Here are key points about the IdeaCentre Y900 RE.
GTX 1080 and 6700K Combination: When you pair a 6700K and GTX 1080 and then overclock the 6700K to around 4.5GHz, the CPU bottleneck is alleviated, and the GPU can roam free, and that is what Lenovo offers in the IdeaCentre Y900 RE. The 6700K is currently the fastest mainstream CPU on the market, and the GTX 1080 is one of the fastest GPUs. The IdeaCentre Y900 RE will have zero problems providing a solid VR gaming experience.
Razer Flair: The included Mamba TE gaming mouse and BlackWidow Chroma keyboard are welcomed Razer enhancements to the IdeaCentre Y900 RE, but the integration of these peripherals and even the Y27g RE monitor into a single software program makes the IdeaCentre Y900 RE feel like a completed product. The RGB LEDs in all the products and tower is also a welcomed addition, and that little extra flair in the form of green USB ports and the Razer case badge is something Razer fans will enjoy.
Noise and Thermals: The unit doesn't get very loud, nor does it get too hot. Out of the many gaming desktops I have reviewed, the IdeaCentre Y900 RE is one of the quietest. The system utilizes large intake vents at the front and bottom of the unit, and if you are wondering, yes, they have removable dust filters. Lenovo also made sure to mount the fans with rubber fasteners, so that the vibration from the fans wouldn't add to the noise of the system. Altogether, the system runs cool and quiet.
Curved 144Hz Gaming with G-Sync: The Y27g Razer Edition gaming monitor is a beast. While 4K snobs might bring up the fact that the panel's maximum resolution is 1920x1080, it's very hard to find a curved 4K monitor with 144Hz refresh rate and G-Sync at this price point. The Y27g RE also has an R1800 curvature to help improve the viewing experience.
Centralized Software: The Lenovo Nerve Center is the go-to application for all the special features of the IdeaCentre Y900 RE. You can control all of your Razer peripherals from the program and even control the RGB LED lighting of the Y27g RE monitor. Overclocking is also done through the Lenovo Nerve Centre with a single click of the mouse. If you want to control network traffic and priorities, the Lenovo Nerve Center is where you do that.
Single-Channel Memory: While it's true that more sticks of RAM mean less upgrade potential in the future, only one stick will limit the memory configuration to single-channel mode. Adding a second 16GB stick is highly recommended, and there will be noticeable performance boosts in games where the CPU is the bottleneck.
Y27g RE RGB LEDs: I was excited to learn that the 27" curved monitor had backside RGB LEDs to illuminate the wall behind it, but even in the dark the lights are almost too dim to produce a noticeable reflection.
The IdeaCentre Y900 RE is a very powerful and well thought out gaming PC and brings Lenovo into the gaming PC arena in a big way. Gamers want the latest in PC hardware, not the previous generation, and the IdeaCentre Y900 RE offers just that. Lenovo has also paid close attention to detail. The fans are mounted on rubber fasteners, the air intake vents have removable dust filters, and the GPU gets extra support through a custom anti-droop solution.
My only caveat with the IdeaCentre Y900 RE was with the configuration I received, because if they had used two sticks of 8GB memory or added in another 16GB stick, CPU performance could have been better.
Overall, the unit looks great and gets the job done. Many people are moving into the world of VR gaming, and they need the latest in NVIDIA Pascal GPU technology and a CPU to allow the GPU to reach its full potential, and the IdeaCentre Y900 RE provides that and more.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||94%|
|Bundle and Packaging||91%|
|Value for Money||88%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||92%|
The Bottom Line: Lenovo's IdeaCentre Y900 RE gaming PC combined with the Y27g curved gaming monitor provides a very high-end gaming experience coupled with more features and knobs to tweak than most high-end custom built gaming PCs.
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