Here are key points about the IdeaCentre Y710 Cube.
Cool and Quiet Operation: The Lenovo IdeaCentre Y710 Cube has vents all over, and the vents don't let the heat inside the case stay there. Airflow throughout the case is quite good even without intake fans. I even had trouble capturing the unit with my thermal camera. Even though the emissivity of the case was quite good (easy for my camera to see the heat radiation), heat never built up to levels where the front of the case was hot enough to stand out from the background.
Portable: The IdeaCentre Y710 Cube is actually quite portable, and the giant handle at the top is well balanced. System weight is evenly distributed so that you can actually carry the PC with ease to LAN parties, and the unit's size doesn't pose a problem when trying to fit it in your trunk.
Killer Networking: Killer's wired network solution is formidable, and their wireless solution is superb. A neat technology called Killer Double Shot Pro allows you to team the wired and wireless controllers, so you get more than 1Gbps of throughput.
Affordable: Starting just below $1000 and configurable upwards of $2000, the Lenovo IdeaCentre Y710 Cube is priced very competitively.
Rear Motherboard GPU Outputs: Many gamers might not be well versed with their hardware, and those gamers might accidentally plug their monitors into the motherboard's GPU outputs instead of those of the GPU. While these GPU outputs have covers, they might not be enough to deter someone from plugging in.
SSD Was Too Small: While an SSD is pretty much a requirement for modern PCs, 128GB is too small. I wasn't even able to load all my benchmarks onto the SSD, granted there is an HDD for games.
The Lenovo IdeaCentre Y710 Cube is compact, silent, and decently equipped. While it might not be the best option for 4K gaming, it can play some games at 4K, and it can handle lower resolutions with ease. In a stronger configuration with the GTX 1080, it would be able to tackle 4K games with ease. Lenovo's Cube does use the 6700 instead of the newer Kaby Lake Core i7s, but clock for clock they perform the same.
The IdeaCentre Y710 Cube isn't the smallest PC, but it's much smaller and more portable than some of the faster gaming desktops I have reviewed. When I first received the unit, I wasn't that impressed with its looks, but over time the angles, edges, and hints of red have grown on me. If you are looking for a smaller gaming PC at an affordable price point, you should give the IdeaCentre Y710 Cube a look.
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The Bottom Line: Lenovo's IdeaCentre Y710 Cube is a compact gaming PC whose portability makes it perfect for LAN parties.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and System]
- Page 3 [Teardown of the IdeaCentre Y710 Cube]
- Page 4 [BIOS and Software]
- Page 5 [Test Setup and Benchmarks]
- Page 6 [Temperature and Power Consumption]
- Page 7 [What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts]
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