Lenovo H50 Desktop Review

February 28, 2016

A Review of the H50 By Lenovo

LENOVO 90BG0002USLenovo, a world-class manufacturer of desktops, has recently released a new entry-level series to the market. The computers are designed for normal office and home use, but may have enough capacity to for extended gaming. We’ll focus on the , which features 8 gigabytes of memory and an AMD A10 series processor.

 

Major Differences Between Lenovo Models

The type of processor that is included is the main difference in the different desktop models offered by Lenovo. This particular model is equipped with an AMD A10-7800, which has a turbo speed up to 3.9 GHz and a quad-core CPU that has registered at 3.8 GHz.

Because of this great performance, this AMD is very similar to the Core i5 models from Intel, so it works great for multitasking and other heavy workloads. The processor is friendly to the budget. In fact, when compared to most Intel processors the price to performance ratio actually makes it a better value.

There are 8 gigabytes of installed on the desktop, which compares favorably with other desktops on the market. Because it has two memory slots available, the RAM can be expanded to 16 gigabytes in total. There was no information available about whether or not a slot was free on the main board.

When it comes to storage on a desktop, most solutions focus on the size followed by the speed. Storage on this Lenovo is provided by a 1024 GB 7200 RPM hard drive. While it isn’t the fastest hard drive on the market (solid state drives are faster), it is huge with plenty room to store pictures and videos. Keep in mind that casual users will find the package to be more than adequate. In addition, there is a graphics engine installed within the AMD A10-7800 APU.

This entry-level graphics chip has some great capabilities and is called the AMD Radeon R7. It is good enough that games such as and other heavy games can be played on low settings while the FPS runs over 25. You can retain playable frame rates and up the settings to medium when you play older games that are less demanding, such as Tomb Raider.

The system comes with Windows 8.1 installed. When an older version of Windows is preferred, either overwrite the current OS with Windows 7 or purchase a different desktop. Or, consider using Windows 8.

Connectivity Options

The Lenovo H50 comes with standard desktop options for connectivity. Two of the six USB ports are USB 3.0. On the front panel, there are two USB 2.0 available for use.

When it comes to output for video, the image of the product suggests that the back panel has a VGA outlet, but expect to find at least an HDMI port. It would be simple to connect with an HDTV using this desktop model.

In some cases, wired networking is the only option for budget desktops. Happily, the wireless option is available here. There is an 802.11b/g/n WiFi adapter in addition to the Gigabit Ethernet port on the desktop. Out of the box, Bluetooth does not appear to be supported.

To transfer data and set up additional storage, a memory card reader (MMC Plus, MMC, SDXC, SDHC< SD, MS Pro, MS) and the 8x DVD burner are available on the front panel.

 

Is there anything else you need to know?

You have room for some expansions because the box is 14 inches high by 6.3 inches wide by 16.7 inches deep. To make the computer better equipped for gaming, you can install a better graphics card in the free PCI-E x16 slot. Power is always a consideration, but the wattage is not available. It is likely that the PSU is 180 watts since that is what it is in other H50 models from Lenovo.

You will have to get your own monitor since it is not included in the package. However, the mouse and a basic USB keyboard are shipped with the tower.

 

The Conclusion

We’ve already reviewed other Lenovo H50 models here, and we believe that this one is a beefier version of those. It’s got double the RAM and has a much better processor than its little brother. The other version exclusively uses VGA for connectivity, but this one is much faster with its HDMI output.

Because of the GPU, this Lenovo model is a good idea if you are interested in a computer that will support gaming. Otherwise, the less expensive model will work fine for a  dollars.

 

Demo Of Grand Theft Auto V on Lenovo H50-50

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Choosing The Right Motherboard For Gaming

February 28, 2016

The central nervous system of a computer is quite simply the motherboard and, this article is here to help you select the right one for your new custom gaming build. You can always own the leading RAM, CPU and Graphics Card around but, without carefully choosing the right motherboard, you’re hindering and limiting yourself.

In order to choose the best motherboard that’s compatible with all other the components of your computer, let’s take a careful look at the things you should be taking into account.

Considering that the motherboard is the most crucial mechanism to your system, purchasing the best one that you can afford is an excellent investment if you’re looking for a long lasting gaming system.

 

Check CPU Compatibility

A plan to purchase a CPU must be compatible with the motherboard you’re using, so be sure to remember that your motherboard only supports Intel or AMD CPUs, and only particular models as well. It’s really easy to search for the compatibility between the CPU and the motherboard. You can do this by checking if they both have the same processor interface.

 

Check RAM Compatability

As with the CPU, the motherboard will determine the amount and type of RAM you buy. These days you’ll probably get DDR3 RAM, with at least 4GB for top gaming performance, especially to play the latest games out there and it would be rare if this became an issue.

 

Ports, Slots & Features

In order to obtain extra PCI ports for other cards, ensure the motherboard already has this first. So before you begin, think about the number of USB ports you’ll need and whether you also need a Firewire port for video editing and video capturing.

Also, don’t forget to make sure that you have the right amount of PCI Express slots for your use. You’ll need this for your video card, or (2) slots if you’re planning on installing two video cards in your machine. For a dedicated sound card, you’ll need to get an extra PCI Express port as well.

 

Choose On-board Audio Vs Dedicated Sound Card

You’ll probably come across motherboards with a built in audio, so the dedicated sound card is optional. I’d recommend investing in a sound card, especially if you want the best experience from your games or, if you’d like to take advantage of the best quality headphones and speakers.

If you’re into producing music, video and audio editing, a sound card is necessary because the sound provided by those typical motherboards won’t do the job.

 

Tips On Buying Your Motherboard

When you decide to choose one of the best motherboards for your gaming, be wise and think ahead. I’m sure most of you would want your motherboard to have a long life, so I recommend you choose a decent quality that has been released recently.

Since the motherboard is such an important component to your gaming PC, I recommend buying the best you can afford. I suggest taking a look at the well known trusted motherboard manufacturers for quality and reliability. These are: ASUS, EVGA, Intel, MSI & Gigabyte.