iBUYPOWER AM001i Desktop Gaming PC

iBUYPOWER AM001i Desktop Gaming PC Intel i5-7400 Review

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$999.99
as of Aug 18 2018 05:30 GMT (Details)

What is the iBUYPOWER Desktop Gaming PC


Just to get you up to speed, there are several variations of the iBUYPOWER AM00XX series. The difference is majorly in the processor type, graphics chip, and internal storage, while the casing remains unchanged. The iBUYPOWER AM001i Desktop Gaming PC is one of the five configurations available. At the end of this review is a list (and a brief description of other configurations) linking into the respective reviews.

Pros

 

  • Excellent design
  • Good selection of processor and Graphics card

Cons

 

  • None at this point

Verdict

 

  • Excellent entry level gaming desktop.

iBUYPOWER AM001i Desktop Gaming PC SPECS


ProcessorIntel Core i5-7400 4-Core 3.0Ghz (3.50Ghz)
ChipsetIntel B250 Chipset
RAM8GB DDR4-2400
Internal Storage1TB HDD 7200 RPM | 120GB SSD Windows 10 Home 64-bit
 Windows 10 Home 64-bit
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB Dedicated Gaming Video Card
Display connectorsVR Ready Display Connectors – Dual Link DVI-D, HDMI, & VGA
Ports2 x USB 3.0 | 4 x USB 2.0 | 1x RJ-45
ConnectivityNetwork Ethernet 10/100/1000 |  WiFi  802.11ac Wireless Adapter
AudioAudio: 7.1 Channel Keyboard and Mouse
OtheriBUYPOWER Gaming Keyboard & Mouse
Warranty1 Year Parts & Labor + Warranty Free Lifetime Tech Support
Optical Drive TypeDVD-RW
Dimensions25 x 12.5 x 21.38 inches
Weight30 pounds
Item model numberChimera AM001i

PERFORMANCE


Processor

The iBUYPOWER AM001i Desktop Gaming PC is among the first machines to sport the Intel Core i5-7400 processor, otherwise known as the Kaby Lake-S. It is based on Intel’s 7th Generation 14nm Kaby Lake microarchitecture. It was only unveiled in January 2017, only two months prior to this review.
The Intel Core i5-7400 is a high-end desktop processor with a base clock speed of 3.0GHz, 0.10 GHz faster than an ordinary desktop processor and can support a maximum overclocking up to 3.50 GHz. Further, it has a Thermal Power Design of 65W which is at par with other competitor processors.

Most Core i5 processors have a Cache Memory of 4GB native to desktop processors. Now, the Core i5-7400 houses 6GB of Level 3 cache memory, similar to other quad-core processors. Level 3 cache (L3) is a static memory bank of a processor which it uses to store frequently used data and instruction thus cutting time to access RAM. So the larger the cache, the better the performance.

iBUYPOWER AM005A Desktop Gaming PC

This Core i5-7400 also supports DDR4 based RAMs with maximum memory support of 64GB, well above what most desktop processors can do.  Moreover, being a quad-core itself means that it has superior multitasking abilities compared to ordinary duo-core processors.  Change in performance will to a great extent depend on what applications you are using as well as the type of tasks you will be handling with your computer. You may notice the difference while playing online games and general browsing.

All that means that performance on the iBUYPOWER AM001i Desktop Gaming PC will be at its peak. And it will definitely not be a bottleneck in any of today’s modern games.

Graphics


The iBUYPOWER AM001i Desktop Gaming PC houses a splendid choice of parts. For graphics, the 3GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 was used, and that with good reason.

The GTX 1060 is powered by a 16nm Pascal architecture. It has 6GB of GDDR5 memory, which is plenty sufficient for today’s games as Full HD and 1440p resolutions. Performance of the GTX 1060 is on equal footing with GeForce GTX 980 according to Benchmarks. Intrinsically, that means that GTX 1060 is nearly twice as fast as the GeForce 960. Even AMD’s Radeon RX 480 falls 5% behind it. So what does that mean to the user. Well, it means you can play games at a resolution of 2560 x 1440 without breaking a sweat. That speaks well for the iBUYPOWER AM001i Desktop Gaming PC.

Internal Storage and RAM


 For optimal performance of the GTX 1060, 8 GB of RAM is required. And that’s exactly what the iBUYPOWER AM001i Desktop Gaming PC comes with. While that is ideal for gaming, there is still more room for upgrade. The motherboard furnishes ample room for expansion up to 32 GB, with an extra slot for one more memory stick.
 The iBUYPOWER AM001i Desktop Gaming PC is further equipped with 1 TB HDD operating at 7200 RPM, plus a 120GB SSD. 1 TB of space is attractive, but what’s more arresting is the 120GB SSD. With this, boot time and loading time is to a great extent reduced making for better user experience.

Peripherals


 Along with the iBUYPOWER AM001i Desktop Gaming PC comes to a gaming keyboard and mouse. Both the mouse and keyboard are optimized for gaming … with the fancy red lights and a glowing iBUYPOWER insignia.

 CONCLUSION


The gaming world is by far a competitive world. For a machine to be considered premium, oftentimes a great sacrifice is called for. The iBUYPOWER AM001i Desktop Gaming PC may not fully fit the premium title, but sure tips the scales toward it. With a choice selection of parts, it not only offers great performance but also the looks to match. With barely a handle for constructive criticism, I am compelled to declare it among my favorite gaming desktops. 

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 OTHER CONFIGURATIONS


iBUYPOWER AM008i Desktop Gaming PC Review | See at Amazon      

  • System: Intel i5-7400 4-Core 3.0Ghz (3.50Ghz Max Turbo) | Intel B250 Chipset|  1TB HDD | 120GB SSD
  • Graphics: AMD RX 460 2GB Dedicated Graphics Card

iBUYPOWER AM005A Desktop Gaming PC Review | See at Amazon

  • System: AMD FX-8320 8-Core 3.5Ghz (4.0Ghz) | AMD 760G Chipset |  2TB HDD
  • Graphics: GeForce GT 730 2GB Dedicated Graphics

iBUYPOWER AM007A Desktop Gaming PC Review | See at Amazon

 

  • System: AMD FX-4300 Quad Core 3.8Ghz (4.0Ghz) | AMD 760G Chipset | 8GB DDR3-1600 | 1TB HDD
  • Graphics: GeForce GT 710 1GB Dedicated Graphics Card 

iBUYPOWER AM009i Desktop Gaming PC Review | See at Amazon

  • System: Intel i7-7700 4-Core 3.60Ghz (4.20Ghz Max Turbo) | Intel B250 Chipset| 16GB DDR4-3000 | 1TB HDD | 120GB SSD
  • Graphics: NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1060 3GB Dedicated Graphics Card

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