Desktop Systems Guide
To evaluate the Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon, we will be putting it through our usual benchmarks. The full list is below. As for comparison, we will be including results from the Lenovo IdeaCentre A720, ASUS ET2411INITI and the recently reviewed ASUS Transformer AIO. For the newer benchmarks such as 3DMark 2013 and PCMark 8, we were not able to recall the other AIOs for retesting so we will be including results from comparable systems that were recently reviewed.
General Computing Benchmarks (PCMark 8 & PCMark 7)
Since PCMark 8 is a relatively new benchmark, we have not had the chance to recall the older AIOs for testing, so we will be including results from other comparable products that we have tested recently such as the latest MacBook Air and Toshiba Satellite P50 notebook.
Bearing in mind its specifications, the Horizon’s scores on PCMark 8 on the "Home", "Creative", "Work" and "Storage" workloads were pretty decent. On a whole, it was able to match the latest MacBook Air 2013, losing out only when it came to the "Storage" workload because of its 1TB HDD - the MacBook Air has a super fast PCIe-based SSD. Needless to say, it was no match for mobile powerhouses such as the Aftershock XG13 and the new 14-inch Razer Blade.
On PCMark 7, the Horizon managed an overall score of 2925, which surprisingly puts it slightly ahead of the more powerful IdeaCentre A720. Examining the breakdown of scores, we can see that the reason behind this was the Horizon’s good showing on the “Entertainment” and “Computation” workloads. However, it trailed against other AIOs such as the ASUS ET2411INTI and Transformer.
Graphics Benchmarks (3DMark 2013, 3DMark 11 & Far Cry 2)
As we have mentioned earlier, the NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M is a pretty dated and entry-level GPU, that is based on NVIDIA’s last generation Fermi architecture. And it shows. Looking at the results of the Horizon in 3DMark 2013, it seems that its performance is only about on a par with Intel’s HD Graphics 5000 integrated GPU (such as that found in the new Apple MacBook Air). Its graphics performance also could not match against the IdeaCentre A720 and ASUS ET2411INTI, both of which have the slightly more powerful GeForce GT 630M GPU. The ASUS Transformer AIO is clearly the best performing AIO thanks to its new GeForce GT 730M GPU, which is based off NVIDIA’s latest Kepler architecture. On Far Cry 2, it was over 60% faster than the Horizon.
In terms of practical usage, we also felt that the Horizon could do with more graphics horsepower. Although the bundled touchscreen games were playable, it felt sluggish and there were moments when we noticed that frame rates dipped quite severely. In all, the NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M really does not do the Horizon any favors, and we are perplexed as to why it was the GPU of choice in the first place - even the slightly more capable GeForce GT 630M (same core configuration, higher clock speeds) would have been more welcomed.