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Lenovo Ideapad Y700 15ISK 80NW Notebook Review

Allen Ngo, 12/18/2015

A familiar refresh. The jump from the Y50 to the 15.6-inch Y700 brings about a few important upgrades, but there are still some major holes in terms of features and accessibility that have yet to be implemented.

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The Ideapad Y700 series succeeds the previous 14-inch Y40, 15.6-inch Y50, and 17.3-inch Y70. Thus, the Y700 name consists of SKUs ranging from 14-inch all the way up to 17.3-inch with a diverse set of configuration options each.

Our Y700 today is the 15.6-inch touchscreen version with Intel Skylake and Nvidia GTX 960M graphics. AMD components are again limited to the 14-inch version, so Radeon fans will have to settle for the smaller Y700. Last year's Y50 was decent enough, but it has already become outdated in the face of recent competitors like the Alienware 15 R2, MSI GE62, and Asus GL552. Can the latest 15.6-inch Y700 bring Lenovo back up to speed into 2016?

We recommend checking out our previous reviews on the older generation Y models to see how the series has changed over time:

Lenovo Y50 Review (FHD 960M model)

(4K UHD 960M model)

(4K UHD 860M model)

(FHD 860M model)

Lenovo Y500 Review

Lenovo Ideapad Y700 15ISK 80NW
Processor
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M - 4096 MB, Core: 1097 MHz, Memory: 5010 MHz, 359.00, Optimus
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR4-2132, PC4-17000, 1066.1 MHz, Dual-Channel, 15-15-15-36
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel, 10-point capacitive, LG Philips, IPS, Model: LP156WF6-SPK1, ID: LGD04A7, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel HM170 (Skylake PCH-H)
Storage
Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2, 128 GB 
, Secondary: Western Digital WD10SPCX 1 TB HDD
Soundcard
Intel Skylake PCH-H High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combo, Card Reader: 4-in-1 SD reader
Networking
Realtek RTL8168B/8111B Family PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet NIC (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 25.95 x 387 x 277 ( = 1.02 x 15.24 x 10.91 in)
Battery
60 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD 720p
Additional features
Speakers: 2W stereo speakers + 3 W subwoofer , Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Lenovo Companion 3.0, ID, Photo Master 2.0, SHAREit, Solution Center, McAfee LifeSafe (trial), 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.902 kg ( = 102.37 oz / 6.4 pounds), Power Supply: 590 g ( = 20.81 oz / 1.3 pounds)
Price
1200 Euro

 

Case

Visually, the design of last year's Y series looks very sharp for a gaming notebook. Its combination of defined corners, brushed aluminum lid, and dark rubberized palm rests is sleek without appearing overly eccentric. This design philosophy has returned on the new Y700 with a few notable changes. While we had build quality issues on our Y50 and Y70, the Y700 is built more tightly around the edges and corners where gaps are more likely to occur. As a result, the speaker grilles have been redesigned and are now larger and more taut than before. The belly of the unit has also been redesigned with new grilles and a relocated subwoofer grille.

The rest of the model appears largely the same as its predecessor. The lid exhibits better than average resistance to twisting and the single-bar hinge is strong enough to prevent teetering when typing. The base of the unit is especially resistant to twisting and even depressions when pushing down on the center of the keyboard. Pushing down on the center of the outer lid will warp it just slightly, but not enough to be of any concern. While we prefer the unibody approach over gluing together smaller materials, Lenovo has done a better job this time around as far as quality is concerned.

As for size and weight, the Y700 is actually slightly thicker (23.9 mm vs. 25.9 mm) and longer in depth (277 mm vs. 263.4 mm) than its Y50 predecessor. When combined with the internal changes and touchscreen panel, our Y700 is roughly 500 grams heavier than our older Y50 configuration. The Acer Aspire V15 Nitro is much lighter at 2.4 kg while the super-thin MSI GS60 and HP Omen are roughly 2.1 kg each in comparison.

Connectivity

Port selection feels limited on the Y700. Users have only three USB ports to work with and only one video-out option via HDMI. We would have liked to see USB Type-C to make up for the low USB count and mDP to complement the HDMI port. The Acer Aspire V Nitro, for example, has USB Type-C and Thunderbolt with an optical drive while the MSI GS60 includes both USB Type-C and mDP. The options here are unchanged from last year's Y50 and it definitely feels like Lenovo is cutting corners in this regard.

Front: No connectivity
Front: No connectivity
Right: 2x USB 3.0, HDMI-out, Gigabit Ethernet, Kensington Lock
Right: 2x USB 3.0, HDMI-out, Gigabit Ethernet, Kensington Lock
Rear: No connectivity
Rear: No connectivity
Left: AC adapter, USB 2.0, SD reader, 3.5 mm combo audio
Left: AC adapter, USB 2.0, SD reader, 3.5 mm combo audio

Communication

WLAN is provided by an Intel 8260 dual-band (2x2) M.2 module with 802.11ac connectivity, WiDi, and integrated Bluetooth 4.2. Maximum throughput is rated at 867 Mbps and we experienced no connection issues during our time with the Y700. In comparison, the smaller 14-inch Y700 is only sold with a 1x1 Intel 3165 module.

There are no WWAN or GPS options on the gaming-centric Y700.

Accessories

Lenovo has expanded its gaming series lineup to include dedicated gaming accessories in the same manner as Asus and Aorus. Thus, the manufacturer is now marketing mechanical keyboards, surround sound headsets, precision mice, and backpacks sleekly designed in black with red accents to match the current Y700 color scheme.

