CyberPowerPC Zeus Mini-I 780 SFF Gaming PC Review

Performance Summary and Conclusion

Performance Summary: Although the CyberPowerPC Zeus Mini-I 780 didn’t particularly separate itself from the pack in our spate of benchmarks, it posted scores that were almost universally expected, considering its components. Thus, the system performed well, posting scores that only fell behind better-equipped, more expensive systems.

That’s not to say that the Zeus Mini is lacking in any aspect of performance; for example, it breezed through all of our gaming benchmarks, hitting frame rates far above what’s necessary for smooth playability. This machine has the components and horsepower to handle virtually anything you can throw at it.

CyberPowerPC Zeus Mini-I 780

In addition to rock solid performance and relative quiet performance under load, CyberPowerPC built a machine that’s attractive and cool without being ostentatious. The black chassis is sturdy, and the neon green grills pop against the dark color. Further, the case lighting is striking, providing just the right amount of bling.

In terms of accessibility, CyberPowerPC hit the mark for most internal components and connections. Things are tight, to be sure, but with minimal effort you can adjust most of what you need to, including motherboard headers, the CPU, GPU, cooling system, and so on.

However, the storage devices are positioned in such a way that they’re difficult to reach, even if you disassemble most of the PC. Even assuming that you don’t mind the tedious business of removing (and keeping track of) lots of screws, the fact that you have to take so much apart significantly increases the odds that you’ll damage something, such as the plastic case fan or optical drive cover.

Zeus Mini-I models start as low as $685, but our Zeus Mini-I 780 came in at $1,859 as configured. Looking at the value from a cost-for-performance standpoint, this system really stands out against the systems we pitted it against in our benchmarks. The Digital Storm VIRTUE ($2,563), AVADirect Mini ($2,614.84), and CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme ($2,199) all cost significantly more.

Compared to many other options for high-performing gaming rigs--not to mention ones wrapped in a SFF package--the CyberPowerPC Zeus Mini-I 780 is a system with attractive looks, solid performance, and a competitive price tag.

  • Solid performance
  • Spot-on looks and lighting
  • Accessibility of most components
  • Quiet under load
  • Price
  • Inaccessibility of storage drives
  • A bit noisy at idle

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