• Operating System: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-6700K
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX970
  • Memory: 8GB DDR4
  • Storage: 2 TB HDD
  • Dimensions: 206.4mm x 503.5mm x 478.9mm
  • Pros:
  • Performance
  • Convenience
  • Cons:
  • Price
  • Benchmark Results
  • PCMark Home: 4,269 points
  • PCMark Creative: 4,116 points
  • PCMark Work: 3,819 points
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme: 5,114 points
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 2,413 points

Gaming With Ideas

There have been a lot of researches recently that have stated that the end of traditional desktop PC is at an end. While it is true that desktop PC sales have gone down a lot over the past few years, sales for high-end enthusiast PCs are also seeing quite a bit of traction. Lenovo sees this as an opportunity, and with that has announced a very powerful gaming PC in the form of the Lenovo IdeaCentre Y900.

The black, angled chassis of the Y900 reminds us of the Cylons from Battlestar Galactica, with its menacing thin red LED lighting that can be seen throughout the chassis. The side panel allows you to take a peek into the innards of the Y900, which feature some pretty high-end components.

This includes an Intel Core-i7 6700K processor, 8GBs of DDR4 RAM, as well as a 2TB hard drive, a 7-in-1 card reader and an optical disk drive. That last one may sound a bit odd for a PC of this day and age, but maybe there are still people out there who find a use for it.

As far as graphics go, the Y900 is equipped with a reference NVIDIA GTX 970, arguably the go-to graphics card today for the best 1080p gaming experience that you can get. If needed, there is also an option for you to upgrade your GPU, or even memory to whatever specifications you want as the side door can be opened, giving you access to the insides of your PC.

Performance-wise, there isn’t much that we can complain about the Y900. The Core i7 processor that was put into the machine is pretty much the highest-end GPU from Intel that you can get, and coupled with the GTX 970, you have a gaming machine that’s capable of playing any games you want to on it, be it Shadows of Mordor, Call of Duty, Battlefield and the new Doom at Full HD or 1440p in high quality.

As far as noise goes, the Y900 is actually pretty silent, all things considered. Even when in the midst of gaming, the Y900 just silently hums along, with most of the noise actually being air circulated in and out of the system, rather than the fans themselves.

CHIP CONCLUDE: If you don’t feel like building your own system, Lenovo’s IdeaCentre Y900 is one to consider if you’re looking for a no-hassle gaming PC with future upgrade options. It’s a bit on the pricey side, but you do get a lot of added conveniences.

(previously published in issue June 2016)

Lenovo IdeaCentre Y900