CyberPower Syber Vapor PC Gaming Console Review

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Performance Summary and Conclusion

Performance Summary: The Syber Vapor as configured by CyberPower is a meaty system, so we weren't surprised that it performed so well in our benchmarks. There really isn't a weak cog in the machine -- the CPU, GPU, RAM, and storage are all solid choices, as evidenced by strong scores across the board. In PCMark 7, for example, the Syber Vapor topped 6,500, and in each of the games we benchmarked, the system easily gave us playable framerates with the settings cranked up, even approaching triple digits (99.25 frames per second) in Bioshock Infinite at Ultra Quality.

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Not that long ago, it wasn't really possible to piece together a high-end gaming machine in a box small enough to cram in an A/V rack. But once that turning point was reached, the idea of a PC game console became an actual thing, helped in part by the delay of Valve's Steam Machine platform, which will come out later this fall.

In the meantime, systems like the Syber Vapor aren't waiting around. Taking advantage of Steam's Big Picture mode, the Syber Vapor is a more than capable PC game console for the living room, especially since most HDTVs are running at 1920x1080. If you happen to own a 4K television, the configuration we reviewed is going to struggle with some higher end titles, though you could upgrade the GeForce GTX 970 graphics card to a Titan X to solve that problem.

We did run into a couple of issues regarding build quality. Our system arrived from CyberPower without the main 24-pin ATX power connector plugged in, which was a bit of a hassle to get to (we had to remove the CPU cooler), and the sheath on a USB 3.0 header cable was fractured, likely from the stress of cable management that was a bit too tight.

Those are human errors and they can easily be rectified by CyberPower by paying a little more attention to the build process. As for the system itself, there really isn't much to complain about. It's fast, customizable, relatively compact (just a little larger than an Xbox One), and brings with it a gaming aesthetic that isn't gaudy.

For gaming in the living room, dorm room, or anywhere else where space is limited, CyberPower's Syber Vapor deserves strong consideration.

  • PC gaming goodness in a box about the six of a traditional console
  • Customizable
  • Comes with a gamepad
  • Boots right into Steam's Big Picture mode
  • Relatively quiet
  • CyberPower's build quality wasn't up to par
  • No optical drive (minor quibble)
  • Might struggle with 4K TVs unless ponying up for a pricey Titan X

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