CyberPower Gamer Xtreme 3000 System ReviewThu, Sep 17, 2009 - 12:00 AM
Power Consumption & Conclusion
For testing power consumption, we took our test system and plugged it into a Seasonic Power Angel. For idle numbers, we allowed the system to idle on the desktop for 15 minutes and took the reading. For load numbers, we measured the peak wattage used by the system while running 3DMark Vantage.
When it comes to power consumption there is no contest, the new Gamer Xtreme 3000 pulls under full load what the Gamer Infinity does at idle!
The CyberPower Gamer Xtreme 3000 is one heck of a power house and certainly provides an incredible value at $1599.99, especially when compared to what was top of the line just 9 months ago. Undoubtedly, the latest CPU and chipset from Intel provide a good portion of the value. This thing was certainly spec’d to stand out in gaming and multimedia.
Many times you see prebuilt “gaming” systems have very high end CPU’s and memory, but the video card is the most important part of the system with modern CPU’s. The Gamer Xtreme 3000 has a high performing CPU that is still priced in the real world and puts a bulk of the system cost into the graphics card, where it matters most in gaming. I have to commend CyberPower on the specifications of our test system; this is very close to how I would build my own DIY system. There are only two changes that I would consider if I were recommending hardware to one of our readers looking to do a similar pre-built system. The first is upgrading the DVD drive to a Blu-ray drive to enhance the multimedia aspect even further. The second change would be a lower model Gigabyte motherboard, which is easy to do with the system configuration utility. While the UD6 is a fantastic motherboard and a beast for overclocking, it’s also the most expensive and feature rich in the Gigabyte line up and rivals the price of very nice X58 boards. CyberPower offers 13 different P55 motherboards to choose from on the Gamer Xtreme 3000, which is amazing. The Gamer Xtreme 3000 starts at just $948 before rebates and can be configured to over $7,000 by adding the most expensive options across the board. CyberPower has you covered no matter what you’d like to do and clearly excels in this area well beyond any local mom and pop system builder.
As far as bloat ware is concerned, when I first fired up the system and it loaded into Windows, only 3D Mark Vantage and CoreTemp had been installed. This ensures your system is running at its best, and that there isn’t anything taking up space on your brand new hard drive. And speaking of clean, you can’t help but notice in the photos that the system wiring is very tidy. All cables are tied and tucked away cleanly, only showing where they have to.
I also like that CyberPower backs up their high-performance overclocked gaming rigs with their Standard Warranty of 3 years, which also includes Life-Time technical support! A DIY system can be tough to get parts replaced under warranty and you can forget about tech support. As a DIY’er, if you mention anything about overclocking while trying to warranty something, you’ll probably be told to get lost and have to buy a new part. If something goes wrong with something in a CyberPower system, CyberPower takes care of all of the hassle for you!
Legit Bottom Line: CyberPower has impressed us again with a value minded gaming rig called the Gamer Xtreme 3000. By combining the latest from Intel with one of the fastest graphics cards you can buy, this overclocked and warranted machine is worth a hard look for anyone that isn’t into building their own PC.