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CyberPower Zeus EVO Lightning 3000 SE AMD-powered Gaming PC Review

By: Chris Ramseyer | Gaming Desktop PCs in Computer Systems | Posted: Nov 14, 2013 3:04 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: CyberPower

Final Thoughts




I've tested a handful of systems from CyberPower without issue, but sometimes this system did have an issue. The CyberPower Zeus EVO Lightning 3000 SE was designed to deliver exceptional gaming performance at a really good price point. I think because of that, CyberPower didn't fill the case with fans and unfortunately it's a costly mistake. In the hands of a regular user, the lock up issue in Battlefield 4 might get blamed on drivers or an early release of the game. We were able to work through the issue and track it back to heat, but I wouldn't expect everyone to figure the problem out without the system being RMA'ed. An RMA means time away from the computer and a poor user experience.


We spoke with CyberPower and explained the issue we found and how to fix it. They are currently working to reproduce the issue in their lab, but will ship future systems with the additional fans mounted at the bottom of the case where they can push more air to the video card.


As with all CyberPower systems I've tested, I couldn't build the same system for the price the company sells the system for. At $1964, the Zeus EVO Lightning 3000 SE is a helluva deal for a gaming PC that scores in the 97th percentile of all results submitted in the 3DMark 11 Fire Strike Test at the Extreme setting. The component choices were spot on with little to wish for that could improve system performance.


The AMD FX-9590 processor was the only choice to get this all-AMD system within striking distance of Intel's offerings. The Radeon HD 7990 video card seals the deal and delivers amazing gaming performance at high resolutions with the graphics turned up to blow you away levels.


The storage system couldn't have been designed any better. The Samsung 840 EVO 250GB is the value choice, but at this time it's also the one of the best SSDs on the market. The Toshiba 2TB HDD blew me away with its 190 MB/s read and write speed - much higher than I expected from a drive simply labeled 7,200 RPM 2TB HDD.


There is still the issue with the video card cooling, but now that CyberPower knows about it, they can make changes to their production systems. It is going to cost CyberPower an Editor's Choice Award here, but given the extreme performance and low price, we couldn't deny CyberPower of a Best Value Award.



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