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Review: CyberPower Trinity Xtreme PC looks insane but is surprisingly upgradeable

Gordon Mah Ung | June 3, 2015
You know how your sandal-wearing, tablet-toting partner insists on organically grown, free-range, gluten-free water? Gamers are the same way about their rigs and their need for industry-standard parts. Proprietary? Might as well be a genetically modified flesh-eating tomato.

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GORDON MAH UNG. A Titan X powers the gaming capability of the CyberPower Trinity Xtreme. It looks like you could fit a dual-GPU card in there, too.

How it all works

You're probably wondering how exactly it works. The case used here--DeepCool's TriSteller--delivers a clever sleight of hand. All three hefty pods connect though a steel center shaft that has cutouts to run the PSU and SATA cables, as well as the folded PCIe cable for the GPU. 

DeepCool's TriSteller is available to DIYers who want to build their own but right now, I'm not seeing it in the US. The only seller I could find was Amazon in the United Kingdom and only if you're willing to pony up $750 for this "hand made PC case" that's also a limited edition item, according to DeepCool.

That's a steep price for the TriSteller case. That with Titan X helps push the price of the Trinity Xtreme to $2,700. That's above CyberPower's typically super-affordable prices and has me wondering how they can even afford to sell the PCs.

Performance

As cool as the Trinity Xtreme looks, it wouldn't matter if it couldn't perform. The good news is a single Titan X and six-core Haswell-E chip performs where you'd expect. I compared the Trinity Xtreme with the MicroExpress MicroFlex B20, our quad-core Core i7-4770K and GeForce GTX980 reference system and the Falcon Northwest Mach V with its three-Titan X cards. The Mach V is there mainly for reference so you can see what two more TItan X cards (and three times the price) buys you.

If you're concerned over the shorter red bar, don't be. For a practical game, such as Tomb Raider set to Ultimate quality and playing on a 30-inch, 2560x1600 resolution monitor, the Trinity Xtreme will have you moving along at almost 90 fps. You should be fine at 4K resolution too, but I'd recommend coupling a single Titan X with a G-Sync monitor to help compensate for the occasional frame rate dips.

It's not all about the GPU though, so I also compared all four systems in our hefty Handbrake encode test, where we transcode a 30GB file to format for Android tablets. The six-core setup shows why it's the best bang for buck for those who do a lot of multi-threaded tasks. I still have some questions about the impact of the bandwidth limitation on the Trinity Xtreme. Like the Falcon Northwest Tiki, the Asrock board used here gets the six-core CPU into a small frame by compromising on system RAM bandwidth. It's essentially only two channels instead of the available four channels. but it doesn't appear to hurt much that I can see here. 

 

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