Maintenance

Like the older Y50, the panel underneath is very difficult to remove. Removing the set of Philips screws is easy enough, but the hinges are attached so tightly that quite a bit of force is needed even with a sharp edge. Users will have to pry open the panel in the most literal sense, which is never a user-friendly approach.

While we were unable to safely detach the base without damaging the rest of the unit, LaptopMedia.com has provided a neat teardown of the Y700 with images of the innards. Users are treated to dual storage bays, 2x SODIMM slots, and removable M.2 WLAN card. The motherboard has been redesigned compared to the Y50 with the RAM modules and subwoofer repositioned and the battery made more easily removable.

Warranty

Lenovo provides the standard one-year warranty with extensions for up to three years for an additional $80 and accidental damage protection for an additional $30.

Y700 (laptopmedia.com)
Y700 (laptopmedia.com)
Y50 (Source: us.hardware.info)
Y50 (Source: us.hardware.info)

Input Devices

Keyboard

The keyboard layout (34 x 10.2 cm) has not changed last year's model. Two levels of red backlight are available and the full-size arrow keys are appreciated unlike on the HP Omen. Key travel and feedback are shallow and soft, respectively, but consistent nonetheless so users can quickly become accustomed to its feel. Still, we would have liked a deeper travel length as typing on the Y700 can feel like typing on an Ultrabook. The recent Gigabyte P55W, for example, provides a travel length of 2.2 mm compared to 1.5 mm on most other notebooks.

Users may also lament the fact that Lenovo includes no dedicated Macro or auxiliary keys. There are no dedicated software either for recording keystrokes or setting game-specific features. Lenovo may want to examine the examples set by MSI or Clevo on the software front if it wants to be on level playing field with more established gaming manufacturers.

Touchpad

At 10.6 x 7 cm, the touchpad is exactly the same as it was on the Y50. Its surface is matte plastic with a smooth and comfortable glide and its Synaptics software is able to recognize up to four fingers simultaneously. If typing, the surface is automatically disabled to prevent accidental movement. We experienced no major issues regarding accuracy or responsiveness.

The integrated mouse keys are shallow and quiet, so feedback is not quite as firm as it could have been and is a little on the soft side. The force required to push down and input a click is on the high side, so tapping on the surface instead is more ergonomic if an external mouse is unavailable.

Discussion

Display

Like last year's Y50, this year's Y700 is available in FHD (1920 x 1080) or UHD (3840 x 2160) with optional touchscreen support. Our test model is the FHD touchscreen version. While the screen is protected with a semi-glossy panel, Lenovo makes no mention of Gorilla Glass and the panel feels like clear plastic to cut down on costs. Subjectively, colors and text appear crisp with no major backlight bleeding or clarity issues. A quick search for the LP156WF6-SPK1 panel name shows no other notebooks in our database sporting the exact same screen. The more generic LP156WF6 model name, however, is used on other touchscreen notebooks such as the Toshiba Satellite Radius 15 and ThinkPad S5 Yoga.

Display brightness is average for its class at around 250 nits. Black levels are very good for a contrast of nearly 1000:1, so the Lenovo is excellent for media playback. Contrast is almost twice that of the older Y50. Of course, our data only reflects the 1080p touchscreen SKU and results will likely differ for the UHD configurations.

Subpixel array
Subpixel array
No major backlight bleeding
No major backlight bleeding
245.6
cd/m²
239.6
cd/m²
253.7
cd/m²
237.3
cd/m²
258.6
cd/m²
241.4
cd/m²
226.6
cd/m²
243.9
cd/m²
233.8
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro Basic 2
Maximum: 258.6 cd/m² Average: 242.3 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 258.6 cd/m²
Contrast: 934:1 (Black: 0.277 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 8.1 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 7.23 | - Ø
57.2% sRGB (Argyll) 36.5% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 1.99
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 15ISK 80NW
15.6, 1920x1080
Acer Predator 15 G9-591-74ZV
15.6, 1920x1080
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
15.6, 1920x1080
MSI GS60 6QE-002US
15.6, 1920x1080
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70 (59424712)
15.6, 3840x2160
HP Omen
15.6, 1920x1080
Screen
25%
-2%
10%
2%
15%
Brightness242287
19%
205
-15%
292
21%
257
6%
301
24%
Brightness Distribution8886
-2%
80
-9%
83
-6%
81
-8%
85
-3%
Black Level *0.2770.36
-30%
0.26
6%
0.547
-97%
0.512
-85%
0.38
-37%
Contrast934861
-8%
800
-14%
532
-43%
566
-39%
829
-11%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *8.13.83
53%
6.97
14%
4.29
47%
3.72
54%
4.37
46%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *7.232.53
65%
7.37
-2%
2.51
65%
3.11
57%
5.46
24%
Gamma *1.992.422.342.132.482.48
CCT6567 99%6934 94%6823 95%6403 102%6959 93%7915 82%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)36.556
53%
38
4%
54
48%
48.16
32%
60
64%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)57.286
50%
59
3%
82
43%

* ... smaller is better

Color space reproduction is below average at roughly 36 percent and 57 percent of the AdobeRGB and sRGB standards, respectively. This is typical of low-end to mainstream panels and costlier gaming notebooks like the Predator 15 or GS60 tend to have wider color ranges. It doesn't mean that the display for the Y700 is poor, but colors are ultimately not as deep as they could be.

vs. AdobeRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. MSI GS60
vs. MSI GS60
vs. Acer Predator 15
vs. Acer Predator 15

Further display measurements with an X-Rite spectrophotometer show inaccurate grayscale and colors out-of-the-box. A calibration will dramatically improve grayscale and RGB balance, but color accuracy becomes increasingly poor at higher saturation levels due to imperfect sRGB coverage. Fortunately, this has little significance for gaming purposes as response times take priority over color accuracy. Here the Y700 shows very good Black-White and Gray-Gray response times for reduced ghosting when gaming.

