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Lenovo Ideapad Y700 17ISK 80Q0 Notebook Review

Allen Ngo, 12/31/2015

Barebone gamer. Lenovo is doubling down on the gaming front with the Y700 series. The successor to last year's Y70 is better than before, yet it is still lacking in features common on competing gaming models.

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It's only natural we check out the Lenovo Y700 17-inch version after having just finishing up the 15-inch version. As one would expect, this 17-inch model is more or less a physically larger version of its smaller sibling with no changes made to the chassis or design.

The Y700 17ISK is one the least expensive 17-inch gaming notebooks available with GeForce GTX 9xxM graphics. What inevitable compromises have been made and how does it compare to its Lenovo Y70 predecessor?

We recommend checking out our review on the recent 15-inch model for additional details as the two notebooks share nearly identical features.

Lenovo Ideapad Y700 17ISK 80Q0 (Ideapad Y700 Series)
Processor
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M - 4096 MB, Core: 1097 MHz, Memory: 5010 MHz, 359.06, Optimus
Memory
16384 MB 
, 1064.6 MHz, 15-15-15-36, Dual-Channel, DDR4
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel, IPS, Name: LG Philips LP173WF4-SPF1, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel HM170 (Skylake PCH-H)
Storage
Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2, 128 GB 
, Secondary: 1 TB WDC WD10SPCX-24HWST1
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 RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 27.95 x 423 x 305 ( = 1.1 x 16.65 x 12.01 in)
Battery
60 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 1080p webcam
Additional features
Speakers: 2 W JBL stereo + 3 W subwoofer, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Power adapter and cord, Quick Optimizer, Lenovo Solution Center, McAfee LiveSafe, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
3.59 kg ( = 126.63 oz / 7.91 pounds), Power Supply: 550 g ( = 19.4 oz / 1.21 pounds)
Price
1149 USD

 

Case

In our 2014 Lenovo Y70 review, we pointed out that the chassis had a few quality issues regarding the rear ventilation and speakers grilles. The manufacturer has wisely redesigned this area of the notebook to be thicker (27.9 mm vs 25.9 mm on the Y70) with larger grilles and tighter fitting pieces to reduce the chances of gaps and cracks. We commend Lenovo for addressing the issue directly and improving rigidity where it was needed the most.

Otherwise, everything else about the notebook is identical to the 15-inch model down to the cross-brushed aluminum outer lid and bottom, rubberized matte palm rests, and glossy plastic speaker grilles. The transition to a bigger screen size looks to have no ill effects on quality as both the base and lid are acceptably stiff with just minor creaking when attempting to twist them. The center of the keyboard does not warp easily to pressure while the single-bar hinge is tight enough that two hands are required to open the display when closed.

As for size and weight, the Y700 17ISK is quite dense at just over 3.5 kg compared to the 3 kg Acer Aspire Nitro VN7, 3 kg Aorus X7, and 2.7 kg MSI GS70. Thicker and more "proper" gaming notebooks like the 17-inch Asus G752 or MSI GT72S can be over 4 kg.

Connectivity

The 17-inch Y700 carries few connectivity options despite its larger footprint. Its 3x USB ports (only two of which are USB 3.0) and single video-out port may have been more acceptable on the 15-inch version, but are paltry for a 17-inch offering. In this case, competing models are offering much more than Lenovo.

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 headset
Left: AC adapter, USB 2.0, SD reader, 3.5 mm headset

Communication

WLAN is provided by a 1x1 Intel 3165 M.2 2230 module capable of theoretical transfer rates of up to 433 Mbps with integrated Bluetooth 4.2 and WiDi. It's an entry-level 802.11ac card, though certain SKUs also offer the higher-end Intel 8260 module for speeds of up to 867 Mbps. We experienced no connectivity issues during our time with the Y700.

No WWAN or GPS options are available on the Y series.

Accessories

Included extras are minimal with the Y700. More recently, Lenovo launched a line of gaming-centric accessories with keyboards, backpacks, and mice designed around the Y series.

Maintenance

The set of 14 Philips screws on the bottom panel can be easily removed while the panel itself can take some work to snap out. We use the term "snap" literally as the panel simply does not slide or lift out, but must be pulled until it snaps out of the additional hinges holding it down.

Once inside, users get direct access to the dual SODIMM slots, dual storage bays, dual fans, battery, and WLAN card. Nearly the entire board has been redesigned from the older Y70, so the Y700 17ISK has more in common with the Y700 15ISK than it does with its older sibling.

