CyberpowerPC Syber M Xtreme 400 Review

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Price Analysis And Conclusion

CyberpowerPC threw us a curve ball with its X99-equipped Syber M Xtreme 400, particularly because our primary focus has been on Z170 desktops thus far. The advantages of the Syber M's six-core processor stand out in our benchmark results, but average users will find that if they aren't running CPU-intensive games and applications, an i7-6700K-equipped system will often fare marginally better with it's higher clock rate. However, the factory-overclocked EVGA GTX 1080 SC graphics card gives us notable increases in performance in GPU-intensive workloads, and although these wins are mostly by negligible differences, CyberpowerPC offers us our first look at what a factory-overclocked GPU can do against reference-clocked cards (the rest of the systems we've tested) in a variety of benchmarks.

We were somewhat disappointed at the overclock settings used in the Syber M. Although the base clock of the i7-6800K was increased by 400MHz (the same amount as Digital Storm's i7-6700K-equipped Vanquish 5), it will only achieve this clock rate in single and dual-threaded workloads, with the CPU clocked only 100MHz higher than the 3.4GHz base clock (3.5 GHz) when it engages more than two processing cores. We feel an all-core overclock could have further cemented the performance gains we saw in multi-threaded benchmarks, and given a more-compelling example of its potential to users actually looking for that kind of performance. However, it's among one of the least expensive overclock services we've seen lately, and you definitely get a modest boost in clock rate compared to the base frequency, despite it being only for a couple of the six cores.

The X99 chipset is rich with features, which includes a quad-channel memory controller, 10 SATA 6 Gb/s ports, stainless steel-reinforced PCIe x16 slots, and multi-GPU support. CyberpowerPC took advantage of the robust Gigabyte X99P-SLI motherboard by loading the Ultra M.2 slot with an NVMe SSD. However, we weren't particularly impressed with the 512GB Intel 600p's performance, but because it offers higher-than-SATA sequential performance and keeps the price-per-gigabyte of the SSD down, we can forgive the less-than-stellar benchmark results. Looking at the price, we can't be disappointed with the capacity and speed of the Syber M's primary storage, and 2TB of HDD storage is plenty of room to store a sizeable game library.

We were impressed with the custom-designed Syber M chassis, which gives the system a unique look compared to the sea of "me-too" cases many vendors use to build their custom PCs. It can accommodate more than what our sample was configured with (think custom water loops), and there are plenty of spots to throw extra storage drives. The PSU shroud is a great bonus, and similar to the front 3.5" bay door, it glows orange and gives the Syber M a definitive "wow" factor by hiding all the excess cable and illuminating the left side panel window.

At $2,208, the CyberpowerPC Syber M Xtreme 400 is exactly $100 cheaper than AVADirect's Z170 offering. The Avatar's price is affected by LED lighting (with remote) and its $25 overclocking service, which could be considered a balance of performance and aesthetic value. However, the Syber M puts aesthetics in the back seat to performance, with fan upgrades (non-LED, although they do come with colored rims) totaling $63 and a modest overclock for $19. Forgoing these extras, you still get an X99 platform with an Intel Core i7-6800K (cooled by a 240mm liquid-cooling radiator), 16GB of quad-channel DDR4-3000, an EVGA GTX 1080 SC graphics card, and a 512GB NVMe SSD in an accessible, custom-designed chassis for less than $2,150 ($2,126 to be exact), and we think that's fairly reasonable (and impressive).

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Derek Forrest
Derek Forrest is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He writes hardware news and reviews gaming desktops and laptops.
  • Colin_10
    Looks like a nice rig, but honestly once you learn to build your own PC (which is very easy) there is no reason to pay the markup for this. The knowledge gained from actually building the machine yourself is more valuable than the time saved.
  • ammaross
    I'm surprised they used AF120 fans instead of the SP120 alternatives that are designed for high(er) static pressure situations (such as blowing through a radiator!). The AF120 is their "high air flow" option designed for blowing through not much more than the exhaust grill of the case, so may wear out the motor prematurely....
  • Xtreme356
    16GB (4x8GB) ADATA XPG Z1 DDR4-3000"
  • HSCarsten
    I think you guys messed up that specsheet 4*8gb is not 16gb
  • Kareem_6
    I feel what COLIN_10 is saying cuz 15 years ago, I built my own pc & thus taught myself about it. So, therefore I will never have to buy a PC again!
  • FritzEiv
    19104260 said:
    I think you guys messed up that specsheet 4*8gb is not 16gb

    Thank you (and Xtreme356). Good catch. Fixing.
  • redgarl
    It is so ugly...
  • Big_D_Design
    CyberpowerPC is my favorite among all the boutique builders. I have ordered Gaming PCs from them and for other clients of mine. They really have such a nice choice of machines for people that don't want to configure their own, or know how to get a good bang for the buck. This machine I think is very much along the lines of cutting edge goodness for the money. I personally would have the 6850 Intel Chip instead of the Intel 6800. It would be worth the extra $165 in the long run. These guy sell Gaming PCs at a fair price. I used to build PCs for a living and CyberpowerPC was also an alternative for my customers. They really charge hardly anything to build these things and you can get the exact brands of parts you want. And if it doesn't go together right.... they call you. I know, because they did that for me. Yea, you can build your own.... but go to their site and see the choices and pricing. Me like dem lots!