CYBERPOWERPC Zeus Mini-I 780 mITX Gaming System

Cyberpower Zeus Mini-I 780

CYBERPOWER PC is one of the premier gaming PC boutiques out there these days, and recently they sent out there Zeus Mini-I 780 for us to play with! The Zeus Mini-I 780 is a small form factor PC, which are becoming more and more popular these days. People have realized that you can get all the performance of a ginormous system, with a fraction of the size of a chassis like Corsairs 'Godzilla' 900D. While SFF systems such as the Zeus Mini-I 780 have the advantage of taking up less of the precious desktop real estate, the small size can be a double edged sword. It can be a little on the challenging side to fit some of the latest and greatest components inside the chassis. We will look at that in greater detail later down the line, but CYBERPOWER PC was able to shoe horn some great features into their custom designed chassis. CYBERPOWER PC started the prices of the various Zeus Mini PC's at only $599 for the Zeus Mini-I 100, the Zeus Mini-I 780 I have on hand starts at $1509 though as configured our Mini-I 780 retails for $1859.

The trick to a small form factor gaming PC is squeezing the components we know and love for gaming into a tight package. CYBERPOWER PC designed this chassis with that in mind and was able to pack in the latest graphics cards which aren't exactly small, water cooling, multiple drives, and a full size ATX power supply to power it all. Slapping all these high end components in the CYBERPOWER Zeus Mini mITX Gaming chassis couldn't have been easy, especially with enough room for airflow to help dissipate the heat generated by the system!

CYBERPOWER PC Zeus Mini-I 78o System Specifications

Looking at the specifications for the CYBERPOWER PC Zeus Mini-I 780, you can see that they left nothing out when it comes to performance!

Cyberpower Zeus Mini-I 780 mITX Packaging

Opening up the shipping box from CYBERPOWER PC is about as exciting as Christmas morning for me! The first box is a very sturdy and durable package that is designed to survive the horrors of shipping, and it did that without any issues. Within the shipping box is the box for the Zeus Mini

Cyberpower Zeus Mini-I 780 mITX Packaging

The CYBERPOWER PC Zeus Mini-I 780 packaging is rather bland an nondescript, though you really don't need a flashy packaging when you already know what you ordered!

Cyberpower Zeus Mini-I 780 mITX Packaging

 If the green stripe around the CYBERPOWER PC Zeus Mini-I 780- packaging didn't give it away, the CS-415-114 (GREEN) is sure to confirm that this is the green version of the Zeus Mini Chassis.

Cyberpower Zeus Mini-I 780 GIGABYTE Z87N-WiFi

The Zeus Mini-I 780 comes standard with an MSI Z87I AC mITX motherboad, but the Mini-I 780 in the lab has been upgraded with a GIGABYTE Z87N-WiFi mITX motherboard.

Cyberpower Zeus Mini-I 780 Accessories

CYBERPOWER PC includes all of the spare parts that come with the components that were used for the build, they stick them all in the motherboard box so that they aren't floating around in the packaging getting damaged!

Now that we've looked at the specifications and the packaging, let's head to the next page and look at the outside of the CYBERPOWER Zeus Mini-I 780 and all it has to offer!

CYBERPOWER Zeus Mini-I 780 External Features

Cyberpower Zeus Mini-I 780

The CYBERPOWER PC Zeus Mini mITX gaming chassis is a pretty slick looking chassis. I'm not one who goes for flash anymore, but I really do like this chassis's looks. You can't really tell from the photos, but the rig measures only 4.4 inches wide by 13 inches tall and 17.4 inches deep. It's a pretty small foot print for those looking to save some space on their desktop. At the top of the front panel is the power button and along the edge is the slim DVD RW drive. Along either side of the CYBERPOWER PC logo is an LED light, I was a little concerned that it would be overpowering, but it adds a subtle glow that doesn't blind you in a dark room.

Cyberpower Zeus Mini-I 780 mITX Chassis

The side panels of the Cyberpower Zeus Mini-I 780 pretty slick looking. You can see that the series of cutouts is strategically placed at each of the fans. The top cutouts provide fresh air for the EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Superclocked card and the bottom cutouts supply fresh air for the Corsair power supply.

Cyberpower Zeus Mini-I 780 mITX Chassis

Spinning the CYBERPOWER PC Zeus Mini-I 780 around, the cutouts on the side panel are the same style but are in different locations. Once again they allow for airflow through the system. The top set of cutouts lets the Cooler Master Seidon 120mm liquid cooling radiator to breathe. While this is a mITX chassis, it is also designed to house a 240mm radiator here as well and the Cooler Master Seidon 240mm cooler is an option from CYBERPOWER PC. The bottom set of the cutouts is giving a system fan some room to breathe. At the front edge of the chassis the front panel connectors can be seen. It includes a USB 3.0 port, a USB 2.0 port, and the usual headphone and microphone 3.5mm jacks.

