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Za rychlostmi puchýřů najdete vylepšenou legii Coldfront 2.0 chladicího systému. Doplňuje vysoce oktanovou, špičkovou věž Legion Tower 5i prostřednictvím vylepšených Fir Thermals, 150W CPU Cooler a větší ventilátory, které udržují vzduch cirkulující po celém vnitřním interiéru 28L. Získejte neomezený přístup k více než 100 vysoce kvalitním PC hry na Windows 10 s Xbox Game Pass pro PC (beta) 1. Připojte se k nízké měsíční ceně během období beta2. Stáhněte si a hrajte nové hry v den prvního jako Gears 5-Plus nedávné trháky jako Age of Empires II a kriticky uznávané nezávislé hry. S přidáním her po celou dobu budete mít vždy něco nového. Vzhled a dojem z The Legion Tower 5i začínají s robustním a pevným rámem. Drží statný 28l vnitřního objemu, zatímco sportovní dostatek výběrů přístavu a přenášející se nainstalovanou vzadu-stavební bloky skutečné bitevní stanice. Modré LED logo osvětlující fantomové černé pouzdro završuje ohromující design.
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- Procesor Intel Core i5-11500 (Octo-Core, 2.7GHz, 16 MB mezipaměť)
- Systémová paměť 16 GB DDR4
- 1TB (7200 ot / min) HDD 512GB SSD (Hybrid pevný disk)
- Vyhrazený NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Super Graphics (6.1GB vyhrazená video paměť)
- Žádná optická jednotka
- 4 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB-C, 1 x HDMI, 1 x Displayport, 1 x DVI, 1 x mikrofon
- Kabelová klávesnice a kabelová myš
- 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.1 a Bluetooth 5.0
- Operační systém: Microsoft Windows 10 Home
- 17.99 „x 7.26 „x 17.94 „(hxwxd); 30.1lbs
- Komfrobuovanou energetickou hvězdou
- Lenovo Legion T5 26iOB6 Gaming Desktop PC
- Napájecí kabel
- USB myš
- USB klávesnice
SpecifikaceObecná informace Komfalintivatelní energetická hvězda: Chlazení YesLiquid: Nomodol Number: Legion T5 26iOB6Product Special Notes (0 Pokud žádné): Produkt může mít drobné kosmetické vady (přesné): Typ zástrčky BlackPower: Typ A (USA/Kanada/Mexiko/Japonsko) Výroba produktu: N/Arelease Year: 202020Fundled Software (0 Pokud není): 0# procesorů: 0Form Factor: Full Towerlifestyle: GamingProduct Line (Desktop): Custom/No Brandtotal DisplayPort Výstupy: 1optane paměť (GB): 0epeat Úroveň: Neplatná použitelná
Storage Hard Drive Speed (RPM): 7200Hard Drive Type: Hybrid Hard Disk Drive (H-HDD)Hard Drive Interface: SSDHard Drive Size (GB): 1512
Expandability Total PCI Express X8 Slots: 0Total Open Expansion Bays: 0Total PCI Express X16 Slots: 0Total PCI Express X1 Slots: 0Available PCI Express X16 Slots: 0Total 3.5″ External Bays: 0Total 3.5″ Internal Bays: 0Built-in Media Card Reader: Not ApplicableAvailable PCI Express X8 Slots: 0Available PCI Express X1 Slots: 0Total Hot-Swap Bays: 0Total 5.25″ External Bays: 0
Inputs/Outputs Total USB-C Ports: 1Optical Drive Type: Not ApplicableTotal DVI Outputs: 1Total USB 2.0 Ports: 2Mouse Included: YESDVD Speed (R/W/RW): 0/0/0Total Headphone Outputs: 1Keyboard Included: YESTotal HDMI Outputs: 1Blu-ray Speed (R/W/RW): 0/0/0Mouse Connection Type: WiredTotal Microphone Outputs: 1Total USB 3.0 Ports: 4Keyboard Connection Type: WiredFront USB 2.0 Ports: 0Total VGA Outputs: 0
Processor # of Processor Cores: 8Processor Speed (GHz): 2.7Processor Series: Intel Core i5 11th GenProcessor Model Number: Intel Core i5-11500Processor L3 Cache (MB): 16
RAM Memory Type: DDR4Total RAM (GB): 16Maximum Memory Supported (GB): 32
Graphics Video Memory Available (MB): 6144Graphics Type: DedicatedGraphics Card Model Number: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER
Physical Features Item Dimensions (H x W x D Inches): 17.99 x 7.26 x 17.94Item Weight (LBS): 30.08Color (Generic): Black
Display Maximum Displays Supported: 3
Networking Bluetooth Compatability: 5.0LAN Compatibility: 10/100/1000 GigabitWireless Network Compatibility: 802.11AX
Operating System Operating System Version: HomeDesktop Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10
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The Lenovo Legion Tower 5 delivers solid 1080p performance at an affordable price
Tom’s Guide Verdict
The Lenovo Legion Tower 5 is an affordable, capable and upgradeable gaming PC. But it fails to stand out from the crowd.
