CyberpowerPC Gamer Ultra GUA3100A Review

CyberpowerPC is an American computer hardware company that makes laptops, desktops and gaming PCs. With the increasing demand for affordable computers, CyberPower has increased its focus on budget-friendly products with great specs. They offer a variety of prebuilt PC models at multiple price points so consumers can build their own dream machine or choose from one of their popular options.

The “cyberpowerpc gamer master” is a powerful gaming computer that can be used for both work and play. It has an Intel Core i7-4790K processor, 16GB of RAM, and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 graphics card.

In this review, we look at the CyberpowerPC GUA3100A, a pre-built gaming computer that seems to be rather popular. We came upon this PC on Amazon, and it’s fascinating since there are a few different hardware options (read on to find out more).

We’ll look at the hardware, performance, and upgradeability, as well as the many alternatives available if ordering from Amazon, in our CyberpowerPC Gamer Ultra GUA3100A Review.

CyberpowerPC Gamer Ultra GUA3100A Overview

The GUA3100A from CyberpowerPC is a prebuilt computer kit that includes a keyboard and mouse and is advertised as a gaming system. With its red lighted case fan and case viewing glass, it definitely looks the part. To complement the color scheme, the mouse and keyboard feature red accents.

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This is unquestionably a budget machine, and you may get more performance for your money if you construct your own (because you can choose newer parts). This entry level PC, on the other hand, will fit individuals seeking for a pre-built gaming kit without the effort of DIY assembly, and it has the possibility for future hardware upgrades.

If you like the GUA3100A but aren’t sold on the case’s design or just want a different color, consider the GUA882, which is also built by CyberpowerPC. It’s basically the same hardware, but with a blue / RGB lighting color scheme and a new casing.

If you buy via Amazon, there is one seller who provides this PC with a graphics card and power supply upgrade already installed — we’ll go over the specs in more depth later.

Pros

  • Package with matching keyboard, mouse, and case
  • Windows 10 is the latest version of Microsoft’s operating is preloaded on this prebuilt machine.
  • With a viewing glass and red case illumination, this case has a great appearance.
  • Inside the enclosure, there’s plenty of capacity for future hardware upgrades.
  • Warranty period of one year

Cons

  • There is no wireless adaptor.
  • The lights on the keyboard and mouse are powered directly from the power supply, so they stay on even when the computer is shut off.
  • There are no USB 3.0 ports (though there are plenty of USB 2.0 ports)
  • Graphics card isn’t the greatest

Performance

The performance of this machine is the first thing we want to look at, as is customary. You may obtain greater performance with the gear we specified in our $500 gaming PC build in terms of value for money, but if you don’t want to deal with creating your own computer, a prebuilt solution is your only other alternative.

This computer’s CPU is an AMD FX-4300 quad-core with a base speed of 3.80GHz with Turbo boost up to 4.0GHz. It’s adequate in terms of performance, but it’s clearly outpaced by the newest Skylake Intel i3 and i5 CPUs, as seen by the benchmark test results below.

CyberpowerPC GUA3100A Review - cpu comparisonThe GUA3100A’s CPU is compared to the CPU in our $500 gaming build and the CPU in the popular prebuilt ASUS M32CD desktop PC. It performs better with a higher score. CPU benchmark (source)

 

The AMD Radeon R7 240 GPU is the graphics card on the CyberpowerPC GUA3100A, and it doesn’t appear to function very well. Keep in mind that this is an older card (it was launched in October 2013), therefore it won’t provide the finest results.

When we look at the synthetic benchmark test results, the R7 240 graphics card performs roughly the same as the integrated graphics that come with the current Intel CPUs (see below). Based on our analysis of the graphics card and CPU so far, you could be better off getting a prebuilt computer like the ASUS M32CD with the 6th gen i5 CPU and onboard graphics (and it’s also a bit less than the GUA3100A).

The video card has its own dedicated memory, which is a benefit of having a dedicated graphics card. The R7 240 has 2GB of on-card RAM in this example. This has the potential to be more advantageous than on-board graphics, which consume up your system’s RAM. Keep be note that the synthetic benchmark (simulated only) statistics below may not sufficiently convey this advantage of the R7 240.

As you can see from the test results below, our $500 gaming build allowed us to choose a high-performance graphics card while staying inside our budget, giving us a considerable performance edge over the Radeon R7 240 in the GUA3100A prebuilt PC.

cyberpowerpc-gua3100a-review-gfx-comparisonThe GUA3100A’s graphics performance was compared to the CPU suggested in our $500 gaming setup and the CPU in the popular prebuilt ASUS M32CD desktop PC. It performs better with a higher score. CPU benchmark (source)

In terms of memory, the CyberpowerPC Gamer Ultra GUA3100A, like our $500 gaming setup and the ASUS M32CD, has 8GB of DDR3 RAM 1600MHz. The maximum RAM supported by the GUA3100A motherboard is up to 16GB.