Cyberpower Zeus Mini-I 780 mITX Chassis

The back panel of the CYBERPOWERPC Zeus Mini-I 780 is pretty much what you would expect. Though you may notice that there isn't exactly enough room for the power supply back here! The Corsair CS550M power supply is tucked up front and there is a cable running from the back panel above, to the power supply. While that is a pretty slick move, it makes it tough to flip the switch on the power supply if you need to. With that being said though, you can always just unplug the power cable from the back of the Zeus Mini-I 780 and accomplish the same results.

Inside the CYPBERPOWERPC Zeus Mini-I 780

Cyberpower Zeus Mini-I 780 mITX Internals

Removing the side panels from the CYBERPOWERPC Zeus Mini-I 780 revealed a very busy interior! Though it may be busy, there is plenty of breathing room inside the chassis for airflow. You have most likely noticed that the Zeus Mini-I 780, being only 4.4 inches thick is to narrow for the EVGA GeForce GTX 780 (P/N:03G-P4-2785-BR) which measures 4.25 inches tall, well they laid the GTX 780 down and used a riser to plug it in. This allows them to maintain a small foot print and keep the same high end components inside!

Cyberpower Zeus Mini-I 780 mITX Internals

The other side of the CYBERPOWERPC Zeus Mini-I 780 is nice and clean. The only thing that bothers me so far is the CPU back plate cut out. It doesn't line up with the back of the CPU socket on the GIGABYTE Z87N-WiFi! If you want to change the CPU cooler, you need to completely remove the motherboard to take the CPU back plate off. I'm a little surprised that they didn't relieve the entire back of the mITX motherboard area, as the only points that need to be there are the four corners with the screw in them, other than that there is no reason for anything back there.

CYBERPOWERPC Zeus Mini-I 780 System Settings & Test System

The Legit Reviews Test System

Before we look at the numbers, let's take a brief look at the test system that was used. All testing was done on a fresh install of Windowsa 8 Enterprise 64-bit and benchmarks were completed on the desktop with no other software programs running.

CYBERPOWERPC Zeus Mini-I 780 Hardware Settings

CYBERPOWERPC Zeus Mini-I 780 HWinfo

CYBERPOWERPC Zeus Mini-I 780 Component List

CYBERPOWER PC Zeus Mini-I 780 Components
CYBERPOWERPC Zeus Mini mITX Gaming Chassis Priceless
EVGA Superclocked GeForce GTX 780 3GB GDDR5 $521.99
Intel Core i7-4770K 3.50 GHz 8MB Intel Smart Cache $299.99
Cooler Master Seidon 120M Liquid Cooling CPU Cooler $64.99
120GB Samsung 840 EVO Series SATA-III 6.0Gb/s SSD $84.99
2TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Storage) $84.98
G.SKILL Ripjaws X 16GB (8GBx2) DDR3/1866MHz (F3-14900CL10S-8GBXL) x2 $181.00
GIGABYTE Z87N-WIFI mITX w/ 802.11n WiFi+Bluetooth $140.37
Microsoft Windows 8.1 (64-bit Edition) + Office 365 FREE 30 Days Trial $109.14
Corsair CSM Series CS550M 80 Plus Gold Certified Modular Ultra Quiet Power Supply $91.34
8X DVD±R/RW/4X + DL Super-Multi Drive $23.99
Total as Configured - Without a Chassis 1602.78

GIGABYTE Z87X-UD5 TH Legit Reviews Test System

Here is a quick look at the CPU-Z information for our main test system that we'll be doing the testing on.

Intel Core i7 4770K Quad Core Processor System Settings

GIGABYTE Z87X-UD5 TH System Settings

The Intel Core i7-4770K LGA1150 processor was running on the GIGABYTE Z87X-UD5 TH and was running the latest BIOS version F2. The Corsair Dominator Platnium 8GB 2133MHz memory kit was set to XMP 1.3 memory profile settings, which is 1.5v and 9-11-10-27 2T memory timings at 2133MHz. The Corsair Neutron GTX 240GB SSD uses 19nm NAND and was using M310 firmware.

