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CyberPower Essential 3000 (early 2013) review

£549 inc VAT & Delivery

Manufacturer: CyberPower

Our Rating: We rate this 2 out of 5

The CyberPower Essential 3000 is a complete system with a price of £549 that includes a decent monitor. CyberPower Essential 3000 review.

CyberPower Essential 3000 (early 2013) review

The CyberPower Essential 3000 is an Office PC featuring an AMD processor. In this case it’s the six-core FX-6100 which runs at speeds of up to 3.3GHz. Despite its preponderance of cores, this processor simply isn’t able to keep up with the latest Intel processors and therefore turns in a pretty dismal performance score in PCMark 7 of 2156 points. See Group test: What's the best business PC?

The FX-6100 doesn’t actually offer six independent cores, instead some components are shared between pairs of cores in a concept rather like an enhanced version of Intel’s Hyperthreading. See all PC reviews.

We were more impressed by the Corsair Carbide 200R system case, which unlike many other boxes issued at this price, includes internal cable management, tool-free bays, front USB 3.0 ports and a memory-card reader.

The system comes with a 24in Asus VS247H monitor which, although it lacks the image quality of the IPS monitor supplied by Chillblast, is a premium model and considerably better than the bargain-bin Edge 10 display supplied with the Eclipse Precision i322H61. It also provides the system with basic sound via its built-in speakers.

A 1TB hard drive is supplied, along with a generous 8GB of system RAM, leaving two slots available for a memory upgrades should you require it.

The supplied Logitech K120 wired keyboard and mouse set is an acceptable budget combo too. Taken in isolation the Essential 3000 would give most office users nothing to complain about.

CyberPower Essential 3000 (early 2013) Expert Verdict »

Processor: 3.3GHz AMD FX-6100
CPU Cooler: AMD Stock cooler
Installed memory: 8GB DDR3 1600MHZ
Storage: 1TB Toshiba SATA III DT01ACA100
Power supply: Winpower 450W
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3
External USB ports: 4 x USB 2.0, 4 x USB 3.0
Display: Asus 24" LED VS247H 1920x 1080, HDMI , D-Sub, DVI-D
Graphics card: Onboard
Sound: Onboard
Speakers: In monitor
Networking: Gigabit Ethernet
Audio outputs: Line out, headphone, HDMI audio
Audio inputs: Line in, mic, HDMI audio
Video outputs: 1 x DVI, 1 x HDMI, 1 x SVGA
Other ports: PS2
Case: Corsair Carbide 200R
Keyboard & Mouse: Logitech K120 / Logitech B110
Optical drive: Samsung DVDRW 24x
Operating system: Windows 8 Pro
Extra items: 12 in 1 Card Reader
System weight: 8kg
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 6 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 4 of 10 for value for money
  • Performance: We give this item 4 of 10 for performance
  • Overall: We give this item 4 of 10 overall

The CyberPower Essential 3000 is a complete system with a price of £549 that includes a decent monitor. However, the AMD FX-6100 processor lags so far behind other office PCs in performance and economy that we can’t recommend this system on any level.

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