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CybertronPC CLX Ra review:

A big performer in a big case

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MSRP: $5,569.00
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The Good The CybertronPC CLX Ra has a premium look and high-end parts for excellent performance. Access to both side panels is very easy.

The Bad The rear ports are almost impossible to get to without removing the glass panel on the right side. The oversized off-the-shelf chassis isn't for everyone.

The Bottom Line Despite using the same components and cases as many other PC makers, CybertronPC has managed to hit top performance scores in the CLX Ra at slightly lower prices than the competition.

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CNET Editors' Rating

8.1 Overall
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 9.0

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While not as well-known among deep-pocketed PC gaming enthusiasts as brands such as Alienware or Origin PC, CybertronPC has been knocking out highly customizable gaming PCs for years, and was best known as a place to get a real a la carte gaming desktop built from exactly the case and components you wanted for a reasonable price.

While keeping the sci-fi-inspired name (Cybertron is the home planet of the Autobots, after all), the company now has a high-end line of carefully tuned gaming systems, with premium looks and premium prices. The new CLX line tops out with the CLX Ra -- yes, named for the Egyptian deity -- which goes head to head with the highest-end gaming desktops we've tested in our Nvidia 1080 system roundup.

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The look of our CLX Ra is distinctive, with smoked-glass side panels on a black aluminum chassis, and a large airflow channel cut out underneath. It's a huge case, especially considering that Falcon Northwest can squeeze two graphics cards into a small FragBox, and both Alienware and Acer are moving toward smaller desktop designs. But it does have plenty of room for the two Nvidia 1080 cards included here, and at least 11 large Thermaltake fans, plus plenty of room for airflow and a liquid cooling rig.

Like most boutique PC makers, Cybertron uses off-the-shelf cases, such as the In Win case used here, but it's not one of the regular case choices I've seen over and over again from other PC builders. Typically, only a handful of big brands, the Dells and HPs of the world, can design and produce their own desktop and laptop chassis, although Origin PC does have a couple of its own custom designs now, including the recently reviewed Millennium.

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