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CyberPower Ultra 5 Super Review

CyberPower Ultra 5 Super Review

CyberPower Ultra 5 Super review CyberPower Ultra 5 Super gaming PC review 01The CyberPower Ultra 5 Super is the first PC we’ve seen with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super graphics card. It’s also the first time we’ve been able to test one of the more affordable chips from the new AMD Ryzen 3000 range of CPUs. Impressively, CyberPower has managed to cram this factory-fresh hardware into a PC that only costs $1,563 in the US and £1,179 in the UK. Is it a world-class bargain, or has the budget been cut too much? Find out in our CyberPower Ultra 5 Super review!

Components

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super is an exciting new card. It’s an Nvidia product, of course, but it exists because of AMD – the red team’s new Radeon RX 5700 cards have solid performance and good prices, and have scared Nvidia into action.

Nvidia’s new cards aim to provide a performance boost over the existing RTX 2060 without increasing the price. The new RTX 2060 Super retails for around $400/£400. That means it sits just above the AMD Radeon RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT, which cost $349/£330 and $400/£380 respectively. Of course, while these cards may all deliver similar performance, AMD’s GPUs don’t have Ray-Tracing or DLSS.

Nvidia says that the RTX 2060 Super delivers performance that’s actually closer to the original RTX 2070 – which is still more expensive. The new chips don’t have any architectural changes – their specifications have just been improved.

The RTX 2060 Super has 2,176 stream processors. That’s far more than the 1,920 included with the original RTX 2060, and only 128 short of the RTX 2070. The RTX 2060 Super runs with base and boost speeds of 1,470MHz and 1,650MHz, which are competitive with Nvidia’s older cards. It also has 8GB of memory, while the RTX 2060 only had 6GB.

CyberPower Ultra 5 Super review CyberPower Ultra 5 Super gaming PC review 07The card inside the CyberPower is a reference model, which means a metallic case, two 90mm fans, and a well-stocked rear that serves up DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI and USB Type-C connectivity.

The new cards have plenty of competition. We’ve seen several PCs with an RTX 2060, and have reviewed the RTX 2070. We’ve also got scores for AMD’s new cards, so it’s possible to see how the CyberPower GPU stacks up against that new hardware, too.

The CyberPower’s RTX 2060 Super is paired with an AMD Ryzen 5 3600. It’s the most affordable part from the AMD Ryzen 3000 series of CPUs, and the new chips have plenty to shout about.

The new chips use the Zen 2 architecture, which improves the manufacturing process from 14nm to 7nm. Zen 2 also introduces a new modular design for AMD’s chips, with CPU cores and the IO functionality packaged separately – a move that allows AMD to build these chips using cheaper and more efficient processes.

The changes don’t just make AMD’s CPUs cheaper and more efficient. They also allow for better clock speeds and more cache, therefore improving performance while requiring no extra electricity.

The Ryzen 5 3600 is the entry-level part, but it still has a great specification. It has six cores with multi-threading, so it can address twelve threads. It runs at 3.6GHz with a Boost clock of 4.2GHz.

CyberPower Ultra 5 Super review CyberPower Ultra 5 Super gaming PC review 05Like the new Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super GPU, the new AMD processor has ample competition. It’s designed to square up against Intel’s Core i5 chips, like the Core i5-9400 and i5-9600K. It should also provide a reasonable boost over AMD’s last-generation Ryzen processors.

If you’d like to read more about the AMD Ryzen 3000 series, or AMD X570 motherboards, head to these links to delve into our in-depth guides.

The two new components attach to an older motherboard. The MSI B450-A Pro uses the B450 chipset. That means you don’t get the benefits of X570 – like PCI-Express 4.0, and support for more USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports.

It’s a little disappointing that users won’t be able to add PCI-Express 4.0 SSDs, but that’s a niche concern on an affordable rig like this.

