CyberpowerPC Zeus Mini-I 780 mITX System Review
Final Thoughts & Conclusion
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
|EVGA Superclocked GeForce GTX 780 3GB GDDR5
|Intel Core i7-4770K 3.50 GHz 8MB Intel Smart Cache
|Cooler Master Seidon 120M Liquid Cooling CPU Cooler
|120GB Samsung 840 EVO Series SATA-III 6.0Gb/s SSD
|2TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Storage)
|G.SKILL Ripjaws X 16GB (8GBx2) DDR3/1866MHz (F3-14900CL10S-8GBXL) x2
|GIGABYTE Z87N-WIFI mITX w/ 802.11n WiFi+Bluetooth
|Microsoft Windows 8.1 (64-bit Edition) + Office 365 FREE 30 Days Trial
|Corsair CSM Series CS550M 80 Plus Gold Certified Modular Ultra Quiet Power Supply
|8X DVDR/RW/4X + DL Super-Multi Drive
|Total as Configured – Without a Chassis
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!
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!