Lenovo IdeaCentre Ok330 Desktop PC Evaluation

The Lenovo IdeaCentre K330 is an affordable gaming desktop PC that offers enough performance for general work and is well suited for video and other multimedia work as well as PC gaming. The machine was released earlier this year and is powered by a second generation Intel Core processor and up to 16GB of RAM. In addition, the K330 has a unique three-speed power switch that allows you to adjust the power if necessary.

The K330 series costs between $ 699 and $ 1,099 (recently discounted). The heart of this system is a power plant with an Intel i7-2600 with 3.4 GHz, 12 GB DDR3 RAM, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 graphics card, a Hitachi 2 TB 7200 rpm hard drive, a Blu-ray / DVD -Combo drive and a 16-in-1 card reader, all running Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. The device comes with a one-year warranty from Lenovo as standard.

The tower comes with a wired full-size black keyboard and matching mouse with an orange scroll wheel. Both are of the quality you would expect from a package like this and serious gamers will likely replace them with high quality aftermarket gear.

The Lenovo K330 is housed in a black microATX case with subtle orange accents on the front panel, which is made of brushed aluminum and glossy black plastic. Here we find the Blu-ray combo drive and an expansion slot, both behind folding doors with labels. The 16-in-1 card reader with the following compatibility is located above the optical drive: MS / Pro / ProDuo, SD / Mini / HC / HC MMC / RS / Plus / Mobile, xD and CF / I / II / MD. There are also two USB 2.0 ports as well as headphone and microphone jacks.

In the lower part of the front panel there is a switch labeled Turbo / Auto / Cool. According to the user manual, the CPU operates at a low frequency in cool mode and the system uses less power. Auto mode is your "everyday" configuration, while Turbo allows the system to run at full speed for optimal performance.

On the top of the tower is the power switch, an on / off switch for the front power switch, and a file save button. The "Save" button launches the BackOn Track software, a guided interface that allows you to save important files to a disc, hard drive or other storage device. There is also a built-in handle that makes it easy to transport the case.

The left and right side walls are identical with a cutout for passive cooling. Lenovo's brand is also embossed on the top of both panels. The right field also contains stickers for the Windows product key, the technical data and the serial number.

On the back we find a simple gray field with the power supply on top. The I / O shielding consists of separate PS / 2 mouse and keyboard connections, six USB 2.0 connections, one eSATA connection, an Ethernet socket, 7.1-channel audio connections and the graphics card connections (two DVI connections and one HDMI -Connection).

The left side wall is held in place with two large thumbscrews, while the right side receives the standard Phillips head treatment. Inside we find a typical unpainted steel case with scattered cables.

The microATX motherboard is blue and has no clear markings that indicate a manufacturer. CPU-Z just shows that it is a P67 card with a B3 step chip set. The memory chips are a bit more open-minded, however. Each module has a capacity of 4 GB and is labeled Samsung 1066. The fan on the CPU heatsink lists AVC as the manufacturer, although the heatsink may be from a different manufacturer. It's not an Intel retail cooler, or at least not one I'm familiar with.

The power supply comes from AcBel Polytech Inc. and is designed for a maximum of 450 W according to the label. The graphics card in this system is a reference Nvidia GeForce GTX 460. Although the product sheet lists support for up to two GTX 560 in SLI, I am not sure whether the provided power supply would be ready to work together under such a configuration. We will study the power consumption for this system during our test battery.

A Hitachi 2TB hard drive is installed in one of the two tool-free drive bays. Lenovo offers RAID solutions as an additional feature when you customize your system online, or you can add additional storage as you see fit if you see fit. SSDs are not offered as an option by default.

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