Lenovo is urgent onward with its Legion lineup of gaming machines with the most recent Lenovo Legion Y920 Tower gaming. That is the following step for the Y9xx collection, because it makes incremental enhancements on the IdeaCentre Y900 of 2016 and and the Y900 of 2017.
Whereas its predecessors have been gaming and VR-ready, the Legion Y920T is extra prepared than ever earlier than. It’s packed to the gills, with a Intel Core i7 CPU, a Nvidia GTX 1080 graphics card, a PCIe SSD and seven,200RPM HDD and 16GB of RAM, however all that energy comes at a $2,249 (£2,299, about AU$2,930) worth. Nevertheless, as with many pre-builts, it comes filled with a contact extra pre-installed software program than we’d prefer to see.
Let’s dig in and see how Lenovo’s top-of-the-line gaming rig stacks up towards the competitors.
Pricing and availability
The Legion Y920T is a powerhouse. The Nvidia GTX 1080 and overclockable Intel Core i7-7700K all however be certain that. However, the top-spec construct prices $2,249 (£2,299, about AU$2,930).
A barely lower-spec model is on the market U.S. with half the SSD and HDD storage and a GTX 1070 8GB for a extra palatable $1,799. Sadly, this mannequin doesn’t look like offered by Lenovo within the UK or Australia.
Lenovo’s present worth for the model we examined is an actual match for the $2,249 (round £1,700, AU$2,800) Alienware Aurora R6, which has the identical Intel Core i7-7700K CPU, an equal 16GB of DDR4-2400 RAM and 256GB+2TB storage setup, however a extra highly effective Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti 11GB. That’s not nice information for Lenovo, as a result of we actually preferred that one.
Priced a bit above the Legion, the Corsair One Elite is available in at $2,999 (£2,799) for a construct with a brand new Core i7-8700K (hexa-core with 12MB cache), 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD and 2TB HDD and a beefier GTX 1080Ti 11GB (AU$3,799 for a Kaby Lake model). However, the Corsair One Elite comes with a compact design that doesn’t fairly evaluate with the utility provided by Lenovo’s rig.
The design of the Legion Y920T is almost an identical to the sooner IdeaCentre 900 fashions. It retains the aggressive eyes and the jagged wanting carbon fiber end. It’s absolutely dedicated to the gamer aesthetic, however fortunately not overcommitted.
The RBG lighting of the 2 entrance eyes and the entrance Y emblem is customizable, which implies it may be made as refined or obnoxious as desired. Sadly, the rear fan stays purple, ruining any lighting scheme with shifting colours or that doesn’t contain purple.
The construct of the case feels nice, with nothing feeling unfastened or prefer it’s product of weak supplies. The aspect panel is a bit cloudy, which is just too unhealthy, as a result of Lenovo’s inner format of the system is clear. A lot of the cables are pretty nicely hidden, so the highly effective GTX 1080 can stand out. The reddish PCB of the graphics card a minimum of will match the purple aesthetic pressured by the rear fan. Lenovo makes use of a pleasant matte black steel inside that feels sturdy.
Lenovo additionally has a useful answer for opening the case. Undoing the locking mechanism on the again and urgent the massive button on high opens up the aspect panel with none want for screws or a screwdriver.
The case’s airflow appears to get the job completed, as we by no means seen sizzling spots even throughout benchmarking. The included followers work, pushing that air out by way of the again. They will get noisy at instances, with the blower-style GTX 1080 showing to be the principle wrongdoer behind the loudest racket. Nothing ever sounds defective, however there are some curious coffee-maker-like sounds.
The Legion Y920T is an enormous boy. It ships in an enormous field, and it, itself is a large field, measuring 34 liters in quantity. It received’t sit subtly on or beside a desk. And, with its dimension, comes weight. Hefting round a 34.four pound case from LAN occasion to LAN occasion received’t be a blast, however the deal with on high does assist.
Lenovo claims that this rig is simple to improve, and the tool-less panel is an effective begin. However, from the appears to be like of it, some upgrades can be more durable than others.
Our rig has two empty RAM slots that can be simple to fill. There’s sufficient room to get an even bigger CPU cooler, although some warmth sinks close to the CPU could get in the best way. The highest of the case is a bit busy, so a radiator appears out of the query.
