$99 Complete Gaming System from CyberPower – Black Friday Sale

By Published November 26, 2014 at 4:09 pm
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And that price-tag includes the operating system. CyberPower is selling its Fang Mini R9 SE complete gaming system for $99, a box partnered with Gigabyte that resembles the Brix. The Fang Mini (product page) ships equipped with an R9 M275X 2GB GPU, A8-5557M quad-core CPU, Windows 8.1, and a 120GB SSD. This small form factor gaming box normally retails at nearly $1000, but will be marked down to $250 with $150 of rebates, landing it at $99. The unit is being offered as a “door-buster” pre-Black Friday sale in limited quantity. 300 units will be available, starting at 6PM (1800) EST today, 11/26.

The unit is capable of driving medium graphics in larger AAA games, but needs a serious RAM upgrade. We'd recommend a minimum 4GB kit of SO-DIMM DDR3L RAM, like this Kingston 1x4GB DDR3L 1600MHz kit for $70.

CyberPower Fang Mini R9 SE System Specs

OS Windows 8.1 w/ Bing
CPU AMD A8-5557M 4-core; 2.1-3.1GHz
GPU AMD Radeon R9 M275X 2GB GDDR5
Memory 2GB SO-DIMM DDR3 1600MHz
Network Gigabit LAN (Realtek RTL8111G)
WiFi 802.11b/g/n/ac 2.4 - 5GHz
BlueTooth 4.0, 2402-2483MHz
Storage 120GB Kingston SSD
Audio Realtek ALC269
IO 1 x HDMI Out
1x Mini-DP
4xUSB3.0
1xRJ45
1xAudio
1xKensington Lock
PSU 135W wall power adapter w/ cord
AC 100-240V
Dimensions 59.6 x 115.4 x 128mm
1080g
Price $99

You've only got 120GB of storage available – though it is solid-state – so that'll limit game installs to a handful (or 2, if playing massive AAA games). External hard drives or alternative SSDs are an option in the event more space is required, but we'd also suggest considering network drive sharing with a desktop or other NAS.

cyberpower-fang-mini-12GB of RAM won't get you far for modern games – Far Cry 4 consumes nearly 2GB of RAM alone – so an upgrade to the 4GB kit is something we consider “necessary” for any AAA gaming applications. Indie games, browsing, and static media consumption will perform fine on the stock system.

At the end of the day, this is primarily a home-theater PC that'll work well with media streaming from the likes of Amazon Prime or similar services. It's worth consideration at $100. Indie titles like Transistor will play well on the Fang Mini, other titles (like Titanfall) will run moderately on low to medium settings with a RAM upgrade.

$170 after a RAM upgrade for a system that'll play games at medium or better settings -- not bad. You can find the system here. Don't forget better SO-DIMM RAM.

- Steve "Lelldorianx" Burke.

Last modified on November 26, 2014 at 4:09 pm
Steve Burke

Steve started GamersNexus back when it was just a cool name, and now it's grown into an expansive website with an overwhelming amount of features. He recalls his first difficult decision with GN's direction: "I didn't know whether or not I wanted 'Gamers' to have a possessive apostrophe -- I mean, grammatically it should, but I didn't like it in the name. It was ugly. I also had people who were typing apostrophes into the address bar - sigh. It made sense to just leave it as 'Gamers.'"

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