The day is here and if you didn't figure it out from the demo, Battlefield 4 is a beast of a game. Now that the retail release has dropped, you may have realized this version takes a bit more grunt in the video card department.
DICE recommends a Radeon HD 7870 or GeForce GTX 660, but that's what you need to make the game look decent at a playable frame rate. If you care about image quality and want the all of the digital bells and whistles, you need something more. That in the Battlefield series comes from the Ultra preset, a built-in setting that turns the GPU tech up and unleashes an amazing picture.
In Battlefield 4, you need a powerful GPU, but pushing all of those pixels also requires serious processing power. In this area DICE recommends an AMD Phenom II X6 1055T or Intel Core i7 930, again another recommendation just to make multiplayer playable with an average frame rate and average image quality.
Enter the new CyberPower Zeus EVO Lightning 3000 SE, a gaming PC with spectacular gaming performance, but at a very reasonable price point. CyberPower chose to go with all AMD components for this system; the best AMD has to offer.
If you read tech sites then you've undoubtedly heard of AMD's fabled FX-9590 CPU, also known as AMD's $1000 5GHz processor. This processor is fairly rare, but the supply has increased and the retail price has decreased to a reasonable level. As you can imagine, running anything at 5GHz is extreme and doing it on 32nm technology is pushing the limits. The FX-9590 has a TDP of 220 watts to go along with its 8 cores and requires excellent cooling.
Speaking of heat, the AMD Radeon HD 7990 is still AMD's single fastest video card. If you're playing Battlefield 4, it's also the best single video card on the market for the game. In his review, Shawn Baker called the HD 7990, "the fastest single video card solution on the market." Pairing AMD's fastest CPU to date and the fastest video card was a simple choice for CyberPower, a pair that work well together.
The combination works well together, but requires clean power and high quality components that can perform under higher than normal temperatures. CyberPower put those components together and powered them with a Lepa G1000 1000w PSU, a product that received a TweakTown Best Performance Award.
Pricing and Warranty
Prior to writing this review, we built the CyberPower Zeus EVO Lightning 3000 SE at CyberPower's website as tested. The price came to $1964 with free shipping. CyberPower covers its high performance gaming systems with a standard three year warranty and lifetime technical support.
The price is right for a pixel pushing gaming system, but now we need to see how many pixels this system can actually push. Before that, let's take a look at the system and see the build quality.