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CyberPower Gamer Xtreme 1000 SE Review



In order to test the CyberPower Gamer Xtreme 1000 SE, I will run it through OCC's standard benchmarking suite. This benchmarking suite consists of both synthetic benchmarks and real-world applications, which will give us an accurate idea as to how well this system performs. The gaming tests will also consist of both synthetic benchmarks and actual game play, in which we can see if similarly prepared setups offer any performance advantages. The Gamer Xtreme 1000 SE will then be compared to OCC's standard i7 920 testbed, as well as OCC's AMD Llano testbed. For the gaming benchmarks, please keep in mind that the results will be relatively skewed toward the OCC testbeds. This is because the OCC testbeds use an HD 6970 as opposed to the Gamer Xtreme 1000 SE's GTX 560.

CyberPower Gamer Xtreme 1000 SE

  • Processor: Intel Core i5 2500K
  • Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V LX
  • Memory: Kingston HyperX DDR3 1600 2x4GB
  • Video Card(s): eVGA GTX 560 1GB
  • Power Supply: Cooler Master Silent Pro 700W
  • Hard Drive: 1TB Seagate Barracuda
  • Optical Drive: ASUS 12X Blu-ray Drive
  • OS: Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Chassis: Cooler Master HAF 912
  • Cooling: Asetek 120mm Self-Contained Liquid Cooler

OCC i7 920 Testbed

OCC AMD Llano Testbed


Overclocking is something you often cannot do on prebuilt machines, however with CyberPower this is not the case. In order to overclock the CyberPower Gamer Xtreme 1000 SE, I overclocked both the CPU and the GPU as far as I could while still being able to run through each of the benchmarks in the OCC benchmarking suite. As for memory clocks, I left the speed and the timings more or less alone. I started my overclocking journey by overclocking the 2500K. Throughout my overclock, I increased the voltages, arriving at a max voltage of slightly over 1.4v. This gave me idle temps ranging from 50-60 °C, which I thought was a bit high for the self-contained liquid cooler. I remounted the cooler to insure that these were normal temps for it, and sure enough the temperatures persisted. Anyway, back to the overclocking: at this voltage I was able to get a max bootable OC of 5009MHz. However, I did not end up with a stable OC until dropping the frequency down to just over 4.8GHz. This was a fairly decent overclock and definitely not something to be disappointed in. However, at this speed I was seeing load temps in the 80s, which was a bit more than I'd like to be running at for 24/7 use.

Once I had found a stable CPU overclock, I moved on to the Gamer Xtreme 1000 SE's GTX 560 GPU. I opened up good old MSI Afterburner and started increasing speeds. In order to keep things simple, I did something I normally don't do, I kept the shader and core clock linked. I was able to achieve a core clock of 917MHz and a shader clock of 1834MHz. I then moved on to overclocking the memory. This resulted in a final memory clock of 1112MHz. This was, once again, a pretty decent overclock!

Now that we've got the system overclocked, let's move on to the benchmarks.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: Prebuilt vs. Home-built
  3. Specifications
  4. Testing: Setup and Overclocking
  5. Testing: Apophysis, WinRar, Geekbench, Bibble 5
  6. Testing: Office 2007, POV-Ray
  7. Testing: Sisoft Sandra 2011
  8. Testing: Sciencemark, Cinebench, HD Tune
  9. Testing: Aliens vs. Predator
  10. Testing: Sid Meier's Civilization V
  11. Testing: Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  12. Testing: Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
  13. Conclusion
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