CybertronPC CLX Ra review: A big performer in a big case

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The Ra's case allows you to easily remove both the left and right side panels with chunky thumbscrews, and puts a handful of ports and connections on the lower left side of the case. But most of the rear ports are very hard to reach, and you have to remove the right side panel to easily access them, unless you're very skilled at threading a cable through a narrow opening on the rear of the case.

CybertronPC CLX Ra

Price as reviewed $5,569
PC CPU 4.4GHz Intel Core i7-6950X
PC memory 32GB DDR4 SDRAM 2133MHz
Graphics (2) 8GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080
Storage 512GB SSD + 4TB HDD
Operating system Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit)

This $5,569 configuration of the CLX Ra includes an Intel Core i7-6950X CPU, two new Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics cards, 32GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD/4TB HDD storage combo. That's expensive, yes, but also in line with our other high-end dual-1080 desktops, including those from Falcon Northwest and Origin PC. The price of this configuration works out to £4,270 or AU$7,382, and PC makers such as CybertronPC will ship internationally, but note that this can add hefty shipping and tariff fees.

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Removing the right side panel makes it easier to access many of the rear ports.

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Ready for VR and more

Overall performance from the high-end parts in this high-end configuration was very impressive, and the system either tied with or edged just ahead of the similarly configured Origin PC Millennium and Falcon Northwest FragBox systems we tested as part of the same roundup of computers with Nvidia's new 10-series GPUs. All of those top-end systems included factory overclocked components for an additional performance edge.

This configuration goes above and beyond what's needed for the current generation of PC-based virtual-reality headsets (the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift) and it should be well-positioned to play at least the next several generations of VR games. VR games require 90 frames per second, per lens, and are quickly becoming more sophisticated and graphically challenging. Current non-VR games, such as Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, also played great on the Ra at full 4K resolution and ultra detail settings.

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Conclusion

With performance barely distinguishable from its similarly high-priced neighbors on our testing bench, CybertronPC gives us another worthwhile option for premium PC gaming with the CLX Ra. My primary hesitations are some design quirks in the big, heavy case used here, and the fact that a handful of other boutique PC makers have excellent long-term reputations for hands-on service and support, which is an important consideration for such a hefty investment. That said, this was the least expensive dual-GPU desktop in our Nvidia 1080 gaming PC roundup, but it matched or slightly beat the more expensive systems for real-world performance.

Multimedia Multitasking test 3.0

Cybertron CLX Ra
77
Origin PC Millennium
79
Falcon Northwest FragBox
81
Digital Storm Velox
85
Digital Storm Aura
128
Origin PC Omni
133
Velocity Micro Raptor Z55
133
Alienware Aurora R5
152
Acer Predator G1 710
157

Note:

Shorter bars indicate better performance (in seconds)

Geekbench 3 (Multi-Core)

Cybertron CLX Ra
41431
Origin PC Millennium
40631
Falcon Northwest FragBox
39935
Digital Storm Velox
34473
Digital Storm Aura
18845
Origin PC Omni
18103
Velocity Micro Raptor Z55
17894
Alienware Aurora R5
16904
Acer Predator G1 710
14465

Note:

Longer bars indicate better performance

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra

Cybertron CLX Ra
10901
Origin PC Millennium
10384
Digital Storm Velox
9859
Falcon Northwest FragBox
9220
Origin PC Omni
5427
Digital Storm Aura
5036
Alienware Aurora R5
4973
Acer Predator G1 710
4936
Velocity Micro Raptor Z55
4717

Note:

Longer bars indicate better performance

Bioshock Infinite gaming test

Digital Storm Velox
334
Cybertron CLX Ra
334
Origin PC Millennium
309
Falcon Northwest FragBox
276
Origin PC Omni
241
Alienware Aurora R5
232
Digital Storm Aura
230
Velocity Micro Raptor Z55
221
Acer Predator G1 710
192

Note:

Longer bars indicate better performance (FPS)

System Configurations

Cybertron CLX Ra Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); (oc) 4.4GHz Intel Core i7-6950X; 30GB DDR4 SDRAM 2133MHz; (2) 8GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080; 512GB SSD + 4TB HDD
Origin PC Millennium Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); (oc) 4.4GHz Intel Core i7-6950X; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2133MHz; (oc) (2) 8GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080; 512GB SSD + 3TB HDD
Origin PC Omni Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 4GHz Intel Core i7-6700K; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2666MHz; 8GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080; 500GB SSD + 2TB HDD
Alienware Aurora R5 Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 4GHz Intel Core i7-6700K; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2133MHz; 8GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080; 256GB SSD + 2TB HDD
Digital Storm Velox Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); (oc) 4.3GHz Intel Core i7-6900K; 30GB DDR4 SDRAM 2133MHz; (2) Nvidia GeFroce GTX 1080; 512GB SSD + 2TB HDD
Digital Storm Aura Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 4GHz Intel Core i7-6700K; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2400MHz; 8GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080; 512GB SSD + 1TB HDD
Velocity Micro Raptor Z55 Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 4.2GHz Intel Core i7-6700K; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2400MHz; 8GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080; 512GB SSD + 3TB HDD
Acer Predator G1 710 Micorsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 3.4GHz Intel Core i7-6700; 30GB DDR4 SDRAM 2133MHz; 8GB Nvidia Geforce GTX 1080; 512GB SSD + 2TB HDD
Falcon Northwest FragBox Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); (oc) 4.5GHz Intel Core i7-6950X; 64GB DDR4 SDRAM 2133MHz; (oc) (2) 8GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080; 512GB SSD + 6TB HDD