CyberPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme GXIVR8020A4 Desktop Review

Editor rating

4/5 on October 14, 2017

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176 reviews

PROS

  • Affordable. The first pro of this gaming PC is perhaps the most obvious: price. The CyberPOWER PC gaming desktop is priced very low, making it one of the cheaper options if you are looking to purchase a reliable gaming computer. This price is quite low compared to other gaming desktops, but that's just the beginning. The excellent variety and strength of its various components from its 7.1 audio channel system to its Intel Core i5 processor usually translates to a much more expensive complete product. The RX 580 video card also highlights the affordability of its price tag.
  • Quality components. The second pro of this gaming PC is the excellent quality of its various components. While the i5 Intel Core processor is not the most powerful processor for a gaming computer on the market, it is reasonably powerful given the product's price tag. The RX 580 video card is also an excellent item, contributing to the desktop's capability of running games at 2k on ultra graphics settings. The 1024 GB mechanical hard drive provides plenty of space and power so you can run your favorite games on your desired settings. It can even allow you to run games at 4k quality, though the graphics settings will have to be slightly lower than if you select 2k or lower quality instead. This is a small price to pay considering that the components are excellent quality and 2k quality will suffice even for most serious PC gamers.

CONS

  • Power supply. It is unknown what power supply is used for the CyberPower Gamer Xtreme gaming desktop and this can prove to be a problem if you encounter a problem with it. The power supply can fail to adequately supply power to the entire machine from time to time, leading to slower performance and possibly a complete lack of certain features. Repair can also prove difficult due to the unknown brand of the power supply, since defective parts might be hard to locate if they need to be replaced with the identical components. This power supply can also face some strain if you are regularly gaming at 4k quality and this is certainly something to consider if you are thinking of purchasing this computer. However, most customers have overcome this problem after some repair if and when they do encounter a problem involving the power supply of the CyberPower Gamer Xtreme gaming desktop.
  • Lacks second monitor. The CyperPower Gamer Xtreme gaming desktop also lacks a second monitor. While the monitor it does have is a high-quality monitor, lacking a second monitor may impend your ability to stream games with maximum ease. Without a second monitor, you could not monitor the feedback you are receiving from fans or easily resolve any issue with the stream until you tab out of the game to check. The lack of a second monitor also means you would be unable to do anything else with your gaming desktop while you are streaming without tabbing out of the game and halting your stream.

VERDICT

I would definitely recommend purchasing the CyperPower Gamer Xtreme gaming desktop. It is highly affordable and yet still has many great features despite its price. The 1024 GB hard drive in addition to the 802.11 ac Wi-Fi are excellent features that are often not found on comparable gaming desktops in the same price range. The free lifetime tech support provides an additional layer of security, allowing you to use your gaming desktop without worrying about needing help for any technical issues you might encounter with this gaming desktop. However, it is important to note that this gaming desktop does have some flaws. The keyboard and mouse are not the highest quality and some users have encountered a problem with the power supply. In my opinion, these flaws are excusable considering the affordable price tag.

The first notable feature of the CyberPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme GXIVR8020A4 Desktop Gaming PC is its processing system. The Game Xtreme Desktop has an Intel Core i5-7400 3.0GHz processor, making it a reasonably powerful gaming computer. This desktop also includes an Intel B250 Express Chipset, further increasing the processing power that will be available to you. Its eight gigabyte DDR4 memory module includes plenty of space which should allow you to play all your favorite games on high graphic settings. This desktop possesses a one terabyte DDR4 and a 1024 GB mechanical hard drive so that your variety of available games is also excellent. As with most modern gaming PCs, it includes the Windows 10 64-bit operating system.

The graphics are impressive for the price, as well. The CyperPOWER PC Game Xtreme has a AMD Radeon RX 580 four gigabyte video card. This video card is excellent and will allow you to run your games on high or even ultra settings for some games. The stress on the video card from putting a game on ultra settings varies from game to game, but this video card will likely handle that stress very well. With this, you can enjoy your games in pristine quality. The PC also has one HDMI port and one display port for maximum convenience.

In terms of connectivity, the first feature of note is the six USB 3.1 cables which are included with the PC. These cables are top of the line and one major improvement is an increase for the data transfer bandwith. This bandwith can now reach speeds of ten gigabits every second with this new generation of USB cables. Two USB 2.0 cables are also included which can transfer data at a maximum of 480 megabits every second. One RJ-45 Ethernet 10/100/1000 cable also comes with the purchase of the gaming desktop.

Additiontally, there are more features related to the desktop PC’s connectivity capabilities. It has 802.11 ac Wi-Fi and this allows the PC to operate at speeds which can vary between 433 megabits per second and two or three gigabits every second. The 802.11 ac Wi-Fi is another major improvement on the earlier 802.11n Wi-Fi and operates at much faster speeds. In order to maintain that level of speed, the 802.11 ac Wi-Fi operates only in the 5GHz band and requires a substantial amount of bandwith (between 80 to 160MHz). The 802.11 ac also uses spatial streams, requiring up to a maximum of eight at a time.

The audio setup is a 7.1 channel system. In contrast to a 5.1 channel system, which joins the effects of the surround channel and rear channel into two separate channels, a 7.1 channel system separates the surround and rear channel audio into four channels. To phrase it another way, the 7.1 channel system produces the audio through four speakers instead of two in the 5.1 channel system. The benefits of this are greater volume, improved sound quality, and the amplificiation of even background noise in a game. This amplification effect could prove beneficial for streaming games so that your voice and the game’s music, for example, can both be clearly heard at the same time.

A keyboard and mouse are also included with the CyberPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme gaming desktop. However, in comparison to the many quality features of this gaming computer, the keyboard and mouse are not the highest quality items available. While both function normally, the mouse is not exceptional in its responsiveness or sensitivity. In a related fashion, the keyboard does not really stand out very much compared to other keyboards included with similarly priced gaming desktops. This may prove an obstacle for some potential owners.

The CyberPOWERPC desktop gaming PC is covered by a one year parts and labor warranty. This warranty ensures that you will receive replacements for any defective parts and you can request any repairs for free while you are covered under the one year warranty. I like this warranty because it is always reassuring to know that you can receive setup assistance or replacement parts for free for an entire year after buying a new gaming PC. Free lifetime tech support is another related feature which will prove useful to even the most technically savvy PC gamers.

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