I couldn’t quite see the two Stormtroopers come at me in a dark space dock. They had blasters aimed at me and started firing, so I moved quickly and blocked their gunfire with my lightsaber. Suddenly, I noticed several more of them appeared all around me. I was in a tight spot.
Fortunately, I was playing the game Star Wars Jedi: Survivor on a high-end gaming desktop, and I could see, hear, and almost feel the ambush. The game is visually astounding, and if you don’t have a computer that can keep up, an ambush like that is not going to end well.
I used a massive 28-inch monitor connected to the system, a Lenovo Legion Tower 7i that is running a Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080. (Funny side note about that — you can’t miss the card. It’s about the size of a small shoebox, emblazoned with the brand name on the side in glowing letters, and the side panel is clear so you can watch the flickering lights inside the desktop.)
I’m not going to bore you with all of the system specs. You can find them all online. Let’s just say they are the cream of the crop. It’s the best Intel processor around (the 12th-gen Core i9), one of the best graphics cards you can find supporting ray-traced graphics and even some AI features, and all of the storage you would ever need for your PC games.
What I will say is this is a well-designed desktop for gamers. It’s all black and is whisper-quiet, although one thing to mention there is that when I was full-on in the middle of the Jedi: Survivor game, I did notice the fans started to get a bit louder. That’s okay, because the system was likely cranking up the processing and graphics power to make sure everything looked spectacular, and it did. I didn’t judge the desktop solely on the specs, but more on the play mechanics and how smoothly everything ran during gaming sessions.
What you really don’t want is for the desktop to get in the way of playing a high-end game. It should disappear and all you should be focused on is the battle in front of you. Because the Legion is so quiet, so powerful, with so much RAM (16GB) and storage (1TB) that you barely notice the system at all, as it should be. You notice it when it’s turned off because the Legion has a nice design, and you notice the lights flickering, but you don’t notice problems.
I will say this about some of the specs — they are next generation. The system uses ARGB connectors for super-simple and elegant motherboard performance. The Ethernet port runs at 2.5G and the Wi-Fi on board is powered by Wi-Fi 6E (for wider wireless transmissions that are less prone to interference). This is a desktop that is not meant to look cool and run a fast graphics card but nothing else. It has all the important high-end specs.
I loved every minute using the desktop, and kept burning through level after level while the processor kept chugging along through every starport, boss battle, and epic cinematic cutscene. Paired with two massive speakers in my office, an Xbox controller connected to a USB port on the top of the tower (there are four of them), and that sweet widescreen monitor, I was a happy camper. My only slight ding with the Legion is that there’s only one USB-C port on the back — I wish it had one on the front and maybe a couple more on the back.
Not a big deal — the Legion Tower is a powerhouse computer for true gaming pros.
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