Intel LGA1150 Test Platform

Component

Brand/Model

Live Pricing

Processor

Intel Core i7-4770K

Motherboard

GIGABYTE Z87X-UD5 TH Intel Z87 Motherboard Click Here

Memory

8GB Donimator 2133MHz Click Here

Video Card

ASUS GeForce GTX670 DirectCU II Click Here

Hard Drive

Corsair Neutron GTX 240GB SSD

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Cooling

Corsair H100i

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Keyboard

Corsair K90

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Mouse

Corsair M95

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Power Supply

Corsair AX860i

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Operating System

Windows 8 64-Bit

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Futuremark 3DMark

3Dmark Fire Strike Benchmark Results - For high performance gaming PCs

Use Fire Strike to test the performance of dedicated gaming PCs, or use the Fire Strike Extreme preset for high-end systems with multiple GPUs. Fire Strike uses a multi-threaded DirectX 11 engine to test DirectX 11 hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike

 

Fire Strike Benchmark Results:

3DMark Firestrike Benchmark Results

Benchmark Results: The CYBERPOWERPC Zeus Mini-I 780 was able to dominate in 3DMark Firestrike, thanks to the EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Superclocked graphics card. The ASUS GeForce GTX 670 Direct CU II just doesn't hold a candle to the 780.

SiSoftware Sandra 2013

Sisoftware Sandra 2011 SP5

The Sisoftware Sandra 2012 SP3 benchmark utility just came out a few weeks ago and we have started to include it in our benchmarking. Sandra 2012 comes with support for Virtualisation (Virtual PC/Server, Hyper-V, VMware) and GPGPU (OpenCL, DirectX 11 DirectCompute), but today we will be using the program to look at memory and CPU performance!

SiSoftware Sandra Benchmark Results

Benchmark Results: The CYERPOWERPC Zeus Mini-I 780 wasn't quite up to the performance of our usual test bench. The Zeus Mini-I 780 is running a pair of G.Skill Ripjaw 1866MHz memory modules while I run a pair of Corsair Dominator Platinum modules at 2133MHz. The good news is that you can configure the Zeus Mini-I 780 with a set of Corsair Vengeance 2133MHz modules if you are so inclined!

SiSoftware Sandra Benchmark Results

Benchmark Results: In the Sandra Processor Arithmetic benchmark the LR test bench has the slight edge due to the faster memory that's running on it.

SiSoftware Sandra Benchmark Results

Benchmark Results: The CYBERPOWERPC Zeus Mini-I 780 took the lead in the Sandra Multimedia benchmark with an aggregate multimedia performance of 350.16 frames per second compared to the LR test bench at 346.42 FPS.

SiSoftware Sandra Benchmark Results

Benchmark Results: The Legit Reviews test bench took the lead once again with a cryptographic bandwidth of 6.85GB/s while the Zeus Mini-I 780 hit 6.28GB/s.

Cinebench R15

Maxon Cinebench R15 Benchmark

CINEBENCH is a real-world cross platform test suite that evaluates your computer's performance capabilities. CINEBENCH is based on MAXON's award-winning animation software CINEMA 4D, which is used extensively by studios and production houses worldwide for 3D content creation. MAXON software has been used in blockbuster movies such as Iron Man 3, Oblivion, Life of Pi or Prometheus and many more.

Cinebench Benchmark Results

Benchmark Results: Running the latest iteration of Cinebench there is only slight differences between the CYBERPOWERPC Zeus Mini-I 780 and the Legit Reviews test bench. Running the benchmark on all cores there is a grand total of 9 points separating the two systems, once again a .

Bioshock Infinite

BioShock Infinite is a first-person shooter video game developed by Irrational Games, and published by 2K Games. BioShock Infinite is the third installment in the BioShock series, and though it is not part of the storyline of previous BioShock games, it does feature similar gameplay concepts and themes. BioShock Infinite uses a Modified Unreal Engine 3 game engine and was released worldwide on March 26, 2013.

Bioshock Infinite

We tested BioShock Infinite with the Ultra game settings.

Tomb Raider Benchmark Results

Benchmark Results: The Legit Reviews test bench really got pretty well torn up in BIOSHOCK Infinite. At 1920x1080 the CYBERPOWER Zeus Mini-I 780 averaged 133.78 frames per second while the LR test bench averaged 88.63 frames per second, a difference of nearly 51%.

Hitman: Absolution

Hitman: Absolution is an action-adventure stealth DirecX 11 video game developed by IO Interactive and published by Square Enix. It is the fifth entry in the Hitman game series, and runs on IO Interactive's proprietary Glacier 2 game engine. This game title uses the Glacier 2 game engine and was released on November 20th, 2012.

hitmanabsolution_550.

We benchmarked Hitman: Absolution with Ultra Settings.

