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Lenovo Legion Tower 5i review: Building a case

But it’s not a pretty strong one, though

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Just last June, I managed to build my own PC through countless research and price haggling. I figured that I should invest in a gaming setup that will last for about two good years while playing games at high frame rates. With building a PC, I ensure some level of upgradability and flexibility down to every last detail.

Before I decided on this endeavor, I was dead-set on wanting to just stick to a pre-built system. Imagine getting an entire package with all the parts you’re looking for, without the hassle of building it yourself. Plus, it’s already optimized to some extent so you don’t have to worry about tinkering as much.

In essence, a prebuilt like the Lenovo Legion Tower 5i offers such promise. But, as someone who has already built a gaming system, is it really a good idea to get this pre-built system?

On its own, it’s a great system for intensive workloads

I will go out and say that on its own, the Legion Tower 5i is a well-built system. It comes with an Intel Core i5-10400 processor and an NVIDIA GTX 1660 SUPER inside. Right off the bat, I thought that the hardware was great for gaming, and it showed when I ran some games on it.

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The NVIDIA GTX 1660 SUPER inside the Legion Tower 5i

More than anything, it’s a solid device for a variety of workloads. With 16GB of RAM and a  512GB M.2 SSD inside, Windows managed to boot up pretty fast — which is great. This means that I could get into my work immediately, especially when I’m in a rush to get some done.

Intensive applications like Google Chrome, Adobe After Effects, and even Blender ran with relative ease. As a content-creating machine, I felt that it has potential to accommodate whatever project you throw at it. However, don’t expect the world from it since the hardware isn’t the most powerful available.

Gaming performance is great

I touched on this in the previous section, but it’s true: Lenovo managed to create a great gaming system here. Some graphics-intensive games like Call of Duty: Warzone and Fortnite ran pretty well under this system, provided you adjust a few settings. Throughout my hours of gameplay, I didn’t experience lag caused by the hardware.

Valorant’s FPS on the Legion Tower 5i when nothing is happening in the game

Most games I tested on this system ran at consistent frame rates, which is what you should expect out of gaming systems. Games like VALORANT and Counter Strike: Global Offensive ran at above 200 FPS, considering you really don’t need much to run them. Those two games I mentioned earlier, however, ran at close to 50-60 FPS.

By all means, this isn’t a perfect gaming system to both record and stream content out of. But, if you wanted to start somewhere — again, on its own — this system provides great gaming value.

Putting up a great (Cold) front

Like gaming laptops, I feel that gaming PC builds are only effective when proper cooling is present. While the Legion Tower 5i doesn’t come with fancy liquid cooling, it does come with Lenovo’s Coldfront 2.0. Essentially, it’s an optimization feature for the overall airflow between all the components.

From my experience, I actually think Coldfront did its due diligence. Throughout long hours of gameplay, I didn’t hear the fans whirring loudly. Plus, I felt that the air coming out of both the front vent and rear fans wasn’t as warm. Inside, components do feel a little warm but it isn’t scalding hot.

I even cranked up the system to run on Performance Mode, with overclocking enabled and I don’t hear any fans whirring too much. Again, even without all the liquid cooling tubing you see in custom builds, the Legion Tower 5i delivers while staying relatively cool.

Going against a custom build? Well…

I know I’m practically raving about the Legion Tower 5i, but the big question is whether it’s a better investment over a custom build. My short answer: not really, unless you’re committed to not build a PC from scratch. See, my custom build actually comes pretty close to the Legion Tower 5i across most of the hardware.

CPU Performance (Intel vs. AMD)

My custom build comes with an AMD Ryzen 5 3600X, which comes with the same core and thread count as the i5-10400. On paper, performance should be right about the same but the big difference is in my AMD’s base clock speed of 3.9Ghz. This means that my AMD performs at a much faster rate.

