CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Supreme SLC10220CPGV2 Review
The CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Supreme SLC10220CPGV2 is a high-end gaming PC that delivers power and performance in a very unique design, but at a very reasonable price as compared to competitors.
- Solid gaming performance
- Plenty of speedy SSD + HDD storage
- Liquid Cooling technology
- Reasonable pricing for the components
- Lack of USB-C, Thunderbolt 3 ports
Some gamers want unbridled muscle for modern titles and productivity. The CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Supreme SLC10220CPGV2 fills that role nicely. However, the size and price may be a concern, but when you look at the components and feature set, you’ll appreciate everything in this liquid cooled rig. It builds on the success of its more affordable sibling – the CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Supreme SLC8260A2 to offer lots of power and gaming excellence for much less than its competitors.
At its more expensive starting price, our review unit gives you Intel’s updated 9th-gen Core i7 processor, alongside Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2080 Super graphics card – over last year’s base RTX 2080 graphics card, meaning that it can be used as a PC for high-end gaming and professional creatives.
On looks, the Supreme SLC10220CPGV2 maintains the same design CYBERPOWERPC has been using since 2017’s Gamer Supreme. While we’d love to see a new design, this isn’t necessarily bad, given that the standard tower is built to allow gamers easy access for future upgrades, the LED-lit design is beginning to show its age in the wake of minimalist, yet powerful desktops, like HP’s Omen Obelisk or Dell’s Inspiron.
The front panel is plain glass with a white background and a transparent side panel with a pair of LED concentric circles and another one on the rear fan panel. The other lighting is on the internal cooling fan with a CYBERPOWERPC logo pointing towards the transparent side glass panel. Both the bottom and rear panel have ventilation holes, as does the top. The glass window not only helps showcase the technology inside like liquid cooling compartment and LED backlighting, but also add visual interest.
Standing at 18.5 x 8.2 x 18.7 inches, the Gamer Xtreme is smaller than many of its competitors, which are equally designed to accommodate future upgrades. The iBUYPOWER Pro Trace 9230 is 19.48 x 8.54 x 19.76 inches while the Skytech Gaming [RTX 2070] Oracle X is closes in size at 18.7 x 8.27 x 18.5 inches.
Ports and Upgradability
You’ll appreciate the port variety on the front of the Gamer Supreme SLC10220CPGV2. The top is home to two USB 3.0 Type-A ports and separate headphone and microphone jacks. Around the back, there are another six USB 3.1 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, ready for peripherals and external storage, as well as an Ethernet jack, a variety of audio jacks.
On the RTX 2070 Super graphics, there is a single HDMI port and a pair of DisplayPort inputs for extending your display. Wireless connectivity comes in way of 802.11AC Wi-Fi. Also bundles into the package is a gaming keyboard and mouse.
It is easy to get into the Gamer Xtreme, since the glass panel covering the components is removable with four simple hand screws. When that’s removed, you have access to the internal components that are held in place by swing out hinges that let you replace the parts easily. All said, the GXiVR8080A8 is a well-designed desktop, even if it’s not exactly a space saver.
The Intel Core i7-9900K is no slouch, not especially when its twinned with 16 GB of RAM, a 512GB PCIe-NVMe SSD + 2TB hard drive. That makes the Supreme SLC8260A2 a heck of a workhorse when you’re not using it for gaming. Though CYBERPOWERPC bills the Gamer Supreme as a gaming PC, it’s possible for business owners and home users to adopt it for productivity given the machine’s high-end processors and graphics.
It will certainly complete intensive tasks such as video encoding, within a very short time – in some cases in just under 80 seconds, over the 124 seconds you get from the HP Omen Obelisk’s 8th-generation processor on the same task. Again, the Supreme SLC10220CPGV2 ships with a speedy SSD storage for fast processing and an extra 2TB hard drive for your larger files and games. Both the storage drive and RAM are upgradable should you find the need for more space to store your documents, photos, videos, and game files.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super vs RTX 2080
Thanks to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super, the Gamer SLC10220CPGV2 is capable of gaming at the highest settings without much hassles, as well as enabling ray tracing in select games. Back in October 2018 when the Nvidia Turing line was released, it promised stellar performance coupled with ray tracing in games.
And, while some of the graphics in the line delivered fantastic gameplay, like the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, some mid-range cards, particularly the RTX 2070 came off rather subpar.
With the RTX 2080 Super graphics card, Nvidia is here to course correct a little bit with the newer GPU, promising much stronger performance in this edition, by making it the already successful Nvidia Turing architecture more available to the masses. It takes the RTX 2080’s 2,944 CUDA cores and bumps everything up to 3,072 and also builds on higher clocks with a 1,815MHz boost clock.
The only thing that remains the same between the two is the memory, that is constant at 8GB VRAM, but the newer iteration features more RT and Tensor Cores, and is rated for better ray tracing performance.
Gaming, Graphics and VR
You will get smooth frame rates on modern games, making it a meaningful upgrade over the base RTX 2080 GPU. When you play Metro Exodus (2019) on Ultra settings at 4K, it runs between 40 and 43 frames per second (fps), without screen tearing. But when you turn it down to FHD, it runs at a smooth 90 fps, only dropping those fluid frame rates during some intense scenes.
The SLC10220CPGV2 plays the Hitman 2 (2018) benchmark (ultra-settings) at 82 fps in FHD, tying the Trace 9230 and beating the average. The frame rate dropped to 69 fps in 4K, just below the gaming desktop average and MSI’s machine.
On Shadow of the Tomb Raider (highest settings), the Gamer SLC10220CPGV2 hits 118 fps in FHD and 47 fps in 4K, falling just above the gaming desktop averages (94 fps and 34 fps, respectively) but only below the Vengeance in terms of our comparison group.
On the Grand Theft Auto V (2015) benchmark (very high settings), the Gamer Xtreme runs at 157 fps in FHD and 108 fps in 4K. The former number is higher than average, but the latter is lower.
The Xtreme SLC10220CPGV2 earns a perfect score of 10 on the SteamVR performance test.
The Gamer Supreme SLC10220CPGV2 is a high-end gaming PC that delivers power and performance in a very unique design, but at a very reasonable price as compared to competitors. With 8 processor cores and class-leading graphics card performance, the SLC8260A2 can either be an economical PC for pro-gamers or a worthy investment for pro-gamers and professional content creators.
Is there a better alternative?
If liquid cooling is a must have, then you’re limited with alternatives. Otherwise, its other sibling without liquid cooling – the CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme GXiVR8080A8, packs the same processor but packs a lower-cadre RTX 2070 Super graphics card, for those who need to save a few hundred dollars.
Again, a less expensive system could serve you better if raw performance value is your main goal, of which the Gamer Xtreme GXiVR8060A7 stacks up well to the competition from other custom PC builders.
In case you want something smaller and space-saving, the MSI Trident X packs a punch in a thinner profile with a swing door that’s easy to upgrade. A configuration with a Core i9-9700K, 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD + 2TB and Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ventus 11G with overclockable capacity lets you play modern titles even in 4K at the highest settings possible.
Should you buy it?
Yes. The Gamer Supreme offers liquid cooling in an appealing aesthetic and a design that gives you more options to configure your desktop. For the reasonably price and the hardware contained in the CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Supreme SLC10220CPGV2, it stands out as the better option for anyone seeking something personalized out of the box.