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Home PC Group Test - December 2012 (Part 2)

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Cyberpower Ultra Scylla SE

Cyberpower Ultra Scylla SE

Ultra Scylla SE is our test’s only AMD-based PC. CyberPower chose AMD’s quad-core FX-4170 4.2GHz processor, and though it has the fastest clock rate ever, it is half cheaper than Intel Core i5-3570K.

Fortunately, it offers performance half as much as Intel chipset. With 132 score in WorldBench 6’s test, Ultra Scylla SE lost Intel, yet it is still powerful enough to be used as a good home PC.

AMD Radeon HD 7770 GPU is included. This model has been commonly used in popular Intel-based systems. Sadly, gaming performance is slowed down by the slow processor, resulting in that 25% of frame rate, in Crysis, fell.

It must be remembered that this PC may be cheaper than some rivals (by $150), whereas it includes one 24in LCD screen, one pair of Logitech S220 speakers and one subwoofer, one card reader, one webcam and wireless connectivity. You will own Blu-ray disc drive as usual with 3-year warrantee. Thus, if you don’t want any extra performance provided by Intel, Ultra Scylla SE offers a comprehensively excellent suit with lower price.

Black-colored Cooler Master Elite case contains Asus M5A78L-M motherboard, featuring 2x USB 3.0 and 4x USB 2.0, but a few space for extension except for two memory slots. The latter will let you double RAM up to 16GB.

Like most home PCs, Ultra Scylla SE owns 1TB HDD, no SSD. Wi-Fi support is supplied via a small card inserted into motherboard. This is handier than the solution of Chillblast’s USB, allowing you to install a medium-sized antenna.

Info

·         RRP: $1,049

·         Website: www.cyberpowersystem.com

 

Verdict

·         In case you prefer a system of powerful features plus accessories to raw performance, Scylla may be the one for you. It is slower than rivals but it has everything and 150-dollar cheapness.

·         Design: 3.5/5

·         Feature: 4/5

·         Performance: 3/5

·         Value: 4/5

·         Total: 4/5

Ecplipse Matrix I5357r777

Eclipse Matrix I5357r777

Eclipse Matrix I5357r777

With Matrix PC, Eclipse charges $30 less than most expensive systems there while it provides similar essential components. Both Intel Core i5-3570K CPU (3.4GHz) and AMD Radeon HD 7770 present inside.

Eclipse chose Asus P8Z77-V LX featuring Intel Z77 Express chipset which is friendly with users interested in overclocking. It allows for overclocking Core i5-3570K processor and supports using SSD (not included) as cache. There’s room for two additional RAM circuits, quite many vacant slots as well as SATA 6Gbps ports. It offers 4 USB 3.0 ports and 10 USB 2.0 ports, though 2 USB 3.0 connectors lie on a cable inside. This is the group’s only motherboard gaining Windows 8’s certificate.

EZCool HA-900B case is well designed, aiming at gamers, not home users. Translucent lateral cover is unnecessary.

Lack of SSD can be blamed for Matrix’s slow performance in WorldBench 6 test in comparison with corresponding rivals. The system’s 174 score was far left behind by those of Chillblast and QuitePC; both own SSD drive.

HCK 23.6in display is included, along with Blu-ray drive, two Logitech S220 speakers and one subwoofer. However, there’s no webcam and Wi-Fi dongle.

Those who are interested in Z77 chipset or potential expansion would pick Eclipse instead of other two 1199-dollar PCs.

Info

·         RRP: $1,169

·         Website: www.eclipsecomputers.com

 

Verdict

·         Matrix is $30 cheaper than most expensive systems, yet it lacks expected feature and performance. However, the motherboard gets certificated by Windows 8, aiming at user interested in overclocking rather than home use.

·         Design: 3.5/5

·         Feature: 2/5

·         Performance: 4.5/5

·         Value: 4/5

·         Total: 3.5/5

Quiet PC Serenity Z77 Value

Quiet PC Serenity Z77 Value

Quiet PC Serenity Z77 Value

If you home PC is run all day long for each family member to use, you should buy a computer that doesn’t distract user with noises resulted by rustling fan or clacking HDD. Regarding this aspect, Quiet PC installed 120GB KingSpec SSD, whose storage is low but operation is quiet, instead of Serenity Z77.

It’s mostly unavoidable that you will add more hard drive for this setting. Quite PC also sells quiet drives and many anti-noise enclosures – once hard drive is installed into this computer.

Intel’s standard chipset cooler was replaced with a much quieter version dubbed Gelid Tranquillo. The whole system is covered in Nexus Prominent R case featuring soundproof material. It also has a SATA dock in the top.

Like Eclipse, Quiet PC used motherboard designed for overclocking, using Intel Z77 chipset. It maximally supports 6 USB 3.0 connections and 2 SATA 6Gbps ports.

We hope you won’t encounter any difficulty running Windows 8, but only the motherboard version 1.1 is certificated by Windows.

With 182 score in WorldBench 6, the system’s programing performance was excellent. However, gaming was quite low because of integrated graphic chip.

It must be noted that this system doesn’t include a monitor, specialized GPU, HDD, Blu-ray drive, webcam, speakers and Wi-Fi.

Info

·         RRP: $1,124

·         Website: www.quietpc.com

 

Verdict

·         This system is quite and well-designed. It runs well but lacks features – some of which is essential for family use. Due to this, the price of $1,124 seems proper, yet you should consider it as the starting point.

·         Design: 4/5

·         Feature: 3/5

·         Performance: 3.5/5

·         Value: 3/5

·         Total: 3/5

 

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