I tried running two Google Chrome tabs simultaneously between the two systems, and both showed stable clock speeds. However, when I tried switching tabs, I noticed a slight delay on the Legion Tower 5i. At face value, it doesn’t really mean much but that split second of a delay could come back to haunt you.

In case you were wondering, the two Chrome tabs I ran were a Google Doc and a YouTube music video at 1440p.

GPU Performance (NVIDIA GTX 1660 SUPER)

Here’s the thing: both these systems run a 6GB VRAM, NVIDIA GTX 1660 SUPER. Both systems can run the games I just listed with relative ease, which was what I expected. At first, I thought I couldn’t discuss anything more beyond these points. However, when I started to play for longer hours, I noticed something.

Performance between my AMD build and the Legion Tower 5i for Fortnite Battle Royale

Because they’re both running the same type of GPU, what set them apart would be its CPU performance. However, based on avg. frame rates, the Legion Tower 5i outperforms my build by just a few frames per second. It comes at a slower clock speed during gaming, though so it resulted in some levels of bottleneck.

Performance between my AMD build and the Legion Tower 5i for Valorant

Price (The most important aspect)

At the end of the day, you’ll be spending your hard-earned money on either one of these systems. At this point, I’d like to stress out once more that both systems perform well — although not as identical. Both systems are suitable for long hours of gaming and productive work, and cooled roughly the same way. Except, my build doesn’t have Coldfront 2.0.

Yet, this is where I draw the line between a custom build and a pre-built system. See, the Lenovo Legion Tower 5i comes in at Php 72,995 and the package you get already comes with Windows pre-installed, and all the optimizations in place. My build, when sourcing the parts individually, comes in at close to Php 42,000.

I don’t think a 30,000-peso difference sounds like a great financial investment. Personally, I believe that a working version of Windows 10, PC optimization software, and a Legion-branded tower is not worth that much. Also, this doesn’t even factor in the amount you will spend for all the other peripherals.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

All in all, the Lenovo Legion Tower 5i is a great gaming system to consider. If you’re looking for a great PC to start off your streaming career or to just play games, this build is a great pickup. With powerful hardware and a fast SSD inside, you will get straight into the action once you boot it up.

On its own, it’s a product of great value. But, when you have the option to just build your PC and get the parts individually, it doesn’t look too good. You can even look for the parts that the Legion Tower 5i has, and get them for way less than this finished product.

If you have some extra cash to spare and you’re too afraid to build a PC, the Legion Tower 5i is a great fit. Otherwise, you’re better off building your own PC and grabbing more powerful yet compatible parts.

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New LG monitors to make your brand stand out

The latest marketing solutions

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LG is offering innovative marketing solutions for businesses’ brands to stand out as they have released new display monitors during the 2022 LG Reconnect event.

They range from rotatable monitors, all-in-one conferencing solutions, a high-tech transparent display, and even a giant 136-inch LED setup.

Displays for attention-catching ads

There’s the LSAC025, a 54-inch bezel-free HDR video wall display that is perfect for digital marketing. Advertisements will be even more attention-catching in train stations, malls, and more, with the monitor’s better colors and brightness.

An upgrade to usual LCD displays, the LSAC series uses an innovative cable-less signal transmission technology.

If that’s not enough, there’s the massive 136-inch Full HD LAEC series which comes with an embedded system controller and built-in speaker. It comes with three HDMI ports and is LG One:Quick Share compatible for seamless wireless connectivity.

LG Transparent OLED

Another impressive addition is the Transparent OLED, a 55-inch FHD display that is about 38 percent clearer than usual LCD transparent displays.

Ideal for galleries, the display comes with a protective tempered glass and transparent bezels. It has self-lighting pixels to allow for vivid colors and high contrast ratio. It also looks really cool, as owning it makes it look like you’re inside superheroes’ headquarters.

XE4F-M Outdoor displays

For graphics such as movie posters, drive-thru menus, or information at transport stations that need to be seen well in the outdoors or well-lit places, LG has the XE4F-M series which has a 49-inch and 55-inch high-brightness outdoor displays.

