Lenovo Nerve Center is a custom made application for the IdeaCentre Y900 RE that ties together the desktop, Razer customization, Razer peripherals, and even the monitor. You can control everything from overclocking to monitor RGB LED lighting from this single application.
There are three main buttons; Razer (for all Razer peripherals), One Key Turbo (for overclocking the desktop), and Network Priority (for the Killer networking features). The Razer menu reveals three other menus; Razer Synapse (lighting and hardware control), Razer Cortex, and Razer Comms.
Starting with Razer Synapse, each connected Razer peripheral (including the Lenovo/Razer branded monitor) can be controlled and customized. You can even link the monitor's lighting to programs and control effects, color, and brightness. Razer Surround is a virtual audio effects program, and you can use that to spice up some audio effects.
The Razer Mamba TE mouse can be customized and even calibrated from the Razer Synapse program. You can also control the mouse's performance and set custom DPI and acceleration linked to individual programs.
The lighting effects, especially "Wave," have a lot of depth and produce interesting patterns. The BlackWidow Chroma keyboard can also be customized.
Keyboard lighting is a bit more involved than the lighting options for the other devices because you can individually control the lighting of each key.
The IdeaCentre Y900 RE also has RGB LEDs built into it. Razer Cortex will centralize all of your games from different clients and acts as a game manager.
Razer Comms is a VOIP and Chat client.
The second main level button under the Lenovo Nerve Center is the One Key Turbo program, which allows you to quickly and easily overclock the system with a single click. A restart isn't required to apply the overclock, but the overclock will take until you disengage it.
The third main level button will take you to the Network Priority section where you can prioritize game traffic. The Lenovo Nerve Center also has a Discovery section to guide you through all the features of your new gaming PC.
The Lenovo Solution Center is present on all the Lenovo products I have reviewed; it's where you can diagnose any problems and get product support. McAfee came installed.
The audio solution is based on Intel and Realtek hardware, and you can access some settings through the HD Audio Manager. You need to install the drivers for the Lenovo Y27g if you want it to show up in the Nerve Center, and you can increase the refresh rate to 144Hz through the monitor properties menu.
The BIOS is loaded with everything you might expect. However, unlike some other OEM PCs that lock down any overclocking settings, the Lenovo IdeaCentre Y900 RE allows you to tinker a little bit with the overclocking parameters.
Of course, you cannot tinker like you could with a custom built desktop, but you can tune things a little bit. That being said, you don't need to use the BIOS for overclocking the CPU, the One Key Turbo button in the Lenovo Nerve Center should be good enough.
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