CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme GXiVR8080A8 Review

A good front view of the CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme GXiVR8080A8 desktop.

The CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme GXiVR8080A8 might look like an ordinary desktop, but its choice of highlights, features, and performance sets it apart from the hordes of ho-hum mainstream desktops. The CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme GXiVR8080A8 is a winner among gaming desktops thanks to its RTX 2070 graphics card, strong processor and memory. It’s a remarkable tower that keeps RGB to a minimum while cranking your gaming cred to the max.

Pros

  • Sturdy design
  • Spacious interior
  • Powerful features –RTX 2070 GPU
  • Great gaming performance
  • Plenty of speedy SSD storage
  • Reasonable pricing

Cons

  • Lacks USB Type-C and Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • Some rivals at this price point are faster

Powerful gaming desktops do more than just let you play the latest titles with smooth visuals. Most also offer easy upgrades, blingy cases, fans adorned with LED illumination and sometimes head-turning designs. What they almost always typically lack is wallet-friendliness, and that’s where CyberPowerPC comes in. Most of the PCs we’ve reviewed offer excellent productivity and gaming performance, but they mostly are budget-priced.

The CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme GXiVR8080A8 we review today is one such gaming rig with budget pricing high on its priority list. It brings together some of the most powerful feature sets and as a result, has impressive performance for both entry-level enthusiast and high-end avid gamers. It’s predominantly a beast of a system for pro-gamers who need high-end components in an affordable package. Just from the name alone, it’s easy to know this system is an updated version of last year’s CYBERPOWERPC Gamer GXiVR8060A7 desktop.

CyberPowerPC built this on the predecessor’s weaknesses to bring forth this beast. Inside, it flaunts a 9th Generation Intel Core i9-9900K processor, 16GB of memory and a 1TB solid-state drive. But that’s not all. What makes it the impressive package it is, is the latest Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super graphics card, part of the Turing architecture, a family of high-resolve graphics cards capable of real-time ray tracing.

All these features come together to make a remarkable workhorse both for gaming and productivity. Though it’s marketed as a gaming system, the CyberPowerPC can also serve as a workstation for GPU-intensive tasks for creatives who need to take work home from time to time. Join us as we break it down and find out how well it performs.

CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme GXiVR8080A8 Specs

ProcessorIntel Core i9-9900K
Memory16GB DDR4 memory
Storage1TB PCIe NVMe SSD
Graphics CardNvidia GeForce RTX 2070
Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Dimensions18.5 x 8.2 x 18.7 inches
Weight32 pounds
Warranty1 Year Parts

Design and Features

CyberPowerPC is known for its RGB lit desktops, glass side-panels, and affordable systems altogether. The CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme GXiVR8080A8 builds on that, and like many other desktops in its wake, it has a big and boxy unibody. There are no angular contours on the front panel as is common on some gaming rigs.

The PC’s chassis is made of dark gunmetal colored case with two RGB light circles pointing towards the transparent glass panel on the left side, and another one on the rear fan panel. The front porch also has the CYBERPOWERPC logo, which breaks up the all-black section giving the PC an aggressive gamer look. Both the bottom and rear panel have ventilation holes, as does the top. Overall, it’s good to know that CyberPowerPc used aluminum instead of plastic giving the chassis a sturdy premium feel than the plastic panels that adorn the Alienware Aurora R8.

Measuring 18.5 x 8.2 x 18.7 inches and weighing 32 pounds, the CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme GXiVR8080A8 shares a similar footprint with some of its brothers from CyberPowerPC. The iBuyPower Pro Trace 9230 (19.48 x 8.54 x 19.76 inches) casts a wider net compared to our unit while the SkyTech Gaming ST-SHADOW-II-002, HP Omen Obelisk, and Digital Storm Lynx come very close to sharing a similar size. Compared to traditional towers, the CyberPowerPC will occupy a more significant desk real estate.

The CyberPowerPC’s internals is accessed by removing the four thumbscrews on the side glass panel. This tool-less design is a common feature among CyberPowerPc desktop which we’ve come to love and appreciate. Removing the see-through glass panel will give you access to the motherboard, solid-state drive, RAMand graphics card. From first glance, the interior is only well done and tidy. The cable management is top-notch, and the case has plenty of space for future upgrades. If you’re a tinker at heart, this PC will allow you to modify as often as you’d like.

