Gamers will love this machine. While its WorldBench 6 score of 100 points may be relatively low, the quad-core CyberPower Ultra Athenna Elite has potential that isn’t demonstrated by standard benchmarks.

Gamers will love this machine. Although its CPU has the slowest clock speed here, its quad-core capabilities enable the CyberPower Ultra Athenna Elite to perform certain tasks, such as video encoding, much faster than the dual-core competition. While its WorldBench 6 score of 100 points may be relatively low, this PC has potential that isn’t demonstrated by standard benchmarks.

In gaming tests, the CyberPower Ultra Athenna Elite is more than able to hold its own. Its ATI HD 4850 graphics card is faster than the second-place Arbico’s HD 4770 in some games, if only by a very small margin, while its quad-core CPU opens up a new market of titles that take advantage of multicore processors.

The CyberPower Ultra Athenna Elite's styling will also appeal to gamers, with a transparent side panel built into its metallic blue case proudly showing off its innards. Unfortunately, the budget hasn’t stretched to interior lighting.

The CyberPower Ultra Athenna Elite uses the same Asus motherboard as the Chillblast Fusion Blizzard. Only two memory slots are available, so you’ll need to replace rather than add to the existing modules if you wish to upgrade the CyberPower’s 4GB allocation. The large graphics card makes the spare PCI Express x1 slot inaccessible, but there’s a free PCI slot for an add-in card.

The CyberPower Ultra Athenna Elite's 19in Digimate monitor matches the Arbico’s flatscreen display. It’s a rather basic model, but it comes with dual inputs and a pleasantly thin black bezel.

Chart ranking: Budget desktop PCs (issue 176)

  1. CyberPower Ultra Athenna Elite
  2. Arbico Phenom 5570HD
  3. Chillblast Fusion Blizzard
  4. Packard Bell x5620uk
  5. RL Supplies Modula 9010


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