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Cyberpower Ultra 5 Dragon Edition is a technology showcase not only for AMD but also for MSI. The basic components include an AMD CPU, in the form of the quad-core 3.5GHz Ryzen 1500X, an MSI B350 Tomahawk motherboard and an AMD Radeon RX 580 brand MSI.
To complete the whole, the whole system is finished in the signature of AMD in red and black, then marked with an important MSI logo on the front. With a selection of components like this, a very high degree of compatibility between the components and the drivers is ensured, even if you are free to mix it through the many customization options available online.
- Cyberpower Ultra 5 Dragon Edition: Specifications
- Processor 3.5GHz AMD Ryzen 5 1500X
- Cooler Master Master Liquid 120
- 8GB 2133MHz DDR4 RAM
- Intel 600p 128GB NVMe SSD, 1TB Seagate Barracuda HDD
- 500W Cooler Master Masterwatt Lite
- Motherboard MSI B350 Tomahawk
- Windows 10 Home 64 bits
- Graphics card MSI RX 580 8 GB Gaming X
- Built-in audio
- Gigabit Ethernet
- 1x USB 3.1, 4x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0
- 1x DVI, 2x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
- Cooler Master Masterbox 5 System case MSI Edition
You can buy Ultra 5 Dragon Edition from the Cyberpower website for £ 1059.60, which also includes delivery. One-year interest-free financing is also available. The PC was designed to come just under the price point of £ 1,000, but the price fluctuations of the components mean it is a little more expensive now.
DESIGN AND BUILDING
The Ryzen 5 1500X CPU is powerful, efficient, high performance and high performance. As you will see in our performance results below, the Ryzen 5 is outdated in some applications by more expensive models such as the Ryzen 7, but not in the game, thats what this PC is.
The AMD design, including a dual fan cooling system "Twin Frozr VI", allows you to select between maximum performance or quiet operation via the included software. The software also allows you to control the integrated multi color LED lighting. In silent mode, the card operates at a center frequency of 1340 MHz and 8000 MHz.
These are the stock reference speeds for a standard RX 580, but in this mode, the MSI card is really silent, because the fans can stop moving completely. In OC mode, the core frequency increases up to 1.393MHz and memory at 8.100MHz, while the Gaming mode offers a compromise between the two.
The Tomahawk B350 motherboard comes from the MSI gaming range and includes enhanced features such as LED lighting that can synchronize with other illuminated components, enhanced audio quality and software utilities enhancing games. It offers NVMe support, in this case, to accommodate an Intel 600p 128GB SSD, and also has a PS / 2 port for low input latency.
The multi-GPU support of the table means that you can add a second AMD graphics card to increase performance even if you also plan to upgrade the 500W power supply provided if you intend to do so. For example, you can switch to a 600W model for only £ 5 extra.
If you want to go with Nvidia cards, you may want to consider upgrading to a X370-based motherboard that will offer SLI support and better overclocking potential, otherwise, the B350 chipset is a great option value.
The Coolbox Masterbox 5 system is rather unusual in that the interior has been designed in a customizable and modular way. Peripheral trays can be added and removed and located in different locations to better accommodate selected components and the cooling system. If you plan to upgrade the system later, it will give you a lot of flexibility as to what you can adapt in the case of a water cooling system, other drives or additional fans.
Note that the case has no open drive bays front facing, so you need to be aware of this if you are considering adding an optical drive.
The Ryzen 5 1500X may not be the most powerful processor you can get but it offers an excellent balance of price and performance in a gaming PC, delivering all the speed you need while leaving more of your budget available for the graphics card where everything is needed to perform lifting work.
A Ryzen 7 system, for example, would beat this PC in most general computer benchmarks, but this advantage almost disappears during games.
Cyberpower has chosen a quiet but efficient Cooler Master Masterliquid 120 CPU cooler, which usually comes with twin 120 mm fans. Although they have been replaced by a single Akasa equivalent with improved cooling and quieter operation. Two more of these fans have been installed in the front of the case and the three have a red LED lighting to match the color scheme of the computer as a whole.
The 128GB SSD, although fast, is really very small for a gaming PC. Its big enough to hold Windows, a reasonable game, and some games, but if you have a larger collection you will soon be empty. Fortunately, theres also a 1TB Seagate Barracuda hard drive included, but youll really notice the difference in loading time if you have to resort to installing your games.
There are many other SSD options available in the customization menus of Cyberpower, so we suggest you consider a larger disk. There are several slower but bigger SATA options available for the same price or if you can get an extra £ 42 you can go for a Samsung Faster 250GB Samsung 960 EVO NVMe drive.