There's no liquid cooling, a feature usually only found on specialized machines from boutique PC builders, and the chassis also lacks a top-mounted or opposite-side fan, but there is a top vent, however. Despite this, even in heavy use it never felt especially hot, as there's a lot of empty space inside the large interior compartment to mitigate heat buildup.
A handful of USB and audio ports are on the front panel, while everything else is around the back, including the HDMI port required for hooking up a virtual-reality headset. Of the VR-ready PCs we've tested so far, only the Velocity Micro Raptor installs a front-facing VR connection panel. A DVD drive is included, which seems a bit pointless these days, especially as it's not even a Blu-ray drive.
Bundled with the system is a surprisingly excellent keyboard-and-mouse combo. The heavy duty mechanical keyboard looks and feels like the expensive gamer-centric versions sold by companies like Logitech or Razer. It shares the same red backlit effect as the tower and has a handful of macro keys and ports built in. The mouse is Lenovo's standard gaming mouse, also with red accents and an angular gamer-centric design. Both are wired, as preferred by twitch gamers, but I found myself using a wireless Microsoft Xbox One controller more often in games.
Ready for games, virtual and otherwise
We're at the very start of the VR era, so tools for effectively testing how a machine will work with VR games and apps are rare. Oculus offers a VR-ready app, which checks system specs against a list of supported components. Not surprisingly, this system passed with a green check mark. Valve offers a more in-depth test, playing a short demo game clip in a simulated stereoscopic VR view. In that test, the Y900 also passed, with a score of 8.1 out of 11. Anything over 7 in this test is considered a very good score.
In standard game and application benchmarks, the system also performed well, as one would expect from this set of high-end parts. It was closest to the Acer Predator G6, which we tested in a configuration with similar components at a similar price. To get a real performance boost for VR, you'd have to jump to an Nvidia 980ti card, found only in a few higher-end systems.
By packing in the exact set of gaming components we'd suggest for an optimal VR experience at a decent price, and in a less-ugly-than-some tower, Lenovo makes a good case for being a go-to midrange virtual reality starter kit. If you shop around (or built it yourself from scratch), the same CPU/GPU combo can be found for a few hundred less, but the included accessories here add some real value, and the spacious, easy-to-access case makes upgrading less of a hassle than it could be.
|Acer Predator G6||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 4GHz Intel Core i7-6700K; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,133MHz; 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 980; 256GB SSD + 2TB 7,200rpm HDD|
|Origin PC Chronos||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); OC 4.7GHz Intel Core i7-6700K; 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,133MHz; 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 970; 250GB SSD + 1TB 7,200rpm HDD|
|Lenovo Ideacentre Y900||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 4GHz Intel Core i7-6700K; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,133MHz; 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 980; 256GB SSD + 2TB 7,200rpm HDD|
|Dell XPS 8900||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.7GHz Intel Core i5-6400; 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,133MHz; 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 970; 1TB 7,200rpm HDD|
|Origin PC Eon17-SLX||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 4.5GHz Intel Core i7-6700K; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,133MHz; 8GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 980; 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD|
|Velocity Micro Raptor Z55||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 4GHz Intel Core i7-6700K; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,133MHz; 6GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti; (2) 256GB SSD RAID 0 + 2TB HDD|
|Falcon Northwest Tiki||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 3GHz Intel Core i7-5960X; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,133MHZ; 8GB Nvida GeForce GTX 980 Ti; 512GB SSD + 6TB HDD 5,700rpm|