Review of the Lenovo Legion Tower 5i Gaming Desktop PC

Lenovo Legion is perhaps more synonymous with a gaming laptop. However, it turns out that Lenovo Legion also has a gaming desktop. This time, the Jagat Review team arrives with a gaming desktop from Lenovo, namely the Legion Tower 5i, a PC designed to offer high performance, which should be able to answer the various needs of gamers, even professional gamers, as well as content creators.

This is a PC branded, and the question might arise “Why not just build your gaming desktop?”. Not necessarily everyone who needs a desktop can mix and assemble their gaming desktop. Buying a branded desktop from a brand that is already trusted can be the answer for those who really can’t do that.

What’s more, buying a branded desktop from a well-known brand like Lenovo means that we also get a guaranteed and comprehensive warranty for all components in the PC. This is what makes it the difference, and is the main attraction for those who don’t want to be bothered but want to enjoy capable desktop gaming.

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For those of you who are curious about this branded PC, just take a look at the review of the Lenovo Legion Tower 5i below.

Specification

The Lenovo Legion Tower 5i (28IMB05) that we reviewed has specifications that are certainly high enough for gaming needs. This device comes with an Intel Core i7-10700 (Comet Lake) which is manufactured with a 14nm process, has a TDP of 65W.

This processor has an 8-Core / 16-Thread configuration with a 16 MB Smart Cache. The base Frequency is 2.9 GHz with a Max Turbo Frequency of 4.8 GHz.

For motherboards used, namely the Intel B460 Chipset, where this motherboard has a microATX Form Factor. There are 4 memory slots for RAM, 1x PCIe 3.0 x16 slot, 2x SSD M.2 NVMe PCIe slot, and 6x SATA ports.

The default configuration on this PC is to use 32 GB DDR4-2933 RAM installed Dual-Channel, with 16 GB each.

As for the storage, it uses a 512 GB SSD M.2 NVMe PCIe. Interestingly, the available M.2 SSD is given a heatsink. In addition, there is also a 1 TB 7200 RPM HDD. There is 1x empty slot to add an M.2 SSD and 1x an empty slot for 3.5 Inch / 2.5 Inch SATA Storage.

On the graphics side, this device uses an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super 8 GB GDDR6 GPU which has 2650 CUDA Cores. Of course, it is sufficient for gaming activities and other heavy work.

Design ( Casing )
The casing of the Lenovo Legion Tower 5i, uses a combination of metal and polycarbonate. The casing carries the shape of the Tower, with a volume of up to 28 liters. Dimensions are 45.7 cm long, 18.45 cm wide, 45.58 cm high.

The dimensions are quite slim and do not take up too much space when placed on the table. As for the weight, the Lenovo Legion Tower 5i weighs about 15 kg.

The color of this PC, Lenovo calls it Phantom Black. There is a distinctive LEGION logo decoration on the front panel, equipped with RGB lights that can be adjusted for the lighting effect. As for the side panels, a sturdy metal material is used. One of the side panels is designed to be transparent so that you can see the hardware inside.

For the available connectors, they are as follows:

Back Panel

1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C
2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
2x USB 2.0 Type-A
3x 3.5MM Audio Jack (Line-in, Line-out, Microphone)
1x Ethernet RJ45
Back Panel connector of the Graphics card
1x USB Type-C (Support Display Out with DisplayPort protocol)
3x DisplayPort
1x HDMI
Front Panel

2x Type-A USB 3.2 Gen 1
1x Audio Combo Jack 3.5MM
This PC is also equipped with wireless connectivity pre-built, using the Intel WiFi AX201 modem chipset (Wi-Fi 6). It supports MU-MIMO and Gigabit Wi-Fi. Apart from that it also has Bluetooth v5.1 support.

Lenovo Legion Tower 5i has a Power Supply with a power of 650 W with 80 Plus Gold certification. This power supply is manufactured by FSP.

Software
Lenovo Legion Tower 5i also has supporting software including:

Dolby Atmos software

There is Dolby Atmos software for audio profile settings on the Lenovo Legion Tower 5i, starting from:

Game
Movie
Music
Voice
Personalize
There is also a Sound Radar feature – a kind of Radar Overlay in the game to find out the direction of the sound, making it easier to detect enemies

Lenovo Vantage Software
Lenovo Vantage software is available that can be used to monitor hardware conditions and also configure the system such as setting the Performance Profile in the Thermal Mode Settings menu with options:

Performance Mode
Balance Mode
Quiet Mode
Interestingly, apart from these three options, there is a fourth option, namely Full Speed, which unfortunately must be accessed via the Intelligent Cooling menu in the BIOS
Then there is also the Network Boost feature which can prioritize network connections in games automatically. There is also a Lighting feature to adjust the effects and colors of the four RGB lights on the Lenovo Legion Tower 5i, namely:

Legion logo on the front panel
Ambient Lighting in the casing
CPU Fan
Rear Fan

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