Price is Right
Fast and cheap--CyberPower doesn't disappoint.
A low-cost SSD would give this machine the touch it needs.
Even we have to admit that in this economy, you have to be thankful if you’re not still driving a Pentium 4 rig. Still, for budget buyers today, the choice usually doesn’t get much better than a dual-core machine that takes overnight to encode video and a GPU that can’t push pixels downhill.
Fortunately, it’s no Pentium Dual-Core or Celeron that CyberPower opts to stick you with. Instead, CyberPower reached into its parts bin for Intel’s brand-new, budget badass: the $200 2.66GHz Core i5-750. This chip is like Chuck Norris in a bar fight: It not only wipes the floor with Phenom II X4, it commits a little fratricide against its Core 2 Quad and Core 2 Duo siblings, too.
To this Two-Buck Chuck, CyberPower adds what is definitely not a budget part: Nvidia’s fastest videocard in the form of EVGA’s GeForce GTX 295. At the foundation is Gigabyte’s new GA-P55-UD5 and 4GB of Kingston DDR3/1600. Storage is left to a 1.5TB Seagate Barracuda and a Samsung 22x DVD burner. A Cooler Master V8 cooler and Scout case complete the package.
|Zero Point ||CyberPower Xtreme 3200 |
|Premiere Pro CS3||1,260 sec ||600 (110%) |
|Photoshop CS3 ||150 sec ||120 (25%) |
|ProShow ||1,415 sec||588 (141%)|
|MainConcept||1,872 sec ||1,134 (65%) |
|Crysis||26 fps ||43 (65%) |
|Unreal Tournament 3||83 fps ||165 (99%) |
Our current desktop test bed consists of a quad-core 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700, 2GB of Corsair DDR2/800 RAM on an EVGA 680 SLI motherboard. We run two EVGA GeForce 8800 GTX cards in SLI mode, Western Digital 150GB Raptor and 500GB Caviar hard drives, LG GGC-H20L, Sound Blaster X-Fi, and PC Power and Cooling Silencer 750 Quad. OS is Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit.
|Processor||Intel 2.66GHz Core firstname.lastname@example.orgGHz |
|MOBO ||Gigabyte GA-P55-UD5|
|RAM||4GB Kingston DDR3/1600 |
|Videocard ||EVGA GeForce GTX 295 |
|Soundcard ||N/A |
|Storage ||Seagate 1.5TB Barracuda 7200.11 |
|Optical ||Samsung 22x DVD+R |
|Case/PSU ||Cooler Master Scout / Corsair 750TX |