When we first popped open the shipping container, which was an enormous box, we were greeted with a CyberPower accessory bag and CyberPower T-shirt. These are nice touches that are appreciated when you’re spending this kind of money. You can also see the Razer Death Adder 3G mouse and a Razer Lycosa Black keyboard is also included. See that white box there? Nearly all of the accessories that normally ship with each individual component are in that box (extra power cables for the PSU and additional SATA cables). Some things we noticed that were missing were the SAS cables that ship with the Asus P6T Deluxe. We are left wondering if this is an oversight or if CyberPower has a large pile of unused SAS cables.
The mouse and keyboard are very nice pieces from Razer and certainly leave no doubts that this is a gaming PC.
Underneath those items and all of that foam is the PC, fully assembled and very well protected.
Out of the box, you again can see how big this case is; it would be classified as a “full tower.” Up front you’ve got a pair of 140mm fans and on top there is a 230mm fan to help keep things cool. Notice on the side there is a mesh grille for an additional fan; this is actually behind the motherboard and helps cool the area on the backside of the CPU socket. On the side panel with the door handle, you can install an optional 230mm fan to ensure you’re getting all of that hot GPU air out. However, due to the large Cooler Master V8 CPU cooler the fan would not fit in our system. We could write an entire article about the case (which we will be doing soon) and still manage to leave out something; it’s a great design and you really can’t ask for more when it comes to a gaming case. I’ll just have to say it’s perfectly suited to our system.
From the photo above you can see that two optical drives are in our system, one of which is a Sony Blu-Ray 2x Drive, the second drive is a Sony 20x DVD-RW with LightScribe. To keep this monster powered we’ve got a Thermaltake Toughpower 1000w PSU. Vista Home Premium 64-bit SP1 comes pre-loaded and it even includes the CD and CD-Key, something you don’t get much these days with other OEM PCs without a phone call to customer service.
At the bottom of the case you can see that our system was optioned with a 12-in-1 card reader. These can be a life saver if you have multiple memory cards.
Out back we see the Asus back plate is included, which is the nicest back plate I’ve ever come across. It’s foam padded and reeks of quality. In all seriousness, I hope and pray that other motherboard manufacturers move toward this kind of quality back plate. We’ve had it with the cheap piece of bendy metal included with every motherboard before this. If you choose to water cool there are two holes toward the top of the case that will allow you to run an external radiator. The pair of fans you see in the back are 120mm, with no LED’s.
Note that the silver PCI bracket and knob are for the V8 CPU heatsink fans. Adjusting this really didn’t make much difference in performance but did help quiet the PC down a touch. It’s nice to have that sort of option for those who can tolerate more noise than others.
You also see all 4 connectors for the pair of HIS 4870×2 video cards. Enthusiastic gamers may notice something missing in this photo. I guess this brings me to my first concern that there is no add-in sound card. At this price I would have thought this was a given. Fortunately, this was just an oversight in the configuration of this particular system as you have several sound cards to choose from on the CyberPower website. It’s also great that we have some room for expansion and could add 2-3 more expansion cards before we run out of space.
So, how does it perform? Great! And that’s the end of our review… just kidding. Let’s take a look at the numbers.