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CyberPower Scylla Elite review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £650
inc VAT

A well-balanced system for those on a budget, but the lack of expansion could be a problem


4.6GHz AMD FX-4170, 8GB RAM, 23.6in 1,920×1,080 display, Windows 8

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.

CyberPower Scylla Elite

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 1,920×1,080 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.

CyberPower Scylla Elite

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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Basic Specifications

Rating ***
Processor AMD FX-4170
Processor external bus 200MHz (HyperTransport)
Processor multiplier x23
Processor clock speed 4.6GHz
Processor socket AM3+
Memory 8
Memory type PC3-10666
Maximum memory 32GB
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3
Motherboard chipset AMD 760G + SB710


USB2 ports (front/rear) 2/6
Firewire ports (front/rear) 0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear) 0/0
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support none

Internal Expansion

Case midi tower
PCI-E x1 slots (free) 1 (0)
PCI-E x16 slots (free) 1 (0)
Free Serial ATA ports 4
Free memory slots 2
Free 3.5in drive bays 6

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Hitachi DeskStar (HDS721010DLE)
Interface SATA3
Total storage capacity 1,000GB


Graphics card(s) 1GB AMD Radeon HD 7770
Graphics/video ports 2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort


Sound Realtek ALC887
Sound outputs 5.1 line out, stereo line out, mic in
Speakers none

Removable Drives

Supported memory cards none
Optical drive type(s) DVD+/-RW +/-DL


Viewable size 23.6 in
Screen model Asus VS247H
Native resolution 1,920×1,080
Screen inputs HDMI, DVI, VGA

Other Hardware

Keyboard Logitech K120
Mouse Logitech B110


Software included none
Operating system Windows 8
Operating system restore option Windows disc

Buying Information

Warranty three years RTB
Price £650

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