Lenovo, a company that’s certainly not known for their gaming chops have stunned the crowd at CES with the Erazer X700, a purebred gaming desktop.
The Erazer X700 is meant to target the likes of Dell’s Alienware division by offering gamers a prebuilt, high spec rig that should power through the latest titles. Unfortunately, not much is known about the actual specifications or what Lenovo will offer as customization options but from internal shots it looks like it will be an X79-based system with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 600-series graphics cards and Intel Extreme Edition processors.
Lenovo has also stated the Erazer X700 will have multiple hard drive and SSD options with HDD capacities of up to 4TB and SSDs of 256GB or less. Finally, memory options seem to be limited to 16GB for the time being but with 32GB and 64GB kits becoming widely available, expect to see additional configurations available soon after launch.
One item which Lenovo seems particularly proud of is the OneKey overclocking technology. With the simple click of a button, a gamer can supposedly increase performance, though how that is accomplished (via GPU or CPU overclocks) remains to be seen.
The aforementioned overclocking is fully covered by the Erazer X700′s warranty. Lenovo’s confidence is likely due to the presence of an Asetek-supplied 120mm closed loop liquid cooling system and active cooling for the motherboard’s VRM modules.
Unfortunately, end user expansion will be severely curtailed since Lenovo seems to be using a Micro ATX motherboard with a single PCI-E x16 connector and a quartet of RAM slots. There are however a pair of free spaces in the HDD cage and front-mounted hot swappable drive bays.
What about pricing? Expect it to be well north of $3000 once all of the option boxes are ticked but that’s no different from other high end systems. (Update Jan 15, 2013: Pricing will actually start at just $1,400) It just remains to be seen how Lenovo will differentiate themselves in this growing market.