PC Specialist Hyperion Zen Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

PC Specialist Hyperion Zen Review


The AMD Zen architecture and Ryzen CPUs blew us away with their performance. It's been a long time since AMD were a genuine contender and they unquestionably are now. Whether it's the raw capabilities of the Ryzen 7 processors or the oodles of technologies stuffed into the X370 chipset, the combination of performance and hardware with the classically affordable pricing of the AMD range have pegged them as a serious choice for those who require bundles of cores.

Whilst the Ryzen 7 1800X was the first CPU we looked at, we think that the Ryzen 7 1700 provides the best balance of performance and price. Like the best processors of old it is capable of being overclocked to the model above it in the range, and that ticks a lot of our desirability boxes.

When PC Specialist told us that they had one of their water-cooled systems based upon the Zen architecture we just knew we had to take it for a spin. Once we discovered it was called the Hyperion Zen we had Borderlands flashbacks and definitely wanted to see what it could offer.

Technical Specifications

A quick rundown of the specifications reveals that the Hyperion Zen is the best of current hardware. There is the super-speedy Ryzen 7 1700 in the best X370 motherboard we've tested in the ASUS Crosshair VI Hero. Windows 10 is kept speedy by the M.2 Samsung PM961 NVMe drive, and your games are run buttery smooth by the best GPU around, the GTX 1080 Ti. About the only thing that isn't at the peak is the 2133 MHz RAM, but even here 2133 MHz is plenty fast enough for the majority of users. All of that hardware is kept cool by the PC Specialist High Kit comprising a full range of EK hardware including two radiators and the gorgeous X3 reservoir.

CPUAMD Ryzen 7 1700
MotherboardASUS Crosshair VI Hero
RAM16GB Corsair Vengeance 2133MHz
GPUnVidia GTX 1080 Ti
Storage512GB Samsung PM961 and 2TB Western Digital Black
PSUCorsair RMx 850W
CoolingLiquid Series High Kit comprising :
EK Supremecy EVO
EK-CoolStream PE 360
EK-CoolStream PE 240
EK X3 250 Reservoir
EK FC Nickel
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Most Recent Comments

31-05-2017, 06:10:20

Not bad at all. Don't like the case too much but they've done a great job in there

Cheers VB.Quote

31-05-2017, 06:59:58

Nice that they water cooled it though I don't particularly like how they hosed it up,nice review though VBQuote

31-05-2017, 13:35:30

nice my 1 but, is the 2133 ram, a system like that calls for 3200 considering Ryzen takes it nowQuote

31-05-2017, 14:36:32

Those CPU temps are pretty bad for a custom loop TBH. At stock speeds even with boosting, there's no way that CPU should be approaching 70C.

EDIT: ignore me, I'm an idiot. Didn't realize it was OCed to 3.8, but those temps still suck. Just not as bad as I initially thought. Quote

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