Page 5: Our Recommendation
|Website & Ordering||16/20|
|Bundle, Build Quality, & Wiring||18/20|
|Warranty & Support||9/10|
|Price / Value||10/10|
OUR RECOMMENDATIONFor CyberPower, the third time is definitely the charm. The Gamer Xtreme XT is the third CyberPower system we've reviewed, and the first to earn a 90 or better. Previous systems the company have sent us have come with plenty of positive attributes, but various niggling flaws have always hurt the overall score. That isn't the case today.
CyberPower provided a well built system with a clean wiring job and stellar performance to boot. It didn't hurt that Intel's Core i7 platform provided the foundation for the Gamer Xtreme XT, but as we've seen in previous system reviews, flaws in the build process or goofy oversights in the BIOS can hamper a well spec'd out machine. That hasn't been the case here, and CyberPower pummeled our benchmark suite while taking it easy on the wallet. As configured, today's system runs about $1,675 shipped (after using coupon code INSTANT for 5% off), about the same as you'd pay at Newegg. Ditch the Blu-ray burner and downgrade the videocard and you'll still have a capable machine at even more of a mainstream price.
We still would like to see some work done on CyberPower's website, which remains cluttered. On the build side, it's high time CyberPower stops offering IDE optical drives, or at least more clearly label which drives sport what's rapidly becoming an antiquated interface. And while we understand that today's videocards are becoming increasingly heavy, we don't feel the customer should be responsible for installing it.
CyberPower continues to impress us by offering off-the-shelf components without jacking up the price tag. Like the other systems in CyberPower's lineup, the Gamer Xtreme XT represents a well built, high performing PC with enough options to accomodate just about any budget. Combined with a new support forum and an improved ResellerRating, CyberPower has stepped up its game, and that could spell trouble for the competition.
Other Reviews of NoteIt's always nice to have more than one opinion on a component before you spend your hard earned money. For one, we may see something others missed, or vice versa. As with all reviews published at HardwareLogic, we'll not only give you our recommendation, but also point out some reviews from other sites around the web.