Amazon's Choice For Desktop Gaming PC - CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme VR
Last year Amazon began a new service called service called Amazon’s Choice that allows Amazon's Echo (Alexa) voice-activated speaker to order something by just saying what you want aloud. You are effectively turning over your decision-making to Amazon, but is stands to make daily life easier. If a customer asks the Echo to buy, say, a desktop gaming PC, Amazon will suggest the CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme VR
rather than other brands. Amazon does not charge manufacturers to be part of Amazon’s Choice and shoppers need to have their Prime Account activated, 1-click payment method setup and have voice purchasing enabled via the Alexa mobile App.
We aren't exactly sure why Amazon picked the CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme VR to be their desktop gaming PC of choice, so we wanted to get our hands on this system to see what makes it the 'choice' system to have right now.
The CyberPowerPC Gamer XTREME VR is priced at just $719.99 shipped
and for that you get an optimized desktop PC for gaming that is marketed as VR ready for the HTC VIVE and Occulus Rift. This Amazon exclusive system uses the Intel 6th Generation Core i5-6402P 2.8GHz quad-core 14nm processor and the AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB 'Polaris' video card that just came out one month ago. The system is topped off with an Intel B150 based motherboard, 8GB of DDR4 memory, a large 1TB 7200 RPM hard drive, 24X DVD-RW Optical Drive and a 600 Watt power supply.
CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXiVR8020A System Specs:
Our GXiVR8020A System Tear Down Revealed These Components Were Used:
- System: Intel i5-6402P 2.8GHz Quad-Core | Intel B150 Chipset | 8GB DDR4 | 1TB HDD | WI-FI USB Adapter | Genuine Windows 10 Home 64-bit
- Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB Video Card | VR Ready | 1x HDMI | 1x Display Port
- Connectivity: 6 x USB 3.0 | 4 x USB 2.0 | 1x RJ-45 Network Ethernet 10/100/1000 | Audio: 7.1 Channel Keyboard and Mouse
We tried to price up the individual components used on the CyberPowerPC Gamer XTREME VR and came up with $880.24 for all the parts. Amazon is only charging $719.99 shipped
for this gaming PC and that really good price seeing how they assembled it, installed Windows 10 along with all the necessary drivers and then delivered it do your door step ready to go. It should be noted that CyberPowerPC may change brands due to availability, but this model will always have an Intel B150 chipset board, 8GB of DDR4 memory and a 1TB hard drive. The configuration we tore down is from the first batch of builds.
The CyberPowerPC Gamer XTREME VR comes with a non-backlit gaming keyboard, ambidextrous gaming mouse, 802.11 AC wireless USB adapter (no Bluetooth support), the power cord, Windows 10 installation disc and supporting user guides and manuals. The only thing 'missing' from this gaming PC is the display.
We won't bore you with a million shots of the PC as the PR images show all the key external features of this case. We did want to take off the front and back panels of the case though and show you the cable management that was done by the employees that assembled this system here in the United States. Yes, this system is proudly assembled right here in the USA. If you look closely at the PR photos you'll see that there isn't a 24-pin ATX power supply cable plugged in and the cable routing is different from the retail system that we got.
As you can see from the picture above all the cables are properly routed and secured. Beautiful! The one thing that we quickly noticed about the MSI B150M Bazooka Motherboard used on this build is that it only has one PCIe x1 slot available for add-in any expansion cards. Since it doesn't have a full sized PCIe x16 slot this means you won't be able to add another video card for a multi-GPU Crossfire solution. You can easily add more SATA or USB devices though and there are two open DDR4 DIMM slots for additional memory expansion.
This particular motherboard supports up to 64GB of DDR4 memory (16GB x 4), so you can easily upgrade the memory down the road. If you wanted to add an SSD down the road the Cooler Master MasterBox 5 PC case has front and rear mounting points available!
