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Lenovo - LOQ Tower Gaming Desktop - Intel i5 14400F - 16GB Memory - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 - 512GB SDD - Luna Gray

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Rating 4.1 out of 5 stars with 13 reviews

77%would recommend to a friend

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  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Not a bad entry level gaming machine

    If you're looking forward to pushing every game you play to maximum settings at 4k resolutions (or even 1440p), this is not the machine for you. With a middle of the road CPU and a fairly low end GPU, it's going to get you by as an entry level machine. That doesn't make it a bad computer if that's what you're looking for. Compare prices and you might find this machine comes out on top for you. Setup is the usual Windows 11 setup. Not much to write home about. When plugging in the computer, this one didn't have any stickers or labels on the integrated VGA/HDMI port so you don't accidentally plug your monitor into one of those ports. Instead, there's port covers which I found pretty nice. I'm not sure if it's enough to detract a newbie from plugging into the wrong port, but I like the covers. After the initial setup, I found a little more bloatware than some other systems I've used. Things like McAfee are loaded onto the system and on my particular system couldn't even be removed straight from the Add/Remove Programs screen (complaining about missing files when tried). I had to actually find an uninstaller program from McAfee in order to uninstall it. There's some Lenovo software included as well which I've fine with since you can usually find updates, tweak some things and get support through them. Let's get to gaming performance. This machine is billed as a "gaming desktop" so that's going to be the most important metric in determining if it's the right fit for you. I tested a two of my staple games I like to benchmark computers on, Doom Eternal and Cyberpunk 2077. And then I threw in a quick Fortnite test since this is an entry level system. The TLDR is basically, if you're looking for some decent 1080p gaming, you're probably going to have a pretty good time. If you're looking at 1440p+, it will greatly depend on what kind of game you're playing. Doom Eternal's graphic settings have a VRAM check before allowing you to apply them. While other games you can just crank up the graphics settings to their max and suffer through the 12 frames per second (which can be good for benchmarking), I wasn't actually able to max out Doom Eternal's settings because of the VRAM checks. 6GB is about as entry level as you can get these days for video memory. I had to settle for a High setting in Texture Resolution. In a 1080p test, I was able to see a pretty stable 60fps. When moving up to 1440p, I enabled DLSS performance mode and was able to squeeze 45-50fps out. When moving to an ultra-wide resolution, I dropped down to 25fps. 1080p60 is going to be your target with this machine and it's quite achieveable in Doom Eternal. Cyberpunk 2077 was another story. I did a lot of different settings at both 3440x1440 (21:9 ultrawide) and 1080p through the built in benchmark to try and find the sweet spot. At the ultrawide resolution with DLSS set to auto, "Ray Tracing Ultra" gave me 15fps with noticable stuttering. Moving to "Ray Tracing Low" settings jumped up to 25fps. It was mostly smooth and may even be playable but not recommended. Losing the ray tracing and the built in "High" setting (but setting the scaling back to DLSS auto), I was able to see a pretty smooth 40fps. Just for fun, I tried the same thing with Ultra settings (without ray tracing) and got 28fps. The story get a bit better when switching to 1080p, though. At "Ray Tracing Ultra", I saw 22fps. "Ray Tracing Low" sees 43fps (playable). High without ray tracing jumps up to 64fps and Ultra without ray tracing got a respectable 49fps. If you can live without ray tracing (and you should be OK with that if you're aiming for this machine) then the High setting still looks amazing and plays at 1080p and over 60fps so that's pretty impressive for an entry level machine. The last test was a quick one. I didn't do a bunch of benchmarks, I just wanted to see how Fortnite performed. I just kept the game at 21:9 3440x1440 ultrawide using DLSS auto. Initial loading was pretty stuttery. The lobby and start of the bus was not super great but after the game caught up, I saw a pretty steady 60fps without an issue. I'll also say, this one test game of Fortnite was my first time playing since the game first came out and I ended up winning the match. I can't say it was the computer that got me there but I won't say it wasn't. The included keyboard and mouse are alright. They're entry level as well. I'd replace them when you can. Chicklet keyboards aren't the greatest for gaming and a pack-in mouse is never going to be better than even a lower level gaming mouse. They're serviceable though. I do like the look of the computer in general. The nice light down the middle looks pretty neat. The case is much smaller than expected as well. I like this computer for someone looking for a starter gaming machine. 1080p gaming still looks very good and without spending closer to double the price of this machine, you're probably not going to enter the mid to high level range. Since this machine has an RTX 3050 (even though it's a little held back by the 6GB of VRAM), DLSS is going to do a lot of heavy lifting and get you decent frame rates without sacrificing a ton of visual quality. You might not be able to crank every game you buy to it's maximum settings, but I'm confident you'll be able to run most games and have them look pretty decent in 1080p.