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Price: 950 as reviewed Processor: Intel Core i5-11400 RAM: 8 GB Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super Storage: 256GB SSD 1TB HDD Accessories: USB wired keyboard, USB wired mouse Ports: 6x USB-A, 1x USB-C, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort, Ethernet, 3.5mm audio Size: 8.07 x 15.57 x 16.54 inches Weight: 27 pounds
The Legion Tower 5 (950 as reviewed, configurable up to 2,500) is Lenovo’s mid-range gaming desktop, offering solid performance without the hefty price tag of a high-end gaming rig.
After spending some time with the Legion Tower 5, I think it’s a fine addition to the ranks of pre-built gaming PCs in this price category. But I’m struggling for a reason to choose it over any of the other similar machines on the market.
But while it may not be one of the best gaming PCs you can buy, the Legion Tower 5 offers respectable performance for roughly 1,000 (and you may even be able to get it for a little less with one of our Lenovo coupon codes). It’s a good reminder that you don’t need to shell out thousands of dollars for a high-end rig in order to enjoy great gaming performance at 1080p.
Lenovo Legion Tower 5 review: Price and configurations
Our Legion Tower 5 review unit is a Intel-based 950 configuration available for purchase at Best Buy. This is one of the cheapest versions of the Legion Tower 5 Lenovo has (high-end configurations top out at around 2,500), but it still has some respectable specs for the money.
It comes with an Intel Core i5-11400F 2.6 GHz processor and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super graphics card. Neither is likely to wow your friends with a top-of-the-line gaming rig, but they deliver decent gaming performance in the Legion 5’s 1080p comfort zone. I was a bit disappointed that our review model came with only 8GB of RAM, but to be honest, I didn’t really feel the lack of RAM during testing.
Probably the most pleasant surprise is that even the cheapest Legion Tower 5 model comes with a built-in SSD. Until recently, a fair number of machines at this price, including my own home machine, made you spring for your own solid state drive. Getting one packed in with the Legion Tower 5 is a nice bonus, as the slower read speeds of an HDD cause a significant performance hit when gaming.
Lenovo Legion Tower 5 review: Design
The Legion Tower 5 has the traditional boxy, bulky desktop silhouette. At 27 pounds, it was light enough that I had no trouble moving it around for testing, but still heavy enough that I’d rather not be moving the thing regularly.
The only details breaking up the standard black rectangle of the case are a clear glass side panel, and customizable RGB lights in both the front (displaying the Legion logo) and rear (illuminating the tower’s interior) of the machine. The desktop measures 8.07 x 15.57 x 16.54 inches, which leaves a significantly spacious internal area that makes installing upgrades easier. It also gives the RGB lighting room to shine.
A lot of machines have started to use a „PC internals as multicolored rave room“ design, including the similarly-priced Dell G5 5090. But it’s still nice to see something other than a solid black case when your eyes drift over to your desktop.
Lenovo Legion Tower 5 review: Benchmarks and performance
Keeping in mind the price, the Legion Tower 5 held up well during testing at 1080p. Far Cry New Dawn ran at an average of 83 frames per second, and Grand Theft Auto 5 averaged 65 fps. Newer games ran a little bit slower, as you might imagine, but no game in our battery of tests ran under 30 fps. The slowest was Red Dead Redemption 2, which achieved an average of 39 fps during testing.
Anecdotally, I saw similar results while using the Legion 5 casually for a week. If I was playing older or less graphically-intensive titles, the Legion 5 would let me crank all graphics settings up to max and still run at 60 fps or more. recent big-budget games required some settings tweaking to run at those speeds, but they were all playable.