Grayscale pre-calibration
Grayscale pre-calibration
Saturation Sweeps pre-calibration
Saturation Sweeps pre-calibration
ColorChecker pre-calibration
ColorChecker pre-calibration
Grayscale post calibration
Grayscale post calibration
Saturation Sweeps post calibration
Saturation Sweeps post calibration
ColorChecker post calibration
ColorChecker post calibration

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
24 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 4 ms rise
↘ 20 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 24 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (28.1 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
40.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 16.4 ms rise
↘ 24.4 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 172 (maximum) ms. » 40 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (42.8 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 58.14 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 58.14 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 58.14 Hz is very low, so the flickering may cause eyestrain and headaches after extended use.

In comparison: 56 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 496 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 10420) Hz was measured.

Outdoor visibility is limited due to the semi-glossy display and average backlight. Glare is unavoidable and colors appear washed out as the display cannot overcome ambient light on even an overcast day. Luckily, the IPS panel allows for wide viewing angles as needed, though apparent brightness will drop if viewing from too steep of an angle in any direction outside of the normal. The hinge allows for an opening of up to roughly 140 degrees.

Outdoors on an on overcast day
Outdoors on an on overcast day
Wide IPS viewing angles
Wide IPS viewing angles

Performance

Turbo Boost up to 3.5 GHz
Turbo Boost up to 3.5 GHz

The current 15.6-inch Y700 Touchscreen can only be equipped with a Core i7-6700HQ with no other CPU options. Similarly, the only Nvidia option is the GTX 960M with Optimus support for longer battery life. The CPU will run as low as 900 MHz and the GPU at 135/202 MHz core/memory when on the Power Saver profile. Otherwise, the CPU is capable of up to 3.5 GHz and the GPU up to 1189/1252 MHz core/memory depending on the system load.

An important note to keep in mind is that the lower-end SKUs have the GTX 960M with only 2 GB VRAM compared to the higher-end SKUs with 4 GB VRAM. Our configuration uses the 4 GB VRAM variant, which is the standard variant on the majority of gaming notebooks with the GTX 960M GPU. It's unfortunate that Lenovo had to strip GPU performance to bring the entry-level MSRP down as low as possible.

System RAM is provided by two 8 GB DDR4 SODIMM modules for a total of 16 GB. Each slot can now support up to 16 GB, so total RAM can be up to 32 GB.

Processor

Compared to last year's Haswell i7-4720HQ and i7-4710HQ, the new Skylake i7-6700HQ provides a similar level of performance for single-threaded applications due to having similar Turbo Boost potential under these types of system loads. Instead, Skylake shines in multi-threaded applications where our i7-6700HQ outperforms the i7-4710HQ by 25 percent according to CineBench as Turbo Boost occurs more consistently. Nonetheless, CPU power is essentially the same as - if not slightly lower than - the i7-5700HQ since the jump from Broadwell to Skylake is more beneficial to the integrated GPUs involved.

See our dedicated CPU page on the Core i7-6700HQ for additional benchmarks and comparisons.

CineBench R10 64-bit
CineBench R10 64-bit
CineBench R11.5 64-bit
CineBench R11.5 64-bit
CineBench R15
CineBench R15
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 15ISK 80NW
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
129 Points ∼70%
Eurocom Sky DLX7
GeForce GTX 980 (Notebook), 6700K, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
177 Points ∼96% +37%
MSI GE62 2QC-468XPL
GeForce GTX 960M, 5700HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
144 Points ∼78% +12%
MSI GT72S 6QF
GeForce GTX 980 (Notebook), 6820HK, 2x Micron M600 MTFDDAV128MBF NVMe (RAID 0)
138 Points ∼75% +7%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
132 Points ∼71% +2%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 15ISK 80NW
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
676 Points ∼44%
Eurocom Sky DLX7
GeForce GTX 980 (Notebook), 6700K, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
878 Points ∼57% +30%
MSI GE62 2QC-468XPL
GeForce GTX 960M, 5700HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
719 Points ∼46% +6%
MSI GT72S 6QF
GeForce GTX 980 (Notebook), 6820HK, 2x Micron M600 MTFDDAV128MBF NVMe (RAID 0)
703 Points ∼45% +4%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
508 Points ∼33% -25%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 15ISK 80NW
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
1.48 Points ∼5%
Eurocom Sky DLX7
GeForce GTX 980 (Notebook), 6700K, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
1.97 Points ∼7% +33%
MSI GE62 2QC-468XPL
GeForce GTX 960M, 5700HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
1.68 Points ∼6% +14%
MSI GT72S 6QF
GeForce GTX 980 (Notebook), 6820HK, 2x Micron M600 MTFDDAV128MBF NVMe (RAID 0)
1.58 Points ∼6% +7%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
1.45 Points ∼5% -2%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 15ISK 80NW
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
7.46 Points ∼10%
Eurocom Sky DLX7
GeForce GTX 980 (Notebook), 6700K, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
9.7 Points ∼13% +30%
MSI GE62 2QC-468XPL
GeForce GTX 960M, 5700HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
7.96 Points ∼11% +7%
MSI GT72S 6QF
GeForce GTX 980 (Notebook), 6820HK, 2x Micron M600 MTFDDAV128MBF NVMe (RAID 0)
7.74 Points ∼11% +4%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
5.44 Points ∼8% -27%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 15ISK 80NW
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
6920 Points ∼76%
Eurocom Sky DLX7
GeForce GTX 980 (Notebook), 6700K, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
8624 Points ∼95% +25%
MSI GE62 2QC-468XPL
GeForce GTX 960M, 5700HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
7318 Points ∼81% +6%
MSI GT72S 6QF
GeForce GTX 980 (Notebook), 6820HK, 2x Micron M600 MTFDDAV128MBF NVMe (RAID 0)
7217 Points ∼80% +4%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
6809 Points ∼75% -2%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 15ISK 80NW
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
26471 Points ∼73%
Eurocom Sky DLX7
GeForce GTX 980 (Notebook), 6700K, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
34593 Points ∼95% +31%
MSI GE62 2QC-468XPL
GeForce GTX 960M, 5700HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
28180 Points ∼77% +6%
MSI GT72S 6QF
GeForce GTX 980 (Notebook), 6820HK, 2x Micron M600 MTFDDAV128MBF NVMe (RAID 0)
27762 Points ∼76% +5%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
19588 Points ∼54% -26%
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
26471 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
6920 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
8058
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
20302
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
5283
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
8188 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
45.88 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
7.46 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.48 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
51.96 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
676 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
129 Points
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System Performance