Elsewhere, the motherboard has a modest set of features. It does tackle the basics well, at least. It supports 64GB of DDR4 at a peak speed of 3,466MHz, and it has six SATA ports and four PCI-Express 2.0 x1 sockets for smaller expansion cards.

On the board you have a USB 3.1 Gen 1 connector, loads of fan headers and two USB 2.0 connectors. At the back panel there are pairs of USB 3.1 Gen 2, Gen 1 and USB 2.0 ports alongside a PS/2 connector and six audio jacks.

However, the board has loads of limitations. It only supports AMD CrossFire, not Nvidia SLI, and dual-graphics aren’t practical – the second PCI-Express x16 slot is restricted to 4x speed. There’s only one M.2 connector, which is already occupied. The audio and Gigabit Ethernet chips are entry-level, and there’s no wireless internet – CyberPower has added that separately.

CyberPower Ultra 5 Super review CyberPower Ultra 5 Super gaming PC review 04At the rear there are no buttons and no optical S/PDIF connector, and the board is plain, with tiny heatsinks and no on-board buttons or displays, and no overclocking features.

If you’d like a PC with a motherboard with a spare M.2 connector, better dual-GPU options or more on-board features then you’ll have to add at least £150 or $150 to the price of your next PC.

Windows 10 Home is installed on a 512GB Intel 600p SSD, and it’s paired with a 2TB hard disk. There’s 16GB of memory that runs at 3,200MHz. These components are all good – the only way you’ll get faster memory or storage is by spending far more.

The power supply is fine, too. It’s a 650W Cooler Master MasterWatt Lite. The PSU has the basic 80Plus efficiency certification, which is acceptable for an affordable PC. It’s not modular, though, and it’s not unusual to find semi-modular PSUs with better efficiency ratings at this price. If you’re more concerned about your electrical bill or future upgrades, you’d be better off seeking out one of those.

The system is protected by a generous warranty, with three years of labour coverage. In the US you get a year of parts coverage, while you get two years of parts coverage in the UK.

Head here for the latest information on the status of ray-tracing on the entire Nvidia range of GPUs!

Design

CyberPower Ultra 5 Super review CyberPower Ultra 5 Super gaming PC review 08The components sit inside a Cooler Master MasterBox MB511. It’s a smart case, but its exterior design is conventional.

The front panel is meshed with air vents on either side. Air intake is handled by a trio of 120mm fans. There’s a magnetic dust filter on top, a non-magnetic filter in the base, and a clear side panel.

The core design is fine, but the budget status quickly becomes clear. The side panel isn’t made of tempered glass – it’s plastic. And the front IO includes USB 3.0 ports, but nothing faster and no button to alter the lighting.

The MasterBox MB511 is fine on the inside too, but it’s still basic. There’s a PSU shroud, but it’s plain. There are no rubber grommets on the cable-routing holes, and few extra cable-routing features. CyberPower has done a reasonable job with keeping things tidy, but the cables are still multi-coloured and visible. Happily, there’s good lighting: the three intake fans are programmed green, and they lend the interior an impressive glow.

CyberPower Ultra 5 Super review CyberPower Ultra 5 Super gaming PC review 02At the rear, there’s room for one more hard disk and two 2.5in drives. The hard disk cage features tool-free plastic caddies. However, there are no cages or caddies for 2.5in drives. When it comes to CPU cooling, a Cooler Master MasterLiquid Lite is attached to the rear exhaust and it does a fine job.

Of course, it’s possible to get a case with more features by spending extra. Add $100 or £100 to the price and you’ll get a tempered-glass side panel, more cable-tidying features and additional space for storage upgrades. But many people just won’t be bothered about these additions, especially if you don’t want to upgrade in the future.

The CyberPower is sold as the Ultra 5 Super in the UK and it costs £1,179, but in the US the system is called the Gamer Master Ultra and costs $1,563. The specifications are virtually the same, with the same CPU, GPU, case and component selections throughout.