The vertical displays with a wide-viewing angle of 178 degrees have a powerful brightness capacity of 4,000nits, and come with anti-reflection coating for content to be seen even under direct sunlight.

They are also protected from harmful elements outdoors with an IP56 dust and water resistance rating.

Hospitality displays

For hotels, the new 55-inch Pro:Centric Hospitality UHD TVs will enhance the overall experiences of travelers.

The premium smart hotel TVs boast LG’s new NanoCell technology and also have the Pro:Centric Hotel Management Solution, providing both hotel operators and guests an interactive solution for the hospitality industry.

New 4K UHD displays

LG Monitors

Not to be left behind, offices will also enjoy LG’s new all-in-one video conferencing solutions as they have unveiled the 55-inch One:Quick Works and 43-inch One:Quick Flex. The displays come with movable stands which allow them to be rotated horizontally or vertically to suit presentations and other content better.

The One:Quick Works features an 4K Ultra HD display, built-in 4K camera and microphone, and In-Cell Touch for annotations and quick access to apps or programs on screen. It even supports AMD Radeon Vega graphics.

Meanwhile, the slightly smaller One:Quick Flex likewise has up to a 4K display and has a 2K camera and built-in microphone.

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ASUS, ROG announce Cool for School 2022 promo

Bundles worth up to PhP 23,000+

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As the Philippines is targeting to have 100 percent of schools back to face-to-face classes by late 2022, it’s best to invest in high-performing laptops and smartphones that can stand the test of time.

Luckily, ASUS and ROG Philippines are going on a Cool for School back-to-school promo to offer families exciting discounts and bundle deals on their range of devices, including the following:

These laptops are all powered by up to the latest 12th Gen Intel Core or AMD Ryzen 5000 processors and NVIDIA RTX graphics that will benefit students not only for academic purposes such as editing and content creation but also when they’re productive breaks such as entertainment and gaming. It’s all about the balance, after all.

There will be over 40 models going on sale, bundled with freebies worth up to PhP 23,315. For instance, you can score a free Type-C Portable SSD for every purchase of a Zephyrus laptop, while buying a Vivobook can get you Birkenstock vouchers and an Epson printer.

Buy an ROG FLOW or TUF gaming laptop and get a wireless gaming headset and ROG hoodie or 1,000 Steam credits, respectively. You can also get as much as PhP 7,000 off with every purchase of an ROG gaming phone.

The promo will last until August 31, 2022, available in ASUS Concept Stores and authorized partners both offline and online. Visit this link for more information about the Cool for School promo.

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New GeForce RTX, Esports PCs launched in the Philippines

Ultimate performance for gamers, creators

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The next wave of GeForce RTX and Esports PCs have finally arrived in the Philippines.

These computers are powered by the latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series GPUs to deliver the ultimate experience for both gamers and creators when it comes to graphics.

They will be available via the NVIDIA GeForce online stores on Shopee and Lazada, as well as all retail branches of PC Express and PCWorx, categorized into the following:

  • “Overachievers”: GeForce Esports PCs with GeForce RTX 2060 GPUs
  • “Competitive Player”: GeForce RTX PCs with GeForce RTX 3060 GPUs
  • “Total Domination”: GeForce RTX PCs with GeForce RTX 3080 GPUs

GeForce RTX PCs will feature NVIDIA’s second-generation RTX platform – its most advanced yet – that has AI and ray-tracing technologies.

NVIDIA DLSS is the only AI-powered super-resolution technology used in 200 games and applications to boost performance by up to two times. Ray tracing simulates how light behaves to produce realistic and immersive graphics.

Meanwhile, GeForce Esports PCs offer gamers the highest frame rates and lowest system latencies in games that need high-performing PCs such as Call of Duty: Warzone, Fortnite, and Rainbow Six Siege.

The PCs use NVIDIA Reflex, that has a suite of new technologies, including providing faster target acquisitions and responses.

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