The Bottom Line
Feb 21 2013 - Cyberpower has been making affordable gaming desktops for some time and the Gamer Xtreme 1372 is a relatively affordable system designed specifically with gaming in mind. It makes a few sacrifices in features to be affordable but seems to do a good overall job at balancing them with just one major and avoidable mistake from making it a much better system than it currently is.
- Good 3D Performance For Gaming
- Unlocked Intel Quad Core Processor
- Motherboard Chipset Prevents Some Performance Feature Upgrades
- Slower DDR3 Memory
- Intel Core i5-3570K Quad Core Desktop Processor
- 8GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Memory
- 1TB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
- Dual Layer DVD+/-RW Burner
- AND Radein HD 7850 Graphics Card With 2GB Memory
- Intel HDA 7.1 Audio
- Gigabit Ethernet
- Four USB 3.0, Four USB 2.0, DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI
- Windows 8, Office Starter
Review - Cyberpower Gamer Xtreme 1372
Feb 21 2013 - The Cyberpower Gamer Xtreme 1372 is based around the Intel Core i5-3570K quad core processor. This is a solid choice for a mid-range system as the processor provides more than enough performance for gaming, video editing or other tasks. It is also nice to see the unlocked version of the processor here for the ability to overclock it if desired. The system comes with 8GB of DDR3 memory which provides a smooth overall experience with Windows 8. The only downside here is that it is slower 1333MHz memory rather than 1600MHz to be best matched with the processor. This could impact performance for those looking to overclock the system later.
Storage features are pretty common of many desktop systems these days. A one terabyte hard drive provides a good amount of space for applications, data and media files. The drive spins at a 7200rpm spin rate which gives good performance but not quite as responsive as those using solid state drives. It should be noted that the motherboard on the Gamer Xtreme 1372 uses the B75 chipset which prevents it from being able to use the Intel Smart Response Technology with a small SSD for caching. If you do need additional storage space, the SATA connectors on the motherboard are a bit tight from the graphics card. Thankfully there are four USB 3.0 ports (two front, two back) for use with high speed external storage drives. A dual layer DVD burner is included for playback and recording of CD or DVD media but there is no flash card reader.
Since the Cyberpower Gamer Xtreme is about gaming, the graphics system is pretty important. It comes with an AMD Radeon HD 7850 graphics card which is an older but still capable mid-range graphics card. It should have little trouble running games up to the 1920x1080 resolution typical to most computer monitors now. If you need to use it for accelerating non-3D applications, it does a fair job with accelerating media and Photoshop. For additional performance, there is an additional PCI-Exrpress slot which can be used with a second Radeon graphics card for CrossFire support. The power supply within the system is also rated at a very high 800 watts which means that it would be possible to replace the card with one of the high end graphics cards.
Priced at $920, the Gamer Xtreme is on the higher end of the mid-priced desktop systems. There are a number of competitors in this priced range but most tend to be less focused on gaming. In terms of similar 3D capabilities, the closest would be the iBUYPOWER Gamer Extreme NE731i which uses the same processor but a faster GeForce GTX 660 graphics card and a smaller 500GB hard drive. The Velocity Micro Edge Z40 also features a GeForce GTX 650 graphics card but has a slower dual core processor and half the RAM. A bit more affordable option might be the ASUS CM1855 at $800 which uses an AMD FX processor and Radeon HD 7770 graphics for a bit less performance.