The iBuyPower AM900Z Desktop Gaming PC Review

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4/5 on October 13, 2017

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PROS

Style: From the remotely controlled RGB lighting to the tempered glass panel, the AM900Z remains a uniquely styled but less flashy gaming PC.

Performance: When it comes to gaming, performance is King, and the AM900Z offers just that through its quad-core i7 processor.

Smooth Gaming Experience: It is one of the few gaming desktops that have the best graphics cards on them, the GTX 1070. The upscale card coupled with a 16GB DDR4 RAM provides a superior gaming experience. It is bound to remain so for a few more years to come.

Sufficient Storage: The dual storage configuration offers the much-needed memory for great performance. Besides, they shorten the start-up times of the operating system, games and other programs.

Quiet Gaming: Most gaming enthusiasts and critics have applauded the AM900Z as a quiet machine. It is probably due to the use of a heat sink CPU instead of the standard liquid coolers.

Multitasking: It is no doubt that the iBuyPower gaming machine beats all its competition in terms of multitasking capabilities which has been enhanced by the use of Intel’s threading technology.

Faster Peripheral Connections: AM900Z allows the connection of one of the fastest USB types in the market, USB3.1. In addition, it allows three monitors with a high-quality display.

Room for Upgrades: Unlike most of the competitors, iBuyPower provides room for the upgrade of AM900Z components especially storage.

Customer Service: Several customers have provided positive reviews on iBuyPower’s after sale and customer support services. Pronouns such as kind and helpful have been used to describe its customer service personnel.

CONS

Well, nothing is 100% on the dot; neither is the high profile AM900Z. Here are a few of its limitations.

Cost: Considering the quality and performance it offers, it is obvious that it costs more. However, some have complained that $1,100 is too high. Nevertheless, computer geeks understand that building the same machine from scratch by buying individual parts would cost about $1,400 in the current market.

BIOS Configuration: The major problem with the PC gaming machine is that the BIOS has been configured to boot from 1Tb HDD, but the Operating system is installed on the SSD. Changing the configuration solves the problem once and for all.

No USB-C: USB C is one of the latest trends in the electronics world. iBuyPower does not include it in its 8 USB ports. Though some consider this as a con, a quick look at the current issues surrounding the production of USB Cs will change their mind. Amazon, for example reportedly banned the sale of some of them. My opinion is that the market can still do without the cable for a few years.

VERDICT

iBuyPower brings to the gaming arena one of the top performance gaming devices that is less flashy but powerful. With its GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card, it beats most competitors hands own. The quad-core i7 processor with high multitasking capabilities is a feature that will set this machine apart for a significant number of years to come. Though it slightly beats the bare minimum for such top-level machines in terms of memory, providing room for upgrades puts it at a vantage point over its competitors.

The key pitfall for the AM900z is its prohibitive pricing. As it stands, it is worth waiting a year or two for the price to come down. Even then, given the specs, it will still be one of the powerful Gaming PCs in the market. I award iBuyPower’s AM900Z Desktop gaming PC a 4.6-star rating out of five. Let me keep the 0.4 till the price goes down.

Portability and performance are the top considerations on a gamer’s list when choosing a computer. Settling for a laptop is the best choice if a gamer wants to play on the move. However, for power and performance, nothing beats a desktop PC.

Over the years, gaming desktop PCs have evolved into powerful machines. Processor capability, graphics, storage, and the number of peripherals are the four key considerations in today’s gaming world. The iBuyPower AM900Z Desktop is one the best gaming machines on the market today. I checked it out and here is my take on how it meets the four parameters.

Boutique Built

One user considered it a boutique built desktop PC. The iBuyPower AM900Z Desktop comes with the panache of a high-performance gaming PC. The first design feature that stands out is its tampered glass on the one-panel side. It replaces the transparent glass that has become ubiquitous with desktop gaming computers.

The outer design is just as great as the prospective performance. The black tower flaunts a glass and steel casings and does not have the cheap look of the traditional black rectangle PCs. Gamers can see the dotted LED lights as well as the interior cabling.

Most prebuilt gaming systems come with liquid coolers. On the other hand, AM900Z gives a break to those who have been frustrated by this system. It comes with a dedicated heat sink air cooler CPU. Such configuration promises faster and better cooling.

As with most powerful gaming PC of the modern age, the iBuyPower AM900Z is a behemoth of a machine. If you have a small desk, then you will have to find a bigger one or extend it hold this machine. The 25-inch tall machine has cross-sectional dimensions of 21.38 by 12.5 inches.

Powerful Processor

It uses the latest and possibly the fastest processor in the market today, the 7th Gen Intel Core i7-7700K processor. It is built on a quad-core chip having a clock speed of 4.2 GHz. It also comes with Intel’s Turbo Boost 2.0 technology that delivers an additional 4.5 GHz which makes it possible to play 3D games at maximum frame rates, with improved details, and high resolution.

For those gamers interested in PC with great multitasking experience, here is your machine of choice. The manufacturer has configured in the Intel Hyper-Threading Technology. It has eight simultaneous threads meaning each processor core can handle two tasks at a time. Talk of taking the gaming experience to the next level.

Great Graphics

A high-performance processor requires great graphics, and the iBuyPower AM900Z obeys this gaming world’s golden rule. It comes with GeForce GTX1070 graphics card. It is the best card in the GTX 10xx series and by extension in the market. It allows gaming at maximum Full HD setting and 1440p resolution. To understand the magnificence of this feature, consider this; 1080p offers 60frames/sec on average, and that has remained the best quality in most gaming systems.

The best part about the graphics card is possibly it VR capability. VR is gaining traction in the gaming world. GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card exceeds several minimum requirements for VR equipment.

Sufficient Storage

The latest trend in Gaming PCs is dual storage; AM900Z, however, has taken this a notch higher. It comes with a pre-installed one terabyte hard disk drive and a 240GB Solid-State Drive, SSD. The SATA 7200rpm HDD compliments the high-performance processor. Like other smart manufacturers, iBuyPower has installed Windows 10 Home on the SSD to enable faster booting.

While storage comes in handy for the processor, the graphics require a high-quality RAM for optimum performance. Currently, 8GB RAM is the standard for smooth gaming. IBuyPower has shot beyond this mark to provide a 16GB DDR4 RAM.

Plenty Peripherals

The AM900Z desktop gaming PC has eight USB ports six of which are USB 3.1 and the rest USB2.0. It also has a Display Port, HDMI and DVI connectors, and can run three monitors.

One response to “The iBuyPower AM900Z Desktop Gaming PC Review”

  1. john says:

    Cool review – will definitely look into this product.

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