First off before we talking about Sandy Bridge and how it compares to other CPU’s let’s talk about what an awesome complete system this is. CyberPower did a great job building this system and I honestly found nothing wrong with any of the components. There were no loose wires, nothing out of place, no scratches or dents in the system, etc. Just a perfectly built system with awesome wiring and cooling, what you should expect from a custom built computer. Also there is no bloatware installed with the system, it is clean, so when you start it up you can start installing games and applications real fast.
CyberPower did a great job choosing their components. The motherboard is from ASUS, the memory from Kingston, the video card from EVGA, the power supply from Corsair and the case from Thermaltake. There are all high quality parts too, not the low-end variants we see in other systems.
I decided to see if buying all the parts separately would cost less than the CyberPower’s price of $1499 for the system. I priced out an identical system for 1448.95 and this was without the Asetek CPU cooler because I was unable to find a price for it. Also keep in mind getting the system from CyberPower you will not have to assemble it, install your operating system and CyberPower overclocked the system as well. This is at least a few hours of work. All in all I think this system is a great deal for the price.
Now on to Sandy Bridge and the i7-2600K processor. This is our first look at a Sandy Bridge processor and motherboard and we are really impressed. I wish I had more time to look at this system and compare it to others we have in the office, but we leave for CES tomorrow night so expect more Sandy Bridge in depth reviews and testing after the weekend. From our testing we know that these 2nd generation processors give us better performance and are more efficient. CyberPower did a great job in choosing the i7-2600K as from what we know the “K” series processors are the most overclockable and CyberPower was easily able to achieve a stable overclock of 30% bringing the i7-2600K from its stock speed of 3.4GHz all the way up to 4.4GHz.
There really is not much to not like about this system. If you do not like any of the components in this system CyberPower offers many different options, especially when it comes to cases. Overall ThinkComputers gives the CyberPower Gamer Xtreme 5000 Intel P67 Sandy Bridge System a 10 out of 10 score and our Editor’s Choice Award!
– Great build quality
– Quality components used
– Overclock of 30% on the CPU
– No bloatware or extra software installed
– Many choices when you configure the system
– None that I found