An abundance of Ports

There’s a whole set of ports for productivity use. The top houses two USB 3.0 Type-A ports and separate headphone and microphone jacks. Meanwhile, the rear houses another six USB 3.1 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, ready for peripherals and external storage, as well as an Ethernet jack, and a variety of audio jacks. On the RTX 2070 Super graphics card, there is a single HDMI port and two DisplayPort inputs for extending your display.

On the whole, the port system is abundant enough for productivity use. Our chief complaint, however, is that this PC lacks any futuristic ports. There is no USB Type-C port or Thunderbolt, which is something we would have loved to have here.

Wireless connectivity comes in the way of 802.11AC Wi-Fi. CyberPowerPC also includes a complimentary gaming keyboard and mouse bundled into the package.

Performance

Like many high-end gaming rigs, the CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme GXiVR8080A8 ships with an Intel 9th Generation eight-core i9-9900K processor. That alone shows CyberPower saves no cost for this PC to ride in the company of best performing gaming rigs. Also, it speaks volumes of the PC’s productivity and gaming performance. I must say, this is a notable improvement from its predecessor CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme GXiVR8060A7’s Core i5-9400F processor.

Still, on processors, the Intel Core i9-9900K is simply the fastest gaming processor in the market as of writing this review. It packs some severe heat as a result of the eight cores, 16 threads available inside. Under normal base clock speeds, it runs at 3.6GHz and can max out at 5.0GHz while on Turbo; the highest frequencies we’ve seen in the mainstream space.

Base1 Core2 Cores3 Cores4 Cores5 Cores6 Cores7 Cores8 Cores
Core i9-9900K (GHz)3.65.05.04.84.84.74.74.74.7
Core i7-9900K (GHz)3.64.94.84.74.74.64.64.64.6
Core i7-8700K (GHz)3.74.74.64.44.44.34.3

Just like the six-core i7-8700 processor, on units like the CyberpowerPC Gamer Xtreme GXiVR8520A desktop we reviewed, the i9-9900K has different speeds for separate cores. It comfortably ramps up around 4.7GHz under all-core loads and 4.8 – 4.9GHz for rigid single-core tasks, which, is certainly faster than most processors in the market. Because of this one aspect, this Coffee lake refresh processor emerges as the strongest in the contentious battle for desktop supremacy. And because of it, our unit is much stronger and performs better. The extra cores make this PC an absolute powerful PC for video rendering and Photoshop because of this hyper-threading capacity.

In real-world usage, the 9th Gen processor delivers excellent performance capable of handling Microsoft Office files and other productivity tasks.

Memory and Storage

Working alongside the processor is the DDR4 memory. Since the Gamer Xtreme is built as a workhorse for video editors, creative professionals, and gamers, it’s required to handle plenty of demanding tasks at ago. That translates to plenty of memory to handle such workloads. CyberpowerPC continues its winning streak thanks to ample 16GB memory.

Getting a quick Solid-state drive (SSD) over the creaky mechanical hard drive is what most experienced PC users prefer to do. But while SSDs are fast, their costs can overbearing and at the end of the day might not provide enough space for storage. Fortunately, for this unit, CyberPowerPC did us a solid by including a massive amount of SSD storage. You get 1TB NVMe solid-state drive, but you can always throw in 1TB of mechanical hard drive for larger files and games.

Gaming Capacity

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 super is a high-end graphics card, and thanks to its gaming performance on the CyberPowerPC is exemplary. Now, don’t confuse this graphics card with the RTX 2070. The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 super is a refresh of the 2018 RTX 2070 GPU and now falls right behind the RTX 2080 Ti and the RTX 2080 Super. Its main difference between the super and its predecessor is that the RTX 2070 Super uses the big TU104 chip instead of the TU106 of the RTX 2070 and offers more CUDA cores (2560 versus 2304).

For this GPU Nvidia used the Tu104 chip on a 12 nm FinFET process and it includes features like Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) and Real-Time Ray Tracing (RTRT), which should combine to create more realistic lighting effects than older GPUs based on the company’s Pascal architecture can (if the games supports it). The only thing that remains the same between the two is the memory that is constant at 8GB.

