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CyberPower Zeus Mini A-300 review

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Price when reviewed : £749
inc VAT

Not the neatest, quietest or prettiest PC, but it’s a compact gaming powerhouse


3.7GHz AMD A10-7850K, 7.91 RAM, N/A display, Windows 8.1

The archetypal gaming PC is embedded in a monolithic, Geiger-esque case with blinding lights that’d shame a nightclub, but not every gamer either wants or has space for a huge computer. Happily, the CyberPower Zeus Mini A-300 provides an alternative.

Its red and black case is oddly reminiscent of a ’90s business desktop in style: boxy and rather cramped inside. The case stands upright and is far longer than it is tall. We’re not very keen on the positioning of the power button at the top edge of the front panel, as it can be easily pressed by accident, but the front panel is otherwise well designed. A slimline DVD-RW drive is mounted vertically on the right of the panel, and the PC’s right-hand edge is home to a USB port, a USB3 port and the usual 3.5mm microphone and headphone audio ports.

CyberPower Zeus Mini A-300

The case is surprisingly heavy, but provides no sound isolation whatsoever. Both side-panels are riddled with cut-out sections, which are then protected from dust and fluff by fine red mesh grilles. These help keep the interior of your PC free of grime and presumably assist in cooling the PC, but they do nothing to reduce noise from the surprisingly loud case fan and liquid cooling system.

If the interior feels a little crowded, that’s because there’s a surprising amount of hardware packed into the case. The powers supply sits at the bottom-front corner of the system, with a cable to connect it to the power socket at the back. Above it are drive cages, which are comprised of a slot for the disc drive and two 3 1/2in bays, which contain a 128GB SSD and a 1TB hard disk. Getting at the drives is a pain, while access to the motherboard and cooling in general are both adversely affected by bundles of unused cables that emanate from the power supply. We’d happily pay a little more to have a modular power supply with detachable cables installed in this system.

The mini-ITX motherboard is home to an AMD A10-7850K, a good-value Kaveri processor. The processor is liquid cooled, which makes sense if you’re using such a small case. Both of the motherboard’s memory slots are filled with 4GB mobiles of good-quality Kingston HyperX Blu RAM running at 1,600MHz. The Gigabyte GA-F2A88XN-WIFI motherboard has just a single PCI-E x16 slot, which is connected via a flexible extension cable to the graphics card. The card is mounted alongside the motherboard, rather than plugged directly into it.

CyberPower Zeus Mini A-300

The motherboard is fitted with a dual-band 802.11ac wireless adaptor, which guarantees compatibility with the very fastest routers currently available. In fact, this is the first desktop PC we’ve seen that supports 802.11ac. If you’re keen on gaming but don’t want to be tied to an Ethernet cable, then 802.11ac Wi-Fi is a great choice, as it provides much higher speeds than the more widespread 802.11n standard, so you shouldn’t experience lag during online gaming sessions.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ****
Processor AMD A10-7850K
Processor external bus 100MHz
Processor multiplier x37
Processor clock speed 3.7GHz
Processor socket FM2+
Memory 7.91
Memory type PC3-12800
Maximum memory 16GB
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-F2A88XN – WIFI
Motherboard chipset AMD A88X


USB2 ports (front/rear) 2/6
eSATA ports (front/rear) 0/0
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support 802.11ac

Internal Expansion

Case mini-ITX
PCI-E x1 slots (free) 0 (0)
PCI-E x16 slots (free) 1 (0)
Free Serial ATA ports 1
Free memory slots 0

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Seagate Barracuda (ST1000DM003-1CH162)
Interface SATA3


Graphics card(s) 2GB AMD Radeon R9 270X
Graphics/video ports DVI, HDMI, 2x DisplayPort


Sound Realtek ALC892
Sound outputs 7.1 line out, optical S/PDIF out, headphone, microphone
Speakers none

Removable Drives

Supported memory cards none
Optical drive type(s) DVD+/-RW +/-DL


Screen model None
Native resolution N/A
Screen inputs N/A

Other Hardware

Keyboard none
Mouse none


Operating system Windows 8.1
Operating system restore option Windows disc

Buying Information

Warranty three years RTB (two years parts, three years labour)
Price £749

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