Hitman: Absolution Benchmark Results

Benchmark Results: Once again the Legit Reviews test bench was no competition for the Zeus Mini-I 780 from CYBERPOWERPC. The Zeus Mini-I 780 averaged 47.2 frames per second while the LR bench averaged 31.8 frames per second at 1920x1080.

Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider

On March 5th, 2013 Square Enix released Tomb Raider, billed as a reboot of the franchise. In Tomb Raider, the player is confronted with a much younger Lara Croft who is shipwrecked and finds herself stranded on a mysterious island rife with danger, both natural and human. In contrast to the earlier games Croft is portrayed as vulnerable, acting out of necessity, desperation and sheer survival rather than for a greater cause or personal gain.

Tomb Raider Settings

The game has been built on Crystal Dynamics's game engine called the "Crystal Engine" and the graphics look fantastic. AMD and Crystal Dyanmic's worked on a new technology called TressFX Hair, which AMD describes as “the world’s first in-game implementation of a real-time, per-strand hair physics system” for this game title. We set the image quality to ultimate for benchmarking, but we disabled TressFX Hair under the advanced tab to be fair to NVIDIA graphics cards that don't support the feature.

Tomb Raider Benchmark Results

Benchmark Results: At 1920x1080 the CYBERPOWERPC Zeus Mini-I 780 averaged 120.97 frames per second in the latest iteration of the Tomb Raider franchise.

Sleeping Dogs

Sleeping Dogs PC game
Sleeping Dogs is a 2012 open world action-adventure video game developed by United Front Games in conjunction with Square Enix London Studios and published by Square Enix. The game was released on August 14, 2012, for Microsoft Windows. The game uses the Havok physics engine.

Sleeping Dogs Benchmark Results

Benchmark Results: At 1920x1080 in Sleeping Dogs the CYBERPOWERPC Zeus Mini-I 780 averaged a very solid 62.77 frames per second compared to the 44.7 frames per second of the LR test bench.

Metro Last Light

Metro: Last Light is a first-person shooter video game developed by Ukrainian studio 4A Games and published by Deep Silver. The game is set in a post-apocalyptic world and features action-oriented gameplay with a combination of survival horror elements. It uses the 4A Game engine and was released in May 2013.

Metro: Last Light

Metro Last Light was benchmarked with Ultra settings

Metro Last Light Benchmark Results

Benchmark Results: Metro Last Light running at 1920x1080 was able to average 64.58 frames per second on the CYBERPOWERPC Zeus Mini-I 780 while only 47.24 frames per second on the Legit Reviews Test Bench.

Boot Times, Power Consumption, & Temperature Testing

Boot Times

CYBERPOWERPC Zeus Mini-I 780 Boot Times & Performance

Over the course of the evening and through the various restarts of testing, I kept an eye on Boot Racer to watch the system boot times. Each time the system would reboot it would record the time it took for the system to be ready. Through out the night the CYBERPOWERPC Zeus Mini-I 780 averaged 26.43 seconds to boot up and complete all of the start up items.

System Power Consumption

CYBERPOWERPC Zeus Mini-I 780 System Power Consumption

Loading up the Intel Core i7-4770K and sitting idle the two systems were pretty close together when it comes to the power consumption. Sitting idle, the CYBERPOWERPC Zeus Mini-I 780 was pulling 59 Watts at the wall while the Legit Review Test bench was only pulling 1 Watt less at 58 Watts. When I loaded up the processor with the AIDA64 system stability test, the Zeus Mini-I 780 was pulling 160 Watts while the LR test bench was a bit less at 145 Watts at the wall. The biggest difference showed up while running 3DMark Firestrike. The Zeus Mini-I 780 was pulling 362 Watts at the wall while the LR bench was pulling 232 Watts at the wall. It doesn't come as much of a shocker as the difference in the graphics cards easily explains that. The EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Superclocked certainly pulls more power than the ASUS GeForce GTX 670 Direct CU II does.

System Temperatures

CYBERPOWERPC Zeus Mini-I 780 System Temperatures

During the temperature testing my office is sitting at a comfortable 67 degrees farenheight (19.5c). While the system was sitting idle both the Intel Core i7 4770K and the EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Superclocked card were at a cool 32 degrees Celsius. I loaded up the CPU with the AIDA 64 system stability test and checked the temperature with the latest version of the Intel XTU software. After running the system stability test for 15 minutes the peak temperature the 4770K hit was 92 degrees Celsius. The EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Superclocked graphics card temperature hit 80 degrees Celsius when loaded up with in Tomb Raider.