As ever, CyberPower’s customers in the US and UK have the option to change any component on this system before purchase.

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Gaming Performance

1080p gamingThe new Nvidia RTX 2060 Super trades blows with the RTX 2070 while leaving the RTX 2060 in the dust. That’s impressive when the CyberPower only costs $1,563 or £1,179.

It’ll play absolutely anything at 1080p. That’s no surprise, but the framerates are superb: it averaged beyond 100fps in seven test games, and it peaked at 173fps in Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor.

It beat the RTX 2070 in five games, and it streaked past the RTX 2060 – as our results graph shows. Its 1080p averages are important, but they’re not the only impressive 1080p speeds here: the CyberPower and its RTX 2060 Super delivered minimums that were often at 90fps or beyond, too.

This speed means that there’s enough pace to deliver the framerates needed for screens with high refresh rates, whether you’re playing demanding single-player titles or twitchy esports. It’s also got the power to handle ray-tracing.

1440p gamingThe CyberPower’s Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super continued to impress at 1440p. Its averages got beyond the crucial 60fps marker in eight tests, and its minimum scores at 1440p were decent – beyond 60fps in four games, and beyond 53fps in everything bar an Nvidia ray-tracing test. Any game at 1440p will run smoothly, and there’s scope for high refresh-rate play too – even though some titles will need graphical tweaks.

The CyberPower and its Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super can handle VR headsets, and this PC will play games on widescreen panels with more modest resolutions. When it comes to widescreens, it’ll only struggle with huge resolutions like 5,120 x 1,440.

The CyberPower won’t handle 4K playback, either. Its minimum framerate dipped below 30fps in four different tests, and its averages were often barely beyond 30fps. While some games will play smoothly at 4K, especially with graphics settings dropped down, this card is not powerful enough for consistent 4K playback. If you need that, the RTX 2070 Super should be your minimum point of call.

So, what can we conclude about the RTX 2060 Super? It’s an excellent card, and it’ll handle the vast majority of gaming tasks: anything at 1080p, any esports title, and most VR and widescreen panels too. It’ll play almost all games at 1440p as well. It’s only going to encounter issues if you want to run demanding games at a 100Hz+ refresh rate with all of the graphics settings turned up. It won’t handle the very largest widescreen resolutions, though, and it won’t handle 4K.

It’s tricky to pick between the CyberPower’s RTX 2060 Super and AMD’s new cards.

In 3D Mark Fire Strike the CyberPower machine scored 19,205 points. AMD’s cards are faster here: the RX 5700 is about 3,000 points better, and the RX 5700 XT is about 6,000 points ahead.

So, the AMD cards are fast – but these results come with caveats. We recorded those AMD scores on a PC with a better processor, so the gap will be closer on similar CPUs – even though AMD would still retain its lead.

While AMD would still retain a lead no matter the CPU, the Radeon cards don’t have Ray-Tracing, so they lose a technological edge. AMD’s cards are also hotter than Nvidia’s equivalents, and they’re not as good at overclocking.

So, AMD’s cards are a little quicker, but less innovative. And we’re talking fine margins – the RX 5700 is faster, but it won’t transform gaming and suddenly start producing 4K-capable framerates.

Regardless of that, the CyberPower Ultra 5 Super and its RTX 2060 Super are deeply impressive, with huge amounts of gaming power available in a machine that doesn’t cost all that much.

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Application & Thermal Performance

application benchmarksThe CyberPower’s new AMD processor is a great chip. In Geekbench’s multi-core test it scored 26,103 points. That’s faster than last year’s Ryzen 7 2700X, miles beyond the preceding Ryzen 5 2600X, and more than 4,000 points better than the competing Intel Core i5-9600K.

It only falls behind Intel’s Core i7-9700K and the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X, both of which are far more expensive.

The CyberPower’s mid-range Ryzen CPU flexed its multi-core muscles in Cinebench. Its result in this tough test was 1,575cb. That’s more than 400 points ahead of the Core i5-9600K, which has six cores but no multi-threading. It’s also slightly better than the Core i7-9700K.

