- 1. Intro
- 2. Design
- 3. Components and Features
- 4. Peripherals
- 5. Performance: Synthetic Benchmarks
- 6. Performance: Game Benchmarks
- 7. Conclusion & Specifications
Lenovo has not traditionally been a PC manufacturer associated with gaming. When you think gaming, your thoughts stray to Razer, to Asus’ ROG line, to MSI, and even to home-grown brand Aftershock. Well, Lenovo wants you to think again. Presenting their attempt to snatch the performance king throne is the Y900, from Lenovo’s IdeaCentre Y series gaming desktops.
While it is outfitted differently in some regions, in Singapore it comes with Intel’s most powerful quad-core CPU, the i7-6700k, which has an unlocked multiplier for overclocking, and a reference Nvidia GTX 970 (reference, meaning without any OEM improvements such as improved cooling or higher clock speed).
The other key parts are a 120 GB Samsung SSD, with a 2 TB, 7200 RPM Seagate HDD, a nondescript Z170 motherboard, 16 GB of SK Hynix memory (RAM), and a 610W AcBel PSU.
Also provided with the package is a laser gaming mouse, and a Kailh Linear Red switch mechanical keyboard. The price, though? A whopping S$2699. Immediately this highlights the largest issue with pre-builts — a terribly overpriced package for its parts. Let’s have a look at how much we can assemble an equivalent system for from PC Themes. I have left the OS out of the list, as it can be purchased for as little as S$35 on Qoo10, or US$30 on Reddit’s /r/microsoftsoftwareswap.
|CPU||Intel Core i7-6700k||$542.00|
|Motherboard||ASRock Z170 Pro4||$212.00|
|Video Card||Asus GTX970 Turbo (4GB GDDR5)||$519.00|
|Wireless Adapter||Asus PCE-AC56 Wireless-1300||$99.00|
|PSU||Seasonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze||$105.00|
|SSD||Samsung 850 EVO 120GB SSD||$99.00|
|HDD||Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200RPM 3.5″||$109.00|
|Memory||G.Skill 16GB (4GB x 4) DDR4 2400MHz CL15||$120.00|
|CPU Cooler||CoolerMaster Hyper TX3 EVO||$45.00|
|Case||Corsair Carbide 300R||$119.00|
|Keyboard||Tesoro Excalibur (Kailh Linear Red)||$129.00|
In total, it costs approximately S$2200 for a self-built PC with specifications as good, if not better than, those offered by the S$2700 Y900. This S$2200 price also excludes the hefty 5 to 10% discounts local PC component stores also provide for purchasing all the components at one location — that brings the price down to S$2000.
With the self-built PC, you also get the freedom of individual part warranties that last for 3, 5, or even unlimited years. You also get the ease of upgrading parts as you see fit, with your older parts commanding a higher resale value.
Considering the ease with which you can assemble your own PC, and the nearly S$700 gulf in cost and actual value, the Y900 is not really a good deal. For the extra cost I could easily add another GTX 970 and run the cards in 2-way SLI for increased performance.
That being said, however, the PC itself is actually fantastic. It can handle pretty much every game at 1080p, and its ability to overclock will ensure a long life of high-settings gaming. So, let’s begin the review, shall we?