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Cyberpower Fang III Black Mamba Review -the £4,000 system

Rating: 7.5.

This year we have reviewed a number of custom gaming PCs including the Palicomp Alpha Pulse, which we looked at quite recently.  This system offered good value for money and was ideal for someone looking for a capable gaming system without spending a ridiculous amount of money. We don't like to neglect any of our readers at KitGuru, though, so we thought we would take a look at what is available for those of you who do have a large wad of cash burning a hole in your pocket.

Enter the Cyberpower Fang III Black Mamba which boasts a massive £4000 price tag.

To put this in perspective, it's three times the cost of the Palicomp Alpha Pulse.

So, you ask.  What do get for all that money?

Well for a start you don't just get one computer… you actually get two computers which are built into the same mammoth case The main system consists of an Intel Core i7-3930K hex core processor which has been overclocked to 4.7 GHz and a pair of nVidia GeForce GTX 680 graphics cards.  All water-cooled, of course!  These are accompanied by 16 GB of DDR3 RAM and an Asus Rampage IV Extreme motherboard.

The secondary system looks rather underpowered in comparison as it's only meant to be used as a server.  This sub-system features an Intel Core i3-2120 CPU with 2 TB of storage.

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  1. I am impressed to be honest, as I know how difficult this build is. If they had opted for a larger SSD and the 3960X I would be more impressed.

    3930k in a 4k system? id want the extra cache im afraid, even if its not really noticed. so its a good system in some areas (build) and surprisingly novice in others (components).

    I like the case, but id swap out for bequiet fans, would solve the problem, at a little extra cost.

  2. as a talking point its interesting, but the build has a lot of flaws. I think the review needed to be more negative, although most of the problem areas were mentioned.

    my main gripe? it has two systems. cool concept.


    its a big but.

    why would you use a media center in this system with a blasting of fan noise in the room? do the fans all turn off when the media center is on? if so, thats cool, if not. useless.

  3. I have maybe missed this, how do you turn either system on? are there two power buttons? can both be turned on together?

  4. Not for me, ive heard this case and its almost the same as buying a helicopter and putting it in the garden.

    Im splitting hairs, but why dont Cyberpower replace the fans in the case with quality stealth units? there are quite a few so i doubt air flow would be an issue, especially with the huge physical dimensions.

  5. I like the case, its a talking point due to the size and two systems is a great idea, but I have an issue with cyberpower. my friend in london bought a system and it was troubled from day one. perhaps he got a bad system, but the motherboard failed in a week and it took some time to get it back.

    I still believe its best buying your own system.

    For this money I would get

    3960X with corsair H100
    32GB of 2400mhz ram
    asus rampage IV extreme
    corsair 1200i PSU
    silverstone case (same as henry said in conclusion).
    256GB SSD boot – vertex 4 or patriot wildfire
    2x2TB HDD for storage
    ASUS GTX680 (one is enough) and maybe add another later.

    I worked this out at close to 3k, not 4k.