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CyberPower Hyper Liquid RTX Gaming PC Review

CyberPower Hyper Liquid RTX Gaming PC Review

CyberPower Hyper Liquid RTX gaming pc review CyberPower Hyper Liquid RTX review 3 06The CyberPower Hyper Liquid RTX is a gaming PC that throws the kitchen sink at every part of the specification. It doesn’t just have one of Nvidia’s brand-new graphics cards – it’s got a Core i9 processor, too, alongside stunning water-cooling. With a price of £3,199 in the UK and $3,524 for an equivalent Hyper Liquid Alloy Elite system from CyberPower in the US, though, it’s not cheap, and it faces plenty of conventional and strong competitors. Should you buy this for work and play? Find out in our CyberPower Hyper Liquid RTX gaming PC review.

CyberPower Hyper Liquid RTX Gaming PC Review – Components

The most intriguing component inside the CyberPower Hyper Liquid RTX is the processor. It’s a Core i9-9900K, which means it comes from the Intel Coffee Lake-S range. This new range of processors relied on the existing Coffee Lake architecture and didn’t alter the manufacturing process.

However, instead of making changes at an architectural level, Intel has beefed up the core counts, clock speeds and Turbo speeds in order to deliver more performance from these high-end chips.

That means the Core i9-9900K has eight Hyper-Threaded cores that can address sixteen concurrent processing threads. The base clock speed of 3.6GHz is solid. The Core i9-9900K uses an improved version of Turbo to boost to a monster 5GHz on two of its eight cores.CyberPower Hyper Liquid RTX gaming pc review CyberPower Hyper Liquid RTX review 3 02

Games aren’t necessarily the focus of this new chip. While it will scythe through the latest titles at any resolution, few games actually make use of eight cores. Instead, the i9-9900K should prove adept with content creation tools, streaming apps and other content creation and productivity tools.

We haven’t seen the Core i7-9900K before, but plenty of rival machines have offered comparable CPU power. The £3,349 Palicomp i7 Arctic Glacier RTX included a six-core i7-8700K overclocked to 5GHz. That’s representative of many other machines – overclocking the Core i7-8700K is one of the most popular specification options for high-end PCs right now.

The processor is paired with an RTX 2080 Ti. It’s Nvidia’s latest flagship, and it still offers formidable power despite the GPU’s troubled launch. Pleasingly, Ray-Tracing and Super-Sampling are starting to gain a little more support from developers, and the improved architecture means that the RTX 2080 Ti will still offer more raw performance than its Pascal predecessor.

There’s 11GB of GDDR6 memory, 4,352 stream processors and a mighty 18.6 billion transistors. The card inside the CyberPower machine is made by MSI, and it’s a Duke 11G OC model. That means its base clock of 1,350MHz remains the same, but its boost clock has been improved to 1,665MHz.CyberPower Hyper Liquid RTX gaming pc review CyberPower Hyper Liquid RTX review 2

The Palicomp also had an RTX 2080 Ti. The GPU in that machine was made by EVGA, and it was one of the firm’s XC Ultra cards. It overclocked the base to 1,455MHz and the Boost to 1,650MHz.

Those core components attach to an MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Pro Carbon. It’s an excellent motherboard that ticks most of the mainstream and high-end boxes when it comes to features.

It has plenty of storage connectors, including a spare M.2 port with its own heatsink. There are several free PCI-E x16 and x1 slots, and two spare memory sockets. Most of those are steel-supported, and the board has several large heatsinks and numerous RGB LEDs.

You get the usual beefed-up audio and wired networking. At the back of the board are three full-size USB 3.1 ports and a Type-C connector and two USB 2 ports. There are five audio jacks, a PS/2 connector and an optical S/PDIF port.

It’s all normal stuff, but this mainstream board does miss out on high-end features. There are no buttons or diagnostic displays on the board itself, and no buttons for tweaking on the rear IO. There’s no wireless internet, either.

The MSI board inside the CyberPower is very similar to the Asus Prime Z370-A included in the Palicomp. That board also ticked all of the mainstream boxes, but with none of the extra high-end features that are routinely included on enthusiast-level boards.

CyberPower Hyper Liquid RTX gaming pc review CyberPower Hyper Liquid RTX review 1If you want a motherboard that does have those extra features, look towards a machine like the Fierce PC Imperial Lightstorm. That machine has an Asus ROG Maximus X Hero motherboard with every extra feature, button and tweaking option that you’d need. And, as a bonus, that PC has now had its GTX 1080 Ti graphics card updated to the RTX 2080 Ti.

