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Thursday, June 13, 2013

CyberPower Ultra Scylla SE mkIII review: excellent Family PC with a low price tag

This latest version of CyberPower's Ultra Scylla SE retains the low £699 price tag of the original but updates the spec with a new processor and upgraded peripherals. Take a look at Group test: What's the best family PC?

Out goes the 4.2 GHz AMD FX-4170 Bulldozer processors and in comes the latest FX-4350 Piledriver, running at the same base clock speed. Our PCMark 7 performance results show a small increase in performance with the new system boosting a rather pedestrian 2842 points to an equally unexciting 2957 points. Part of the reason for this lower performance is the absence of a solid state drive (SSD), which would greatly boost scores and perceived responsiveness. Two terabytes of hard drive storage are provided as standard. See also: Braebo Aphrodite review.

The perhaps excessive 16 GB of DDR3 RAM in the original has been pared back to 8 GB in this version, but this won't cause any performance issues for any family use of a PCs.

More exciting is the 24in BenQ GL2450E monitor which replaces the low-rent Edge10 model supplied previously. This large display is a great size for watching movies from the supplied Blu-ray drive, but its TN-based panel lacks colour fidelity and the decent viewing angles you get from an IPS model such as those now supplied by most competitors.

An MSI-made AMD Radeon HD 7770 graphics card is included, which attained quite reasonable gaming framerates, despite low overall system performance.

Although it's no match for systems featuring an nVidia GeForce 650 Ti, the Ultra Scylla SE mkIII still runs games at over double the speed of Braebo's more expensive Aphrodite system. CyberPower has therefore managed to deliver by far the best value for money – if gaming is your primary requirement.

The Cooler Master Elite 430 system case shows more gamer touches in the show-off transparent side panel through which you can see that CyberPower has assembled the system with great care and attention – with all cables neatly tied back despite the lack of internal cable management in the case.

The supplied Logitech MK330 keyboard and mouse combo is also of higher quality than the MK260 version supplied with much of the competition.

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