broadcasts at the same time and also features a built-in FM radio.

Gigabit ethernet and 802.11n wireless networking are included with the CyberPower Ultra HTPC, along with line in/out S/PDIF and headphone audio connections, and a total of four USB 3.0 ports.

CyberPower Ultra HTPC media PC: benchmarks

In our lab benchmarks, the CyberPower Ultra HTPC performed well, scoring a more-than-adequate 4113 points from PCMark 7. The PCMark Entertainment score also fell a little behind at 3512 points.

However, gaming results from this media PC are by far the best of the bunch. We're obviously not talking hard-core fragging here, but with some tests hitting 66fps you can be sure to get playable frame rates from many popular games if you mind your game quality settings.

The CyberPower Ultra HTPC uses a cooling fan on the CPU, plus additional fans built into the case . These, and the hard disk, result in audible noise from the system that will annoy some users. We're slightly more inclined to forgive CyberPower for this because it is such a powerful media PC, a fact which somewhat justifies all that noise.

The Ultra HTPC comes with a silver Xebec wireless keyboard and touch pad along with a separate media-centre remote so you can use it like a TV or PC depending on your needs.

CyberPower Ultra HTPC Expert Verdict »

AMD FM2 A10 - 5800K (4 cores / 4 threads)
AMD CPU Cooler
8GB DDR3 2133MHz
120GB Kingston HyperX 3K SATA 6Gbps SSD and Seagate SATA 1TB HDD
Coolermaster 500WElitepower
Gigabyte F2A85XM-D3H
4x USB 3.0, 4x USB 2.0
AMD HD7660D integrated graphics
Compro Dual S800F TV tuner
1x DVB-T 1x DVB-S
802.11n Wi-Fi, gigabit ethernet
Line out, S/PDIF, headphone, HDMI audio
Line in, mic
1x DVI 1x HDMI 1x VGA
Silverstone SST-GD06B
Xebec XEK-100S keyboard and touch pad
Speedlink Media Centre Remote Control
12x Pioneer Blu Ray BDR-207DBK writer
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Power DVD 10, Office Starter 2010
Unlimited telephone setup support, Home installation (extra cost)
3-year labour, 1-year parts and labour
  • Build Quality: We give this item 7 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 9 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Performance: We give this item 8 of 10 for performance
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

The CyberPower Ultra HTPC is an all-round system with clean, tidy looks and a Blu-ray writer that may prove useful. Sadly it's also far from quiet and only standard-definition TV facilities are included, although its AMD processor gives it a decent boost in 3D graphics performance allowing it to double up as a gaming PC.

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