The CyberPower has a solid storage and memory offering, but this is one area where it can’t compete with the Palicomp. The 16GB of memory, 500GB Samsung 970 EVO SSD and 2TB hard disk are all fine. However, the Palicomp has 32GB of memory, two 500GB SSDs and a 4TB hard disk.

That’s a stellar specification from the Palicomp, but it’s arguably too much for gaming. Ironically enough, the CyberPower has a CPU that’s more suited for work tasks – and so if any machine would be better off with 32GB of memory, it’s this Hyper Liquid RTX machine. At least that’s one area where you can make easy changes in CyberPower’s online configurator.

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CyberPower Hyper Liquid RTX Gaming PC Review – Design

The CyberPower Hyper Liquid RTX looks stunning thanks to a high-quality case and superb water-cooling.

The Corsair Obsidian 500D chassis is excellent. It’s sturdy, with strong metal used throughout. The front panel is made of gently curving brushed aluminium, and the top is made from strong metal with triangular cut-outs to improve airflow. The side panels are both made from tinted, tempered glass. They swing on hinges and attach with magnets – so the internals are easy to access.

The front of the interior is dominated by water-cooling hardware. The front panel of the machine is covered with a EK-CoolStream SE 360 radiator that’s chilled by a trio of 120mm fans. In front of that is an EK-XRES 140 DEVO D5 reservoir. It’s 140mm tall and contains a pump at the bottom.

The processor and graphics card are topped by EK-made waterblocks. They’re made of clear acrylic, so the coolant can be seen coursing around the hardware – a neat touch.

CyberPower Hyper Liquid RTX gaming pc review CyberPower Hyper Liquid RTX review 3 04The rigid acrylic tubes that link the CPU, GPU and cooling hardware are filled with orange coolant. The system looks superb, and CyberPower has gone one further with its lighting. There are strips of RGB LEDs at the front and the top of the case. They can be altered by using a neat remote control included with the machine.

A click to a different colour can dramatically alter the look of this machine. When combined with the motherboard LEDs, which can be changed in Windows, it gives you a lot of control of the CyberPower’s appearance.

The Palicomp looked good, too, thanks to an all-in-one cooling kit from Liquid.cool. It had a 240mm radiator in the roof and a 120mm pump and reservoir at the front. It looked good, but it’s not as striking as the CyberPower, and it only chilled the CPU.

The CyberPower has a good slate of practical features, too. A neat shroud at the front hides the power supply and its cables. At the top there are two USB 3 ports and a Type-C connection. At the rear there are three 2.5in bays that work with thumbscrews, and one hard disk bay. The CyberPower is consistently neat, with good cable-routing and a neat cover at the rear to keep wires hidden.

The CyberPower is certainly neater than the Palicomp, and the Corsair Obsidian case has a little more room for storage.

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CyberPower Hyper Liquid RTX Gaming PC Review – Gaming Performance

CyberPower Hyper Liquid RTX gaming pc review CyberPower Hyper Liquid RTX review gamingThe RTX 2080 Ti may have had a bumpy launch, but there’s no denying the raw power on offer from Nvidia’s latest flagship.

However, there is very little to choose between the overclocked cards in the CyberPower and Palicomp systems. That’s obvious in the benchmarks we’ve included in our CyberPower Hyper Liquid RTX gaming PC review.

The CyberPower Hyper Liquid RTX was marginally quicker in Witcher 3 and some Crysis 3 and Battlefield 1 tests. However, the Palicomp’s card took a small lead in Fallout 4, and both GPUs achieved the same scores in Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor.

Instead of trying to pick a winner between these two similar sets of benchmarks, then, it’s more pertinent to see just how well the RTX 2080 Ti handles complex gaming scenarios.

In our five standard benchmark games run at 4K and with settings at their highest levels the CyberPower’s RTX 2080 Ti ran at 42fps or better in every game.

The CyberPower ran tougher games at good speeds, too. In Deus Ex: Mankind Divided it achieved a minimum framerate of 51fps. It was only one frame slower in Shadow of the Tomb Raider.

Nvidia claimed at launch at the RTX 2080 Ti would run every game at 4K with a framerate of 60fps. While that’s not always true, the RTX 2080 Ti will play every current game at a smooth framerate. It’ll also handle VR headsets, high refresh rate monitors and widescreen panels. Don’t forget that you’ll also benefit from better visuals in some games once Ray-Tracing and Super-Sampling add support.

It’s an excellent card, and we do have evidence that the CyberPower does have a little more power than its rival. The CyberPower’s 3D Mark Fire Strike score of 27,952 is a few hundred points better than the Palicomp. It was marginally quicker in the Fire Strike Extreme test, too, although the gap did narrow in that more demanding benchmark.