With the new ray-tracing and tensor cores, the RTX 2070S performs better in current triple-A games and runs fluently in 4K and high detail settings.

Gaming Benchmark

As expected, the RTX 2070S delivers butter-smooth frame rates on modern games even on triple-A titles. Playing F1 2019 resulted in top-notch performance even at 4K. On ultra 1920 x 1080 settings the system hit 137 fps and 111 fps on QHD 2560 x 1440 settings. Still, on the same game, while playing at 4K 3840 x 2160 settings, it managed 69 fps.

Here’s a table showing some gaming Benchmarks:

Rage 2 2019Dirt Rally 2 2019Far Cry New Dawn 2019Battlefield V 2018
Ultra 1920 x 1080118 fps115 fps87 fps109 fps
QHD 2560 x 144077 fps88 fps86 fps94 fps
4K 3840 x 216037.5 fps53.8 fps58 fps52.8 fps

As seen, the system is capable of playing at the highest settings possible without breaking a sweat. At Ultra and QHD settings, it comfortably manages more than 60 fps, therefore, proving its versatility. 4K setting is playable on some games at almost 60 fps which is more or less average.

The Xtreme GXiVR8080A8 earns a perfect score of 10 on the SteamVR performance test.

Conclusion

The CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme GXiVR8080A8 is a wholesome desktop computer. It’s well-built, includes customizable lighting, has a decent interior organization that PC gamers covert, and is very well prized.

Inside, it packs the latest in processors, ample memory and SSD storage options. We are grateful that CyberPower included the newest iteration of RTX 2070, the RT 2070S graphics card. That’s because, with this much graphics horsepower, the CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme GXiVR8080A8 is good at gaming just short of the RTX 2080 Ti’s performance. Fortunately, that’s not all. It’s also excellent at basic tasks like editing spreadsheets, tweaking photos, and streaming web videos.

Even if you could build a PC on your own, this prebuilt PC’s positives could easily tip the scale in its favor. On the whole, this is a PC that covers all its bases and is well priced. As a result, we easily recommend it for avid gamers.

Are there other alternatives

At this price point, competitors to our review unit include the HP Omen Obelisk (875-1002) and the Alienware Aurora R8, which means CyberPowerPC is taking on some huge rivals. The HP Omen Obelisk (875-1002) packs a mean set of features including an attractive design with glass side panel, RGB lighting, Intel Core i7-9700K Processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB graphics card, HyperX 16 GB RAM, and 512 GB SSD storage. Our unit costs about $140 more, but it strives ahead for having a better processor (i9-9900K), more SSD storage (1TB SSD) and an updated graphics card (RTX 2070 Super).

If you’re all about big brands, a second option would be the Alienware Aurora R8 (AWAUR8-7787SLV-PUS) desktop. Apparently, for $169 less than the CyberPower, it delivers a 9th Generation Intel Core i7-9700 processor, 16GB 2666MHz DDR4 memory, 256 GB (SSD) Boot + 2TB HDD 7200 RPM storage, and the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 with 8GB GDDR6 (Overclockable) graphics card. To summarize, all these features come together to make a lethal gaming desktop, but still, our unit excels for a smarter choice of components. The CyberPowerPC features a better processor (i9-9900K), more SSD storage (1TB SSD) and an updated RTX 2070 Super graphics card. Alienware only beats our unit because of a widely known brand name, price tag, and 2TB HDD storage.

In the end, if you need an inexpensive gaming PC to get started today, HP’s Omen Obelisk is available in a variety of configurations that start at just $749, making it an excellent candidate for a starter rig. However, if you’re looking for raw performance on a gaming rig, the CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme GXiVR8080A8 is by far a superior choice.

Should you buy it?

Yes. The CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme GXiVR8080A8 is a great pre-built PC that delivers reliable performance at a reasonable price point that’s competitive with other rigs.

About Liam Weisman

A lover of MacBook Air and the Dell XPS line of laptops, Liam has been researching and writing guest blogger for numerous websites for over 10 years. Now, he blogs about tech trends, PCs, laptops, gadgets, and other emerging gadgets

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