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10-27-2009

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Lenovo k230 performance (games)

2010-02-26, 19:39 PM

Well this is a thread that im going to start about the k230 desktop machine as a budget gaming rig. Ill add more post as soon as i get more games but for now, ill post what i have in the meantime.

 

I bought my lenovo k230 as a replacement for my almost dying desktop from 2004. Bought this machine early september of 2009. And i coudlnt be happier with the purchase. I bought it a local Frys store for cheap!!! considering what the specs are inside, it was a good deal!!

 

And now you can purchase this model (if you can still find them) for around $300, last i checked. But the quad core k230 are more common which should be a step up from this machine for around $400.

 

From the purchase i also purchased a pny GTS 250 graphics card, coolmax 700w power supply to support the graphics card., and did the upgrade for windows 7 64 bit home premium. (took awhile but it made it here!)

 

System specs:

Lenovo k230

 

Processor:  Intel core 2 duo (e7400) @ 2.80ghz/core

Ram: 6GB ram installed (it came stock with the desktop so its the dd2 model)

HardDrive: 500 GB sata Hard drive

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium

Graphics: PNY GeForce GTS 250 512MB PCI-e card

Power Supply: Coolmax 700w power supply

Monitor: HannsG HG216D 22-inch monitor @1680 x 1050 @ 59Hz

 

Anything else is stock, no overclocking for cpu and no overclocking for graphics.

 

 

To test games and benchmark, i use fraps to display my Frames Per Second (FPS) if the game doesnt have a benchmark option.

 

Dragon Age: Origins


Settings:

RESOLUTION: 1600 x 900

GAME DETAIL: Ultra High

ANTI-ALIASING: Off

TEXTURE: High

V-SYNC: Off

 

Frame rate is at a surprising 75-85 FPS when running around. FPS is at 65-70 when doing battles. This machine runs this game well!! Only problem is that load times will increase since the game has a terrible memory leak (frmo what i read) and would need to restart the game every hour or so.

 

Stutters for the first 15 seconds after loaded but nice through out the game.

 

 

Mass Effect 2:

Settings:

 

RESOLUTION : 1600 X 900

GRAPHICS SETTINGS: Everything on HIGH

 

This game runs at a solid 60 FPS, and for a game that looks this amazing. I couldnt be happier! Doesnt stutter much/ not at all. Good gameplay all around.

 

Batman Arkham Asylum

Settings:

 

RESOLUTION: 1600 x 900

GRAPHICS SETTINGS: Everything on HIGH

PhysX - Off (i still need a dedicated physx card)

 

This game runs at 50-60 FPS. Solid gameplay.

 

 

I used to have mass effect, and crysis. but sold them. But from what i can tell, Both games ran well with my current setup. If i can borrwo from friends, Ill post with the FPS count.

 

I just bought Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, will test as soon as installed!

 

 

OBSERVATION:

 

For a sub $500, mass produced, commercial desktop, it kicks butt! Quiet, runs solid, havent had a crash/problem since day 1 and i had vista for a good 3 months of it. Im really happy with the purchase and if anyone is interested in picking up this model as a casual gamer, you can go wrong with this. especially with the price!

 

Will update soon with more games..........

 

 


 

 

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