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CyberPower Ultra Triton GTO review

Kat Orphanides
3 May 2013
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
499
inc VAT

A good monitor and processor, but a lack of USB3 and SATA3 slightly mars an otherwise quality system

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Specifications

3.8GHz AMD A10-5800K, 8GB RAM, 21.5in 1,920x1,080 display, Windows 8

The CyberPower Ultra Triton GTO takes one of the standard approaches to a low-cost PC, using a 3.8GHz AMD Trinity A10-500K processor and an FM2 motherboard to create a system that works for both desktop applications and gaming without any additional expansion cards.

CyberPower Ultra Triton GTO

The processor isn't as fast as our favourite Intel Core i5 chips and it lags a little behind most Core i3 processors, but with an overall score of 64 in our application benchmarks, this is certainly a capable desktop system that'll easily handle the demands placed upon your average family PC.

The on-chip AMD Radeon HD 6670 graphics is up to gaming, although you'll have to drop the quality settings or resolution on most modern titles to see decent frame rates. We got a smooth 48fps running Dirt Showdown at high quality at a resolution of 1,280x720, but we didn't get playable frame rates at 1,920x,1080 until we dropped the quality to medium, producing a highly playable average frame rate of 38.7fps.

If you want to add more GPU power later with a dedicated graphics card, there's scope to do so, as the Gigabyte GA-F2A55M-HD2 motherboard has a PCI-E x16 expansion slot. You can either add a high-power standalone card or opt for an inexpensive card and use it in conjunction with the onboard graphics in CrossfireX.

CyberPower Ultra Triton GTO

There's also a PCI slot and a PCI-E x1 slot for other expansion cards, such as TV tuners and sound cards. Bear in mind that fitting a graphics card in the x16 slot will generally block the x1 slot. Both of the board's memory slots are occupied by 2,133MHz Kingston HyperX memory modules of 4GB each.

There's plenty of room in the case for long graphics cards and extra drives, with six free 3.5in drive bays, including two front-facing ones suitable for a memory card reader or hot-swappable drive caddy, and three unused 5.25in bays. The occupied bays contain a 1TB hard disk and a DVD-RW drive respectively. This leaves you two SATA2 ports, but it's disappointing that there's no SATA3 support, as you won't be able to get the maximum speed out of an SSD if you fit one at a later date.

The case is well finished but doesn't provide much sound or dust proofing and doesn't have replaceable blanking plates at the back - once removed, they're gone. The generic PSU of is surprisingly noisy and is probably the first thing we'd change.

The front panel provides you with two USB ports as well as 3.5mm mic and headphone ports. There are only another four USB ports on the back and the motherboard lacks USB3 support. The back panel has VGA, DVI and HDMI graphics outputs, a PS/2 keyboard or mouse port, Gigabit Ethernet and three 3.5mm audio outputs, but that's it.

CyberPower Ultra Triton GTO

The system comes with a 21.5in AOC e2250Swda monitor. We liked this matt, evenly backlit display and found that it could produce 89.3 per cent of the RGB colour gamut, which is really good for a budget monitor. You can buy the PC for £84 less without the monitor, but given its quality and value, the entire PC as a package makes sense. The wired Logitech keyboard and mouse set are a similarly good choice - nothing amazing but comfortable and accurate to use.

Their greater graphical power means that we favour Trinity processors over low-powered Intel equivalents for an all-round family PC. However the relative paucity of motherboard features means that this isn't quite as good a choice as some comparable systems with either more expansion slots or USB3 support, such as the Wired2Fire Velocity VX.

Basic Specifications

Rating****
ProcessorAMD A10-5800K
Processor external bus100MHz (HyperTransport)
Processor multiplierx38
Processor clock speed3.8GHz
Processor socketFM2
Memory8
Memory typePC3-17000
Maximum memory16GB
MotherboardGigabyte GA-F2A55M-HD2
Motherboard chipsetAMD A55

Ports

USB2 ports (front/rear)2/4
eSATA ports (front/rear)0/0
Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking supportnone

Internal Expansion

Casemidi tower
PCI-E x1 slots (free)1 (1)
PCI-E x16 slots (free)1 (1)
Free Serial ATA ports2
Free memory slots0
Free 3.5in drive bays6

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s)Seagate Barracuda (ST1000DM003-9YN162)
InterfaceSATA3

Graphics

Graphics card(s)AMD Radeon HD 6670
Graphics/video portsHDMI, DVI, VGA

Sound

SoundRealtek ALC887
Sound outputs5.1 line out, headphone, microphone
Speakersnone

Removable Drives

Supported memory cardsnone
Optical drive type(s)DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Display

Viewable size21.5 in
Screen modelAOC e2250Swda
Native resolution1,920x1,080
Screen inputsVGA, DVI

Other Hardware

KeyboardLogitech K120
MouseLogitech M-U0003

Software

Operating systemWindows 8
Operating system restore optionWindows disc

Buying Information

Warrantythree years RTB
Price£499
Detailswww.cyberpowersystem.co.uk

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