The PC includes a 1TB 7200rpm hard disk for storage. It has a lot of storage capacity and is a little speedier than a typical 5400rpm drive, which is a plus.

The enclosure seems to be the computer’s strongest selling factor, since it looks like a gamer’s PC. The read/write DVD optical drive is essential for physical CD game installation, but it’s a pity that this computer has an integrated or on-board wireless card, which means you’ll have to connect to the internet through the LAN connection using an ethernet cable or invest in a wireless adapter.

In the video below, you can get a good look at the CyberpowerPC Gamer Ultra GUA3100A:

 

Usage

This PC’s quad-core CPU, 2GB of dedicated DDR3 RAM graphics card, and 8GB of system RAM make it capable of handling both daily tasks and a range of games (though don’t expect to be able to play more intense games on high settings without experiencing latency).

It has the appearance of a powerful gaming PC, with a viewing glass that provides a good glimpse of the internal computer components and red case lighting for accents.

This PC will suit your demands for both entry-level gaming and ordinary duties such as internet surfing, running apps, and viewing movies.

Gaming Capabilities

Given that the CyberpowerPC Gamer Ultra GUA3100A is promoted as a gaming computer (it even has the word “gaming” in its name! ), let’s see how it performs in some popular games. Unfortunately, as we previously said, the R7 240 is not a very good graphics card in our perspective, however this PC is said to be capable of playing the following games:

DayZ, Minecraft, Battlefield 4, Dying Light, H1Z1, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Crysis, League of Legends, DOTA2, GTA, Arma 3, World of Warcraft, Starcraft, Warframe, and Runescape are just a few of the games available.

Here are some YouTube videos of the GUA3100A being used in a variety of games:

  1. Runescape

 

Battlefield 4 is number two on the list.

 

3. The game Minecraft

 

4. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

 

Expect to be unable to use high settings for all of them. Because the R7 240 isn’t the greatest GPU, more demanding games may chug a little.

G-System, an Amazon vendor, provides a graphics card and power supply upgrade for this PC, but be advised that doing so may invalidate any manufacturer warranties (however G-system may offer their own warranty instead). The upgraded card is most likely the NVIDIA GeForce GT 740, which outperforms the base R7 240.  GUA3100A G system grpahics card upgrade

However, for even greater performance, you may undertake your own graphics card update and choose for a more modern card than the GT 740 (a 2013 release). To guarantee that the new card has enough power, you’ll probably need to increase the power supply as well.

Screens/Video

The graphics card of the GUA3100A can support up to two screens. One Single-Link DVI-D, one HDMI port, and one VGA port are among the three output ports. It can handle 4K resolution, according to the R7 standards.

It may be feasible to add a third monitor to the CyberpowerPC Gamer Ultra GUA3100A by using the on-board motherboard integrated graphics to provide one screen — in this example, the motherboard seems to be a GA-78LMT-S2PT Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2PT Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S with a VGA connection for attaching a monitor display.

Upgrading the GUA3100A Gamer Ultra

If you’re a dedicated gamer, you’ll want to update the GUA3100A since the Radeon R7 240 card isn’t up to par.

A new graphics card, power supply, and wireless adapter are the most typical modifications for this machine. If you want more assistance, please leave a comment below and we would be pleased to assist you.

1632876372_529_CyberpowerPC-Gamer-Ultra-GUA3100A-ReviewThe quickest approach to make the GUA3100A wifi-capable is to use a USB wireless adapter like this one.

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If you’re considering upgrading this PC, we’ve provided a list of the complete specs at the bottom of this review for your convenience.

Keep in mind that you may want to pay special attention to motherboard slots and I/O when planning future upgrades.

Another thing to look out for when purchasing prebuilt gaming PCs is the power supply that comes with them. Because many consumers neglect power supply characteristics (apart from wattage), manufacturers may choose to’scrimp’ on this component.

A low-quality power supply, on the other hand, might harm your other components and shorten their lifetime, so you should never compromise on this component — invest in a respected brand and pay a few more dollars now to save money later.

There is limited information available on what power supply the GUA3100A (stock) ships with, so if you plan on keeping this PC for a while and upgrading it, one of the first things we would recommend is upgrading the power supply to ensure that your other components are powered safely and within their limits. We noticed a number of complaints about CyberpowerPC utilizing low-quality power supply in their setups, so be cautious.

Specifications for the CyberpowerPC Gamer Ultra GUA3100A

CyberpowerPC’s GUA3100A model, which looks to be an Amazon product, lacks an official specs page (not listed on the official CyberpowerPC website).