Warranty

The standard one-year limited warranty applies. A handful of competing manufacturers offer two years as standard instead, such as Gigabyte and certain resellers. As per usual for Lenovo products, a wide variety of options are available for warranty extensions.

Y700 17ISK
Y700 17ISK

Input Devices

Keyboard & Touchpad

Everything has carried over unscathed from the previous Y70 down to the two levels of red backlight lighting, key feedback and layout, and sizes of both the keyboard and touchpad. The touchpad itself is a smoother plastic compared to the rubberized palm rests surrounding it for better traction and control. Otherwise, our same comments on the feel and performance of the Y70 will also apply here.

We're still disappointed that the system carries no dedicated Auxiliary or Macro keys. We had the same complaint about the Y700 15ISK as well, but the omission is only more inexcusable on a physically larger system where extra space is at an abundance. Nonetheless, we appreciate the fact that the notebook uses full-size Arrow keys unlike on the Envy 17 or Acer Aspire Nitro VN7.

Display

Unlike the current crop of 15-inch Y700 SKUs, the 17-inch Y700 SKUs have only a single 1080p IPS option with no touchscreen support as of this writing. The same LP173WF4-SPF1 panel used here can also be found on many other costly 17-inch notebooks including the Asus G751JY, MSI PE70, and GT72. Texts and images appear clean and sharp without any noteworthy issues and with very good contrast levels. The semi-glossy panel covering the screen is quite thick, so colors and objects appear buried under additional layers.

Unfortunately, there is moderate to heavy backlight bleeding near the bottom corners of our test unit. It's significant enough to be noticeable when gaming with ambient lights turned down and on darker gameplay scenes. We saw no such issues on our 15-inch Y700 test model, so this is a bit peculiar.

Semi-glossy display
Semi-glossy display
Heavy backlight bleeding
Heavy backlight bleeding
325.3
cd/m²
317.7
cd/m²
350.5
cd/m²
335.8
cd/m²
349.7
cd/m²
341.5
cd/m²
315.9
cd/m²
326.8
cd/m²
325.4
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro Basic 2
Maximum: 350.5 cd/m² Average: 332.1 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 90 %
Center on Battery: 349.7 cd/m²
Contrast: 1150:1 (Black: 0.304 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.99 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 3.34 | - Ø
84.8% sRGB (Argyll) 55.8% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.23
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 17ISK 80Q0
17.3, 1920x1080
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
17.3, 1920x1080
Asus G752VT
17.3, 1920x1080
MSI GS70-6QE16H21
17.3, 1920x1080
Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4
17.3, 1920x1080
HP Envy 17-n107ng
17.3, 1920x1080
Response Times
31%
4%
6%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
51.6
30.4
41%
58
-12%
49
5%
Response Time Black / White *
34.4
27.2
21%
28
19%
32
7%
PWM Frequency
198
Screen
-9%
-2%
2%
-4%
-49%
Brightness
332
325
-2%
339
2%
161
-52%
326
-2%
325
-2%
Brightness Distribution
90
91
1%
89
-1%
85
-6%
88
-2%
91
1%
Black Level *
0.304
0.381
-25%
0.366
-20%
0.26
14%
0.32
-5%
1.05
-245%
Contrast
1150
865
-25%
976
-15%
662
-42%
1081
-6%
325
-72%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.99
4.45
-12%
3.69
8%
2.06
48%
4.01
-1%
4.6
-15%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.34
3.45
-3%
3.05
9%
2.42
28%
3.58
-7%
6.08
-82%
Gamma
2.23 108%
2.03 118%
2.21 109%
2.45 98%
2.23 108%
2.43 99%
CCT
6111 106%
6623 98%
6164 105%
6855 95%
6426 101%
7627 85%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
55.8
57.81
4%
55
-1%
62
11%
62
11%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
84.8
84
-1%
97
14%
97
14%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-9% / -9%
15% / 4%
2% / 2%
0% / -2%
-22% / -38%

* ... smaller is better

Discussion

The high quality of the LG Philips panel is shown by its high AdobeRGB and sRGB coverage of 56 percent and 85 percent, respectively. Less expensive panels typically cover 60 percent of sRGB while even costlier panels can cover nearly all of sRGB, such as on the Asus UX501 or Eurocom DLX7. A wide gamut is not as important for gaming purposes as it is for digital graphics work.

vs. AdobeRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. Acer Aspire Nitro VN7-792G-74Q4
vs. Acer Aspire Nitro VN7-792G-74Q4
vs. Lenovo Y70
vs. Lenovo Y70

Further display measurements with an X-Rite spectrophotometer show the Y700 to be slightly better than last year's Y70 in terms of brightness, black levels, saturation, gamma, and grayscale without any calibration efforts from the end-user. Orange and Yellow colors, however, are represented less accurately than others. Measured colors become increasingly less accurate the higher the saturation level due to imperfect sRGB coverage. A quick calibration will improve grayscale and flatten RGB balance.

