While you would usually expect an “entry level” device or a piece of tech to be cheap, Lenovo proved otherwise with their latest gaming desktop. The Lenovo Ideacentre Y900 proves that it doesn’t have to be “cheap” even if it’s labeled an “entry level”. The Y900 is designed for first-time PC gamers with all the power necessary to handle the latest games, all bundled in within a space-like, sleek design that allows easy upgrade with new parts in the future. Of course, even though the Y900 might prove to be a satisfying gaming desktop, you’ll get better gaming goodness for less if you build one yourself.
As all of you could expect from a modern gaming PC – it’s black, glowing red lights, like a spaceship from a sci-fi movie. That being said, the performance is backed by this beastly looking that scales the top and a transparent side panel that allows you to keep an eye at the superb graphics card and other components under warm red lights. However, the little letdown is the panel made of plastic.
Measuring at 19.8 x 18.8 x 8.1-inch, the chassis of the Y900 isn’t the most towering and commanding we’ve seen, but it will still occupy a decent amount of space at your station. Weighing at quite a hefty 15kgs, it would be troublesome to some, though the chassis has a convenient enclave on the top panel to make it easier to move.
Connectivity & Upgradability
Lenovo is generous to include a total of 9 USB ports on this chassis with three USB 3.0 ports above the front panel and four USB 3.0 on the back with two USB 2.0. On the front of the case is a 7-in-1 card reader, a headphone and a microphone jack to allow easy plug-and-play. Just below the front panel is a flap that flips open to reveal an optical drive.
On the back with the six additional USB ports are an Ethernet port, a PS/2 port (if you’re still rocking older mice & keyboards), and the typical suite of audio inputs – line in/out, subwoofer, center, microphone and S/PDIF. The connectivity from the motherboard itself hosts HDMI, DVI and VGA ports, while three DisplayPorts and an HDMI port are featured on the system’s Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 graphics card.
Like rising modern chassis, the Y900 is painlessly easy to upgrade, allowing even the most outdated gamers a lifeline to resurrect their machine. It is just as easy as it sounds, the side panel pops right off with a simple flip a lock switch and a button hit on the top, giving you easy access to the components. All you have to do is give a quick push to swap your hard drives, though you’ll need a screwdriver to change the graphics card.
Gaming & Overall Performance
The base model of the Y900 is built with a GTX 970 graphics card with 4GB of VRAM, more than enough to handle the latest mainstream games at high settings. We ran Rise of the Tomb Raider at 1080p and the results are simply stunning, rendering everything from the game’s outstanding lighting effects to each strand of Lara Croft’s hair with impressive detail. Additionally, the game ran at a smooth 60 fps without a noticeable glitch, making shooting bad guys and cliff climbing a joy.
For a more stunning display, we tuned Lara’s latest adventure to 2560 x 1440, with a drop of fps between 30 to 40 fps however. At 4K with graphics turned up, the game starts to turn into a sub 30-fps slideshow, though it’s expected from a lone GTX 970 card.
Here’s how the Y900 performed in various benchmark tests:
- 3DMark: Cloud Gate: 28,596; Sky Diver: 26,189; Fire Strike: 9,629
- Cinebench CPU: 882 points; Graphics: 146 fps,
- GeekBench: 4,223 (single-core); 16,705 (multi-core)
- PCMark 8 (Home Test): 4,657 points
- Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor (1080p, Ultra): 79 fps; (1080p, Low): 175 fps
- GTA V: (1080p, Ultra): 44 fps; (1080p, Low): 178 fps
If at anytime of the day you’ve had enough of dying in hard difficulties and decided to take a break, the Y900 is perfectly capable of handling your daily work processing, video streaming, downloading, and running a full system scan without a drop in performance, which is most likely thanks to the machine’s 6th-gen Intel Core i7-6700K processor and 16GB of RAM.
The base model of the Y900 features a 6th-gen Intel Core i7-6700K processor, 4GB RAM, a 256GB SSD & integrated graphics. This throws us off as it seems a little strange for Lenovo to offer a version of its gaming desktop without a distinct GPU, though it could be a suitable option for those who only wanted a PC powerful enough to get through daily tasks with an option to upgrade later on.
The streamline version we reviewed is equipped with an Intel Core i7-6700K processor, 16GB of RAM, a whopping 2TB+8GB hybrid hard drive, bundle with a 120 GB SSD and Nvidia’s GTX 970 graphics. If you’re looking for more power, you could check out the top model which features a bulkier GTX 980 graphics card and 32GB of RAM.
Overall, the Lenovo Ideacentre Y900 is an outstanding desktop both for everyday and gaming use, if you do not mind spending a little more. The couple of the Core i7 processor and GTX 970 graphics, makes it capable of handling just about any latest modern game without a hitch and with it’s easy-to-open design, upgrading have never been any easier. Check out this beast here!
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