Why ask “Y”? Lenovo is trusting that PC gamers do as such when they get their first look at its reconsidered arrangement of gaming desktops, now assembled under the IdeaCentre Y line.
Review Lenovo IdeaCentre Y900
The IdeaCentre Y900 is the lead model in the family, and not much sooner than it, we checked on its less-costly sibling, the IdeaCentre Y700. It comes in a few variants, and we observed the one we tried to be a perfect passage level gaming setup for play on a solitary 1080p screen. For $999, the Best Purchase particular Y700 we surveyed incorporated a midrange 2.7GHz Intel Center i5-4600 quad-center processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 representation, 8GB of RAM, a 120GB strong state drive (SSD), and a 1TB hard drive for mass stockpiling. (The SSD was the boot drive.) That $999 package additionally incorporated an illuminated gaming console and a gaming mouse, superior to the typical included charge.
The following rung up that the stepping stool is the IdeaCentre Y900, which looks a great deal like the Y700 from a separation, yet incorporates various unobtrusive and not really unpretentious updates. The IdeaCentre Y900 we’re looking into is additionally a Best Purchase particular model (particularly, display Y900 34ISZ 900D), retailing for $1,599. It altogether ups the preparing power with a “Skylake”/sixth Era Intel Center i7-6700K CPU running at 4GHz, the speediest quad-center processor right now offered by Intel. The representation execution is likewise generously better, affability of a Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 4GB card, and the hard drive stockpiling is moreover multiplied, to 2TB. The case looks more forcefully gamer-concentrated, as well, and the force supply and motherboard are more strong. The IdeaCentre Y900’s incorporated peripherals are of a higher evaluation, as well, as the in-box group incorporates Lenovo’s new mechanical gaming console and laser gaming mouse.
To compare with what it would cost with manufacture a generally equal framework yourself, we looked for parts and thought of around $1,400 in parts for the tower, excluding a mouse or console. Include great quality forms of the last mentioned, and you’re taking a gander at about what Lenovo charges. That is very reasonable on paper, particularly while considering the IdeaCentre Y900 is secured by a full framework guarantee, which you wouldn’t have in the event that you fabricated it yourself.
The IdeaCentre Y900 utilizes a vast mid-tower ATX case, to a great extent like the one utilized as a part of the IdeaCentre Y700. It’s a tastefully forceful look without being exaggerated. This tower is built of steel, except for the top and front, which are basically shaped plastic pieces.
It’s about as big as midsize ATX towers get, measuring 19.8 inches long, 18.9 inches tall, and 8.1 inches wide. The desktop itself weighs 33 pounds, so you’ll definitely get a workout should you decide to lug it to a LAN party. We doubt it’ll go very far in most households, but there’s a convenient carry handle on the top should you get the motivation.
The case’s interior and the back panel are blacked out on the IdeaCentre Y900, which gives it a more upscale look relative to the IdeaCentre Y700, which is unfinished metal. The second major difference between the two is the inclusion of a side panel window, here with a honeycomb pattern overlaid on it…
Peer through, and you’ll see the GeForce GTX 970’s “GEFORCE GTX” lettering illuminated in green, and the processor’s red-LED-lit air-cooling fan. Light from the latter bleeds through the tower’s slatted top vent, too…
The “Y” logo on the front of the desktop is illuminated, as are the two red panels below it on either side. They’re backlit in Lenovo’s trademark red-orange color only, though you can control the brightness or turn them off entirely using the included software. It’s not a dazzling light show, but it’s certainly enough to make the IdeaCentre Y900 stand out in a dark room. The plastic pieces on the front and top of the chassis have a carbon-fiber pattern, though it’s not entirely convincing.
Like the IdeaCentre Y700, the IdeaCentre Y900 takes into account no-devices access to the inside. You slide a locking switch on the desktop’s back to one side, then press down the triangle-formed piece on top of the desktop to pop the windowed side board free. We like the truth it pulls way up yonder, into the clouds, instead of sliding off the side. It’s a snap to adjust and bolt back properly.
The enormous 34-liter inside has gobs of working space. Like most huge box OEMs of desktop PCs, Lenovo doesn’t make a special effort to make the wiring as slick as could reasonably be expected. In any case, it looks generally very much oversaw contrasted with most such endeavors. The force supply isn’t a secluded one, so you’ll see some additional links tied off where need be, similar to the six-pin video-card power connectors on the upper drive confine. (More on those in a moment.) In spite of the fact that the IdeaCentre Y900’s wiring looks neater than the less costly IdeaCentre Y700’s, in actuality, the dark inside just makes it look that way.
The base mounted force supply is a 610-watt model that is 80 Or more Bronze confirmed. It draws cool air from the underside of the tower, which is secured by a dust shield. Four rubber treated feet keep the tower off the ground by very nearly an inch and keep it from sliding around. You’ll locate the primary 3.5-inch drive confine specifically before the force supply, with space inside for three 3.5-inch drives. The main two spaces were involved in our audit unit by a 120GB SSD and a 2TB hard drive. A fourth 3.5-inch narrows lives under the 5.25-inch confine further up. It’s pleasant to see Lenovo incorporated the device less drive plate for the void 3.5-inch straights, making overhauls about as simple as they could be. (These sections were excluded in the lesser-valued IdeaCentre Y700.) With these, you squeeze the finishes of the section together, slide it out, addition a drive, and after that slide it once more into the right spot. The majority of the 3.5-inch drive straights have close-by force connectors, however you’ll have to supply your own SATA links.
The inside is overwhelmed by the full-measure ATX motherboard. The CPU at the upper left has a fundamentally bigger cooler than the one utilized as a part of the IdeaCentre Y700, which bodes well as the IdeaCentre Y900 has a more eager for power Center i7-6700K processor…
To its right are the four RAM DIMM slots, two of which were occupied by 4GB sticks in our review unit. Below them is the big GeForce GTX 970 graphics card. It’s noteworthy that the graphics card has a special extender bracket on its end that securely anchors it to a dedicated card-support apparatus, with slots in it, in the front of the desktop…
This keeps the illustrations card from putting undue weight on the motherboard’s PCI express opening, particularly amid transportation. To evacuate the representation card, you’ll have to slide a plastic piece down on the front bolster pen to undock it. The back part of the bolster section is trickier; the two little plastic pieces should be pushed up and afterward painstakingly bent out before the lock holding the card set up will swing upward, discharging the card.
The motherboard in the IdeaCentre Y900 we tried had four aggregate PCI Express x1 openings, one of which wasn’t usable because of its closeness to the twofold space GeForce GTX 970 card. Despite the fact that it isn’t authoritatively promoted with SLI ability, the IdeaCentre Y900’s motherboard has a second PCI Express x16 space. The force supply, besides, has two additional six-pin connectors attached off to the upper 3.5-inch drive confine, advantageously inside scope of where the second representation card would dwell…
We didn’t test whether including a second design card would work, in any case. The included 610-watt power supply may be somewhat short on juice on the off chance that you needed to include a second GeForce GTX 970.