Lenovo Legion T730 Gaming PC Review (9900K/RTX 2080)
In this review, well check out gaming performance, overclocking, thermals and, basically everything else to help you decide. If its a system, you should consider buying.. The Lenovo T730 is available with different hardware configurations. My unit here has the 8 core Intel: i9 9900K CPU Nvidia, RTX, 2080 graphics, 16gb of memory in dual channel and for storage, a 512gb NVMe M.2 SSD and 2TB hard drive.. The motherboard also has gigabit ethernet 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1.. You can find prices for varying configurations of the T730 linked in the description and Ill cover upgrade options towards the end of the video.. The case has a 28L volume and starts with a 12kg weight, but will, of course, vary based on specs. The dimensions of the case on the Lenovo website, dont line up with what Im seeing so these are based on my own rough measurements.. The black case is made of metal and plastic with an acrylic side panel, though the view is obscured by the metal mesh pattern behind it, which isnt that big of an issue as the interior is mostly plain metal.. A similar mesh is found on the front which should help with air flow. Theres some Legion branding towards the top right on the front which lights up and above this is the DVD drive, which is hidden behind a sliding door.. On top of the case, theres a handle, which I found very useful when taking it out of the box, but otherwise it would depend on how often you find yourself moving your PC as to how useful that would be.
The front. Io is found up here too, and from left to right. Weve got two USB 3.1 Gen, 1 Type, A ports, 3.5mm microphone and headphone jacks, and the power button. On the back down the bottom theres. The 500 watt power supply. Above that weve got the outputs from the graphics card, so these can vary by model.. My RTX 2080 has a Type C port single HDMI and three DisplayPort outputs.. The motherboard has 4 USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type, A ports up top, while the lower two are USB 2.0, along with the ethernet port and 3.5mm audio output. Ill. Also note that I wasnt able to determine a difference in quality listening to music through either the front or rear 3.5mm jack. Underneath theres are just some rubber feet.. Both the left and right side panels can be removed by taking out two thumb screws. On the right. Theres, nothing really going on here, just some cable routing and two spare SATA power connectors. On the left panel weve got the window and then inside access to everything, else. The look of the interior wasnt too bad, no ketchup and mustard cables, at least so that puts It ahead of some other pre built systems. The motherboard PCB was black and there is customizable RGB lighting more on that soon. On the bottom theres the 500 watt power supply, which isnt modular.. Next, to that there are two 3.5 inch drive bays and both are pre wired to the motherboard for both power and data.
So you just need to screw either a 2.5 or 3.5 inch drive into the bay and stick it back in no need to mess around. With cables. Towards the front theres, a 120mm fan preinstalled down the bottom for intake with a spot above it to install a second. Theres one spare fan header on the motherboard. However, there was no dust filter present on the intake vents., Above that we can see our Nvidia RTX 2080 graphics card, which has a blower style. Cooler in this case, so should help exhaust some of the air inside the case.. Otherwise, the only other air exhaust is from the 120mm fan at the rear, which is on the all in one liquid cooler for the CPU.. This looks a little small, considering how hot the 9900K can get, but well test out thermals soon, but spoiler. It does fine.. The spec sheet notes that its a 130 watt, TDP cooler and weve got some large VRM heatsinks too.. The motherboard is Z370, so overclocking. The CPU is supported more on that soon.. The motherboard has two memory slots, both of which are populated here.. Next to that theres, the single M.2 slot for storage, which in my case, contains the 512gb NVMe M.2 SSD and its covered in a heatsink to keep it cool from passive air flow.. I checked underneath the graphics card and weve got the M.2 slot for the WiFi card. In terms of lighting. There are three RGB light strips two in the front which are controlled together and one above the window and all are controlled through the Lenovo vantage software.
. The colour in the center of the CPU cooler, which is the Legion logo, is also controlled along side, the top light bar and these can be controlled independently of the front lighting.. The coloured lights can be turned off, but the CPU cooler still has the white lights. On the outside, which could not be disabled, The Lenovo Vantage software also allows you to update the system or overclock the CPU and memory no graphics card, overclocking or fan control supported through here unfortunately. By simply ticking RAM overclocking. The memory speed will go from CL19 DDR4 2666 to CL16 DDR4 3200, though this will require a reboot to complete.. The CPU overclocking option, on the other hand, will set all 8 CPU cores to 5.1GHz and boost the power limit from the stock Intel 95 watts to 130 watts the same TDP. The cooler is rated for, and I found this stable under all tested workloads. However, as well see soon, I didnt get to this speed under stress test. Now lets look at the thermals testing was completed with an ambient room temperature of 21 degrees celsius so expect different results in different environments. Ive stress tested the CPU with Aida64 and the GPU With the Heaven benchmark so treat these kind of as worst case results. At stock, the 9900K was hitting the 95 watt power limit defined by the Intel spec and unfortunately, the blower style 2080 was actually reporting as thermal throttling.. Fortunately, it was possible to boost the GPU fan, speed through MSI Afterburner, which removed this and allowed it to perform better, though as well hear soon.
