CyberPower Gamer Master GMA1400A Review
The CyberPower Gamer Master GMA1400A is a pre-built gaming PC that of offers enough raw power to run most modern titles at 1080p resolutions and high settings without sacrificing frame rates.
- Tons of customization options
- Strong CPU and graphics performance
- Good value
- Can run noisy
Let’s say you want a pre-built gaming PC, but don’t want to miss on the extras and loads of options that DIYers building their own systems have at their disposal. The CyberPower Gamer Master GMA1400A gives you the best of both worlds at a very reasonable price. This gaming PC offers a staggering among of customization options, from fans and decals all the way to the very case you might want to wrap it all up in down the road.
Plus, with support for the latest AMD Ryzen CPU and Nvidia’s new GPU – building the GMA1400A into the ultimate 4K and VR powerhouse is a breeze. If you’re looking for a fairly affordable starter gaming PC that you can upgrade later into exactly (and I mean exactly) as you see fit, the Gamer Master GMA1400A makes for an excellent option.
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The Master GMA1400A uses the same standard tower as its predecessor from last year, except for a few tweaks to accommodate the different power supply units. The RGB-lit casing stands at 18.7 by 8.2 by 18.5 inches (HWD), all black brushed aluminum. The front panel is solid white cover with a CyberPowerPC logo on the lower flank, a move away from the three concentric circles in its predecessor from last year.
The upper panel host a couple of quick-access ports recessed to the right-front side, and the rest of the panel is made of parallel lines, save for grilled vent that lets you view the interior components and lighting from the top. On the left side is a near-full window made of tampered glass, and gives you a perfect view of the interior components. Looking at the case you’ll realize that it isn’t a small-form-factor, but it happens to be on the smaller side for traditional towers.
The system doesn’t have an optical drive, which is fine given that these days you occasionally need to play from DVDs, as most PC games can be downloaded from digital services like Steam and Origin. Plus, having one on the front would be a scratch on the case’s stylish austerity. As it is, there are easy-access ports on the top panel (towards the front): two USB 3.1, microphone and headphone, and a Reset button.
On the back, it’s a completely different story, it’s there you find the rear panel ports: two USB 2.0, four USB 3.1, one RJ-45 Network Ethernet, and Audio 7.1 channel. The new Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 graphics card also includes one HDMI port and DisplayPort 1.4 for multi-monitor setups. Also bundled into the package is an RGB 7 Colors gaming keyboard and mouse, alongside 802.11AC Wi-Fi for wireless connectivity.
With a Ryzen AMD Ryzen 5 3600, 16GB RAM and 512GB solid-state drive (SSD), our review unit never slows down under heavy multitasking. You can download a game, hop between a dozen browser tabs, run a full system scan and fire up a few twitch streams all at once. If you’re paying for an hexa-core Ryzen 5 desktop, you should expect no less than top-end speed, which it delivers across all spheres.
For general productivity/media creation, it is among the fastest AMD-powered systems you can find around at this price range. It beats most newcomers in multimedia tests including Photoshop, making it a big deal for video encoding and picture editing. It leads the pack for daily productivity in such a dominant fashion, and manages to stay right up there among the best in category.
The productivity capabilities above are helpful to measure the general processor aptitude, but it’s hard to beat full retail video games for judging a machine’s gaming credentials. Far Cry 5 and Shadow of the Tomb Raider, are both modern AAA, high-fidelity titles that can be used to illustrate how a systems fares on real-world video games at different settings. These two games are run on the maximum graphics-quality presets – Ultra for Far Cry 5 and Very High for Shadow of the Tomb Raider, played at 1080p, 1440p, 4K resolutions.
All these tests are meant to identify the sweet spot of visuals and smooth playability for any given system, with the results provided in frames per second. The different presets are based on the fact that Far Cry 5 is DirectX 11-based, while Shadow of the Tomb Raider can be run on DX12.
In our case, targeting a system in this price range means you’re most likely looking to play at full HD (1,920 by 1,080) resolution. Again, not only are 1440p or 4K monitors more expensive, but so is a GPU that will drive games smoothly at those resolutions. As such, our ideal target is 60fps and the Blaze II easily clears that bar with room to spare for more strenuous moments during game play.
In real-world gaming, Far Cry 5 returns impressive scores in Ultra Quality (81 fps – 1080p; 56 fps – 1440p) and the same is replicated on Shadow of the Tomb Raider played at Ultra Quality (56.1fps – 1080p; 27.6 fps – 1440p). On the whole, the GeForce GTX 1660 is a good GPU for 1080p gaming, not giving you too much or too little.
If your monitor refreshes over 60Hz – can as well consider the Sceptre (C248B-144RN) or the MSI Optix MAG24C both with a 144Hz refresh rate; the extra juice of the 1660 Ti is the way to go. This GPU replaces last year’s GTX 1060, meaning it is VR-Ready so it can run your virtual reality headset (HTC Vive or Oculus Rift) with ease. As you can see, 1440p is much more taxing (unless you’re okay with 30fps), and I wouldn’t recommend 4K on this machine.
The Gamer Master GMA1400A is a pre-built gaming PC that of offers enough raw power to run most modern titles at 1080p resolutions and high settings without sacrificing frame rates. Above that, it’s more of a platform that lets you build exactly the kind of PC you need for a fair price. With its loads of fan and aesthetic option and support for the highest-end AMD Ryzen and Nvidia GTX graphics cards, you’ll have no trouble building the CyberPower Gamer Master GMA1400A into a modest gaming or a VR workhorse.
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