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CyberPowerPC Syber Gaming Vapor Review - Steam Machine Alternative

By: Chris Ramseyer | Gaming Desktop PCs in Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 28, 2015 10:05 pm
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: SYBER Gaming

General System Tests


We wouldn't recommend the Vapor A model that we're testing today for use at 4K resolutions. The optimal resolution is 1080P. With that in mind, we didn't want to run a bunch of games at 1080P, and show FPS numbers well into the 200 range, even with all of the settings on the maximum image quality settings.


On this page, we'll look at some of the other areas of the CyberPowerPC Syber Gaming Vapor A. I was actually surprised by this; I never realized how long it took the Xbox 360 to boot. We'll have to tag this one with "#pcmasterrace."



System Boot Time




There is no easier test than pressing the start button while simultaneously pressing the power button. Here, we time each console device from the moment we press the power button to the moment we have a usable interface.



Storage Performance




The Toshiba 500GB hard drive used in the Syber Vapor A can deliver roughly 170 MB/s in sequential reads and writes. The random 4K performance is between one half to one megabyte per second. Native command queuing does increase random read performance, but slightly slows the random write performance since our test fills the DRAM buffer as the commands stack up.



Network Bandwidth




Not everyone wants to run an Ethernet cable to a home theater area, and Wi-Fi is a popular way to connect console devices to the internet. The Syber Gaming Vapor A gives you the option to use either.


In this test, we measure sequential data transfer performance across the network. Please note that the Vapor A can use 802.11 AC, G, or N. 802.11 AC is the fastest available in the group, but we only have accompanying hardware to test 802.11 N at this office location.


Over wire, the Vapor A performed very well. Users shouldn't have any issue streaming content to or from the system. The Wi-Fi connection has the ability to deliver higher throughput if you have an 802.11 AC router.



Component Temperatures




The video card temperature stays fairly consistent through a run of Futuremark's FireStrike test. We wanted to test this area since the video card faces the heat sink under the card's PCB, and fresh air comes in from the side of the case. The PCB could act as a hood to catch and trap the hot air; however, the GPU temperature never broke 100C.

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