Final Thoughts & Conclusion

Cyberpower Zeus Mini-I 780

When it comes to computers, it really comes down to two questions. How fast do you want to go, and how much do you want to spend. The Cyberpower Zeus Mini-I 780 is easily fast enough to run any game or application that you want to throw at it. At first look though, the Zeus Mini-I 780 may supply a bit of sticker shock to some, as configured at CYBERPOWERPC our ZEUS Mini-I 780 retails for $1859. Though if you're looking for performance, there's plenty here!

Before we look at the price of the individual components and what it would cost to purchase them individually, there are a few things to keep in mind. The chassis used for the Zeus Mini-I 780 is a custom designed chassis available only through CYBERPOWERPC. The price tag includes the assembly, testing, and the operating system already installed. This is truly a turn key system, all you have to do is customize the username and password and you're ready to install your favorite game!

CYBERPOWER PC Zeus Mini-I 780 Pricing
CYBERPOWERPC Zeus Mini mITX Gaming Chassis  Priceless
EVGA Superclocked GeForce GTX 780 3GB GDDR5  $521.99
Intel Core i7-4770K 3.50 GHz 8MB Intel Smart Cache  $299.99
Cooler Master Seidon 120M Liquid Cooling CPU Cooler  $64.99
120GB Samsung 840 EVO Series SATA-III 6.0Gb/s SSD  $84.99
2TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Storage)  $84.98
G.SKILL Ripjaws X 16GB (8GBx2) DDR3/1866MHz (F3-14900CL10S-8GBXL) x2 $181.00
GIGABYTE Z87N-WIFI mITX w/ 802.11n WiFi+Bluetooth  $140.37
Microsoft Windows 8.1 (64-bit Edition) + Office 365 FREE 30 Days Trial  $109.14
Corsair CSM Series CS550M 80 Plus Gold Certified Modular Ultra Quiet Power Supply  $91.34
8X DVD±R/RW/4X + DL Super-Multi Drive  $23.99
Total as Configured - Without a Chassis 1602.78

Once I added the bulk of the parts inside the Cyberpower PC Zeus Mini-I 780 to the cart, I was looking at a total just a hair over $1600. Depending on the chassis that you are interested in, the gap could close dramatically. If you like the Corsair Obsidian 250D or the Bitfenix Prodigy you're looking to add ~$100 to the bill. While both of these are great chassis, they aren't nearly as narrow as the Zeus Mini mITX chassis.

I went over to iBUYPOWER,  another custom PC Boutique and build a system that was comparable is size and specifications, i7-4770K, GeForce GTX 780, 16Gb G.Skill Ripjaws 1866MHz, and comparable drives I built the system as to as close as I could to the CYBERPOWERPC Zeus Mini-I 780. While the specifications were similar, the price was considerably higher! The competitor was pushing close to $2200 after I configured it, even the starting price was higher than the configured price of the CYBERPOWERPC Zeus Mini-I 780!

Tucked on the inside of the Cyberpower PC Zeus Mini-I 780 there is no shortage of power. At the heart of the Zeus Mini-I 780 is an Intel Core i7-4770K unlocked processor which is a beast in itself. To add a touch of gaming power to the Zeus Mini-I 780 CYBERPOWERPC tucked an EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Super Clocked edition into the chassis. Across just about all of our tests today the Cyberpower PC Zeus Mini-I 780 crushed our test system that we compared it to. The test bench was able to hold its own in the CPU tests since they are both rocking an Intel Core i7-4770K. When it cam to the gaming performance, there wasn't much competition as the Super Clocked EVGA GeForce GTX 780 put the hurt on the ASUS GeForce GTX 670 DCU II, those two cards aren't really in the same league these days!

One of the perks to the CYBERPOWERPC Zeus Mini-I 780 is the warranty and support. The Zeus Mini-I 780 comes standard with a 3year warranty on the labor and one year on the parts. If that's not enough of a warranty for you, you can increase the duration to a 4 year labor/2year parts for an additional $199 or a 5 year labor/3 year parts for $349. Whether you stick with the standard 3 year warranty or bump it to the 5 year warranty, one thing will remain a constant. Each of the service plans offer lifetime technical support for your system! If you're ready to configure the system how you want it, head over to CYBERPOWERPC.com and check it out. Post up your build in the forums and then let us know how you like it!

LR Editors' Choice

Legit Bottom Line: The Cyberpower PC Zeus Mini-I 780 is pretty much an ideal system for anyone looking to purchase a gaming system, it offers plenty of gaming performance, raw processing power and application loading speed from the SSD. If you're in the market for a custom built machine, and you're looking for one with power to spare the Zeus Mini-I 780 may be the ideal machine for you!