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CyberPower Ultra 7 RTX Review

CyberPower Ultra 7 RTX Review

CyberPower Ultra 7 RTX 05The CyberPower Ultra 7 RTX is a gaming PC that concentrates on providing great performance rather than eye-catching design – and that, in turn, means that it can also offer a low price than many other rigs with equivalent components.

The CyberPower costs £1,899 for UK buyers, which plants it firmly into the middle of the high-end PC market. Can this PC undercut rivals while providing great speed? Find out in our CyberPower Ultra 7 RTX review.

CyberPower Ultra 7 RTX Review – Components

The name gives away one of this machine’s key components: an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super. It’s one of Nvidia’s most recent consumer GPUs, and it has a formidable specification.

This GPU has 3,072 stream processors – 128 more than the original RTX 2080, and 512 more than the RTX 2070 Super. Impressively, the RTX 2080 Super has 8GB of memory that’s clocked to 15.5Gbps. In addition, it’s the only card in the Nvidia range with memory that runs faster than 14Gbps.

CyberPower Ultra 7 RTX 01CyberPower has used an MSI-made Ventus card in this machine, which means the RTX 2080 Super has a small overclock. The GPU’s original base and boost clocks sit at 1,650MHz and 1,815MHz, but on this card the boost clock has been improved to 1,830MHz.

The Nvidia GPU is joined by an AMD CPU in the CyberPower Ultra 7 RTX. The Ryzen 7 3800X has eight cores that can support sixteen threads, and it runs at its stock base and boost speeds of 3.9GHz and 4.5GHz.

The CyberPower Ultra 7 RTX has one recent rival in our review ranks – another machine from the same source. The CyberPower Infinity X99 Super arrived with a price of £1,999.

Similarly, it used the MSI Ventus RTX 2080 Super graphics card, but the higher price went towards an Intel Core i9-9900KS processor. That’s an eight-core chip with multi-threading, just like the AMD part, but its base and boost speeds of 4GHz and 5GHz outpace what this PC’s AMD CPU can offer – therefore it should be faster.

The rest of the specification is solid. Because this PC uses an AMD Ryzen processor, it means it also supports PCI-Express 4.0 – something that any PC based on Intel can’t offer right now. CyberPower has exploited the PCI-Express 4.0 connection by using a Seagate FireCuda 520 SSD – which should be far faster than anything on an Intel platform at this price.

CyberPower Ultra 7 RTX 04Elsewhere, the CyberPower Ultra 7 RTX has 16GB of memory clocked to a decent 3,200MHz and a 2TB hard disk. The Corsair RM750x power supply is great – fully modular and with an 80Plus Gold certification.

The storage and PSU in particular on this PC are better than those offered on the more expensive CyberPower Infinity X99 Super, for instance.

The CyberPower Ultra 7 RTX uses an MSI MPG X570 Gaming Edge WiFi motherboard. It’s fine for this level of build, but there’s no denying that it’s basic. You do get two free memory slots, one extra M.2 connector and three empty PCI-Express x1 sockets. That means conventional memory and storage upgrades are easily possible here.

The board doesn’t realistically support dual-graphics, however. The second PCI-Express x16 socket is too slow and the board only supports AMD CrossFire, not Nvidia SLI. The heatsinks are small and underwhelming, and there are no on-board buttons or POST displays for easy tweaking and diagnostics.

CyberPower Ultra 7 RTX 07The board has standard Gigabit Ethernet, dual-band 802.11ac wireless and Bluetooth 4.2, however it doesn’t have the more futuristic and faster WiFi 6 or Bluetooth 5. Elsewhere, the Realtek ALC1220 audio codec is fine, but there are no boosts to audio here.

At the rear, things are better. The MSI has five full-size USB 3.2 ports, a Type-C connector and two USB 2 ports, and it has a PS/2 connector and five audio jacks. The only thing missing are more buttons.

It’s a good specification overall, though, especially at this price. The CyberPower Ultra 7 RTX is £100 cheaper than the Intel-based CyberPower rig.

It is possible to get machines with RTX 2080 Super graphics cards for less – they can be found for between £1,700 and £1,900. However, those machines tend to have slower Intel or AMD processors, smaller CPU coolers and they have smaller, slower SSDs that don’t use the faster PCI-Express 4.0 standard.

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Design

CyberPower Ultra 7 RTX 06The Corsair iCUE 465X case is a good enclosure, especially at this price. It has attractive tempered glass panels at the front and side, and there are three RGB LED intake fans that look superb and draw air through two wide, slatted sections at the front of the case. There are more RGB LEDs on the memory modules, and the Corsair Hydro CPU cooler has smart RGB LEDs on its waterblock.

Build quality is excellent: those glass panels are solid and the metal skeleton used to construct this case is robust. It’s not particularly big, either, which helps – 455mm tall and 216mm wide.

The inside has a spacious motherboard tray, a sturdy PSU shroud and rubber grommets, which means CyberPower has been able to do a great job with keeping the cables tidy. The interior looks very neat. The Corsair Hydro cooler is sensibly installed at the front of the case, so it doesn’t intrude on any of the components.

The motherboard is accessible for upgrading. There’s more upgrade room at the rear, with four 2.5in mounts and one 3.5in bay. There’s a synchronised fan controller that has three spare connectors.

There are only minor downsides. The Corsair case isn’t particularly big, so the motherboard rubs right up against the PSU shroud and the top of the board is very close to the roof of the case. That can make upgrading in these areas a little too fiddly. It’s also too untidy around the rear – especially when compared to the neat front section.