It was only when I tried to push the limits of what the Legion Tower 5 could do that it became obvious this isn’t a high-end machine. If for some reason you want to try to use the Legion Tower 5 to run the latest games in 4K resolution, you’re probably going to have a bad time. The Legion Tower 5 managed to run Far Cry New Dawn in 4K at a surprisingly respectable 35 fps, but when playing Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla at the same resolution, it chugged along at 18 fps. Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Red Dead Redemption 2 and GTA V wouldn’t run in 4K at all.
When used for non-gaming tasks, the Legion Tower 5 also delivered respectable — if not amazing — results. It took a little over 10 minutes (10:17) to complete our video editing test, which tasks the PC with transcoding a 4K video down to 1080p in Handbrake. When we put the Legion Tower 5’s SSD to the test by asking it to duplicate 25 GB of multimedia files, it managed to do so at a transfer rate of 454 MBps.
The Legion Tower 5 performed reasonably well in the Geekbench 5.4 multi-core CPU benchmarking test, earning a decent score of 6,047. That’s better than the similarly-priced Dell G5 (5,558) but nowhere near the 10,000 scores earned by high-end (and expensive) gaming rigs like the HP Omen 30L.
Lenovo Legion Tower 5 review: Pre-loaded software
Our review unit came pre-loaded with Windows 10 and Lenovo Vantage, which you use to manage the built-in RGB lighting, as well as some other hardware settings. It’s a perfectly fine piece of software that I played around with for a few minutes to test out the RGB lighting, and then ignored for the rest of my testing.
The computer also, unfortunately, came pre-loaded with McAfee antivirus software, which tends to make a lot of noise about virus threats without doing a much better job than Windows Defender. The PC proceeded to notify me it had McAfee installed every few minutes and warned me of the grave security threat of my Google results a few times. As bloatware goes, I’ve seen a lot worse, but every time I see a “your virus protection is about to run out” warning I die a little bit inside.
Lenovo Legion Tower 5 review: Ports and peripherals
The keyboard and mouse included with the Legion Tower 5 are barely worth mentioning. After confirming they were functional, I almost immediately swapped over to my personal mouse and keyboard set-up. If you’re planning to use the Legion Tower 5 as a primary machine, or even just for regular gaming sessions you’ll probably want to do the same.
Both peripherals packed in with the Legion Tower 5 felt extremely flimsy compared to my dedicated gaming mouse and mechanical keyboard. It seems a bit silly to complain that a „free“ mouse and keyboard don’t match up to more expensive peripherals, but it definitely feels like this was an area where Lenovo skimped a little to keep costs down.
The Legion Tower 5 also comes up a little bit short when it comes to ports. The top of the case has headphone and microphone ports, along with two USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 ports. On the back you’ll find an Ethernet port, three audio out ports, and the ports from the graphics card — in this case one HDMI, one DisplayPort, and one DVI port. Besides that there’s a USB-C 3.2 port, two additional USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 ports and two USB-A 2.0 ports, for a total of 7 USB ports.
That last detail was actually my biggest problem with the Legion Tower 5 during my testing. Having seven USB ports isn’t exactly stingy, but it’s pretty easy to build or buy a machine at this price with quite a few more. My home machine, for instance, has eight —including two top-facing ports. The similarly priced Dell G5 comes with nine. As a result, the Legion 5 left me regularly plugging and unplugging some of my more rarely used peripherals, until I finally went rooting around for an old USB hub.
On the one hand, a problem that you can solve with a 10 USB hub almost seems like nitpicking. On the other hand, if you’ve got a desktop setup where accessing the back of your machine is a bit of a chore, a few extra ports on the Legion Tower 5 would go a long way.
Lenovo Legion Tower 5 review: Upgradability
The good news is that if you, like me, wish the specs of the Legion 5 were just slightly different, the case makes upgrading almost everything extremely simple.
It’s just a matter of using a Phillips head screwdriver to take two screws off the glass side of the case and you’re inside, where it’s easy to slot in some new RAM or a USB card. There’s plenty of open space here, and almost no cords to get in your way.
Adding a new hard drive is only slightly more complex. There are open drive bays and SATA cables accessible through the opposite side of the case, but there’s also a lot less space to work with. I have absolutely no room to talk when it comes to cable management, but the nice, clean space visible behind the glass paneling means there are a LOT of cables bundled very tightly and routed through the back side. These can be tricky to work with.
