Introduction, Design Features
Although it’s appearing underneath Lenovo’s new Legion branding, a $2,499 Legion Y920T gaming desktop is mostly identical to a Ideacentre Y900 tower that we reviewed in 2016. It shares a same elementary box design, tone scheme, and inner member layout, while adding a series of enhancements. For starters, this building now has a Type-C USB port, RGB-enabled front box lighting, and of course, newer components for personification today’s AAA-level titles during their tip settings. It also has a front-mounted HDMI pier for practical existence (VR) headsets like a many intriguing appendage that Lenovo sent along with a exam unit—the $399.99 Explorer churned existence (MR) headset. (More on a headset in a few minutes.)
The Legion Y920T is a highest-end building that Lenovo offers for gaming. The entry-level choice is a $699 Legion Y520 tower, and a Y720 is a mid-grade denote starting during $899 with an AMD processor and $999 with an Intel chip. The Y920T we’re reviewing starts during a many loftier $1,999, yet you’re removing some many some-more critical hardware for that kind of money. That includes an Intel Core i7-7700KNvidia GeForce GTX 1070Alienware Aurora R7Core i7-8700K six-core CPU. We also mock-configured an HP Omen Desktop PC (SKU 880-160se) allied to a Alienware for $1,954, a serve denote that Lenovo is a tiny off a pitch with a pricing on a Legion. That said, a cost disproportion is zero that a good sale couldn’t solve. If labelled similarly, this Lenovo building has a lot to offer underneath a assertive exterior. Let’s take a closer look.
(As we’ve reviewed a Ideacentre Y900 building on that a Legion Y920T is based, we’ll indicate we towards that examination for many of this territory and concentration on a differences in this article.)
The many manifest disproportion on a Y920T is a user-changeable box lighting. It was probable to spin a lighting on and off in a Ideacentre Y900, yet we had to spend additional for a Y900 Razer Edition to change a colors. In a Legion Y920T, RGB box lighting comes standard. That means we can change a tone of a front row lighting to any one of 16.7 million colors. This is all achieved in a preinstalled Lenovo Nerve Center software:
The left and right “eyes” and a Y-gaming pitch on a front of a building can be exclusively controlled. Each section supports 3 levels of liughtness and can be incited off completely; a latter is generally critical if we devise to nap with this building incited on in your room. The program stores 3 profiles, that isn’t a lot; afterwards again, there’s not accurately a whole lot to change, either.
The Legion Y920T has a cosmetic see-through box window on a left side. The black-painted box interior gives it an aftermarket look, yet it soaks adult a gloomy enlightenment from a red LED box fan during a behind of a desktop. That fan is a usually source of enlightenment inside a tower, and it’s not enough. A light frame using around a fringe of a box window would have finished a pretence nicely. (There’s zero to stop we from doing a tiny engineering after purchase, of course.)
Taking off a side row is as elementary as releasing a close switch during a behind of a tower, and afterwards pulling down on a triangle-shaped square during a tip rear. The side doorway tilts out and pulls off. The interior is atmospheric and easy to work in. The black-sleeved cables, another good touch, are orderly routed or bundled out of a way. Unlike a immature PCBs we customarily see in prebuilt desktops from vital OEMs, a motherboard is also blacked-out, aftermarket-style. Last, it’s easy to conclude a bottom-mounted energy supply. The Legion Y920T comes with a 625-watt section with an 80 Plus Bronze certification.
Dust buildup is a regard with any fan-cooled computer. Thanks to a removable dirt filters, a Legion Y920T creates that a tiny easier to cope with. One of a dirt filters is located underneath a energy supply during a behind of a tower. The filter slides out once we press down and hold a tiny add-on to lift it out.
Another removable dirt filter resides behind a front panel. The front row needs to be private for access, yet this is candid if you’re careful. Once a side doorway of a desktop is removed, we can see a 3 cosmetic clips holding a front row onto a tower. Push these giveaway with your fingertips, and a front row will come off left to right. Be careful, though, as it won’t go distant before we strech a finish of a wiring that binds it to a tower. You can get a row only distant adequate divided to lift off a dirt filter and give it a discerning wash. Before pulling in a left-side clips, make certain a clips on a right corner of a front row are scrupulously in their grooves. (They’re not utterly a same as a clips on a left side.)
The Legion Y920T has a important collection of ports. New to this denote is a front-mounted HDMI port, a preference for hooking adult a VR headset. Given a stream state of technology, VR headsets are still wired, and so you’re tethered. You have some-more operation with a front-mounted pier over one all a approach in a back.
Next to a HDMI pier are 4 Type-A USB 3.1 ports, a initial of that can supply energy to inclination while a desktop is in standby. A Type-C USB 3.1 pier and a headphone/microphone multiple jack turn out a connectors adult here. The audio jack had conspicuous division on a exam model. Unlike a Ideacentre predecessor, a Legion Y920T doesn’t have a media label reader, that was wanting to fit in a HDMI port.
