Lenovo Legion Tower 5i (Gen 6) review: Mid-range desktop gaming PC with solid performance, lots of cut corners – Windows Central
It’s been a rough couple of years for PC gamers, with stock shortages and rampant scalping taking a big bite out of the joy of building a PC. There’s not really an end in sight to the major GPU drought, and many who never before thought about a pre-built PC are now considering it thanks to the availability of crucial hardware. Plenty of manufacturers are ready to oblige, but the pre-built market can be tough to navigate due to proprietary parts, misleading product descriptions, and shoddy craftsmanship.
Lenovo’s Legion sector has been steadily improving over the years, with numerous generational updates to its gaming-focused laptop and desktop PCs. One of the best gaming laptops of the year (and one of my favorites) is the Legion 5 Pro (Gen 6), so I was excited to test out the Legion Tower 5i, also now in its sixth generation. I’ve been using this mid-range pre-built gaming PC for about a week to see where it excels, where it falls short, and, ultimately, whether or not it’s worth your money.
Lenovo Legion Tower 5i (Gen 6)
Bottom line: The Legion Tower 5i (Gen 6) is a pre-built gaming PC that should suit casual gamers. It cuts a bunch of corners — namely with the motherboard, RAM, and CPU cooling — but it performs well at 1080p and runs quietly under full load. As long as you’re not an enthusiast who wants something closer to a personal build, this should be considered when shopping for a mid-range pre-built PC.
- Runs quiet under full load
- Excellent airflow, plenty of fans
- Non-proprietary motherboard setup means easier future upgrades
- Competitive price
- Less plastic and acrylic than previous models
- Limited I/O
- Single-channel RAM is underwhelming
- OEM GPU is nothing special
- System RGB lighting seems to do its own thing
- Could become a dust trap
Lenovo Legion Tower 5i: Price, availability, and specs
Source: Windows Central
Lenovo supplied Windows Central with a review unit of the Legion Tower 5i (Gen 6). The 26L case, which was overhauled for this latest generation to offer better airflow and to take up less space, nevertheless has ample room inside for cooling solutions and performance hardware.
My review unit includes an 11th Gen Intel Core i5-11400 processor (CPU), 8GB of single-channel DDR4 RAM, a 256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe solid-state drive (SSD) coupled with a 1TB SATA 3.5-inch hard-disk drive (HDD), and an NVIDIA GTX 1660 SUPER GPU, which is one of our picks for best graphics card.
Legion stock is currently listed as “temporarily unavailable” at Lenovo’s official site, at least for the Intel version. These PCs are still available at third-party retailers, though you won’t get the same granular configuration options as you would at Lenovo’s site. Best Buy has the same config as my review unit listed at $1,000, while at Walmart it costs $1,300.
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