Perhaps surprisingly, PCMark 7 positions our Y700 next to the better-equipped Predator 15 and well ahead of the similarly equipped Acer Aspire V Nitro. Fortunately, PCMark 8 results are more in line with what we were expecting with scores that are just a few percentage points between the Acer Aspire V Nitro and Predator 15. Results are especially better than last year's Y70 as our test model at the time was only equipped with a 1 TB SSHD instead of a dedicated SSD.

Subjectively, we experienced no recurring system issues during our time with the Y700. We had a random system crash and a screen that would not wake from sleep on separate occasions, but were unable to repeat them. The pre-installed McAfee software may be bothersome to users who have no interest in its features.

PCMark 7
PCMark 7
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Creative Accelerated
PCMark 8 Creative Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 15ISK 80NW
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
5918 Points ∼74%
Acer Predator 15 G9-591-74ZV
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, Lite-On CV1-8B256
6021 Points ∼75% +2%
Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABD100H
4671 Points ∼58% -21%
HP Envy 15-ae020ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 5500U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
3760 Points ∼47% -36%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
3496 Points ∼43% -41%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 15ISK 80NW
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
5011 Points ∼82%
Acer Predator 15 G9-591-74ZV
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, Lite-On CV1-8B256
5069 Points ∼83% +1%
Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABD100H
4660 Points ∼76% -7%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
4076 Points ∼67% -19%
Creative Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 15ISK 80NW
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
4790 Points ∼59%
Acer Predator 15 G9-591-74ZV
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, Lite-On CV1-8B256
4965 Points ∼61% +4%
Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABD100H
4320 Points ∼53% -10%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
3364 Points ∼41% -30%
Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 15ISK 80NW
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
3845 Points ∼68%
Acer Predator 15 G9-591-74ZV
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, Lite-On CV1-8B256
4045 Points ∼71% +5%
Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABD100H
3751 Points ∼66% -2%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
3096 Points ∼55% -19%
PCMark 7 Score
5918 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3845 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
4790 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5011 points
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Storage Devices

A total of two bays are available: The M.2 2280 slot and the 2.5-inch SATA III slot. Our configuration uses a Samsung MZNLN128HCGR 128 GB SSD as the primary and a Western Digital WD10SPCX 1 TB HDD as the secondary. This Blue Class drive is 7 mm in thickness, so we recommend using drives of similar height if upgrading. The older Y50 did not have the luxury of dual storage bays.

Transfer rates are limited to SATA III speeds since none of the current configurations support NVMe. The Samsung SSD exhibits excellent sequential read rates at 515 MB/s according to CrystalDiskMark, but write speeds are a bit disappointing at just 156 MB/s. The Micron M600 MTFDDAV512MBF is capable of sequential read rates of 494 MB/s in comparison.

Meanwhile, the WD HDD is fast for a 5400 RPM with an average transfer rate of 91 MB/s according to HD Tune. Faster 7200 RPM drives tend to reach just over 100 MB/s, such as the Hitachi drive in the Eurocom Sky DLX7. Nonetheless, the large capacity should prove sufficient and almost mandatory for storing a library of games.

AS SSD (Samsung SSD)
AS SSD (Samsung SSD)
CDM (Samsung SSD)
CDM (Samsung SSD)
CDM (Western Digital HDD)
CDM (Western Digital HDD)
HD Tune (Western Digital HDD)
HD Tune (Western Digital HDD)
Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
Transfer Rate Minimum: 393.3 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 440.9 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 432.4 MB/s
Access Time: 0.1 ms
Burst Rate: 149.7 MB/s
CPU Usage: 1.9 %

GPU Performance

Raw GPU performance according to 3DMark is about 20 percent ahead of the GTX 950M in the MSI PX60 and is almost twice as slow as the GTX 970M in the Asus G752. This doesn't necessarily mean that systems with the GTX 970M are almost twice as fast as our Y700, but the gap is definitely very wide when gaming.