Unsurprisingly, the new mid-range chip couldn’t match the speed on offer from the Ryzen 7 3700X or last year’s pricier Ryzen 7 2700X, but that’s no shock.

AMD’s Zen 2 architecture is superb when it comes to multi-tasking. The inclusion of six multi-threaded cores in this affordable CPU no doubt helps, too.

The Ryzen 5 3600’s multi-tasking ability mean that the CyberPower will be superb when running multiple applications, or when handling tougher work tools – like video and photo applications, database tools or content creation software. It’s great for streaming, too.

The CyberPower’s Ryzen CPU is not as adept with single-threaded tasks. In Geekbench’s single-threaded test the Ryzen 5 3600 scored 5,337 points. That’s fine, but behind both Intel chips.

The CyberPower’s AMD chip is middling in single-threaded tasks. It’s not going to affect day-to-day use, because there’s still ample pace for web browsing, gaming and running Office applications. But it’s worth bearing in mind that Intel’s CPUs are still the best in this arena. If you want the top single-threaded speeds for games or other applications, stick with their CPUs.

Elsewhere, the CyberPower’s SSD returned read and write speeds of 1,825MB/s and 981MB/s. Those speeds are several times better than the pace you’ll get from SATA drives and hard disks. Booting and application loading are very fast on this machine.

Temperatures are not a problem either. The CyberPower’s CPU and GPU temperatures peaked at 79°C and 72°C – absolutely fine.

The CyberPower produces noticeable fan noise when idling and during games, but the noise isn’t too bad. It’s certainly easy to mask with a headset or with speakers, and it’s something we can handle from a system at this price.

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CyberPower Ultra 5 Super Review – Conclusion

CyberPower Ultra 5 Super review CyberPower Ultra 5 Super gaming PC review 06Our CyberPower Ultra 5 Super review proves that this is a PC that prioritises performance. And, when it comes to benchmarks, it delivers. Its Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super matches the RTX 2070 in loads of benchmarks, which means it’s capable of a huge range of tasks – most things aside from 4K are within its grasp.

The processor is great, too, with clear leads over more expensive rivals in multi-tasking. It can only match or get close to the competition in single-threaded and gaming CPU performance. However,that’s a small price to pay when there’s so much speed and versatility in a relatively inexpensive system.

Elsewhere, though, the CyberPower is mediocre. The motherboard and case are basic, the SSD is not the fastest around, and the system produces noticeable fan noise.

However, those are issues that can all be managed, especially if you want performance rather than versatility for future upgrades – and especially for this price. The new hardware from Nvidia and AMD means that the CyberPower Ultra 5 Super serves up impressive performance for a great. It’s our new mid-range favourite.

The machine in our CyberPower Ultra 5 Super review costs £1,179 in the UK and $1,563 in the US. Discuss our CyberPower Ultra 5 Super review on our Facebook and Twitter pages. And, if you need some more inspiration after reading our CyberPower Ultra 5 Super 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 GoodRecommended Award

  • Superb gaming ability
  • Loads of multi-thread CPU power
  • Impressively low price
  • 16GB of DDR4 and a solid SSD

The Bad

  • Basic motherboard
  • Case without many extra features
  • PC produces consistent noise

The Specs

CPU: 3.6GHz AMD Ryzen 5 3600
Memory: 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX 3,000MHz DDR4
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super 8GB
Motherboard: MSI B450-A Pro
Storage: 512GB Intel 600p M.2 SSD, 2TB Seagate Barracuda hard disk
Ports: Front: 2 x USB 3.0, 2 x audio; rear: 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2, 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1, 2 x USB 2, 1 x Ethernet, 1 x PS/2, 6 x audio
Warranty: 3yr Labour (6mth C&R, 2yr parts)

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Mike Jennings

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