The empty slot is located under the graphics card. Lenovo didn't overdo it, though; the all-black case has a see-through window on the left and a backlit logo on the front. It earns our top honors for a mainstream mid-tower gaming desktop. In fact, these numbers are just as good or slightly better than what we recorded when we reviewed the card in our 95-watt test rig. The outside panels are relatively thick plastic. The cube-like Corsair Vengeance Gaming PC (6182) is the only one to tout an AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT, which goes head to head with the GeForce RTX 2070 Super in the Legion Tower 5i. Its standard features are impressive, including user-configurable case lighting, Wi-Fi 6, and 16GB of memory. Lenovo has a compelling mid-tower gaming rig on its hands with the Legion Tower 5i. Meanwhile, the PCMark 8 storage scores were a tight grouping since these desktops all employ fast solid-state boot storage. I also configured a Dell G5 Gaming Desktop on Dell’s site for $1,685, albeit with a faster Core i7-10700KF processor. It's a pretty good deal with those components compared to the HP Omen 25L, which went for $1,659 with just a 6GB GeForce RTX 2060 Super as I typed this. Also, I always miss having a media card reader, and this tower doesn't have one. The eight-core Core i7-10700 processor in my unit is the top choice for the Legion Tower 5i. All Legion Tower 5i configurations include a wired keyboard and mouse. Now onto the 3D-focused tests. Charles Jefferies is a native of the Philadelphia area who has been reviewing laptops and related hardware since 2005. (Reference the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti-equipped HP's numbers to see what you get for dropping a lot more cash.). Directly left is a 650-watt power supply, which is a bit more than the components in this tower need, but it’s nice to have the headroom for future upgrades. The back of the tower has another two USB-A ports, two retro USB 2.0 ports for input devices, a USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C port, Ethernet, and a trio of audio jacks: line in, line out, and microphone. Terms of use. (Admittedly, it comes with a better case and a higher level of craftsmanship.). This test is not as CPU-focused as Cinebench or Handbrake, bringing the performance of the storage subsystem, memory, and GPU into play. The last is not always present on GeForce RTX-class cards, so it’s nice to see. This unit also has a traditional 1TB spinning hard drive in one of the 3.5-inch bays at the lower right. The Legion Tower 5i's ample cooling power comes from two 120mm fans at the front and one at the rear. The rear exhaust and processor fans support RGB lighting—up to 16.7 million colors. The front is limited to two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports (supporting 5Gbps transfers) and an audio combo jack (headphone and microphone in one). I also configured a Dell G5 Gaming Desktop on Dell’s site for $1,685, albeit with a faster Core i7-10700KF processor. At the budget end, the CyberPower Gamer Xtreme GXi11400CPG is about half as expensive ($769) as the Lenovo I'm reviewing. A slight against this Lenovo is that it isn't factory customizable, though there were at least a half-dozen configurations on Lenovo's site at the time of this review. Their basic specifications are as follows. I’d like to see metal, but the plastic provides plenty of rigidity in conjunction with the case's metal structure. (See our gaming keyboards guide.). As these ports are on the top panel, you might have wires cascading down from there should you put the tower on top of a desk. The Legion Tower 5i's 65-watt processor didn't hold back its GeForce RTX 2070 Super at all. Though it's something of a moot point since the GeForce RTX 2070 Super is its top choice, I'd argue that card is the peak of value for high-fps 1080p and 1440p gaming. The Legion Tower 5i's 65-watt processor didn't hold back its GeForce RTX 2070 Super at all. Lenovo has a compelling mid-tower gaming rig on its hands with the Legion Tower 5i. It's well designed, easy to service, and looks the part without overdoing it. The Legion Tower 5i nosed ahead of the others with an exemplary 7,043-point showing in PCMark 10. Lenovo Legion Tower 5i - 28IMB05* Intel® platform codes Haswell H81: IHH, BroadWell U: IBU, Skylake Z170: ISZ, Skylake B150: ISB, Kabylake: IKL, Skylake H110/H170: ISH, Skylake U: ISU, Apollo Lake: IAP, Coffee Lake B360: ICB, Coffee Lake H: ICH, Coffee Lake Z370 Overclock: ICO, Comet Lake B460: IMB. Let’s get benching. Sign up for What's New Now to get our top stories delivered to your inbox every morning. As a quick recap, the $1,449 Legion Tower 5i I’m reviewing includes a Core i7-10700 processor, a GeForce RTX 2070 Super, 16GB of memory, a 512GB solid-state drive for the Windows 10 operating system, and a 1TB hard drive for storage.