Under the power supply cover resides a High Power HPG-600BR-F12S power supply. This 600W power supply has a single +12V power rail that is rated at 45Amps / 540 Watts and a large 140mm cooling fan. If you were expecting a fully modular name brand power supply at this price point you are out of luck. The good news is that a standard ATX power supply is used, so you easily swap it out down the road if desired.
This model is an 80 PLUS Bronze rated power supply that has ErP compliance (won't exceed 0.5W power consumption in standby or off modes). We looked it up online
and found that it was 83.44% efficient at 20% load and that isn't too bad for a budget brand power supply.
The wire management behind the rear back panel is also nicely done considering that no one usually sees this area.
Now that we know the basics let's get straight to some gaming benchmarks!
CS:GO Gaming Performance Benchmarked
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) is a multiplayer first-person shooter video game developed by Hidden Path Entertainment and Valve Corporation. It is the fourth game in the main Counter-Strike franchise. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive was released on August 21, 2012. It features classic content, such as revamped versions of classic maps, as well as brand new maps, characters and game modes.
This game remains one of the most played game titles on Steam with daily peaks of over 500,000 gamers playing it daily! That is more than 10x the number of people playing Grand Theft Auto V online, so we figured we'd take a quick look at performance with everything cranked up.
This game title uses the Source game engine and looks pretty decent. We tested CS:GO with the high graphics quality preset with 8x MSAA and 16x AF. Once we had the graphics and display settings figured out we used FRAPS to manually benchmark a section of the game for a couple minutes. We tested at two resolutions during the same online game, so you will have an idea of the general performance at that resolution. The two runs were done at different places in de_dust2, so the performance lines shouldn't line up at all.
Benchmark Results: CS:GO is a very easy on modern graphics cards, so the AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB does great at both 1920 x 1440 and 2560 x 1400 screen resolutions. The system averaged around 215 FPS at 1080P and around 265 FPS at 1440P. You can easily play CS:GO at 4K resolutions with the image quality maxed out!
Benchmark Results: When it comes to CPU utilization we found that we were using about 70% of the processor while playing CS:GO. The chart is done in slow mode, so this is a look at four minutes of CPU performance.
Overwatch Gaming Performance Benchmarked
is a multiplayer first-person shooter video game developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment. It was released in May 2016 and has over 10 million game copies activated, making it one of the biggest game titles around. Overwatch
puts players into two teams of six, with each player selecting one of several pre-defined hero characters with unique movement, attributes, and skills; these heroes are divided into four classes: Offense, Defense, Tank, and Support. Players on a team work together to secure and defend control points on a map and/or escort a payload across the map in a limited amount of time.
Overwatch is using a proprietary game engine and we tested the game title with 'Epic' image quality settings. Once we had the graphics and display settings figured out we used FRAPS to manually benchmark a section of the game for a couple minutes. We tested at two resolutions during the same online game, so you will have an idea of the general performance at that resolution. The two runs were done at different places in the same map, so the performance lines shouldn't line up at all.
1080P and 1440P Benchmark Results:
The CyperPowerPC Gamer Xtreme VR gaming PC did great with Overwatch and we were able to average 98 FPS on a 1920 x 1080 display and 66 FPS on a 2560 x 1440 display. At 1440P we dipped down to 46 FPS during big skirmishes, but the game was still pretty smooth. Most gamers have a 1080P display and Overwatch ran smooth as silk on this system and is impressive on this system with a 1080P 144Hz gaming monitor.
Benchmark Results: When it comes to CPU utilization we found that we were using about 60% of the processor while playing Overwatch and using 4GB of the 8GB of system memory. The chart is done in slow mode, so this is a look at four minutes of CPU performance.
GTA V & SteamVR Performance Test
Grand Theft Auto V, currently one of the hottest PC
games, was finally released for the PC on April 14, 2015. Developed by Rockstar, it is set in 2013 and the city of Los Santos. It utilizes the Rockstar Advanced Game Engine (RAGE) which Rockstar has been using since 2006, with multiple updates for technology improvements.
