There’s plenty about the Cyberpower Gamer Ultra M2 Quad that instantly demands attention. The front of its imposing chassis is liberally splashed with chrome, a bulky, heavy door adorns the front of the fascia, and a red strip light glows angrily at the bottom of the metallic case.
However, the object that attracts the most attention is inside: A card boasting ATi’s brand new GPU, the Radeon HD 4870. The specs alone are mouth watering: 800 stream processors, 512 MB of cutting-edge GDDR5 memory, and a core processor clock speed of 750 MHz.
Crysis, which ran at a resolution of 1,600 x 1,200 with high settings turned on, was dispatched at a fantastic 35fps – only 6fps lower than the significantly more expensive Mesh Ultimate XT9450 GTO. The Cyberpower even managed 25 fps at Crysis’ very high settings.
The rest of the specification is just as up-to-date. The high-end AMD Phenom X4 9850 Black Edition processor has barely been out three months and, along with 2GB of RAM, provides enough to cope with the most demanding of applications with little fuss.
The Asus M3A32-MVP Deluxe motherboard is another high point: it’s an extremely capable overclocker, thanks to the AMD 790FX chipset and a large copper cooling pipe that snakes its way through the heart of the board.
The Logitech LX710 mouse and keyboard are comfortable to use and the Creative T7900 is easily good enough for gaming, playing music or watching HD video. However, unfortunately the Hannspree Verona screen just doesn’t offer the quality of rival displays.
The combination of the quad-core processor with the brand-new Radeon HD 4870 graphics means there’s more than enough performance for any task. If the customer is willing to spend a little extra on a decent selection of peripherals, you have a machine well worth its recommended award.