Lenovo IdeaCentre Y710 Cube Review: Big Gaming Performance In A Small Package

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Lenovo IdeaCentre Y710 Cube: Power Consumption And Noise

Some noise is to be expected from a gaming PC, but too much will make you regret your purchase. We listened intently to the Lenovo IdeaCentre Y710 Cube throughout the review process to monitor noise levels. We also used a power meter to monitor the power draw.

Total System Power Consumption
Measured At The Outlet

The Y710 Cube features a 450W power supply, a relatively mainstream CPU and only a single GPU, guaranteeing that the system will draw less power than many of the larger, multi-GPU PCs we’ve tested recently. We recorded the Cube’s power draw when idle and under heavy load for comparison.

power consumption

Even under heavy load, the Y710 Cube proved to have a light touch. It pulled just 254W when fired up. At idle, the Cube had one of the lightest draws, at 48.6W. That put it in the neighborhood of another SFF, the iBuypower Revolt 2. The Alienware Aurora R5 managed the lowest idle draw at 37W.

Noise: Because the CPU has a large cooler, crammed into a small space, we expected the Y710 Cube to be fairly loud. As it turned out, the system is quiet overall. It’s nearly silent when idle, with just a soft hum from the CPU fan escaping the system. Fire up a video game, and the Cube responds with more fan noise, but even then, we didn’t find ourselves needing to reach for our headphones.

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