    Posted by swemoney

  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Entry Level Gaming Desktop

    Lenovo's LOQ Tower is a sleek looking mid-tower desktop that will look great at any desk. Specs: Intel Core i5-14400F 1 x 16gb of DDR5-4800 RAM 2 DDR5 UDIMM Dual Channel DDR5-5600 slots NVidia RTX 3050 512GB M.2 NVMe PCIe 4 x4 used in one of the two M.2 slots PCIe 3 x1 slot Wi-Fi 6E and BT 5.3 used in one of the M.2 slots USB keyboard and mouse 500W power supply Front ports: 1 USB-C 3.2 gen 1 with 15W charging, 2 USB-A ports 3.2 gen 1, and 3.5mm headphone jack Back ports: 4 USB-A 2.0, 1 HDMI 2.1, 1 VGA, 1 1Gb RJ-45, and 1 3.5mm headphone jack Desktop Use: The desktop runs office applications without a problem. In an office setting, this desktop won't disappoint as it has plenty of CPU and RAM to run office applications. In my use of it, office type applications were snappy when loading and ran just fine. I have no complaints in it's performance in this scenario. At some point, I may want to upgrade the RAM to 32GB. Since the LOQ came with 1 stick of RAM, I can simply add a second 16GB stick which can help when I have many office applications and browser tabs open at once. Lenovo must have considered this with this model, so it's good to see that they thought ahead on that. The LOQ has a Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3 card in it which is really good to see in this system , but it is unfortunate that it is occupying one of the two M.2 slots. The other M.2 slot is in use by the 512GB M.2 SSD. That brings up the issue some may run into with the SSD being only 512GB. The SSD can have games installed on it, but it will depend on the number and size of games as to whether or not that fills up quickly. I would like to have seen a 1TB SSD or the 512GB SSD and a 2TB spindled drive. There is cabling in the case that supports adding in a SATA drive and a single 3.5" drive bay. Lenovo left a SATA data cable and power cable in the case, so it comes ready for adding in additional storage. I can will add a 2TB spindled drive or SSD in the future if I want to do that. Regarding the ports, it is good to see HDMI 2.1 supported by the RTX 3050, but the USB ports on the back of the case are USB-A 2.0 ports. Only the USB ports on the front of the case are 3.2 gen 1. It would have been good for all of the ports to support the 3.2 speeds. Gaming: With those specs, this is an entry level gaming system, but I didn't expect to be running an FPS at high frame rates with this. The RTX 3050 will run games, but the CPU being an i5 and the GPU being a generation behind, expect to run mid to low level graphics games such as strategy and a few other genres that typically don't require a higher level GPU or CPU. The RAM is also not the highest speed RAM than the motherboard supports. It came with DDR5-4800 RAM instead of DDR5-5600. Given the price point for this version of the LOQ 17IRR9, I feel you should be getting a better CPU or a better GPU. One or the other in a $1K desktop. The LOQ 17IRR9 with these specs will be good for me running office apps and can run a few of my games. I would consider it a really good office system, but regarding gaming, it is an entry level gaming system. The case looks good and it has lighting on the front. The light strip runs down the center of the front and there is lighting around the power button both of which can be disabled in Lenovo's app. If you are looking for an entry level gaming system that you won't be upgrading, then this may fill that need. If you need an office desktop, then this will fit the bill. I'm using it for office applications and have little complaints during my use, however, most of my games will need more CPU and GPU than what is in this in order to run at high frame rates, so I'll run a few of my games on it that don't need a higher end GPU and CPU.

    Posted by James

  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Budget PC for 1080p Gaming and Everyday Tasks

    The Lenovo LOQ Tower 17IRR9 PC 16 G / 512 G Win 11 Home / Luna Grey is a good everyday PC with some decent 1080p gaming capabilities. The PC arrived extremely well packages in form fitted thick foam padding. Easy out of box and setup in minutes. Box includes a power cable, wired keyboard and wired mouse. The keyboard actually is well made and has a decent feel to it. Not mechanical but some nice tactile resistance on the keys. The mouse is pretty basic, but will work just fine. The form-factor is in the mid-range size I would say. It has a nice aesthetic appearance with some lighting down the front and around the power button. Should fit nicely on a desk or smaller places. The system feels well built overall and is fairly light. Windows 11 was a breeze to setup and runs quite nicely on this system with the Intel Core i5 processor 14400F, 512GB SSD and 16 GB of ram. It will breeze through everyday tasks like web browsing, video conferencing, editing photos and videos and running Microsoft Office applications. The system scored very good in the PCMark benchmarks with a score of 6610. Better than 76% of all results. The system includes an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 6 GB graphics card and in my testing performed decent for 1080p gaming and some 2k gaming depending on the game. It should be a good gaming machine for the more casual gamer that doesn't want to run AAA titles in 2k or 4k resolutions primarily. Fortnite performed well in 1080p with 80+ fps ratings with most of the bells and whistles turned on although it struggled a bit in 2K without turning down the settings a bit. Borderlands 3 ran really smooth with all the settings cranked up and even ran very smooth in 2K. The 3DMark benchmarks software I ran it through scored 5250 in the Time Spy test which is roughly 55% of what my 2080 Super tests at. I wouldn't recommend the system for someone wanting to game primarily in 2K or 4K resolutions, but that's not really expected at this price point either. 2K is doable depending on the game, but this card is definitely better geared towards 1080p gaming resolutions. This card should handle 2D games and older titles in higher resolutions and smooth frame rates quite well. A 3060 might've been a better choice for this system and price point in my opinion, but the 3050 does an decent job. The inside of the PC is compact and clean. Good wire management with some expansion capabilities for adding additional RAM or hard drives. CPU has a nice sized cooling fan and heat sink on it and the system runs fairly quiet. It has a decent amount of external ports on it for adding USB devices, speakers, headphones or a LAN cable. The system has builtin Wifi and Bluetooth capabilities and had no issues connecting to either. Overall I would recommend this PC to someone looking for a more compact everyday PC that can handle day to day activities really well and also play a good portion of games at reasonable resolutions and frame rates. It would make a good starter gaming PC for someone and does allow for later expansion / upgrades.

    Posted by DotNetJon

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