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If you stopped a nerd in an electronics store and asked her to describe a small form factor PC, she’d just pull up a picture of CyberPower’s LAN Party Evo on her smartphone.
In many ways, this is the ultimate evolution of the original SFF design. The LAN Party Evo isn’t much bigger than the original SFFs of yesteryear, but peep these specs: a 3.4GHz Core i7-2600K, a GeForce GTX 580 card, a 120GB Intel 510 SSD, and 1TB hard drive.
The Evo can’t beat the others here, but a GTX 580 and 2600K in this chassis are impressive nonetheless.
Cooling is handled by a deftly installed Asetek 550LC. And thanks to the Mini-ITX P8H67-I Deluxe, the sucker boots from dead cold to desktop in 24 seconds.
In performance, there were no surprises. There was no chance the LAN Party Evo could outbox any of the other rigs here considering how the others are loaded to the gunnels with hardware. We won’t even bother to get into performance comparisons because there’s no need. Certainly overclocking the 2600K could have helped, but you have to remember that you can’t really overclock on the H-series chipset, and CyberPower told us there are no P-series chipsets in Mini ITX available today. Turbo Boost 2.0 is still functioning, though, so you do get some clock bumps.
Lest you think the LAN Party Evo is some drag-ass slow system, it’s not. With its 2600K part and GTX 580, it’s probably faster than 90 percent of standard desktop systems today, and will comfortably play today’s games at 1080p resolutions. In app performance, it really isn’t that far behind the other rigs.
If you look up “small form factor” in the dictionary, you will see a picture of CyberPower’s LAN Party Evo.
But against the hardware in this roundup, it’s got no chance of winning any gaming tests. Despite all this, we’re really tickled pink by the LAN Party Evo. It’s quiet, lightweight, and is even relatively easy on the electricity. Its idle power consumption is a third of some of the machines here. And at half the price of the other rigs (as it should be), it’s really a damn spiffy rig.
Overall, the LAN Party Evo is an impressive box. Unfortunately, it’s just not as impressive as the others in this roundup.
Small, quiet, relatively power conscious.
Simply can’t compete with the other machines here.
|Processor||Intel 3.4GHz Core i7-2600K|
|Mobo ||Asus P8H67-I (Intel H67 chipset)|
|Videocard ||GeForce GTX 580|
|Storage||120GB Intel 510 SSD, 1TB Western Digital 7,200rpm HDD|
|Optical ||LG Blu-ray combo drive|
|Case/PSU ||Silverstone SG07 / Silverstone 600 watt|
|Zero Point ||CyberPower LAN Party Evo|
|Vegas Pro 9 (sec)||3,049||3,030|
|Lightroom 2.6 (sec) ||356 ||310|
|ProShow 4 (sec) ||1,112 ||1,054|
|Reference 1.6 (sec) ||2,113||2,064|
|STALKER: CoP (fps) ||42 ||44.8|
|Far Cry 2 (fps)||114.4||109.5|
Our current desktop test bed consists of a quad-core 2.66GHz Core i7-920 overclocked to 3.5GHz, 6GB of Corsair DDR3/1333 overclocked to 1750MHz, on a Gigabyte X58 motherboard. We are running an ATI Radeon HD 5970 graphics card, a 160GB Intel X25-M SSD, and the 64-bit version of Windows 7 Ultimate.