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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.
- Excellent design
- Good selection of processor and Graphics card
- None at this point
- Excellent entry level gaming desktop.
iBUYPOWER AM001i Desktop Gaming PC SPECS
|Processor||Intel Core i5-7400 4-Core 3.0Ghz (3.50Ghz)|
|Chipset||Intel B250 Chipset|
|Internal Storage||1TB HDD 7200 RPM | 120GB SSD Windows 10 Home 64-bit|
|Windows 10 Home 64-bit|
|Graphics||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB Dedicated Gaming Video Card|
|Display connectors||VR Ready Display Connectors – Dual Link DVI-D, HDMI, & VGA|
|Ports||2 x USB 3.0 | 4 x USB 2.0 | 1x RJ-45|
|Connectivity||Network Ethernet 10/100/1000 | WiFi 802.11ac Wireless Adapter|
|Audio||Audio: 7.1 Channel Keyboard and Mouse|
|Other||iBUYPOWER Gaming Keyboard & Mouse|
|Warranty||1 Year Parts & Labor + Warranty Free Lifetime Tech Support|
|Optical Drive Type||DVD-RW|
|Dimensions||25 x 12.5 x 21.38 inches|
|Item model number||Chimera AM001i|
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.
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.
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.
Internal Storage and RAM
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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- 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
- System: AMD FX-8320 8-Core 3.5Ghz (4.0Ghz) | AMD 760G Chipset | 2TB HDD
- Graphics: GeForce GT 730 2GB Dedicated Graphics
- 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
- 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