CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme (GXIVR8020A4) Review

     
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When a gamer is looking for desktop, they often are after a computer that lasts long, has minimum hiccups and offers top performance to run games at high resolutions. A desktop like CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme might come into question – it’s a reliable brand that has been selling quality gaming desktops for a long time; plus this specific model offers budget performance so you can enjoy games without breaking your bank. Below are my thoughts about the various features of this GXIVR8020A4 model.

A Less Known, Yet Capable Graphics Card

The manufacturer (or assembler, should I say) has decided not to follow the usual GeForce route. Instead, they have included AMD Radeon RX 580 – with 4GB dedicated memory – as the graphics card. Now, you might think this is some second-class card not ready for gaming, but that is not true. The RX 580 is fully ready for demanding games, and does handle titles such as GTA 5, Overwatch, The Witcher 3 using high settings and resolution around 1080p. In a word, the Radeon is in the same category – or a bit better – than GTX 1060, so you are covered as far as gaming performance is concerned. The card is connected to PCI-e x16 slot on the motherboard and can be upgraded if you want to.

Other Components Are Ready for Gaming As Well

The processor in this gaming desktop is Intel Core i5-7400. It’s a smart choice for heavier use, as four cores and a high 3.0GHz clock speed are provided. The chip also features turbo speed which momentarily ups the clock frequency to 3.5GHz. Belonging to the powerful i5 series and the latest 7th generation family, the i5-7400 can be recommended for gaming without a doubt. You don’t really need to go on a splurge and get i7 as games are more graphics card heavy than processor heavy anyway.

The desktop comes with 8GB DDR4 memory. This divides opinion whether it’s enough or not. In my opinion, eight gigabytes is sufficient for gaming. Going for 16 gigabytes might make sense if you want (or can) multitask while gaming, but if you only want to concentrate on the task at hand – to shoot your enemies or heal your group mates – 8GB is good. Nevertheless, there are four DIMM slots on the mainboard and 64 gigabytes is the maximum, so only sky is your limit.

This desktop offers a single, one terabyte 7200RPM hard drive for the storage. The good thing is, you will never run out of actual storage since one terabyte equals to 1024GB, which equals to hundreds of thousands of music or image files. However, such an HDD might come as a disappointment if you are used to faster solid-state drives. In that case, you might want to think about installing one here. It is not an issue to add more drives, as the mainboard has an open M.2 socket for SATA and PCIe SSDs. Six SATA 3 connectors are also present. If you are interested more about the mainboard, do check out its specifications!

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The Ports, Connectors and All

Like many desktops, also the GXIVR8020A4 model from CyberPowerPC features eight USB ports in total. All of them are not USB 3.0 as two USB 2.0 connectors are found too. It’s good to keep in mind that USB-C is not included on this desktop – you should choose a model from another manufacturer if that is important for you. The video card has ports for HDMI and DisplayPort.

It is not only wired networking you are getting with this computer. Yes, they have a Gigabit RJ-45 port for fast connection, but included is also a wireless adapter which supports the 802.11ac standard (longer range and stronger signal than the older 802.11n). So, you may choose between Ethernet or Wireless.

Do not be surprised, the desktop has no optical drive. That is how we roll in 2017 as most games, programs and videos are downloaded or streamed from Internet. There’s however always the possibility to use an external optical drive so you are not completely out of luck.

A Few Other Things You Might Find Interesting

I’ve read the fan noise, even under high load, is not a problem. If you however became annoyed by the fans, one solution is to play with headphones on. The power supply seems to be rated at 500 watts.

The desktop, naturally, includes keyboard and mouse. There’s still one thing you won’t find and it’s the monitor. You must buy the display separately, factor that in to the costs!

Pros:
Great value - For a tolerable price the gaming performance this rig offers is enormous; all the newest games are no problem for the Radeon and other components.

Fully upgradeable - Yep, the system can be upgraded as well. If you are not happy with the graphics card, memory or solid-state drive just open the case and replace what you want.

Wireless support - Not always these cheaper gaming desktops have WiFi but this one does.

Cons:
None? - Quite honestly there's nothing negative worthy of saying that I can think of. The exclusion of USB-C port might bother some but I see it as a very minor con.

CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme (GXIVR8020A4) is a desktop that makes gaming possible on budget. For Full HD experience, possible even higher, the computer is enough with its Radeon RX 580 video card, with a 7th generation Core i5 processor helping with the process. There’s plenty of storage space to store your files on, and connectors ready to receive a peripheral or two. One can not think too many disadvantages about this; all the user reports and reviews seem to say good things only about the CyberpowerPC. That’s why, if you don’t want to spend thousands on a gaming desktop, this should be your number one choice now.

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