A Look At CyberPowerPC’s GUA2400BST AMD VR Gaming PC

CyberPowerPC GUA2400BST AMD VR Gaming PC
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by Rob Williams on February 19, 2017 in Systems

Can an affordable AMD-powered PC handle VR? With CyberPowerPC’s help, we find out that the answer is “yes”. Despite being priced at $700 USD, this PC looks anything but budget. It sports a beautiful Phantek’s chassis, glows with RGB lighting, and even includes a mouse and keyboard. Did we mention it can also handle VR?

VR, Gaming & System Performance; Final Thoughts

Before diving into a “Best Playable” look at gaming performance, I wanted to tackle VR from the get-go. As I can’t currently “benchmark” VR, the best I can do is relay my experience with the Oculus Rift on this PC, and tell you whether or not it will fit the bill.

So with that said, I can tell you that it can in fact fit the bill. I didn’t have the Touch controllers for testing, so all of the games played were with the Xbox 360 gamepad. Those include Pinball FX2, Polynomial 2, DiRT Rally, Project Cars, and Trackmania Turbo.

While I was a bit limited without the Touch controllers, there was a ton of fun to be had with this configuration. In all games tested, the PC handled the content just fine, even the demanding DiRT Rally. I experienced no noticeable lag while playing, and didn’t feel any more limited than when I’ve used VR on a much more powerful PC.

CyberPowerPC AMD VR Gaming PC - Oculus VR

According to Futuremark’s VRMark benchmark, this RX 480-powered PC is “Super” in the Orange Room test, which is modeled after modern VR content. It falls short in the Blue Room test, but so does an SLI GTX 1080 configuration (it’s a very forward-looking test!)

Futuremark VRMark - Orange Room

Overall, I’d heartily recommend this PC for today’s VR content. The future, though? I wouldn’t be so sure, but since this is a PC, it comes with an awesome feature called “upgradeability”. You could add a second RX 480 down-the-road, or upgrade to a future architecture once the current one begins lagging behind.

With that covered, I wanted to pore over some “Best Playable” results across six semi-modern and modern titles. The goal of the Best Playable results is to hit 60 FPS on average, which means a fair bit of graphics tweaking can sometimes go on. In some cases, 60 FPS isn’t hit for the simple reason that a framerate loss won’t hurt that particular game too much, or a game is so grueling, that you simply need to suck it up and expect to come nowhere close to 60 FPS (Civilization VI is a good example). Without further ado, let’s go:

Battlefield 1

CyberPowerPC AMD VR Gaming PC - Battlefield 1
Battlefield 1
MinimumAverage
4854
Resolution:2560 x 1440Texture Quality:High
Texture Filtering:HighLighting Quality:High
Effects Quality:HighPost Process Quality:High
Mesh Quality:HighTerrain Quality:High
Undergrowth Quality:HighAntialiasing Post:TAA
Ambient Occlusion:HBAO

Despite being as gorgeous as it is, Battlefield 1 runs great at 1440p on the RX 480. If you want to experience the greatest of this game’s visuals, you can drop the resolution to 1080p and upgrade the detail to the Very High profile.

Civilization VI

CyberPowerPC AMD VR Gaming PC - Civilization VI
Civilization VI
MinimumAverage
3041
Resolution:1920 x 1080Antialiasing:Off
High-Res Asset Textures:OffHQ Visual:High
Bloom:OffDynamic Lighting:Off
Shadows:OffShadow Resolution:Off
Overlay Resolution:4096×4096Screen-Space Overlay:On
Terrain Quality:MediumHigh-Res Geometry:On
High-Res Textures:OnHQ Quality Shader:On
Ambient Occlusion:OffHigh-Detail Clutter:On
High-Res Water:OffHQ Water Shader:Off
Reflections:4 PassesAnimated Leaders:Off

Civilization VI might look “simple” at quick glance, but it’s one of the most grueling games available right now. Don’t believe me? Well, the PC hit 54 FPS average in Battlefield 1, whereas I had to give up at ~40 FPS in Civ VI because I had already dropped enough of the game’s settings as is. Admittedly, the CPU could be acting as a slight roadblock here, which is another reason I’d advise holding out for Ryzen.