The rest of a connectivity is on a behind of a tower. The motherboard’s I/O row has a bequest PS/2 pier and dual Type-A USB 2.0 ports during a top. Under them is a blocked-off HDMI pier (the onboard graphics were infirm in preference of a dedicated Nvidia GPU in a exam system), 4 Type-A USB 3.0 ports, an Ethernet jack, and microphone, headphone, visual audio out, and approximate audio connectors.
The GeForce GTX 1080 GPU in a exam section had a bequest DVI-D connector, dual DisplayPort connectors, and dual HDMI ports. One of a HDMI ports was assigned by a cat-like pass-through adapter for a Y920T’s front-mounted HDMI port.
The Core i7-7700K was a flagship quad-core processor of Intel’s seventh-generation “Kaby Lake” line of chips, yet it’s given been superseded by a eighth-generation “Coffee Lake” CPUs, privately a Core i7-8700K. Lenovo wasn’t certain when a Legion Y920T was going to be upgraded with those chips. The opening of a Core i7-7700K is distant from unsound by today’s standards, yet a six-core Core i7-8700K offers significantly improved all-around performance. The competing Alienware Aurora R7 and a HP Omen desktop PC both offer a eighth-gen chips as of this writing, and for a same or reduction than what Lenovo is charging.
One of a some-more engaging facilities of a Legion Y920T is a involuntary overclocking. We’re not certain accurately how it detects applications, yet it seemed to flog in for many of a benchmark runs though a intervention. (That was glorious by us, of course.) The overclock on a exam section was softly impressive; since a batch Core i7-7700K runs during 4.2GHz bottom and adult to 4.5GHz in turbo boost, a OneKey overclock done it a fast 4.7GHz opposite all 4 cores.
You can tweak this even serve around a Advanced mode in a Lenovo Nerve Center software.
We manually enabled and infirm a overclocking to exam how it influenced performance. Without a overclocking, we available a Cinebench R15 measure of 881; with a overclock, a measure went to 939, an boost of 6.5 percent. That’s not bad for a click of a mouse. (Or no clicks during all—again, a overclocking kicked in automatically in many of a benchmarks we ran.)
Graphics-wise, Lenovo offers a Legion Y920T with a GeForce GTX 1070 8GB or a GTX 1080 8GB. Those are both glorious cards for high-fps 1080p and 1440p gaming, with a GTX 1080 charity around 20 percent improved performance. Our examination section was versed with a GTX 1080 with a blower-style cooler.
The Legion Y920T supports adult to 64GB of DDR4-2400 memory. Our exam section had a two-8GB DIMM dual-channel setup for 16GB of RAM in total. That’s sufficient for complicated gaming; we could simply supplement some-more later.
The Legion Y920T fits adult to 4 3.5-inch storage drives and an M.2 Type-2280 (80mm) container on a motherboard for solid-state storage. The 3.5-inch bays are decorated along a front of a tower, with 3 during a bottom and one only underneath a dual 5.25-inch bays. Each 3.5-inch brook has a tool-less slide-out caddy and a energy cable, nonetheless you’ll need to supply your possess SATA cables. Thanks to a caddies, adding or replacing drives is a cinch. Our examination section enclosed a 256GB SSD in a M.2 slot, and a 2TB tough expostulate in a bottom 3.5-inch bay.
The Legion Y920T has 3 fans that control airflow in a chassis. The dual that do many of a work are a 120mm intake during a front, and a 120mm empty during a rear. The latter is LED-backlit in red, nonetheless we can’t change a color. The third fan is a one inside a energy supply.
The other dual fans in this desktop are a 120mm fan trustworthy to a vast CPU cooler, and a blower-style fan that was inside a GeForce GTX 1080 graphics label in a examination unit. It’s softly startling that there is no glass cooling offering on a denote with an unlocked, automatically overclocking Intel quad-core CPU.
We ran by a 30-minute gaming event in an AAA-rated pretension to exam a Legion Y920T’s cooling. The GeForce GTX 1080 GPU surfaced out during 79 degrees C, a normal heat for a Founder’s Edition of a label and a blower-style cooler. HWMonitor reported a limit heat for a Core i7-7700K CPU was 81 degrees C. That’s a lot warmer than it would run if it were liquid-cooled; for comparison, a same CPU in a compress Corsair One Pro ran during only 71 degrees C. The chip is rated for 100 degrees C, so a Lenovo’s thermal resolution keeps it cold enough. That doesn’t stop us for wishing for glass cooling, though.
Noise-wise, it’s probable to hear a Legion Y920T’s fans using though credentials noise, yet during idle a fans are doubtful to attract notice. There was a amiable boost in fan sound while gaming, yet not to a indicate where we suspicion it would means any neglected glances.