The Bottom Line
- High Performance 3D Graphics Card
- Large Power Supply Allowing For CrossFire Setup
- Free Of Trailware And Other Preinstalled Applications
- mATX Motherboard Has Limited Expansion Slots
- Features Not As Well Suited For Non-Gaming Use
- Intel Core i7-860 Quad Core Desktop Processor
- 4GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Memory
- 1TB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 24x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- ATI Radeon HD 4890 Graphics Card With 1GB Memory
- Intel HDA 7.1 Audio
- Gigabit Ethernet
- Ten USB 2.0, FireWire, eSATA, Two DVI
- Windows 7 Home Premium
Guide Review - Cyberpower Gamer Xtreme 1051 Mainstream Desktop PC
Feb 3 2010 - Powering the Cyberpower Gamer Xtreme 1051 is the new Intel P55 chipset and corresponding Core i7-860 processor. While this doesn't have quite the same feature set as the previous Core i7 900 series processors, performance from the chip and the combined dual-channel DDR3 memory does give it very close performance to the more expensive X58 chipset and i7-920 processor. Whether it is used for gaming or tasks such as desktop video, it should be able to handling it without too much effort.
Since the Gamer Xtreme 1051 is designed for gaming, the graphics processor is a very important feature. Cyberpower has decided to use an ATI Radeon HD 4890 graphics card with 1GB memory. While this is one generation behind the new Radeon 5000 series with its Direct X 11 support, the card is more than capable of handing current games at high resolutions such as 1920x1200 with filtering enabled. It would have been nice to see a Radeon HD 5850 for Direct X 11 support but their availability and price would increase the overall cost of the system.
If the Radeon HD 4890 card isn't enough performance, the system has a spare PCI-Express graphics slot and a large 800W power supply that should fit a second card for a CrossFire configuration for added performance. The one downside is that the Radeon HD 4890 cards are dual-slot cards. This means that the existing card covers one of the available PCI slots. Placing a second graphics card in would cover the remaining expansion slots that would prevent any other expansion cards.
Outside of the gaming performance, the remaining features on the Cyberpower Gamer Xtreme 1051 are pretty much typical of what one would find in a desktop system configuration in the $1100 price range. It comes with a single one terabyte hard drive that should provide plenty of space for those needing space for applications and media files. The dual-layer DVD burner lets it handle playback and recording of DVDs and CDs. It would have been nice to see a Blu-ray compatible drive but the format still has a ways to go before more widespread acceptance.
On the whole, the Cyberpower Gamer Xtreme 1051 is a decent system for someone looking to do high performance gaming on a budget. Outside of gaming, the system lacks media features more appropriate for a general purpose system. Consumers could also customize a system with similar or slightly better features on their own for roughly the same price. As a result, it is best suited for those who aren't interested in building their own gaming desktop.