This does make the system louder. When we enable the CPU and RAM overclocking through the Lenovo Vantage software. The CPU power limit raises to 130 watts and allows all 8 cores to run up to 5.1GHz.. At this point, we can improve performance further with some manual tweaks.. We can boost the CPU power limit, which will give us more performance, but at the expense of more heat and fan noise, and I did this using Intel XTU.. Alternatively, we can undervolt the CPU, so it will use less power and run cooler while also performing better, in this case Ive done both.. I was also seeing the GPU temperature lower as the CPU started, performing better, as the exhaust fan on the CPU cooler would ramp up forcing more air to draw in from the front of the case.. These are the average clock speeds for the same tests just shown. At stock. Under this stress test load, the CPU was reaching 4GHz on all 8 cores out of the box.. We can see that by boosting the GPU fan speed manually, the GPU clock, speed rises up as it is no longer thermal throttling. By enabling the Lenovo CPU overclock were able to get about 400MHz clock speed extra out of all 8 CPU cores and again similar improvements To the GPU, once we boost its fan, speed. Raising the power limit of the CPU gave a little boost to CPU performance, while the CPU undervolt allowed us to almost hit 4.
8GHz on all cores, while the GPU overclock was almost reaching 2000MHz.. Here are some Cinebench CPU benchmarks, which show the difference in performance at stock and then with the extra performance gained with the overclock setting through the Lenovo vantage software., By boosting the power limit and undervolting through Intel XTU, we were able to squeeze out some additional performance. As for the fan noise produced by the system Ill, let you have a listen to some of these tests. At idle. It was fairly quite and still not really that loud compared to other systems, Ive tested with the stress tests going., When we enable the CPU overclock through the Lenovo software, the total system volume rose a bit as the CPU fan, spins up. After this point were doing Custom tweaks to boost performance further, so only the first three tests represent out of the box noise levels under worst case stress, test., Ive, also measured, total system power draw from the wall at idle were looking at 47 watts, then 336 watts with the Aida64 stress test And Heaven benchmark running.. This rises by over 50 watts once we enable the built in Lenovo overclocks, which boost all CPU cores to 5.1GHz and PL1 from 95 watts to 130 watts.. By further raising the power limit and overclocking, the graphics were pulling much more power for not too much extra gain, as we start hitting diminishing returns.. Finally, lets get into some gaming benchmarks. Ive tested these games with the memory and CPU overclocked as the Lenovo vantage software allows you to easily enable these built in settings at the click of a button.
No GPU overclocking, though, as they dont offer that out of the box, and I wanted to represent what most people buying a system like this would be likely to run. With. Battlefield 5 was tested in campaign mode and at 1080p, with RTX off its running very well. Even with ultra settings, almost 120 FPS averages were possible with up to 180 reached at low settings.. Stepping up to the 1440p resolution saw lower results as expected. However, realistically I think 90 FPS, even at ultra settings, is still a great result for this. Test. At 4K were only just below 60 FPS at high settings, and I still found it to play well without issues and while it looks awesome, youd of course want lower settings for higher frame rate if playing competitively. Far Cry. New Dawn was tested with the built in benchmark. Again at 1080p, as expected with these powerful specs were seeing excellent results in this test. At 1440p theres a bit of a performance drop, but realistically the results are still looking good with almost 100 FPS at ultra settings. Still possible. At 4K, things drop back a fair bit more though it was still possible to hit 60 FPS at high settings and well see how we can improve this game further. With some custom, overclocking soon. Shadow of the Tomb Raider was also tested with the built in benchmark. At 1080p, were seeing quite high results for this test. Still around 120 FPS, even with all settings maxed out at highest.
At 1440p. The results drop back again, though, not too far. It should still play quite well even at higher settings with this resolution. At 4K were almost halving the frame rates from 1440p and, while were still getting decent frame rates at lower settings. Id probably just stick to 1440p and higher settings. Here. CSGO was tested with the Ulletical FPS benchmark.. This is a game that gives high frame rates on pretty much any hardware, so I just wanted to show an example of something that is less resource intensive. At 1080p. Even with max settings were just under 400 FPS. At 1440p. Max settings are still getting over 300 FPS with minimum settings not too far below 500 FPS. Even 4K was still setting great results. For contrast, these are still a bit above most gaming laptops that I usually test at 1080p. Were seeing very nice performance here due to the i9 9900K and RTX 2080 graphics. All games were playing great, even at higher settings, even at 1440p., 4K still worked well at most setting levels in these titles. It just depends on the games, youre playing and settings in use. As covered earlier. It was possible to further improve performance by undervolting and boosting the power limit of the CPU. Ive, also manually, overclocked, the graphics with MSI Afterburner. So lets see what sort of improvements we can get with this best case, scenario. Ive tested Far Cry New Dawn with the built in benchmark, and we can see these changes are making some difference at 1080p.