3DMark 11
3DMark 11
Ice Storm Extreme
Ice Storm Extreme
Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
Fire Strike
Fire Strike
Fire Strike Extreme
Fire Strike Extreme
Fire Strike Ultra
Fire Strike Ultra
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance GPU (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 15ISK 80NW
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
5322 Points ∼15%
Acer Predator 15 G9-591-74ZV
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, Lite-On CV1-8B256
12238 Points ∼34% +130%
Asus G752VT
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV128
10113 Points ∼28% +90%
Alienware 15 (R9 M295X)
Radeon R9 M295X, 4710HQ, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
8234 Points ∼23% +55%
MSI PX60 QD-034US
GeForce GTX 950M, 5700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
4205 Points ∼12% -21%
Asus Zenbook UX303UB-R4100T
GeForce 940M, 6500U, Micron M600 MTFDDAK512MBF
2455 Points ∼7% -54%
1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 15ISK 80NW
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
5678 Points ∼25%
Acer Predator 15 G9-591-74ZV
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, Lite-On CV1-8B256
10977 Points ∼49% +93%
Asus G752VT
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV128
9656 Points ∼43% +70%
Alienware 15 (R9 M295X)
Radeon R9 M295X, 4710HQ, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
7943 Points ∼35% +40%
MSI PX60 QD-034US
GeForce GTX 950M, 5700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
4575 Points ∼20% -19%
Asus Zenbook UX303UB-R4100T
GeForce 940M, 6500U, Micron M600 MTFDDAK512MBF
2488 Points ∼11% -56%
3DMark (2013)
1920x1080 Fire Strike Standard Score (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 15ISK 80NW
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
4036 Points ∼17%
Acer Predator 15 G9-591-74ZV
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, Lite-On CV1-8B256
8306 Points ∼36% +106%
Asus G752VT
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV128
6598 Points ∼28% +63%
Alienware 15 (R9 M295X)
Radeon R9 M295X, 4710HQ, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
5727 Points ∼24% +42%
MSI PX60 QD-034US
GeForce GTX 950M, 5700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
3342 Points ∼14% -17%
Asus Zenbook UX303UB-R4100T
GeForce 940M, 6500U, Micron M600 MTFDDAK512MBF
1428 Points ∼6% -65%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 15ISK 80NW
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
17554 Points ∼50%
Acer Predator 15 G9-591-74ZV
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, Lite-On CV1-8B256
22733 Points ∼65% +30%
Asus G752VT
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV128
20600 Points ∼59% +17%
Alienware 15 (R9 M295X)
Radeon R9 M295X, 4710HQ, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
17182 Points ∼49% -2%
MSI PX60 QD-034US
GeForce GTX 950M, 5700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
16086 Points ∼46% -8%
Asus Zenbook UX303UB-R4100T
GeForce 940M, 6500U, Micron M600 MTFDDAK512MBF
6223 Points ∼18% -65%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 15ISK 80NW
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
84067 Points ∼42%
Acer Predator 15 G9-591-74ZV
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, Lite-On CV1-8B256
88214 Points ∼45% +5%
Asus G752VT
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV128
106725 Points ∼54% +27%
Alienware 15 (R9 M295X)
Radeon R9 M295X, 4710HQ, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
72832 Points ∼37% -13%
MSI PX60 QD-034US
GeForce GTX 950M, 5700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
85899 Points ∼43% +2%
Asus Zenbook UX303UB-R4100T
GeForce 940M, 6500U, Micron M600 MTFDDAK512MBF
48845 Points ∼25% -42%
3DMark 11 Performance
5678 points
3DMark (2013) Ice Storm Standard Score
84067 points
3DMark (2013) Cloud Gate Standard Score
17554 points
3DMark (2013) Fire Strike Standard Score
4036 points
3DMark (2013) Fire Strike Extreme Score
2032 points
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Gaming Performance

Frame rates in real-world games lie comfortably between the GTX 950M and GTX 970M as expected. In most cases, however, the jump from a GTX 960M to the GTX 970M will be much greater than the jump from a GTX 950M to the GTX 960M. All modern titles are playable at the native 1080p resolution as long as details are reduced for newer or more demanding titles like Fallout 4 or Thief. If 1080p60 on high settings is your target, then systems with the GTX 980M are recommended.

See our dedicated GPU page on the GTX 960M for more comparisons and benchmarks.

