The first thing that jumps out at you when looking at this system is the case; to say that it’s understated would be, well, an understatement. The Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 chassis is all black and has both metal and plastic components. The font and top feature large grills, and the front’s rounded edges make it seem a little less boxy.
There’s a 140mm exhaust fan mounted on the bottom of the chassis as well as two 140mm fans on the front panel. The side panel has a large window, and the case fans, expansion slot covers, and 3.5-inch drive cage are white, which is the lone bit of pizzazz; there aren’t even any lights. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with that per se, but when you drop major coin on a killer gaming rig, most people want a little more in the way of eye-catching decor.
One area in which CyberPowerPC makes up for the otherwise rather boring exterior is with two bright red and silver Enermax fans mounted on the liquid cooling system’s radiator. There doesn’t appear to be any other sort of color scheme at play here, as the ASUS
motherboard has that gold-and-black look up against the case’s white accents as well as the Enermax fans and the red-and-black AMD graphics card.
But we’re nitpicking here. Let’s move on.
The cabling is precise and clean, and multiple cables are tightly zip-tied together whenever prudent; around back, CyberPowerPC went to great pains to keep that mess of cables, including the leads running to the fan controller, as crisply tied down as possible.
The AMD GPU itself has a single DVI port but four mini DisplayPorts, and the motherboard adds another DVI port, mini DisplayPort, VGA, and HDMI, in case you were worried you might run out of video port options. The motherboard also offers PS/2, two USB 2.0, four USB 3.0, LAN, SPDIF out, and six audio jacks.
For the Start screen, CyberPowerPC essentially left it stock, as the desktop background is a simple pair of daisies on a sky blue background; in other words, there’s not much to see there. There’s absolutely no bloatware on board, which is a most welcome sight.
Now let’s see how the Gamer Xtreme 5200 handled our benchmark tests.