Getting a drive into a drive bay and hooked up would probably require undoing a few of Lenovo’s cable ties just to give yourself a little slack on the SATA and power hookups. Given how little open space there is on this side of the case, that would also probably mean doing a fair bit of cable management once you’re done.
Still, installing a hard drive seems like it would be more of a minor annoyance than an actual problematic upgrade. About the only things that would be at all difficult for owners to upgrade or replace are the motherboard and the processor, and that’s true of basically every desktop on the planet.
Lenovo Legion Tower 5 review: Verdict
The Legion Tower 5 does what it says on the tin. It’ll serve as a decent, though not spectacular, gaming desktop right out of the box. You can solve most of its minor annoyances with quick and relatively inexpensive upgrades.
But if that doesn’t exactly sound like a ringing endorsement, it’s because it isn’t one. There are a lot of solid desktops for this amount of money, many of which have some bells and whistles that the Legion 5 lacks. The Dell XPS 8940, for example, can deliver similar performance for roughly 1,000, and it offers more ports than the Legion Tower 5 in a quiet, nondescript case.
Overall, the Legion Tower 5 didn’t disappoint in testing but it also never wowed me. I was perfectly happy using it as my primary machine for a week or so; I’ll also be perfectly happy to return to my usual machine and send this one back to Lenovo.
Lenovo Legion Tower 5i Review
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The Bottom Line
Lenovo undercuts the competition with its new mid-tower gaming desktop, the Legion Tower 5i. It’s a top-notch performer at a great price.
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- Excellent gaming performance
- Customizable RGB lighting
- Built-in Wi-Fi 6
Lenovo Legion Tower 5i Specs
We reviewed Lenovo’s last mid-tower gaming desktop, the Legion T730, at the end of 2018. Now well into 2020, Lenovo is back with a redesign with the new Legion Tower 5i (starts at 1,029; 1,449 as tested). Its 10th Generation Intel „Comet Lake“ processor and up to an 8GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super GPU (as seen in our test unit) make a superb combo for the latest games and esports, and it’s all rounded out by a tidy design and user-controllable RGB lighting. Where it really does well, though, is pricing, coming in several hundred dollars under the competition with equivalent or better hardware. It’s our new Editors‘ Choice holder for mainstream mid-tower gaming desktops.
A Refined Gamer Look
The Legion Tower 5i accomplishes one thing right off the bat: It looks very much like a gaming desktop. This is important in the mainstream market, where lots of towers tend to look rather samey. Not this one.
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Lenovo didn’t overdo it, though; the all-black case has a see-through window on the left and a backlit logo on the front. The glossy carbon-fiber pattern on the front panel adds a little flair, too.
The spoiler-like rear lip is actually a carry handle, which I found especially convenient for taking this 24-pound test unit out of its shipping box. It’s on the stout side, as far as mid-towers go, at 17.9 by 7.3 by 18 inches (HWD) for a volume of 28 liters.
Dell G5 Gaming Desktop
Lenovo Legion T730 Tower
The outside panels are relatively thick plastic. I’d like to see metal, but the plastic provides plenty of rigidity in conjunction with the case’s metal structure. The window is also plastic. It’s not as clear or reflective as tempered glass, but it still provides a good view of the interior thanks to the Legion Tower 5i’s LED case lighting. Its four lighting zones are individually configurable within the Lenovo Vantage app.
The rear exhaust and processor fans support RGB lighting—up to 16.7 million colors. You can choose a static color or among preset patterns such as color cycling. The interior case lighting and the Legion logo on the front of the tower are pale blue only, though you can change their brightness and effects. There’s no shortage of brightness, and the lighting can be turned off. Overall, the lighting is smartly implemented.
Simple, Organized Innards
The left panel is secured by two thumb screws for toolless access. Removing it reveals a spacious interior.
The blacked-out metal looks much better than the bare steel often found inside mainstream towers. The wiring is not as tidy and slick as it would be in a handcrafted tower from an aftermarket specialist like Origin (see our review of the 2020 Neuron), but nothing is haphazardly tied off.
