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Lenovo Erazer X700 Gaming PC Review: Is It As Fast As It Looks?

Overall Performance And Efficiency

Even though some of us weren’t around in the days of the old turbo button, we still remember seeing it on cases many years ago. And we learned that everyone left this button engaged all of the time; switching it off would force lower clock rates otherwise. We believe the same thing will happen with the Erazer X700’s Overclock button, so we used that configuration as the baseline for comparisons.

A CPU overclock doesn’t do anything for the X700’s value-oriented enthusiast graphics card of course, but the performance benefits are easy to see in other benchmarks. Unfortunately, the $1300 System Builder Marathon configuration is a significantly faster platform for gaming.

Zeroing out the scale in the chart above so that nothing is shown to be more than 100% efficient, we see that the Erazer X700 becomes far more efficient when its overclock is disabled. That’s probably because Lenovo pushes the CPU to 1.4 V when it's tuned up.

Haswell-based machines are slower, yet consume so much less power that they take big efficiency leads.

  • larsoncc
    I won the $2550 computer featured in the Q3 SBM Marathon. I believe their scores using that system were 'slightly' hampered by fact that one of the 760s that was going bad. After RMA'ing the card, and using the same overclocks as featured in the SBM article, as well as moving the system to a high airflow case (Corsair Carbide Air 540) the 3DMark score is 19,100 (http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/7455484). Thanks Tom's!
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  • chumly
    wtf resolutions are you testing? How about 1440p? Hardly ANYONE uses dual/triple monitor setups because the framerate sucks so entirely and 99% of the people on the planet don't have $5k to throw at a gaming PC. you are wasting your time. give us SINGLE monitor configs, for the love of god.
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  • monsta
    Why do these companies insist on using tacky cases?
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  • chumly
    ....and wth is an HD 8950?!?!?!
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  • g-unit1111
    That case looks like it's going to transform into something.
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  • dudewitbow
    12040927 said:
    ....and wth is an HD 8950?!?!?!

    HD 8XXX cards are rebranded 7XXX cards for OEMS to use for marketing, cause you know, uninformed Consumers love to think that larger number means better and that new products(despite not really being new) convinces them to buy it. an 8950 should be a rebranded 7950
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  • lunyone
    What is this 8950?? Is it a R9 280x or something else???
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  • vaughn2k
    Nice review... I don't like how the wires are setup though... kinda ugly... ;)
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  • SWEETMUSK
    the case is looking cool but,why they set the power at top?the power can't be hot it should set under the case and video card is not good
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  • m32
    They could've put a R9 280x in it, but this isn't meant for the guys on this site. This is meant for sucke...... cough..... the average consumer.
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