Crysis 3

CyberPowerPC AMD VR Gaming PC - Crysis 3
Crysis 3
MinimumAverage
4065
Resolution:2560 x 1440Anti-aliasing:FXAA
Texture:HighEffects:High
Object:MediumParticles:High
Post Processing:MediumShading:High
Shadows:HighWater:High
Anisotropic Filtering:x16Motion Blur:Medium
Lens Flares:Yes

Despite the fact that Crysis 3 came out (almost exactly) four-years-ago, these results prove that the game remains hardcore on current hardware. As with Battlefield 1, you could move to the Very High profile in Crysis 3 if you want to drop the resolution to 1080p, but the game still looks amazing at 1440p.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

CyberPowerPC AMD VR Gaming PC - Deus Ex Mankind Divided
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
MinimumAverage
3763
Resolution:1920 x 1080MSAA:Off
Texture Quality:HighTexture Filtering:16x
Shadow Quality:HighAmbient Occlusion:On
Hardening Shadows:OffParallax Occlusion:High
Depth of Field:OnLevel of Detail:High
Volumetric Lighting:OnScreenspace Reflections:Off
Temporal Anti-Aliasing:OnMotion Blur:On
Sharpen:OnBloom:On
Lens Flares:OnCloth Physics:On
Subsurface Scattering:OnChromatic Aberration:On
Tessellation:OffDirectX 12:Yes

Mankind Divided is the best-looking Deus Ex to date, and… it has the performance requirements to match. On the RX 480, 1440p was out of the question, as even at 1080p I had to drop a lot of settings off, including anti-aliasing and tessellation. This PC still delivers a great-looking game, though, and with great framerates.

Rise of the Tomb Raider

CyberPowerPC AMD VR Gaming PC - Rise of the Tomb Raider
Rise of the Tomb Raider
MinimumAverage
1157
Resolution:2560 x 1440Anti-Aliasing:FXAA
Texture Quality:HighAnisotropic Filter:4x
Shadow Quality:HighSun Soft Shadows:On
Ambient Occlusion:OnDepth of Field:On
Level of Detail:HighTessellation:On
SS Reflections:OnSpecular Reflection:Normal
Dynamic Foliage:MediumBloom:On
Vignette Blur:OnMotion Blur:On
PureHair:OnLens Flares:On
Screen Effects:OnFilm Grain:On
DirectX 12:Yes

Rise of the Tomb Raider is an incredible looking game, and like Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, it requires quite a bit of GPU horsepower to run well. In this PC’s case, the average fell just short of 60, but that’s not bad when we’re talking about 1440p.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

CyberPowerPC AMD VR Gaming PC - The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
MinimumAverage
5363
Resolution:2560 x 1440Anti-Aliasing:On
Blur:OnBloom:On
Sharpening:HighAmbient Occlusion:None
Depth of Field:OnChromatic Aberration:On
Vignetting:OnLight Shafts:On
NVIDIA Hairworks:OffHairworks AA:0
Hairworks Preset:LowNumber of BG Chars:Ultra
Shadow Quality:MediumWater Quality:Ultra
Grass Quality:UltraTexture Quality:High
Terrain Quality:HighFoliage Visibility:Low
Detail Level:Ultra

Witcher 3 wraps up our game testing nice with 60+ FPS and nice detail settings to boot. You can max out the game’s settings for 1080p and hit the maximum here as minimum there (per our review of the RX 480).

System Performance

To take a quick look at overall system performance on this CyberPowerPC rig, I’m digging HD Tune, PCMark, and 3DMark out of my digital toolbox. For comparison’s sake, I am comparing this PC to two modern gaming notebooks (that cost a lot more than this PC, it should be said). Those include Eurocom’s Sky M5 R2 (2016) and ASUS’ G751JY (2015).

I mentioned earlier that for the sake of overall cost, this PC didn’t include an SSD, but rather a 1TB hard drive, from Toshiba. To me, an SSD is a non-option nowadays, because the speed improvements are enormous. I dealt with lag while trying to open Microsoft Paint, one of the simplest tools around, simply because the PC was doing something else in the background. Whereas the included HDD has a seek time of ~20ms, an SSD has one of ~0.1ms or better, and while the HDD suffers with IOPS (in/out performance) of about 150, a modest SSD would be in excess of 10,000.

