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Lenovo Erazer X700 PC Gaming Computer System Review

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Closer Look: Erazer X700 Interior

The Erazer X700 side panels are held on with two easily-removed thumb screws. This computer uses a “reverse ATX” configuration, with the motherboard mounted on the opposite side of the computer than you might expect. Removing the right side panel and the video card brace reveals a tangle of cables hanging above a custom Lenovo micro-ATX LGA2011 motherboard. If you want to upgrade, there’s room in the case for a full sized ATX motherboard, and there are 8 slot openings.

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The Intel Core-i7 3820 CPU is liquid cooled with an unbranded cooler. A separate fan provides cooling for the voltage regulators near the CPU socket.

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These two open 5.25″ bays are just below the hot swap bays. Any standard 5.25″ device will fit, but you’ll have to wire it up yourself.

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Our review unit came with Windows 8 installed on a 128GB Samsung 840 SSD, with a Seagate Barracuda 1TB drive providing additional storage. There are two 3.5″ bays open below the 1TB drive, but again, you’ll be responsible for wiring up anything you install there. A blue-LED 120mm fan at the front of the case pushes air through the 3.5″ drive bays to keep things cool.
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The standard water cooler is mounted with the fan in a “pull” configuration, exhausting air from the rear of the case.

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The micro-ATX motherboard has two PCI-E x16 slots and two x1 slots. The last x1 slot houses a tiny Realtek 802.11 b/g/n wireless LAN card. You’d need to remove this card to use a double-slot video card in the open x16 slot

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Let’s take a look at Erazer X700’s included software in the next section.


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1 comment

  1. Kzinti1

    Reminds me of my 1st computer. A Dell of some sort. Came with the original version of Windows XP Home Edition. I kept that lemon just long enough to learn how to build a real computer, then I gave it away.
    As in free. Non-gratis. And never, ever, mention to anyone I gave it to you, or ever owned it kind of a deal.
    At 1500 bucks less, this Lenovo would make a good stocking stuffer for a 3 year old you didn’t especially like. Like that red headed, left handed 3rd cousin everybody worries about.
    But, I’m being kind.
    Take the $1699 this thing costs, go to your favorite e-tailer and piece together whatever your money can buy, then build it. Many, many sites have builders guides to show you how. It’s way simple, educational and rewarding.
    You’ll be ecstatic that you did.

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