For a fair price, the CyberPowerPC Gamer Master 9500 includes a wealth of customization options and supports the new strong gaming components. 

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Let's presume you want a pre-built gaming PC but don't want to give up the variety of choices that people who design their own towers have.

The Gamer Master 9500 from CyberPower combines the best of both worlds. 

From fans and decals to the case you want to bundle it all up in, the Gamer Master (starting at $2,059; $2,914 as tested) provides a staggering amount of customization options. 

 Building the 9500 into the ultimate 4K and VR powerhouse is a breeze, thanks to support for the new modules, such as AMD's Ryzen 7 CPU and Nvidia's GTX 1080 Ti GPU.

The Gamer Master 9500 is an excellent choice if you're looking for a moderately priced gaming PC that you can customize exactly (and I mean exactly) as you see fit. 


Design:

Our Gamer Master 9500 strikes a wonderful balance between sleek and imposing by cramming a ton of cool components into a smooth Phanteks Enthoo Evolv shell.

The translucent glass side screen, which offers a perfect view of the system's orange backlighting and impressively clean component configuration, is the true star here.  

The Gamer Master, at 20 x 19.5 x 9.25 inches and 40 pounds, takes up a lot of desk space (though there are tons of other case options that are both bigger and smaller).

Our computer is larger than mainstream desktops like the Alienware Aurora and Digital Storm Vanquish 5, but not as massive as full-tower monsters like the Origin Genesis or Maingear Rush.

 Of course, the Gaming Master you purchase can vary greatly from the one we have in our laboratories.

From the clear, sleek Thermaltake Core P3 to CyberPower's own beefy-looking Kiros 650, CyberPower provides a plethora of case options for purchase. 

Regardless of whether you choose, you'll almost always end up with a midsize tower.
Expect your 9500 to not only fit under your TV, but also not to swallow your entire gaming room. 

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Ports and Upgradability:


 Two USB 3.0 ports, as well as headphone and mic jacks, are found on the front panel of the Gamer Master.
When you're not using the front ports, you can cover them with a little flap, which is a good touch that makes the PC look much more seamless. 

On the back panel, you'll find six USB 3.0 ports, three USB 3.1 ports, and a USB Type-C port for newer devices, as well as just about any other link you might possibly use. 

There's also a PS/2 connector for legacy peripherals and a complete set of audio connections.
The Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti graphics card in the device has three DisplayPorts and an HDMI port, making it suitable for multi-monitor setups. 

The only thing dividing you from the guts of CyberPower's PC are four quickly removed hand screws.
The side panel can then be slid off to expose the motherboard, storage bays, and graphics card.
Even extracting the GPU needs no hardware, as the card is fixed in place by a simple set of hand screws. 


Gaming and VR Performance:

 Our Gamer Master, equipped with Nvidia's premium GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GPU, provided consistently top-of-the-line performance. 

Mass Effect: Andromeda ran flawlessly at 4K and 30 frames per second on the PC, helping me to enjoy every aspect of the lush jungle planet I toured.
By upgrading to a still-gorgeous 2560 x 1440 resolution, I was able to keep a steady 60 frames per second, which made dashing and hopping my way through a firefight feel far smoother. 

The Gamer Master chewed through Grand Theft Auto V's crowded open-world gameplay, achieving 103.8 frames per second in 1080p and 36.4 frames per second in 4K.
That outperforms our 1080p average of 76, though falling short of our 4K average of 40 frames per second. 

The Gamer Master, like almost every computer PC with a GTX 1080 or greater, clocked in at 11 on the SteamVR Performance test, showing that it is more than capable of high-end virtual reality.
That's the same as the One and the Alienware Aurora, and it's higher than the 10.4 we averaged for gaming desktops. 

The Gamer Master scored 6,802 on the 3DMark Fire Strike Ultra test, which is a simulated benchmark (which measures 4K performance).
The One (5,032), the Aurora (4,902), and our 4,091 average both rank higher. 

The Gamer Master's high-end output was often followed by a noticeable amount of fan noise, which was loud enough to be heard in our lab but not enough to interrupt my play sessions. 

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Overall Performance:


 Our machine never slowed down under extreme multitasking thanks to its Ryzen 7 1800X processor and 16GB of RAM.
I simultaneously downloaded a game, switched between a dozen browser windows, ran a complete machine scan, and started a few Twitch streams. 

On the Geekbench 4 overall rating test, CyberPower's PC scored 20,249, outperforming the Corsair One (17,755; Intel Core i7-7700K) and our 16,229 average.

The SSD delivered a 508.92 MBps transfer rate.
That's faster than the 480GB SSD on the One (236.6 MBps), the 512GB SSD on the Alienware Aurora (198 MBps), and our total of 314.7 MBps. 


Configurations:


The Gamer Master 9500 is a true made-to-order device, with a dizzying array of choices for each type. Anything from the modules to the case itself is yours to select at the point of purchase. 

On CyberPower's website, choosing the parts you want is simple; you can also sort components by processor family and VR-readiness. 

The basic 9500 setup costs $2,059 and features an AMD Ryzen 7 1800X cpu, 16GB of RAM, a 240GB SSD with a 3TB hard disk, and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics card in a Thermaltake Core P3 Mid-Tower shell. 

The same CPU, GPU, and RAM are included in our custom $2,914 configuration, but it also contains a 512GB SSD, a 2TB hard disk, Thermaltake Riing fans, and a Phanteks Enthoo Evolv shell. 

 The cost of the device can vary depending on the customizations you produce.
For eg, by selecting a GTX 1060 GPU, 8GB of RAM, and a Ryzen 5 cpu, I was able to reduce the cost of the PC to just $1,299 — both of which are excellent components for mainstream and VR gaming. 

There are hundreds of case and fan options available, as well as numerous lighting and decal options, ranging in price from $19 to $49. 


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