CyberPower Gamer Ultra 2098 Budget Gaming PC ReviewTue, Nov 01, 2011 - 12:00 AM
The CyberPower Gamer Ultra 2098 uses an off the shelf Azza Orion black mid-tower PC case that features a see-thru side panel with red lighting.
The only modification that CyberPower did to this case was to place their decal on the front with some double sided tape, so this case isn’t covered with logos on all sides. The Azza Orion is one of those cases that has looks that you’ll either love or hate and that is something you’ll have to decide on your own after looking through the images. The overall appearance is fairly common with what you’d expect for a gaming PC.
Taking a look at the left side of the CyberPower Gamer Ultra 2980 you can see that the
side panel of the Azza Orion actually has two pre-installed windows on it that have room for a pair of 120mm fans on each window. CyberPower installs a single 120mm fan on the top window, but doesn’t include a second fan for the bottom window. This PC has an MSRP of $609 shipped, so we see obvious signs that the budget dictated what went on this PC.
The opposite side of the case features the Windows 7
Certificate of Authenticity on the solid side panel.
Looking down at the top of the Azza Orion 202 gaming case you can see that there is a spot for two optional 120mm fans that help exhaust hot air up and out of the case. CyberPower didn’t install any fans here, but you have the ability to if you wanted to increase the airflow of this case. This setup is also nice as it also allows for support of a water cooling kit that uses 2x120mm fans like the Corsair Hydro H100 liquid cooling kit.
Flipping the CyberPower Gamer Ultra 2098 over we can see that it has four hard plastic feet to keep the metal from scratching a desk surface. Since these are hard plastic feet the case will slide easily around a smooth surface, unlike rubber feet. The bottom of the Azza Orion 202 has room for another case cooling fan and comes pre-drilled for 80mm, 92mm and 120mm fans.
The back of the Azza Orion has a 120mm fan on the back to help exhaust hot air that doesn’t have red LED lights on it. The Azza Orion has four pre-cut holes with grommets for external water cooling systems, so you are certainly covered if you ever wanted to go water cooled in the future. The power supply is mounted on the bottom, which is pretty much standard now. When it comes to connectivity the AMD Radeon HD 6670 1GB DDR3 video card has DVI, VGA and HDMI ports for your display monitor. The Gigabyte GA-M68MT-S2 motherboard has a pair of PS/2 keyboard/mouse ports, four USB 2.0/1.1 ports, one Gigabit RJ-45 LAN port, 3 x audio jacks (Line In/Line Out/Microphone), a D-Sub port and one serial port. We were slightly shocked to find that this system doesn’t come with a board that supports SuperSpeed USB 3.0. It also has just four USB 2.0 ports on the back, so by the time you plug in your keyboard, mouse and printer you’ll only have one USB port left!
The Azza Orion 202 has a magnetic plastic front door that covers the 2.5″, 3.5″ and 5.25″ drive bays along with the power and reset button. This means that each time you want to turn on the PC or use the optical drive, you’ll have to open the door. Some people that have kids or pets like this as the power and reset button can’t get hit, but others hate it as the door is always getting in the way. The Azza Orion supports four 5.25″ drive bays and two 3.5″ drive bays. CyberPower installed a Lite-On 24x DVD-RW in the top 5.25″ bay slot, so the rest are left open for future expansion.
On the very bottom of the Azza Orion 202 PC case you’ll find an 80mm red LED fan that helps cool the hard drives or SSD’s that are installed behind the fan. Below the fan along the very bottom of the case you’ll find two High-Speed USB 2.0 ports along with the audio and microphone ports. Some people prefer their front connectivity ports on the top and others at the bottom, so the location of these is one of personal preference once again.