In Grand Theft Auto V we set the game to run with high image quality settings as we didn't want the GPU to bottleneck the system too bad, but wanted a setup that your average gamer would actually play on with this system. We used the games built-in benchmark utility to have at least one game we used that could be compared to your setup at home. We averaged all the five of the default benchmark runs and omitted both the minimum and maximum values as those results are garbage due to major inconsistencies.
Benchmark Results: When it comes to GTA V we found that the CyberPowerPC Gamer Extreme was capable of 104.1 FPS with 0x MSAA enabled. We were so happy with this we enabled 4x MSAA and we were still averaging above 60 FPS, but just barely. If you want to keep high image quality settings and are okay with no MSAA you can get away with 75.7 FPS on average at 2560 x 1440!
Undoubtedly someone will ask how the CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme VR does with Virtual Reality (VR) game titles since this is a gaming PC labeled as being VR ready. We don't have a VR headset to actually try VR games out, but we did run the StreamVR Performance Test and found that all the frames were above 90 FPS and it scored a 'high' rating with an average quality score of 6.5.
CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme VR General Performance Testing
The CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme VR with the Intel Core i5-6402P processor and XFX Radeon RX 480 4GB graphics card scored 123.34 FPS on the OpenGL benchmark, 538 points on the multi-core CPU test and 146 points on the single-core CPU test.
We didn't do any DirectX 12 game benchmarking, so we ran the 3DMark Time Spy DX12 benchmark test. The CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme VR scored 3,704 points. If you looked closely and see we got a validation warning it is because the processor is not recognized by Futuremarks SystemInfo.
Worried about OpenCL performance or maybe you'll be using this gaming system for some coding projects at school? We ran LuxMark v3.1, a very popular OpenCL cross-platform benchmark tool and found that we got a score of 14,373 when rendering the Luxball scene. A very solid score from a PC that costs under $720!
Ripping moves or creating digital content is a common occurrence these days, so we ran Handbrake 0.10.5 and used the Big Buck Bunny 1080P 60 FPS movie as our test file. We were able to complete the transcode with an average speed of 40.0 FPS! Not bad performance again from a PC in this price range as you need remember this is a quad-core processor without hyper-threading.
AIDA64 v5.75 beta showed that the dual channel 2133MHz DDR4 memory had 13-13-13 2T timings and was capable of 30,985 MB/s read and 31,510 MB/s write speeds with a latency of 59.5 ns. The copy test bandwidth was found to be 27,873 MB/s. These are respectable scores for an 8GB (2x4GB) 2133MHz DDR4 memory kit.
The benchmark included in CPU-Z showed we had a single thread performance score of 1683 and a multi-thread performance score of 6227.
CipherShed v0.7.4.0 shows that the CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme VR had a mean score of 2.6GB/s on the AES Encryption test.
We ran the JetStream v1.1 JavaSctipt on Google Chrome 50 and found an overall score of 195.77.
The 7-Zip v16.02 benchmark test showed that the Intel Core i5-6401P Processor in this system had a total rating of 13871 MIPS and handled compression tasks well.
A quick run of CrystalDiskMark v5.1.2 showed the performance of the Toshiba 1TB 7,200 RPM Hard Disk Drive (HDD) was pretty solid. Sequential read speed to be 179.9 MB/s and the sequential write speed was 164.8 MB/s. The Random 4K read speed was 0.4 MB/s and the 4K random write speed was 0.6 MB/s. It would have been nice to have an SSD in this system, but that would have drastically increased the cost of the system and having 1TB of storage space is nice as you can install tons of games.
Speaking of games, when downloading and installing games through Steam we found that the disk drive was running at 100%. The system does feel a little sluggish when the disk is at 100% use, but you just need to remember this is budget friendly gaming PC that has a rotational hard drive.
Looking at boot times you'll see this system takes roughly 54 seconds to boot to the desktop. We ran this test after we installed gaming applications like Steam, Origin and Battle.net as that is what most folks will be installing as soon as they get this PC!
Let's take a look at power consumption and CPU temperatures on the CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme VR.