Simply by enabling the predefined CPU and memory overclocks in the Lenovo Vantage software gives us 6 higher average FPS in this test and then another 6, with my additional CPU undervolting and graphics overclocking. At 1440p, were seeing a similar pattern of improvement and again about a 6 boost to average FPS with each level of change. At 4K. Theres, a smaller 4 improvement between Stock and the Lenovo overclocks, as these are only CPU and memory, they have less of an effect in GPU demanding tests such as at the 4K resolution.. This is why we see a larger 11 improvement from the Lenovo overclocks. With my custom, changes were more GPU bound at 4K, so the graphics overclock helps more. Ive used Crystal disk mark to test the storage and the 512GB M.2 NVMe SSD was scoring quite well for the read and write speeds.. The 2TB hard drive was performing better than I expected, though they are using a 7200RPM drive, which is nice, as many others seem to cheap out on 5400 ones. For up to date, pricing check the links in the description, as prices will change over time.. At the time of recording in the US, they dont seem to have the exact specs Ive got here. However, with 9900K and double the RAM and double the SSD storage were looking at around 2100 USD.. Meanwhile, here in Australia were looking at about 4500 AUD. For these same specs, Ive tested in this video.
, Comparing against other prebuilt systems from the larger brands, the price doesnt seem to be all that different here and while you can always build your own system for cheaper thats, not who these sorts of machines are targeted. Towards. With that said, though. for around the same price here in Australia, 100 more gets you basically the same specs, but with 2080 Ti graphics, which is probably worthwhile considering the performance improvement that offers over the 2080. Overall Lenovos T730 gaming PC is a very capable machine.. Its not large, but not small, either yet still offers great performance.. Unfortunately, due to the blower style graphics card, it did get hot and thermal throttle under extended periods of load. However, it was possible to prevent this by raising the fan speed.. Unfortunately, I didnt see a way of changing, fan, speed or controlling the graphics through the software provided by Lenovo. So I had to do that with third party options, which a user buying a prebuilt system may not be familiar with.. Likewise, while it was possible to easily overclock the CPU and memory with one click using Lenovos software Id like to see GPU overclocking added in future, as we saw at higher resolutions, this can offer a large performance improvement, though, as the GPU was thermal throttling Id. Also like to see fan controls provided as well., While on the subject of fans, some dust filters for the front air intakes would also be nice additions.. Despite this, as weve seen, gaming performance was still excellent.
. With this particular configuration. Even some 4K gaming was possible depending on the games and settings of course, while 1440p and 1080p were absolutely no issue at all.. Whether or not you like the design of the case will, of course be personal preference, but at least its got. A handle. Now lets talk about upgrade options. Ive left this to the end, as I suspect many people buying a prebuilt system like this, just want it to work out of the box. But if you know a bit about what youre doing this information may be useful if youre after some upgrades. In terms of graphics, it should be possible for you to replace the GPU as long as it fits in the given space in the case. Theres room to Use a three slot card: if you remove the included support bracket and the case has room for cards up to about 38cm in length., The power supply may be a limitation, though it only seems to include a 6 and 8 pin connector. So if you have two 8 pins, you might need an adapter.. The 500 watt power supply might start to become a limitation depending on what youre, upgrading to as we saw once, I had tried to get the best performance out of the 2080 and 9900K. The system was pulling 495 watts from the wall.. The PSU appears to be standard. Atx form factor, though, and connects to the motherboard. With an 8 pin and 24 pin connectors.
The power supply was 14cm in length, and the distance to the drive bays is about 20cm. So youd need to leave some room for the cables if replacing it.. The CPU is also upgradeable. The Z370 chipset supports up to the i9 9900K at the moment, which is what weve already got installed. Here., If you have the lower 9700K going to the 9900K, should be an option assuming it has the same cooler. The spec sheet seems to indicate that it does. If not, you may need to look at upgrading that too. At this stage we dont know if Intel will keep using this socket and chipset for future CPUs beyond the 9900K.. As mentioned already, the motherboard has two memory slots. In the US, its sold with up to 32gb. So two 16gb sticks, though, Im not sure on two 32gb DIMM support. In terms of storage theres, just the single M.2 slot, so the only upgrade path. There is to add one more SATA drive.. The motherboard has three SATA ports, all of which are in use already., One for the DVD drive and two that are pre wired to the two drive bays.. Technically, if you dont need the DVD drive, though you could wire up a third drive to that port.. Many prebuilt systems tend to not have many upgrade paths and make use of proprietary form factors. However, that was not the case here.. It should be quite straightforward to upgrade most parts of this system like a regular PC, which is great to see, though, without replacing the motherboard.
The 9900K may be the end of the line in terms of CPU power, granted that one should be quite good for many years yet.. Let me know what you thought of the T730 down in the comments and, if youre new to the channel consider getting subscribed for future tech.