While many people are perfectly comfortable building their own gaming PCs, most people would rather avoid the headaches that accompany the process and avoid the DIY segment altogether. In recent years, high-end gaming PCs have become more popular, and competition more fierce, as the number of PC gamers grows exponentially. Lenovo has traditionally focused on home and business users, but their Y-Series gaming desktops are targeted at hardcore PC gamers. Through collaboration with Razer, the IdeaCentre Y900 RE was born.
While some in the industry might not care to admit it, there are many benefits to buying a gaming desktop from a well-known PC vendor. For starters, buyers will not have to worry about incompatibilities born out of the endless list of available components and still maintain the ability to have their desktop customized to meet their needs. Learning to build a PC also takes time, and many people would rather spend that time playing games. Warranty and support for the entire system are also benefits, but there are also certain solutions that are not readily available on the DIY market because of compatibility concerns.
Along with the IdeaCentre Y900 RE, Lenovo was nice enough to send over the matching Lenovo Y27g RE 27" R1800 curved gaming monitor. Both the IdeaCentre Y900 RE and Y27g RE come in non-RE (Razer Edition) variants, so you might be asking yourself what Razer brings to the table. The answer is not simply "a well-known gaming brand name," and I will explore the answer in this review. As the holiday season approaches, many gamers might be thinking of upgrading to new systems to play the latest titles such as Battlefield 1, let's see what Lenovo and Razer have up their sleeve.
The IdeaCentre Y900 RE is built with some of the fastest mainstream hardware components on the market, including the Intel Core i7 6700K and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080. The PC also comes with 16GB of DDR4, but our configuration only had a single 16GB stick. The Y900 RE also comes with a 256GB NVMe PCI-E 3.0 x4 SSD and a 2TB HDD for storage. The unit uses Killer based wired and wireless networking, with support for Killer Double Shot Pro. The PC chimes in at 16.9x7.5x16.5 inches and 23.1lbs.
The Lenovo Y27g RE 27" 1800R curved gaming monitor supports resolutions up to 1920x1080 with a 3000:1 contrast ratio. It's illuminated by a WLED backlight and maintains a 27-inch viewable image size. The monitor does have a noticeable curve I will cover later in the review. The monitor also has RGB LEDs at the rear to illuminate the wall behind the display. The monitor also supports NVIDIA G-Sync and refresh rates up to 144Hz.
While the IdeaCentre Y900 RE will run at the 6700K's stock frequency of 4GHz, you can overclock it through the included software. Pressing the overclock button will apply a 4.5GHz overclock.
The IdeaCentre Y900 RE in this configuration costs roughly $2499.99, and the Lenovo Y27g RE costs $649.99.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Physical Overview]
- Page 3 [Physical Overview Continued]
- Page 4 [Software and BIOS]
- Page 5 [Test Setup & System Performance Benchmarks]
- Page 6 [Gaming Performance Benchmarks]
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