At center is an ATX motherboard based on the Intel B460 chipset, so it’s not for overclocking. (You would want a Z490 chipset for that, which isn’t offered in this tower.) The eight-core Core i7-10700 processor in my unit is the top choice for the Legion Tower 5i. Lenovo pairs it with a 150-watt heatsink, which might seem like overkill considering the chip carries a 65-watt thermal design power (TDP) rating, but it can consume much more than that in its Turbo boost mode (up to 4.8GHz, from 2.9GHz base).
Two of the motherboard’s four UDIMM slots for DDR4-2933 memory are populated by 8GB modules (a total of 16GB, running in dual-channel mode). The motherboard also has not one but two onboard M.2 slots. The one above the graphics card (which is almost impossible to see in our photos since it’s overshadowed by the CPU cooler) is populated by a 512GB solid-state drive loaded with Windows 10 Home. The empty slot is located under the graphics card.
This unit also has a traditional 1TB spinning hard drive in one of the 3.5-inch bays at the lower right. Installing drives is a toolless affair.
Directly left is a 650-watt power supply, which is a bit more than the components in this tower need, but it’s nice to have the headroom for future upgrades. This unit’s 8GB GeForce RTX 2070 Super is the fastest graphics card offered in this tower. The green lettering on the side of the card is backlit.
The Legion Tower 5i’s ample cooling power comes from two 120mm fans at the front and one at the rear.
The rear fans tend to kick into high gear while gaming, though the relatively closed nature of the case mutes the sound. The sound level won’t be a conversation starter, even in a quiet living room.
Only Average Connectivity
The Legion Tower 5i’s connectivity is status quo for a desktop of its size. The front is limited to two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports (supporting 5Gbps transfers) and an audio combo jack (headphone and microphone in one).
As these ports are on the top panel, you might have wires cascading down from there should you put the tower on top of a desk. Also, I always miss having a media card reader, and this tower doesn’t have one. They’re becoming uncommon on desktops, full stop.
The back of the tower has another two USB-A ports, two retro USB 2.0 ports for input devices, a USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C port, Ethernet, and a trio of audio jacks: line in, line out, and microphone.
My unit’s GeForce RTX 2070 Super provides one HDMI and three DisplayPort video outputs plus a VirtualLink port (USB Type-C connector) for future virtual-reality headsets. The last is not always present on GeForce RTX-class cards, so it’s nice to see.
The Legion Tower 5i comes standard with the latest Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) and Bluetooth 5 wireless standards courtesy of an Intel AX201 card.
The wireless antennas are conveniently built into the case so you don’t have to deal with the awkwardness of external ones.
Priced to Compete
As a quick recap, the 1,449 Legion Tower 5i I’m reviewing includes a Core i7-10700 processor, a GeForce RTX 2070 Super, 16GB of memory, a 512GB solid-state drive for the Windows 10 operating system, and a 1TB hard drive for storage. A one-year warranty is standard.
It’s a pretty good deal with those components compared to the HP Omen 25L (Opens in a new window). which went for 1,659 with just a 6GB GeForce RTX 2060 Super as I typed this. I also configured a Dell G5 Gaming Desktop on Dell’s site for 1,685, albeit with a faster Core i7-10700KF (Opens in a new window) processor. Boutique builders are still more expensive; the Digital Storm Lynx rang up at 2,159, a hefty premium for its Core i7-10700KF with liquid cooling and larger 2TB storage drive. (Admittedly, it comes with a better case and a higher level of craftsmanship.)
A slight against this Lenovo is that it isn’t factory customizable, though there were at least a half-dozen configurations on Lenovo’s site at the time of this review. The base model’s six-core Core i5-10400F and 6GB GeForce RTX 2060 is a fine combo for 1080p gaming and esports.
All Legion Tower 5i configurations include a wired keyboard and mouse.
They’re plastic and lacking for special features, but they will tide you over until you can step up to a better set. (See our gaming keyboards guide.)
The Legion Strikes Back
I compared the Legion Tower 5i to a diverse crowd of gaming desktops, both budget and high-end, for our benchmark testing. Their basic specifications are as follows.
The cube-like Corsair Vengeance Gaming PC (6182) is the only one to tout an AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT, which goes head to head with the GeForce RTX 2070 Super in the Legion Tower 5i. powerful yet is the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti in the HP Omen Obelisk (Late 2019), the fastest gaming-focused graphics card as of this writing. At the budget end, the CyberPower Gamer Xtreme GXi11400CPG is about half as expensive (769) as the Lenovo I’m reviewing. Let’s get benching.
