We have Lenovo's newest addition to the Erazer family of gaming desktops. This also happens to be the smallest Erazer desktop yet, and features a good punch in a small system. Lenovo isn't a brand that is usually associated with gaming, so it will be interesting to see how this system stacks up.
Built around the AMD platform, this will be the second AMD-powered gaming desktop we've reviewed. It features both an AMD CPU and AMD GPU, and as such should work in harmony.
The Erazer X315 features aggressive styling and a stealth optical drive, but is this enough to woo potential gamers? As we go through the review, we'll aim to answer this question.
Without further ado, let's dive into the meat of this review.
Specifications, Configurations and Pricing
The X315 features AMD's A10-7850K APU, a quad-core chip based on the Kaveri architecture. It features a TDP of 95W and a clock speed of 3.7GHz, which can boost to 4.0GHz under boost.
The 7850K is slotted into a custom Lenovo motherboard that features 802.11AC Wi-Fi, 7.1 Dolby Advanced Audio, and two USB 3.0 ports and two USB 2.0 ports.
Also slotted into the motherboard are three sticks of DDR3 RAM produced by RAMAXEL. Each stick is 4GB in size, clocked at 1,333MHz. Unfortunately, we have three sticks, which causes the channels to be unbalanced. I'd much prefer to see just two sticks of DDR3 as 8GB of RAM should be plenty, based on the other components in the system.
Graphics are provided by an AMD Radeon R9 260 GPU. While lower down on the range of GPUs offered by AMD, it is still a capable card, as we will see in our charts in a few pages. Power is provided by a 450W FSP Group PSU and is enough to power the 260.
Windows 8.1 64-bit is installed upon a 2TB Seagate Hybrid Drive that features an 8GB SSD for caching. Finally, Lenovo offers three free games with purchase of an Erazer X315, priced at a modest $799.99.
PRICING: You can find the Lenovo X315 Gaming Desktop (90AY000AUS) for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The Lenovo X315 Gaming Desktop (90AY000AUS) retails for $669.99 at Amazon.
- Page 1 [Introduction & Specifications, Configurations and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging, Bundle & System Pictures]
- Page 3 [Testing Methodology]
- Page 4 [Benchmarks - CPU Tests]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - Storage Tests]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - System Tests]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - Gaming Tests]
- Page 8 [Temperatures and Noise & Power Consumption]
- Page 9 [Final Thoughts]
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