CyberPowerPC AMD VR PC - HD Tune

Just get an SSD upgrade. Believe me.

Futuremark PCMark & 3DMark
CyberPowerPC (Radeon RX 480)Eurocom (GeForce GTX 1060)ASUS (GeForce GTX 980M)
PCMark 8 – Home361847464776
PCMark 8 – Work439251695245
PCMark 8 – Creative526069725378
3DMark – Fire Strike866794358528

In Futuremark’s tests, this RX 480-powered CyberPowerPC performs admireably, mostly with regards to the gaming test. On the general system performance front, PCMark proves that the AMD Piledriver processor found in this rig can’t compete with Intel Core i7s, which is yet another reason we’re all gasping at the bit for Ryzen to land.

Final Thoughts

With AMD’s super-ultra-mega-(fill in the blank with more exciting words)-hyped Ryzen processors set to launch in the very near future, it’s automatically tough to recommend this exact model PC as Ryzen is going to be worth the wait. This is not the fault of the PC, of course; we just received our sample for testing at a bit of a strange time.

That said, based on what I’ve seen from this machine, I am really excited to see similar builds in the near-future that replace the aging processor with AMD’s latest hotness. Ryzen will run cooler, draw less power, and of course, be a lot faster, hopefully giving Intel a run for its money.

Processor succession aside, I’m left very impressed with this CyberPowerPC build. I expected a budget system, but what arrived didn’t feel budget at all. This build is $200 more than the $499 VR rig we talked about a couple of months ago, but as mentioned before, there’s a lot that this PC’s cost gets you.

CyberPowerPC AMD VR Gaming PC

This doesn’t look budget in any shape or form. The Phantek’s chassis is well-built, strong, and looks fantastic. Add the tempered glass side, and not to mention an LED light strip, and we’ve got ourselves a sharp-looking gaming box.

Build-wise, CyberPowerPC did a fantastic job with the installation. Cables are kept very tidy, and there’s a ton of airflow to keep the performance parts cool – a great thing since the CPU cooler isn’t exactly heavy-duty.

Speaking of; if any of the parts don’t suit you in the future, you’re able to easily upgrade this PC, as CyberPowerPC doesn’t bolt everything down like some OEMs do. You can upgrade absolutely anything in this rig, but you should always check with CyberPowerPC first to see how that affects your warranty (if it lasts that long).

CyberPowerPC GUA2400BST AMD VR Gaming PC

The included mouse and keyboard are not the highest-quality I’ve ever used, but for being included within this price-point, I’m even left impressed with those. The keyboard is smooth to type on, and the fact that it also boasts RGB lighting just like the chassis is another nice perk.

This is a $700 PC that includes everything you need, outside of a monitor and imperative SSD upgrade. Within that $700 price is a PC that can handle any of today’s games at 1080p with great quality, 1440p with good quality (though that’s not possible in all games, as Deus Ex: Makind Divided taught us), as well as VR support.

It might seem a little funny to see a $700 PC that touts VR support, when the VR kits themselves cost as much as the PC, but ultimately, this is about getting set up with an appropriate VR setup for as cheaply as possible. $1,400 for the PC and VR kit is a lot better than $2,000, although I’d still encourage an SSD upgrade; the gain in OS responsiveness is worth it.

Pros

  • A well-built machine. Shipped with apt protection.
  • Aesthetically-pleasing, with RGB light strip and tempered glass.
  • An almost entirely bloat-free OS (MS Office is the one exception).
  • Cables are kept neat, interior is spacious and free of clutter.
  • Included mouse and keyboard are great for being “budget” (though there’s no software).
  • Includes an Intel ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.2 adapter.
  • Easy to work inside of.
  • Air filter at the top is a nice touch.
  • VR-ready.

Cons

  • Needs an SSD.
  • Built on an underperforming platform (Ryzen is here soon).
  • Ran into Windows activation issues (I don’t expect that to be the least bit common).

Rob Williams

Rob founded Techgage in 2005 to be an 'Advocate of the consumer', focusing on fair reviews and keeping people apprised of news in the tech world. Catering to both enthusiasts and businesses alike; from desktop gaming to professional workstations, and all the supporting software.

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