A second PCIe 16x slot is on the market beneath the graphics card, making a SLI improve possible. Nevertheless, truly swapping out the present graphics card is a tad extra difficult than it needs to be. It’s held in with a bracket system, and a particular cable extends one DisplayPort by way of the case to offer a entrance panel HDMI port. It may be undone, however it’s not fairly as plug-and-play as different setups.
Whereas 2TB of HDD storage is a considerable quantity, getting extra room for video games is essential, and maybe including in some extra stable state storage to make up for the shortage of it will be good. Nevertheless, the motherboard doesn’t present very quick access to the SATA ports, as they’re largely blocked by the graphics card.
Maybe worst of all is the Z270 chipset. The i7-7700K is not any slouch, and nonetheless boasts nice single-core efficiency and a few good overclocking headroom, however the Legion Y920T’s Z270 motherboard means there’s no easy improve to the already accessible Coffee Lake CPUs.
There’s little doubt about it, the Legion Y920T will get the job completed, and it does it fast. It boots in a flash, like blink and also you’ll miss it. The quick CPU, RAM and SSD all mix for clean, zippy efficiency whereas looking the net, watching movies and booting up applications. It’s going to battle with nothing however probably the most demanding functions.
As a gaming laptop, it holds its personal. It performs nicely in benchmarks (beneath), and it earns its maintain working Center Earth: Shadow of Struggle, PUBG and Rainbow Six: Siege on a 1440p 144Hz monitor with largely Extremely settings. Outcomes fluctuate considerably, however it persistently spits out extremely playable body charges within the ballpark of 70 to 100.
Even the model new Far Cry 5 runs at a clean, stutter-free 70fps more often than not at 1440p on maxed out settings and averaging 73FPS in a benchmark.
Thermal throttling by no means seems to be a difficulty throughout our time taking part in, because the frames keep constant over hours-long classes.
The benchmarks present some fascinating outcomes, as the facility on provide by CPU of this rig appears will get a small leg up on the Alienware Aurora R7 and Corsair One Elite in few locations, regardless of these two having some beefier internals and liquid-cooling.
Whereas the 1080 Ti in these two computer systems handily beats the Legion Y920T in GPU-intensive benchmarks, the CPU festivals nicely towards the competitors. Its i7-7700K helps it beat the Corsair One Elite’s i7-8700K and even the Aurora R6’s i7-7700K in GeekBench’s single-core efficiency and Cinebench’s graphics check, additionally topping the R6 in GeekBench’s multi-core check.
One of many key modifications to the Legion Y920T in comparison with its predecessors is the way it makes VR extra handy. It’s already a multitude of cables getting the Oculus Rift working. So many USB ports are wanted, and the headset has to plug into an HDMI port whereas the pc is plugged right into a monitor that may additionally want an HDMI port. If some or all these ports are behind the pc, it may be an actual trouble.
The Legion Y920T solves all of that with no fuss. There are a number of USB ports on the entrance of the case, and a solitary HDMI port wired by way of a DisplayPort plug on the video card, so all the pieces an Oculus gamer must plug in can go proper into the entrance of the case, even when they’ve a 3 sensors to arrange.
Avid gamers may concern that pre-built PCs are all costly with low-cost – and, usually proprietary – components slapped right into a field, put in with Home windows, and known as ok after they’re nothing higher than a noob may assemble. That’s not the case right here.
Lenovo has completed a good job placing collectively the Legion Y920T. The construct high quality is sturdy with a contact of intercourse enchantment, and the elements inside carry out extremely. For VR, Lenovo has solved among the tedious components of establishing.
Whereas it’s potential to construct a equally spec’d laptop for a bit cheaper, we nonetheless have to contemplate the problem of discovering high-end graphics playing cards at correct retail pricing. Going the DIY route additionally requires constructing a nicely balanced machine with considerate cable administration, good airflow and the shortage of a guaranty must you make a mistake.
The additional quantity we’d should spend on the pre-built Lenovo appears simply value it. Nevertheless, we’re more likely to hop on over to Dell for the GTX 1080 Ti within the Alienware rig and get much more frames for our dollar.