The X315 is really a mixed bag. In some of our tests, it shines brightly; in others, it's rather dull. While we can't explain some of the discrepancies, the performance, even when lackluster, is still enough.
While this isn't a gaming legend, it certainly is capable of playing even the latest games, provided they are played at lower detail settings and sometimes lower resolutions. Experimentation can help figure out the best settings for yourself.
While we'd never expect a system at this price point to blow our minds, the X315 is certainly a decent value. However, there are several changes we would like implemented.
To start with, we'd really like to see an SSD replace the SSHD for the boot drive. It would vastly increase the user experience and add little cost to the build if it were a 32GB or 64GB SSD designed for just the operating system and some programs.
Additionally, we'd much rather the system come with just 8GB of RAM, with one DIMM in each channel. This would save money and could offset the added cost of the above recommended SSD. 12GB of RAM is rather pointless on a system like this.
One of the other downsides of this gaming system compared to, say, the Minion, is its use of a proprietary motherboard. Upgrades down the road will be tough, if not impossible. While the motherboard does appear to be ATX compatible, the system power connector appears to be a proprietary 14-pin connector, meaning you can't upgrade the PSU easily to support a more powerful card. This, in turn, limits the potential card upgrades to a card that requires only two 6-pin connectors and less than 450W.
However, as an entry gaming system, the X315 will meet the casual gamer's needs, with support for even the new titles, albeit at low detail. If you are on a budget and plan to upgrade down the road, you might look elsewhere for the above mentioned reasons. If this is simply for a kid or casual gamer, than the $799.99 asking price is reasonable. Just make sure you don't plan to implement major upgrades down the road.
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.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||89%|
|Bundle and Packaging||93%|
|Value for Money||90%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||88%|
The Bottom Line: Lenovo's Erazer X315 is a decent entry-level gaming machine, but lacks the ability to easily upgrade components down the road due to use of proprietary components.
- 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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