Because CyberpowerPC assembles these PCs themselves, it seems that the actual hardware you get may differ from what is mentioned here. There is some difference in the components utilized by CyberpowerPC, based on what we’ve noticed from different Amazon reviews and queries. The following specs are based on the best information we could gather about this product.

Number of Models:

GUA3100A

System of Operation:

Windows 10

CPU:

AMD FX-4300 quad-core processor clocked at 3.8 GHz with a 4.0 GHz turbo boost. Chipset AMD 760Gir

Graphics:

AMD Radeon R7 240 graphics card with 2GB DDR3 or GDDR5 dedicated memory

1 HDMI, 1 VGA, 1 DVI-D outputs are supported.

Up to 780MHz clock speed

Support for 4K resolution: 4K60 SST or MST

DirectX® 12, Mantle, OpenGL® 4.3, and OpenCLTM APIs are supported.

Here are the whole graphics card specs.

Motherboard:

*Note that CyberpowerPC seems to construct their PCs from separate components, and it looks that depending on the market, they may utilize a different motherboard type. As of the time of writing, we think the specs for the motherboard utilized in CyberpowerPC’s GUA3100A are valid.

Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2PT

AM3+ Socket CPU

AMD 760G North Bridge, AMD SB710 South Bridge Chipset

Micro ATX form factor (24.4cm x 20.6cm)

2 x 1.5V DDR3, max. 16GB DDR3, 1333+/1066/800MHz memory

1 x PCIe x16, 1 x PCIe x1, 1 x PCI (All PCIe ports adhere to PCI express 2.0 standard) Expansion Slots: 1 x PCIe x16, 1 x PCIe x1, 1 x PCI (All PCIe ports conform to PCI express 2.0 standard)

VGA output is supported (from onboard graphics)

High-definition audio is provided via the Realtek HD codec. 2-channel, 4-channel, 5.1-channel, and 7.1-channel audio

Atheros GbE LAN chip (10/100/1000 Mbit) Gigabit LAN

6 × SATA 3Gbit/s SATA

IDE: 1 x IDE connection with ATA-133/100/66/33 compatibility and up to 2 IDE devices

USB: 4 x USB2.0 on back panel, 2 x USB2.0 on front side (internal USB headers may be used to increase front panel USB outputs to 4 for a total of 8 USB2.0 ports)

Connectors for internal I/O:
  • 1 × ATX main power connection (24-pin)
  • 1 × ATX 12V 4-pin power connector
  • 6 x 3Gb/s SATA connections
  • 1 IDE (Internal Disk Drive) connection
  • 1 × fan header for the CPU
  • 1 × fan header for the system
  • 1 x header for the front panel
  • 1 audio header on the front panel
  • USB 2.0/1.1 headers (two)
  • 1 CMOS jumper (clear)

 

The information above was gathered from this website.

I/O ports on the back:

1 keyboard port (PS/2) 1 mouse port (PS/2) a single serial port a single parallel port 1 × D-Sub VGA port USB 2.0/1.1 ports (four) 1 × RJ-45 jack One line in, one line out a single microphone

I/O Ports on the Front:

1 × Headphone 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 a single microphone

Memory:

1 × 8 GB DDR3L-SDRAM 1600MHz internal memory

Internal memory maximum: 16 GB

Storage:

1000 GB total storage capacity, HDD storage medium Serial ATA III interface, 7200rpm hard disk

Power Source:

350W

Wireless:

Nil

Drive Optical:

Dual-Layer LG 24X DVDRW Drive

Dimensions/Weight:

7.9 x 17.5 x 17 inches (W x H x D)

25.1 pounds

Summary

Most entry-level or casual gamers seem to appreciate the Gamer Ultra GUA3100A PC, but after looking at its components in further detail, we believe you may find better performance value for money elsewhere. The GUA3100A’s graphics card isn’t the finest, and it lacks inbuilt wifi connection.  

Consider the M32CD desktop computer, which can be outfitted with a dedicated graphics card for a comparable price as the GUA3100A. (Or, for even greater performance, build your own from the ground up using our $500 gaming PC setup.)

This solution, on the other hand, may be suitable for individuals who just want a pre-built computer with keyboard and mouse that looks the part and provides adequate all-round performance. For most games, the GUA3100A should enough if you keep the settings on low to medium.

However, if you want a gaming PC that can play practically any modern game on high settings, you’re in a different league. If this sounds like you, make sure to read our evaluation of the Cyberpower PC Gamer Xtreme VR GXiVR8020A, which costs a little more than the GUA3100A but completely outperforms it in terms of gaming performance!

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