we find it to be a strong performer with a great design

Highs

  • Very Good Performance
  • Nice and Efficient RGB-lighting Design
  • VR-Ready

Lows

  • Gen7 Intel Processor instead of Gen8

Rating and Price

  • Rating: 9/10

The Lenovo Legion Y920T (T as in “Tower”) is the successor of the IdeaCentre Y900 desktop Gaming PC. The name change is a logical re-branding since Legion encompasses all gaming computers, while IdeaCentre will gradually become the Home Computer brand for Lenovo. Naming aside, the Legion Y920T is an excellent upgrade that brings a number of refinements where it matters.

Specs Highlights

Let’s take a look at the configuration we are testing. The Lenovo Legion Y920T comes in at least two configurations on Lenovo’s website, and possibly more via retail and e-tail partners. We are testing the most powerful one, with the specs below:

  • Gen7 Intel Core i7-7700K Processor (4.20GHz 8MB)
  • Windows 10 Home 64
  • 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 UDIMM 2400MHz, Max. 64GB. 4 Memory Slots.
  • 2TB 7200 RPM HDD, DVD Recordable
  • 256GB SSD PCIe NVMe m.2
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB
  • Killer Wireless 1535 802.11 AC (2 x 2) & Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB English Backlit Keyboard and Mouse
  • Front Ports
    • 4x USB-A 3.0
    • 1x USB-C
    • 1x HDMI
    • 1x 3.5mm audio
  • Rear Ports
    • 4x USB-A 3.0
    • 2x USB-A 2.0
    • 3x DisplayPort (removing 1 passthrough to front)
    • 2x HDMI, 1x DVI-D (Dual-Link)
    • PS/2 keyboard / mouse
    • Ethernet (Gb?)
  • 625W Power Supply (80+ Bronze)
  • 18.85 in x 19.82 in x 8.12 in (478.9 mm x 503.5 mm x 206.4 mm), ~31 Lbs (~14.1 Kg)

A more affordable version of the Y920T comes with the NVIDIA GTX 1070, 1TB of HDD and 128GB of SSD. Depending on your budget, it may be something to seek for, although the performance conclusion of this review will not apply, even if the design and general platform remarks will stick.

Hardware overview

Since performance is the name of the game for Gaming PCs, let’s dive into it right away. As you may expect, Gaming PCs configured with a similar hardware platform (GPU/CPU/RAM) will tend to have comparable performance, that is unless an OEM does something horribly wrong such as choosing low-performance RAM, but that would be the exception rather than the norm, especially for a big name such as Lenovo.

The SSD would typically house the apps and operating system files, while the HDD would be where the bulk of the games and data would be stored. You can install your most-frequently played games on the SSD, but since games can occupy north of 20GB on disk, 128GB, in particular, might feel tight quickly.

SSD Performance

Our Lenovo Y920T unit is equipped with a 256GB SSD drive. It is a PCIe NVMe m.2 module, and the exact reference is Samsung MZVLW256HEHP PM961 256GB. This model came out last year (Feb 2017) and is based on a 48-layer MLC V-NAND construction.

This SSD has excellent random reads and writes capabilities for a consumer-level product. Random reads are typically the defining factor for perceived disk performance. It can also reach very high sequential reads and write speeds (3000 MB/s and 1150 MB/s) which might help for games that come with all the data in a single mega-file.

*Keep in mind that while OEMs try to maintain a consistent experience across a line of product, they may also have multiple suppliers for parts such as the SSD. Since this exact model is not part of the computer specs, there’s no guarantee you will get the exact same one, although it is likely that you would.

VR-Ready

First of all, the Lenovo Y920T is VR-Ready. With framerates expected to be at or above 90 FPS, this gives a high-level idea of the speed of this gaming machine. On the chassis, you can see that the computer has been Oculus-certified. This means that Oculus can provide some technical support. The Y920T also works with the HTC VIVE, Windows Mixed Reality, and other well-known PC VR headsets.

The Steam VR test shows that this computer can easily support VR Titles, and was able to consistently run the test at 90 FPS (and above), the prefered refresh-rate for VR applications. (Below 90 FPS, the odds of users getting some motion sickness is higher).

The front HDMI port makes VR setup smoother and cleaner in my opinion. Although the rear HDMI works as well, it is just very convenient to have one in the front, especially if the headset is not going to be permanently out and connected. Lenovo is particularely attentive to VR because the company has pushed hard into this field, with the Lenovo Explorer VR Headset and the Lenovo Mirage VR Camera.

Overall product rating: 9/10

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