Storage, Media, and CPU Tests
Our first test is UL’s PCMark 10, a holistic performance suite that simulates different real-world productivity and content-creation workflows. We use it to assess overall system performance for office-centric tasks such as word processing, spreadsheet work, web browsing, and videoconferencing. PCMark 8, meanwhile, has a storage subtest that we use to assess the speed of the system’s boot drive. Both tests generate a proprietary numeric score; higher numbers are better.
The Legion Tower 5i nosed ahead of the others with an exemplary 7,043-point showing in PCMark 10. (Our internal reference point for high-performance PCs is 4,000 points.) Meanwhile, the PCMark 8 storage scores were a tight grouping since these desktops all employ fast solid-state boot storage.
Next up is a pair of CPU-crunching tests: Cinebench R15 stresses all available processor cores and threads while rendering a complex image, while in our Handbrake test, we transcode a 12-minute 4K video down to 1080p.
The Legion Tower 5i’s excellent scoring continued in these tests. It had no trouble keeping pace with the 95-watt Core i9-9900K in the HP despite its Core i7-10700 being only a 65-watt part. That said, it couldn’t quite match the efficiency of the 65-watt Ryzen 7 3700X in the Corsair, making me wish Lenovo offered a Ryzen version of the Legion Tower 5i.
Nonetheless, the Core i7-10700 still has the edge for situations where clock speed reigns supreme, like our Photoshop test where the Legion Tower 5i clinched the lowest time. We use an early 2018 release of Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud to apply 10 complex filters and effects to a standard JPEG image, timing each operation and adding up the totals. This test is not as CPU-focused as Cinebench or Handbrake, bringing the performance of the storage subsystem, memory, and GPU into play.
Now onto the 3D-focused tests. We use two benchmark suites to gauge the gaming performance potential of a PC. In the first, UL’s 3DMark, we run two DirectX 11-driven subtests, the mainstream Sky Diver and Fire Strike, which is more suited to gaming rigs. Our other graphics benchmark is Unigine Corp.’s Superposition, which uses a different rendering engine to produce a complex 3D scene.
The Legion Tower 5i’s numbers look good. The Corsair edged it out in Fire Strike, but the Lenovo more than compensated for that in the graphics card-focused Superposition 1080p test. The Dell wasn’t anywhere close with its 6GB GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, though it is a much less expensive card.
Last but perhaps most important, we’ll try some real games. We use the built-in benchmarks in Far Cry 5 (at its Ultra preset) and Rise of the Tomb Raider (at its Very High preset) at 1080p, 1440p, and 4K/UHD resolutions. Far Cry 5 uses DirectX 11, while we flip Rise of the Tomb Raider to DirectX 12. The results are measured in frames per second (fps); we look for at least 60 for smooth playability.
The Legion Tower 5i’s 65-watt processor didn’t hold back its GeForce RTX 2070 Super at all. In fact, these numbers are just as good or slightly better than what we recorded when we reviewed the card in our 95-watt test rig. Gaming tends to not put a full (i.e., 100 percent) continuous load on the processor, so the Core i7-10700 is able to reach its Turbo clock without much in the way of power limitations.
The Legion Tower 5i would even be usable for 4K gaming with slightly lowered detail settings. Though it’s something of a moot point since the GeForce RTX 2070 Super is its top choice, I’d argue that card is the peak of value for high-fps 1080p and 1440p gaming. (Reference the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti-equipped HP’s numbers to see what you get for dropping a lot more cash.)
A Mid-Tower Gamer That’s Easy to Recommend
Lenovo has a compelling mid-tower gaming rig on its hands with the Legion Tower 5i. It’s well designed, easy to service, and looks the part without overdoing it. Its standard features are impressive, including user-configurable case lighting, Wi-Fi 6, and 16GB of memory.
The topped-out Legion Tower 5i we tested makes a great platform for cinematic gaming and undercuts the competition on price while doing so. Esports players will find the base model an even better value. We’d like to see Lenovo offer it with AMD Ryzen processors (which would arguably make it an even better value), but this tower’s faults are otherwise few and far between. It earns our top honors for a mainstream mid-tower gaming desktop.
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