CyberPower’s warranty has three years of labour coverage and two years of parts protection, but we would prefer more than six months of collect-and-return service.

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Gaming Performance

The RTX 2080 Super is a reliably quick GPU. At 1440p the CyberPower’s minimum framerates ranged between 54fps and 79fps. Those are great speeds – almost fast enough to ensure 60fps gameplay in every title around right now. Its averages ranged between 62fps and 116fps, which is a great set of results.

You’ll be able to play any triple-A game at a smooth pace on this PC, and there’s enough ability here to play most games on high refresh-rate screens and widescreen panels without many graphical compromises at all.

And, therefore, this machine will play any esports game at 1080p and at 1440p without any issues whatsoever. It’s also comfortably faster than any machine with the RTX 2070 Super and AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT. We’ve included those scores in our results tables where available.

However, the Core i9 processor in the pricier CyberPower machine saw that rig deliver a slight advantage in gaming tests. At this resolution that machine was always a couple of frames faster. It’s not going to transform your gaming, but it’s worth bearing in mind if you’re searching for peak gaming performance.

It’s a similar story at 4K. Happily, at this resolution the AMD-powered CyberPower machine returned good results. Its minimums ranged between 31fps and 45fps, which means that the vast majority of games will be playable with minimal graphical compromise. That outlook is bolstered by average framerates, which ranged between 40fps and 55fps.

It’s great speed, therefore there isn’t much that this PC can’t do. You’re only going to struggle if you want to run the toughest games at their highest settings at 4K, or if you want to go even higher in terms of resolution.

In addition, these performance levels are reflected in theoretical tests. In 3D Mark Fire Strike, for instance, this CyberPower machine scored 23,429 points. The Intel-powered CyberPower scored 24,403 in the same benchmark.

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Application & Thermal Performance

The Ryzen 7 3800X is a great chip – but it’s unable to match the Intel processor in the pricier CyberPower machine.

Take Geekbench 5. In that app’s single- and multi-threaded tests, the AMD chip returned scores of 1,292 and 8,106. However, the Intel chip was more than 100 points faster in the single-threaded tests and more than 1,000 points quicker in the multi-core benchmark.

This pattern repeated across all of our tests. However, it’s not a big issue – the AMD Ryzen 7 3800X still has enough power to avoid all gaming bottlenecks, and it still has enough power to handle mainstream photo and video production work, content creation and other tough productivity applications.

You’re only going to need more if you want to work with 4K video or run other high-end, professional-level tools – and if you’re looking at that kind of software, you’re unlikely to be buying a PC like this.

Bear in mind, however, that the Intel Core i9-9900KS included in the other CyberPower system is a little faster here, too. If you’re chasing the ultimate performance, that’s the chip to buy.

Elsewhere, the CyberPower Ultra 7 RTX is impressive. The PCI-Express 4.0 SSD delivered read and write speeds of 4,538MB/s and 2,446MB/s. Those are excellent speeds, and they mean that you’re never going to be waiting long for files or applications to load, or for the PC to boot.

There are no thermal issues, either. The CPU and GPU returned peak temperatures of 87°C and 76°C, which are absolutely fine. This rig is quiet when running low-intensity tasks and pretty modest during gaming – so it’s never loud and it’s easy to mask the noise levels from this system.

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CyberPower Ultra 7 RTX Review – Conclusion

CyberPower Ultra 7 RTX 03The CyberPower Ultra 7 RTX is an impressive all-round machine. It has enough gaming pace to handle virtually every title at almost every resolution. The CPU delivers the power for gaming and a broad range of work applications.

Elsewhere, you’ve got a very fast SSD, good memory, a solid PSU and a case that’s sturdy, good-looking and well-built.

The CyberPower Ultra 7 RTX does keep the cost down with a basic motherboard, and this PC also suffers when compared to its stablemate. That alternative CyberPower system is £100 more expensive, but it’s faster in both games and applications.

If you’re more concerned with saving some cash and still netting some great performance, though, the CyberPower Ultra 7 RTX is a great option for affordable high-end gaming. You should only look at other machines if you want peak performance levels, an Intel-based system or a better motherboard.

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The GoodRecommended Award

  • Consistent all-round speed including a PCI-E 4.0 SSD
  • Smart, sturdy chassis with RGB LEDs
  • More affordable than many rivals

The Bad

  • AMD CPU slightly slower than Intel
  • Basic motherboard
  • Chassis is sometimes untidy

The Specs

CPU: 3.9GHz AMD Ryzen 7 3800X
Motherboard: MSI MPG X570 Gaming Edge WiFi
Memory: 16GB Corsair Vengeance Pro RGB 3,200MHz DDR4
Graphics: MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB
Storage: 500GB Seagate FireCuda 520 M.2 SSD, 2TB Seagate Barracuda HDD
Case: Corsair iCUE 465X RGB
Cooling: Cooling: CPU: Corsair Hydro H100i RGB Platinum with 2 x 120mm fans; GPU: 2 x 90mm fans; front: 3 x 120mm fans; rear: 1 x 120mm fan
PSU: Corsair RM750x 750W
Ports: Front: 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x audio; rear: 3 x USB 3.2 Gen 2, 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, 2 x UXB 3.2 Gen 1, 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x Gigabit Ethernet, 1 x PS/2, 1 x optical S/PDIF, 5 x audio
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit
Warranty: 3yr Labour (6mth C&R, 2yr parts)

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Mike Jennings

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