Power Consumption and CPU Temperatures
We aren't sure how energy efficient the CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme VR is, so we figured we'd take a look and see how much power the system uses.
We found the CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme VR uses around 56 Watts at idle and peaks at 272 Watts when running the synthetic AIDA64 Stress Test. When watching Youtube 1080P videos we averaged 95 Watts of power draw. When playing CS:GO at 1920x1080 with maxed out image quality settings we hit 250 Watts. Not bad power from a fully equipped gaming PC!
AIDA64 reported that the Intel Core i5-6402P processor idled on the desktop with a core temperature of 29C and when playing CS:GO for an hour we topped out at just 51C with the factory Intel CPU cooler fan spinning at just 1,150 RPM. Not bad and you really can't hear the CPU cooler while gaming as the other case fans and video card fans all just blend together and the but you could certainly hear it when it reached 4,200 RPM while the system was under full load. At that speed the fan was easily heard, but it shouldn't be annoying unless you are in a totally quiet environment with no other noise.
We also ran the built-in stability test (minus the HDD test) and found that after seven minutes of everything at a full load we got up to 63C on the CPU and the fans were spinning at 1,400 RPM. This was a bit louder than we experienced under normal gaming loads, but was still pretty good considering pretty much everything in the system was at full load in this worst case scenario test.
The one thing we did notice is that +12V rail on the power supply was at 12.192V at idle and then dipped down to 11.904V while the stress test was running. This is a decent 2.4% voltage drop, but not low enough to be concerned with as during normal gaming and use it only dropped down to 12.000V. Synthetic tests are fun to use, but understand they show worst case scenarios. The +5V never budged in testing and the +3.3V rail only slightly dipped.
Let's wrap this review up!
Final Thoughts On The GXiVR8020A
The CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXiVR8020A is a very nice desktop gaming PC. We've used this system for the past week and gamed on it for more than 30 hours in the past week. We were actually shocked with how well this budget friendly PC performed and it even had respectable temperatures, noise levels and looks. We always get nervous when we get a pre-build system, but this one came without any bloatware and didn't use any proprietary components. That is great as it means easier upgrading and if something goes wrong after the warranty period you can better find the exact part that you need.
The Intel Core i5-6402P quad-core processor did very well in our testing of this system. Gaming performance was solid as it should be, but so was the transcoding performance as we were getting 40 FPS on 1080P Full HD content and it even did great in the Luxmark compute benchmark. Very respectable performance numbers and it just goes to show the capabilities of this system. The AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB graphics card inside supports DirectX 12 and is VR ready, so this system should last a number of years without needing major updates.
What are the things we don't like about the CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme VR? It doesn't have Bluetooth and there is no PCI-e x16 slot for future expansion. The 600W power supply seems adequate, but we've never heard of the High Power 600 Watt Power Supply that features part number HPG-600BR-F12S. A Google search of the part number came up with nothing, so it works and we know that the entire system has a 1-year warranty on both parts and labor should anything come up.
The CyberPowerPC Gamer XTREME VR is a solid gaming PC that priced at just $719.99 shipped
and sold excursively on Amazon.com. When combined with a great 144Hz gaming monitor with a 1ms (GTG) response time like the ASUS VG248QE 24-inch Full HD (1080P) panel that is $249.00 shipped
you end up with one amazing desktop PC that is under $1,000. With the AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB graphics card this is ideally a 1080P gaming beat that can play most any game title with the graphics maxed out. The AMD Radeon RX 480 also has the video outputs you need to run VR setup as the DisplayPort can be routed to your monitor and the HDMI port gets connected to the VR headset.
It also doesn't hurt to point out that the CyberPowerPC Gamer XTREME VR is priced below what you can buy all the parts for. The CyberPowerPC Gamer XTREME VR gets our recommended award as it is a great mainstream gaming system that can do VR without breaking the bank.
Legit Bottom Line:
The CyberPowerPC Gamer XTREME VR should be your next Gaming PC if you want to spend under $750.