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CyberPower Hyper Liquid RTX Gaming PC Review – Application & Thermal Performance

CyberPower Hyper Liquid RTX gaming pc review CyberPower Hyper Liquid RTX review applicationThe CyberPower’s extra cores proved welcome in our CyberPower Hyper Liquid RTX gaming PC review application benchmarks. However, the lack of an all-core CPU overclock also saw the chip fall behind in other tests.

The eight cores helped the CyberPower to a Geekbench multi-core result of 31,187. That’s one of the best scores we’ve ever seen. It’s also nearly four thousand points better than the Palicomp and its six-core i7-8700K processor.

The CyberPower’s Cinebench score of 2,053cb was significantly ahead of the Palicomp, too. That’s no surprise, because that’s another benchmark that relies heavily on multi-threaded workloads.

The CyberPower scored 6,011 points in the Geekbench single-threaded benchmark. That’s behind the Palicomp, albeit by less than 200 points. There was a bigger gulf in the PC Mark 8 test – which also relies on single-threaded pace. The CyberPower’s score of 4,764 points is reasonable, but the Palicomp was nearly 500 points better.

The difference between these two machines represents the difference between any machine with an eight-core i9-9900K and the huge range of machines that are available with an overclocked, six-core i7-8700K – remember than the Palicomp is just one example of such a system.

CyberPower Hyper Liquid RTX gaming pc review CyberPower Hyper Liquid RTX review 3 08In the end, it comes down to workloads. If you’re a keen gamer, then you don’t necessarily need an eight-core chip. Games do not use that many cores, and our benchmarks illustrate that there’s little meaningful difference between the eight-core i9-9900K and the six-core i7-8700K. If you opt for a six-core chip, you’ll still get great framerates and you’ll probably save some money.

However, if you’re a content creator or a streamer, or if you run any other high-end productivity applications, then the eight-core i9-9900K in the CyberPower is better. Its benchmark results illustrate that it’s clearly more capable when it comes to multi-threaded workloads – even without an overclock. The Core i9-9900K will also be a better option if you regularly run lots of different applications alongside each other.

Rapid read and write speeds of 3,546MB/s and 2,321MB/s ensure that the SSD is solid, too.

The CyberPower is a great thermal performer, too. The processor and graphics card peak temperatures of 91°C and 62°C are fine. The CyberPower was virtually silent when idling, and no louder when gaming – a tremendous result. There was a little more noise during a full-system test, but it was still hardly noticeable. It’s a little better here than the Palicomp – and that machine is already extremely quiet.

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CyberPower Hyper Liquid RTX Gaming PC Review – Conclusion

CyberPower Hyper Liquid RTX gaming pc review CyberPower Hyper Liquid RTX review 3 05Our CyberPower Hyper Liquid RTX gaming PC review illustrates that this machine has huge power, incredible design and few real faults.

The Core i9-9900K processor delivers ample power for every situation, from gaming to work – overkill for some people, sure, but great for those who want a PC that can tackle anything. The RTX 2080 Ti is fast enough for every kind of gaming, and the memory, storage and motherboard are all good.

The build is superb, too. The water-cooling and lighting look superb, and the case is sturdy and stylish.

The Palicomp doesn’t have as much multi-threaded processing power or such great water-cooling, but it does have better memory, storage and motherboard options. That’s the only thing standing in the way of the CyberPower, though, and most people will be absolutely sated by this machine. It’s a little cheaper than its rival, too.

The CyberPower Hyper Liquid RTX is fast, well-built and quiet – and it looks fantastic. If you need a high-end PC that’ll look the part and last for years there are few better than this.

The machine in our CyberPower Hyper Liquid RTX gaming PC review costs £3,199 in the UK and $3,524 for an equivalent system in the US – and here’s the full CyberPower Liquid-Cooled PC rangeDiscuss our CyberPower Hyper Liquid RTX gaming PC review on our Facebook and Twitter pages. And, if you need some more inspiration after reading out CyberPower Hyper Liquid RTX gaming PC review, check out our guide to our favourite laptops or go deep with our ultimate guide to 4K monitors – covering the technology, the terms and our top recommendations!

The Good

  • Stonking performance throughout
  • Fantastic water-cooling
  • Extremely quiet
  • Sturdy case with decent features

The Bad

  • Better memory and storage elsewhere
  • Motherboard doesn’t have enthusiast features

The Specs

CPU: 3.6GHz Intel Core i7-9900K
Memory: 16GB 3,200MHz DDR4
Graphics: MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB
Motherboard: MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Pro Carbon
Storage: 500GB Samsung 970 EVO SSD, 2TB Seagate Barracuda hard disk
Warranty: 3yr Labour (6mth C&R, 2yr parts)

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