CyberPowerPC Zeus Thunder 2500 SE Gaming PC Review

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SiSoft SANDRA and Cinebench

We continued our testing with SiSoftware's SANDRA, the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. We ran four of the built-in subsystem tests (CPU Arithmetic, Multimedia, Memory Bandwidth, Physical Disks).

Preliminary Testing with SiSoft SANDRA
Synthetic Benchmarks

The CyberPowerPC system faltered here somewhat; while the Digital Storm rig went toe to toe with the Maingear system (a substantial feat), the Zeus Thunder barely hung with the iBuyPower system. All of these chips are heavily overclocked, so it’s odd that the CyberPowerPC’s Ivy Bridge (4.7GHz) processor would essentially mirror the performance on the iBuyPower’s Sandy Bridge (4.6GHz) processor.

In the Memory and Physical Disks tests, the CyberPowerPC rig delivered uneven results. Its Corsair SSD fared well enough compared to the Digital Storm’s Corsair SSD, but the memory couldn’t deliver the same bandwidth as the Digital Storm system’s.

Cinebench R11.5 64bit
Content Creation Performance
Maxon's Cinebench R11.5 benchmark is based on Maxon's Cinema 4D software used for 3D content creation chores and tests both the CPU and GPU in separate benchmark runs. On the CPU side, Cinebench renders a photorealistic 3D scene by tapping into up to 64 processing threads (CPU) to process more than 300,000 total polygons, while the GPU benchmark measures graphics performance by manipulating nearly 1 million polygons and huge amounts of textures.

There are some interesting results in the Cinebench tests. On the one hand, the CyberPowerPC rocked the single-threaded test with a score of 1.99, but in the multi-threaded test it was on par with a gaggle of older CPUs while lagging far behind the Sandy Bridge-E processors due to their additional cores/threads.

Chalk the OpenGL score up to the Digital Storm and Maingear systems’ more numerous graphics cards, although it’s worth noting that hitting 67.5 FPS is not exactly disappointing.

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