low med. high ultra
Sleeping Dogs (2012) 145.692.824.3fps
Guild Wars 2 (2012) 58.633.1fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 182.8116.253.7fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 137.3122.546.5fps
Metro: Last Light (2013) 100.960.731.7fps
Thief (2014) 66.45628.2fps
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (2014) 81.142.933fps
Batman: Arkham Knight (2015) 623424fps
Metal Gear Solid V (2015) 59.959.339.8fps
Fallout 4 (2015) 56.831.824.6fps
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
1920x1080 Ultra Preset (HD Package) (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 15ISK 80NW
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
33 fps ∼21%
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Notebook), 6700, Samsung SM951 MZHPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
91.4 fps ∼57% +177%
Eurocom P7 Pro
GeForce GTX 980M, 5775C, Samsung SSD SM951 512 GB MZHPV512HDGL
69.7 fps ∼43% +111%
Asus G752VT
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV128
51 fps ∼32% +55%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
GeForce GTX 950M, 5700HQ, Micron M600 MTFDDAV512MBF M.2
22.5 fps ∼14% -32%
1920x1080 High Preset (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 15ISK 80NW
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
42.9 fps ∼23%
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Notebook), 6700, Samsung SM951 MZHPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
120.9 fps ∼65% +182%
Eurocom P7 Pro
GeForce GTX 980M, 5775C, Samsung SSD SM951 512 GB MZHPV512HDGL
89.9 fps ∼48% +110%
Asus G752VT
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV128
66.7 fps ∼36% +55%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
GeForce GTX 950M, 5700HQ, Micron M600 MTFDDAV512MBF M.2
29 fps ∼16% -32%
Sleeping Dogs
1920x1080 Extreme Preset AA:Extreme (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 15ISK 80NW
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
24.3 fps ∼22%
Eurocom P7 Pro
GeForce GTX 980M, 5775C, Samsung SSD SM951 512 GB MZHPV512HDGL
58.4 fps ∼54% +140%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
GeForce GTX 950M, 5700HQ, Micron M600 MTFDDAV512MBF M.2
15.7 fps ∼14% -35%
1366x768 High Preset AA:High (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 15ISK 80NW
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
92.8 fps ∼46%
Eurocom P7 Pro
GeForce GTX 980M, 5775C, Samsung SSD SM951 512 GB MZHPV512HDGL
171.8 fps ∼84% +85%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
GeForce GTX 950M, 5700HQ, Micron M600 MTFDDAV512MBF M.2
63.9 fps ∼31% -31%
Tomb Raider
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:FX AF:16x (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 15ISK 80NW
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
53.7 fps ∼19%
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Notebook), 6700, Samsung SM951 MZHPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
159 fps ∼57% +196%
Eurocom P7 Pro
GeForce GTX 980M, 5775C, Samsung SSD SM951 512 GB MZHPV512HDGL
104.3 fps ∼38% +94%
Asus G752VT
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV128
89 fps ∼32% +66%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
GeForce GTX 950M, 5700HQ, Micron M600 MTFDDAV512MBF M.2
34.1 fps ∼12% -36%
1366x768 High Preset AA:FX AF:8x (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 15ISK 80NW
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
116.2 fps ∼23%
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Notebook), 6700, Samsung SM951 MZHPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
338.1 fps ∼67% +191%
Eurocom P7 Pro
GeForce GTX 980M, 5775C, Samsung SSD SM951 512 GB MZHPV512HDGL
248.4 fps ∼49% +114%
Asus G752VT
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV128
190.1 fps ∼38% +64%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
GeForce GTX 950M, 5700HQ, Micron M600 MTFDDAV512MBF M.2
71.6 fps ∼14% -38%
BioShock Infinite
1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF) (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 15ISK 80NW
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
46.5 fps ∼26%
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Notebook), 6700, Samsung SM951 MZHPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
121.4 fps ∼67% +161%
Eurocom P7 Pro
GeForce GTX 980M, 5775C, Samsung SSD SM951 512 GB MZHPV512HDGL
94.5 fps ∼52% +103%
Asus G752VT
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV128
71.7 fps ∼40% +54%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
GeForce GTX 950M, 5700HQ, Micron M600 MTFDDAV512MBF M.2
29.6 fps ∼16% -36%
1366x768 High Preset (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 15ISK 80NW
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
122.5 fps ∼42%
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Notebook), 6700, Samsung SM951 MZHPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
226.7 fps ∼78% +85%
Eurocom P7 Pro
GeForce GTX 980M, 5775C, Samsung SSD SM951 512 GB MZHPV512HDGL
217.1 fps ∼75% +77%
Asus G752VT
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV128
159.7 fps ∼55% +30%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
GeForce GTX 950M, 5700HQ, Micron M600 MTFDDAV512MBF M.2
89.8 fps ∼31% -27%
Metro: Last Light
1920x1080 Very High (DX11) AF:16x (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 15ISK 80NW
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
31.7 fps ∼23%
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Notebook), 6700, Samsung SM951 MZHPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
92.3 fps ∼66% +191%
Eurocom P7 Pro
GeForce GTX 980M, 5775C, Samsung SSD SM951 512 GB MZHPV512HDGL
67.9 fps ∼49% +114%
Asus G752VT
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV128
33.7 fps ∼24% +6%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
GeForce GTX 950M, 5700HQ, Micron M600 MTFDDAV512MBF M.2
22.9 fps ∼16% -28%
1366x768 High (DX11) AF:16x (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 15ISK 80NW
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
60.7 fps ∼38%
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Notebook), 6700, Samsung SM951 MZHPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
143.7 fps ∼90% +137%
Eurocom P7 Pro
GeForce GTX 980M, 5775C, Samsung SSD SM951 512 GB MZHPV512HDGL
124.2 fps ∼78% +105%
Asus G752VT
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV128
79.3 fps ∼50% +31%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
GeForce GTX 950M, 5700HQ, Micron M600 MTFDDAV512MBF M.2
45.5 fps ∼28% -25%
Thief
1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:FXAA & High SS AF:8x (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 15ISK 80NW
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
28.2 fps ∼25%
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Notebook), 6700, Samsung SM951 MZHPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
84.8 fps ∼75% +201%
Eurocom P7 Pro
GeForce GTX 980M, 5775C, Samsung SSD SM951 512 GB MZHPV512HDGL
49.8 fps ∼44% +77%
Asus G752VT
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV128
50.8 fps ∼45% +80%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
GeForce GTX 950M, 5700HQ, Micron M600 MTFDDAV512MBF M.2
20.6 fps ∼18% -27%
1366x768 High Preset AA:FXAA & Low SS AF:4x (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 15ISK 80NW
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
56 fps ∼43%
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Notebook), 6700, Samsung SM951 MZHPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
116.8 fps ∼89% +109%
Eurocom P7 Pro
GeForce GTX 980M, 5775C, Samsung SSD SM951 512 GB MZHPV512HDGL
78.8 fps ∼60% +41%
Asus G752VT
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV128
90.1 fps ∼69% +61%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
GeForce GTX 950M, 5700HQ, Micron M600 MTFDDAV512MBF M.2
43.8 fps ∼33% -22%
Batman: Arkham Knight
1920x1080 High / On AA:SM AF:16x (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 15ISK 80NW
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
24 fps ∼31%
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Notebook), 6700, Samsung SM951 MZHPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
67 fps ∼87% +179%
Asus G752VT
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV128
40 fps ∼52% +67%
1920x1080 High / On (Interactive Smoke & Paper Debris Off) AA:SM AF:8x (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 15ISK 80NW
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
34 fps ∼31%
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Notebook), 6700, Samsung SM951 MZHPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
101 fps ∼93% +197%
Asus G752VT
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV128
59 fps ∼54% +74%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
GeForce GTX 950M, 5700HQ, Micron M600 MTFDDAV512MBF M.2
22 fps ∼20% -35%
Metal Gear Solid V
1920x1080 Extra High / On (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 15ISK 80NW
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
39.8 fps ∼66%
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Notebook), 6700, Samsung SM951 MZHPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
60 fps ∼100% +51%
Asus G752VT
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV128
59.9 fps ∼100% +51%
1920x1080 High / On (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 15ISK 80NW
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
59.3 fps ∼99%
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Notebook), 6700, Samsung SM951 MZHPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
60 fps ∼100% +1%
Asus G752VT
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV128
59.9 fps ∼100% +1%
Fallout 4
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:T AF:16x (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 15ISK 80NW
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
24.6 fps ∼19%
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Notebook), 6700, Samsung SM951 MZHPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
78 fps ∼60% +217%
1920x1080 High Preset AA:T AF:16x (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 15ISK 80NW
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
31.8 fps ∼21%
Schenker XMG U716
GeForce GTX 980 (Notebook), 6700, Samsung SM951 MZHPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
96.6 fps ∼65% +204%

