Lenovo LOQ Tower 17IRB8: Affordable pre-built gaming PC announced with Intel and Nvidia hardware
At CES 2023, Lenovo launched the Legion Tower 5 and 5i- pre-built gaming desktops catering to the high-end market. Now, those on the lookout for more affordable options can opt for the Lenovo LOQ Tower 17IRB8. It goes on sale in June 2023, starting at US$1,099.
CPU options on the Lenovo LOQ Tower 17IRB8 cap out at the Intel Core i7-13700. K-branded SKUs are not listed because they are likely reserved for the Legion line. The CPU is paired with an Intel B760 MATX motherboard. A future variant with AMD processors could be announced later in the year. At just 17 litres, the pre-built gaming desktop is compact and ideal for hauling around to LAN parties.
One can configure the Lenovo LOQ Tower 17IRB8 with Nvidia RTX 4000 graphics cards. While the exact SKUs aren't mentioned, the gargantuan GeForce RTX 4090 and RTX 4080 are unlikely to be included. One could, however, pick the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti. In addition, the yet-to-be-launched GeForce RTX 4070 and other lower-end SKUs could also be chosen at some point.
Unfortunately, AMD graphics cards aren't an option. Lenovo lets users configure the Lenovo LOQ Tower 17IRB8 with up to 32 GB of 3,200 MT/s DDR4 RAM. Storage options include a 1 TB NVMe SSD, 2 TB 7,200 RPM mechanical hard dive or a combination of both if required. The PC comes with a 500 Watt power supply, which may not be user-upgradable because it is proprietary. It ships with Windows 11 and a three-month subscription to Xbox Game Pass.
Given its compact form factor, the Lenovo LOQ Tower 17IRB8 doesn't offer much in the way of I/O. At the back, there are four USB 2.0 ports, one VGA port, one HDMI port, one RJ45 Ethernet jack, and one lone 3.5 mm audio jack. All the "good stuff" seems to be at the front, including two USB 3.2 Type-A ports and one USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C port. For wireless connectivity, there's Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2.