The desktop isn't dead by any stretch of the imagination, and if you don't believe, just ask Lenovo
. Among Lenovo's upcoming desktop PCs (yes, that's plural) is the IdeaCentre Erazer X700, a high performance system for "extreme gamers" that begs to be overclocked.
Like everything else Lenovo announced this weekend, the Erazer X700 pimps Microsoft's Windows 8
platform. More importantly, it packs some respectable hardware inside a diamond-cut chassis with blue LED lighting.
Different configurations are available with support for up to an Intel Core i7 Extreme processor, dual-graphics cards (up to two NVIDIA GeForce GTX660 cards in SLI or up to two AMD Radeon HD 8950 cards in CrossFireX), up to 16GB of RAM, up to 4TB of storage, Blu-ray reader/DVD writer, 7.1-channel audio, 802.11b WI-Fi, USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, HDMI connectivity, 9-in-1 memory card reader, and other odds and ends. The Erazer X700 also features Lenovo's Onekey Overclocking feature that lets users goose clockspeeds with the touch of a button.
Also on tap are a pair of all-in-one
(AIO) PCs, including the IdeaCentre C540 and IdeaCentre A730. The C540 is a 23-inch AIO modestly equipped with up to a 3rd Generation Core i3 processor, up to 8GB of RAM, up to NVIDIA GeForce 615 graphics, up to 2GB of storage, 720p webcam, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and an optional touchscreen display.
A little more exciting is the A730, supposedly the world's slimmest 27-inch multi-touch AIO. It measures less than an inch thick but makes good use of its available cargo space by cramming up to a Core i7 processor, up to 8GB of memory, up to 1TB of hard drive storage, and up to NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M graphics inside. Not a bad collection of hardware for such a slim system.
The Erazer X700 will be available in June starting at $1,499; the C540 in February starting at $549 for non-touch (touch models will ship in June); and the A730 in June starting at $1,499.