The Bottom Line
Apr 18 2012 - The Cyberpower Gamer Ultra 2120 is geared as a low cost gaming PC which is both good in some way but flawed in one key area. At $500, it certainly is quite affordable and sees a decent level of performance with its clock unlocked quad Core A6 processor and 8GB of memory. The problem is that it does not come with a dedicated graphics card which is pretty much required for gaming. Those wanting to use it for this task will need to spend at more to add in a dedicated card which at least it can support compared to most others in this price range. For more general purpose uses, it does offer more performance than most other AMD based desktop at this price point but lacks the USB 3.0 ports that many of them include.
- Quad Core Processor With Overclocking Capability
- 8GB Of Memory
- High Wattage Power Supply Offers Greater Range of Video Card Upgrades
- Systems Advertised for Gaming But Lacks Dedicated Video Card
- Lacks USB 3.0 Ports
- Limited Memory Upgrades
- AMD A6-3670K Quad Core Desktop Processor
- 8GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Memory
- 1TB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 24x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- AMD Radeon HD 6530D Integrated Graphics
- 5.1 Audio Support
- Gigabit Ethernet
- Eight USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA
- Windows 7 Home Premium, Office Starter
Review - Cyberpower Gamer Ultra 2120
Apr 18 2012 - Cyberpower's Gamer Ultra 2120 differs from many other budget systems that use the AMD APU because they use an AMD A6-3670K quad core processor. This offers a slightly faster clock speed than the A6-3620 typically found in this price range. And if this speed isn't enough, the processor is also clock unlocked that allows for it to be overclocked for additional performance. Those wishing to do this will likely want to upgrade the stock AMD cooling solution though. This is combined with 8GB of DDR3 memory which is twice what is generally found in this price segment. Overall, the system offers better support for multitasking or demanding applications such as Photoshop than the Intel Core i3 processor with 4GB can achieve. For more general applications that don't really use the extra cores or memory, it is slightly behind the Intel offerings. The only downside here is that the motherboard only features two memory slots so upgrading the memory requires replacement of the existing modules.
Storage features on the Gamer Ultra 2120 are pretty typical for a budget desktop which is both good and bad in some ways. The one terabyte hard drive is the standard size drive that is found in most desktops now. Unlike many other budget systems though, the drive spins at the full 7200rpm desktop speed that offers a bit better performance than the 5400rpm green class drives found in most. It also lacks a USB 3.0 port which is similar to most Intel based desktops but is disappointing since the AMD APU based systems from Acer and ASUS both feature this port for use with high speed external storage. At least the interior of the case by NZXT offers a large number of hard drive bays and plenty of space that make it very easy to install internal drive upgrades. A dual layer DVD burner handles playback and recording or CD or DVD media. Unlike many desktops, it does not feature a media card reader for use with flash cards.
Cyberpower's systems are typically designed and geared towards gaming. Because of this, it is somewhat surprising to see that the Gamer Ultra 2120 relies upon the AMD Radeon HD 6530D that is built into the A6 processor. While this is an improvement over the Intel HD Graphics it still lacks significant 3D performance for gaming beyond at low resolution and detail levels. What it does provide is better overall acceleration of non-3D applications. At least the system does offer a better range of upgrade options for the graphics card. The 500 watt power supply that is built into the system allows middle range graphics cards to be installed into its PCI-Express x16 graphics card slot while many budget systems are limited to just the basic video cards.