Stress Test

The Lenovo notebook holds up very well to stressful loads. Its CPU is able to maintain the maximum 3.1 GHz Turbo Boost when under Prime95 stress and the GPU is likewise at a steady 1006 MHz (or about 90 MHz slower than the base clock rate) when under FurMark stress. The CPU will throttle just slightly under its base 2.6 GHz clock rate when running both Prime95 and FurMark simultaneously.

The system fares better when under Unigine Heaven load. The CPU will run anywhere between its base 2.6 GHz clock rate and its 3.1 GHz maximum while the GPU enjoys a steady boost to 1189 MHz. Core temperatures remain relatively low for a notebook in the mid 50 C and 60 C ranges.

Running on batteries will not impede GPU performance, but CPU performance takes a hit as Turbo Boost occurs much less frequently. A 3DMark 11 run on battery power produces final Physics and Graphics scores of 8014 and 5246 points, respectively, compared to 8751 and 5322 points when on mains.

Prime95 stress
Prime95 stress
FurMark stress
FurMark stress
Maximum stress
Maximum stress
Unigine Heaven stress
Unigine Heaven stress
Stable Clock Rates and Temperatures Under Stress
CPU Clock (GHz) GPU Clock (MHz) Average CPU Temperature (C) Average GPU Temperature (C)
Prime95 Stress 3.1 -- ~73 --
FurMark Stress -- 1006 -- ~63
Prime95 + FurMark Stress 2.5 1006 ~76 ~72
Unigine Heaven Stress 2.6 - 3.1 1189 ~54 ~64

Emissions

System Noise

The cooling system of the Y700 is similar in setup to the one in the Y50 except with longer heat pipes and two identical fans. The fans are inaudible when on Power Saver or idling on desktop. Of course, this is assuming that the notebook is running on integrated graphics. If on the Balanced profile or higher with the dGPU enabled, then the fans will occasionally pulsate from 30 dB(A) to 33 dB(A) even when the system is idling. We suggest using Power Saver mode if working in noise-sensitive environments.

Fan noise comes out to just over 41 dB(A) when running Unigine Heaven and can be as loud as 47 dB(A) when running both Prime95 and FurMark. This is quieter than competing notebooks like the Predator 15, Omen, and Alienware 15. We're impressed with the results when combined with the fact that the system does not significantly throttle and CPU/GPU temperatures are relatively low.

Lenovo Ideapad Y700 15ISK 80NW
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
Acer Predator 15 G9-591-74ZV
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, Lite-On CV1-8B256
MSI GS60 6QE-046XPL
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU
Alienware 15
GeForce GTX 970M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 M.2 2280 128GB
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231
GeForce GTX 960M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
HP Omen
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, SanDisk A110 SD6PP4M-256G-1006
Noise
-10%
-13%
-5%
-3%
-8%
Idle Minimum *30.431
-2%
36
-18%
29.4
3%
29.6
3%
32.2
-6%
Idle Average *30.532
-5%
36
-18%
30.7
-1%
31.1
-2%
34.3
-12%
Idle Maximum *33.342
-26%
36
-8%
34
-2%
34.3
-3%
36.2
-9%
Load Average *41.447
-14%
45
-9%
46.2
-12%
45
-9%
46.2
-12%
Load Maximum *4748
-2%
52
-11%
53
-13%
49.2
-5%
46.6
1%

* ... smaller is better

Noise Level

Idle
30.4 / 30.5 / 33.3 dB(A)
Load
41.4 / 47 dB(A)
 
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   BK Precision 732A (15 cm distance)

Temperature

Surface temperatures are flat on both sides with no noticeable hot spots when the system is idling. When under heavy loads, the right half of the Y700 becomes much warmer than the left since this is where the CPU and GPU are situated. Thus, the palm rests and WASD keys remain relatively cool no matter the workload for comfortable gaming. In turn, heavy NumPad users will definitely feel the heat on this side of the keyboard.

