CyberPower Scylla Elite review
A well-balanced system for those on a budget, but the lack of expansion could be a problem
Review Date: 20 Oct 2012
Price when reviewed: £650
Reviewed By: Kat Orphanides
The Scylla Elite PC is one of the cheapest Windows 8 PCs we've seen, but still comes with a 23.6in Asus VS247H widescreen monitor. We've seen this screen several times before with other review systems, and it's a good-quality screen, with even lighting and natural colours. It also has a matte finish, so you won't get any of the problems with overhead lighting common to screens with reflective surfaces.
The PC has an AMD Radeon HD 7770 graphics card with 1GB of memory, two DVI ports, one DisplayPort output and an HDMI port. It's not a top-of-the-range card, but it achieved a fairly capable frame rate of 15fps in Crysis 2 at 1,920x1,080 and Ultra detail – we had to drop to High quality before we saw a smooth frame rate. The 500W Cooler Master power supply should give you enough power for all but top-of-the-range graphics cards - make sure you measure the case first, though, as there's not a huge amount of room for longer cards.
The Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 AM3+ MicroATX motherboard only has one PCI-E x16 slot, which is used by the graphics card, one PCI-E x1 slot, which is blocked by the graphics card, and a PCI slot, which is both vacant and accessible. You can use it to add a TV tuner, sound card or some extra USB ports, but if you require lots of room for expansion this isn't the PC for you. There are plenty of SATA ports, at least. They're only SATA2, but that's good enough for the supplied 1TB hard disk and DVD drive - you'll run into a speed bottleneck if you want to fit an SSD later, though.
The PC has four free SATA ports, as well as space in the case for three more 5 1/4in drives and six more 3 1/2in drives. Two of the 3 1/2in slots are external versions, so you can use them to add external drive caddies or card readers, too. The case feels reasonably solid but only blocks a little of the sound from the noisy CPU cooler. There are two case fans - front and back - already in place and plenty of mounting points for extras. However, only some of these fan mounting points have fine mesh grilles to keep dust from getting in.
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