A maximum recorded surface temperature of almost 48 C is quite warm, but competing models like the Acer Aspire V15 Nitro with the same GTX 960M GPU can have warmer hot spots. The higher-end Predator 15 or GS60 are even warmer under similar conditions.

Maximum load (Front)
Maximum load (Front)
Maximum load (Back)
Maximum load (Back)
Max. Load
 29.2 °C38.4 °C43.8 °C 
 26.6 °C35 °C40 °C 
 22 °C22.2 °C29.2 °C 
Maximum: 43.8 °C
Average: 31.8 °C
37.8 °C47.8 °C33.6 °C
34.8 °C33.2 °C26.4 °C
29.4 °C29 °C24.6 °C
Maximum: 47.8 °C
Average: 33 °C
Power Supply (max.)  47.4 °C | Room Temperature 19 °C | Fluke 62 Mini IR Thermometer

Speakers

The 2 W stereo JBL speakers and 3 W subwoofer are very loud with no static or distortions at maximum volume. The bass adds a level of balance that smaller or thinner notebooks cannot normally achieve with integrated speakers. Its range is sufficient enough for acceptable movie playback if 3.5 mm earphones or speakers are unavailable.

Battery Life

The Li-Ion battery remains non-removable, though Lenovo has kindly upped the capacity from 55 Wh on the original Y50 to 60 Wh on the newer Y700. Runtimes are very good for a gaming notebook at almost 6 hours of constant WLAN use. Alienware notebooks typically have higher capacity batteries and are able to last much longer than most of the competition.

Note that a built-in Lenovo battery saver feature may have automatically kicked in at 30 percent battery life while running our minimum runtime test. This kink on the curve extended our runtime results which would have otherwise been much shorter. 

Maximum runtime (Reader's Test)
Maximum runtime (Reader's Test)
Minimum runtime (Classic Test)
Minimum runtime (Classic Test)
WLAN runtime
WLAN runtime
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 15ISK 80NW
60 Wh
Acer Predator 15 G9-591-74ZV
88 Wh
Acer Aspire VN7-591G-727P
52 Wh
MSI GS60 6QE-002US
47 Wh
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441229
55 Wh
Alienware 15 R2 (Skylake)
96 Wh
HP Envy 15-ae020ng
55 Wh
Battery Runtime
19%
-51%
-63%
-28%
27%
26%
Reader / Idle617670
9%
216
-65%
116
-81%
769
25%
753
22%
Load88113
28%
58
-34%
56
-36%
114
30%
148
68%
WiFi v1.3353166
-53%
97
-73%
254
-28%
446
26%
308
-13%
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
10h 17min
WiFi Surfing v1.3
5h 53min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 28min

Pro

+ no major CPU or GPU throttling issues
+ fast display response times
+ no major backlight bleeding
+ improved build quality
+ upgradeable SODIMM RAM, M.2, and 2.5-inch SATA bays
+ quiet keyboard

Cons

- end-user maintenance could have been easier
- pulsating fan when idling on High Performance
- limited connectivity options; no USB Type-C or mDP
- no dedicated Macro or auxiliary keys
- heavy for its size
- limited color coverage

Verdict

In review: Lenovo Ideapad Y700 15ISK 80NW. Test model provided by Lenovo US.
In review: Lenovo Ideapad Y700 15ISK 80NW. Test model provided by Lenovo US.

Lenovo calls its Y700 series the entry-level gaming solution that also doubles as a multimedia experience. When judging under this pretense, the refresh is a success as its core basics are excellent. Display quality is very good with fast response times, build quality is improved over the previous generation, and the system experiences no throttling when gaming. Battery life is very good with Optimus enabled and the dual storage bays make it that much more practical than its predecessor as a gaming machine.

The downsides of the 15.6-inch Y700 come to light after spending a bit more time with the notebook. The devil is in the details as color reproduction is only average and there is no USB Type-C to future-proof the model. The cut corners go deeper as users who opt in for a lower-end SKU will end up with a maimed GTX 960M with half the VRAM. The lack of NVMe, mDP, and dedicated Macro keys further separate the Y700 series from the big guns like the G752 or GT72S.

Gamers on a tight budget of around $1000 USD should consider the 15.6-inch Y700 as it is currently one of the least expensive systems with a GTX 960M alongside the Acer Aspire V15 Nitro. We recommend dropping both UHD and touchscreen options in favor of a SKU with secondary HDD and proper GTX 960M with 4 GB VRAM.

Lenovo Ideapad Y700 15ISK 80NW - 01/29/2016 v4.1(old)
Allen Ngo

Chassis
76 / 98 → 78%
Keyboard
81%
Pointing Device
83%
Connectivity
55 / 81 → 68%
Weight
57 / 66 → 84%
Battery
85%
Display
78%
Games Performance
94%
Application Performance
94%
Temperature
88 / 95 → 93%
Noise
81 / 90 → 90%
Audio
80%
Camera
80 / 85 → 94%
Average
79%
83%
Gaming - Weighted Average

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Allen Ngo, 2015-12-18 (Update: 2015-12-18)