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
34.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 5.2 ms rise
↘ 29.2 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 87 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (27.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
51.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 20 ms rise
↘ 31.6 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 250 (maximum) ms. » 84 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (42.6 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 not detected

In comparison: 59 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 480 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 10420) Hz was measured.

Outdoor visibility is average on a cloudy day and uncomfortable if under direct sunlight. Reflections still occur to a moderate degree despite the semi-glossy panel. Viewing angles are good as expected from an IPS panel with just slight changes to brightness and colors if viewing from extreme angles.

Outdoors on overcast day
Outdoors 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

CPU and GPU options are limited to the Core i7-6700HQ and GTX 960M, respectively, for all current SKUs of the 17-inch Y700. The CPU can run as low as 800 MHz for power-saving purposes and use its integrated HD Graphics 530 GPU with the help of Optimus.

It's worth noting that the lowest-end SKU is equipped with a 2 GB GTX 960M instead of the standard 4 GB GTX 960M. We recommend avoiding this configuration for better gaming results.

RAM is provided by two DDR4-2133 SODIMM modules for a total of 16 GB. The notebook sports just two slots maximum even if its large size may suggest otherwise.

Processor

Raw CPU power from the Skylake core is essentially on par with the Core i7-4720HQ while operating at a lower TDP and with more powerful integrated graphics. CPU performance gains when moving from Haswell to Skylake are wider during multi-threaded loads than single-threaded loads. As an example, our Y700 is 30 percent faster in multi-core operations than the i7-4700HQ in our older Y70 configuration, while single-core operations are almost on pair according to CineBench results.

See our dedicated CPU page on the Core i7-6700HQ for more 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 17ISK 80Q0
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
128 Points ∼69%
Eurocom Sky DLX7
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700K, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
177 Points ∼96% +38%
MSI GE62 2QC-468XPL
GeForce GTX 960M, 5700HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
144 Points ∼78% +13%
Acer Aspire VN7-791G-79GT
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
117 Points ∼63% -9%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50
GeForce GTX 860M, 4700HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
125 Points ∼68% -2%
Acer Aspire E17 E5-752G-T7WY
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, WDC WD10JPVX-08JC3T5
59 Points ∼32% -54%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 17ISK 80Q0
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
679 Points ∼44%
Eurocom Sky DLX7
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700K, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
878 Points ∼57% +29%
MSI GE62 2QC-468XPL
GeForce GTX 960M, 5700HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
719 Points ∼46% +6%
Acer Aspire VN7-791G-79GT
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
676 Points ∼44% 0%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50
GeForce GTX 860M, 4700HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
490 Points ∼32% -28%
Acer Aspire E17 E5-752G-T7WY
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, WDC WD10JPVX-08JC3T5
175 Points ∼11% -74%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 17ISK 80Q0
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
1.2 Points ∼4%
Eurocom Sky DLX7
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700K, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
1.97 Points ∼7% +64%
MSI GE62 2QC-468XPL
GeForce GTX 960M, 5700HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
1.68 Points ∼6% +40%
Acer Aspire VN7-791G-79GT
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
1.6 Points ∼6% +33%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50
GeForce GTX 860M, 4700HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
1.46 Points ∼5% +22%
Acer Aspire E17 E5-752G-T7WY
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, WDC WD10JPVX-08JC3T5
0.68 Points ∼3% -43%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 17ISK 80Q0
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
7.44 Points ∼10%
Eurocom Sky DLX7
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 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%
Acer Aspire VN7-791G-79GT
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
7.32 Points ∼10% -2%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50
GeForce GTX 860M, 4700HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
5.29 Points ∼7% -29%
Acer Aspire E17 E5-752G-T7WY
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, WDC WD10JPVX-08JC3T5
2.12 Points ∼3% -72%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 17ISK 80Q0
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
5208 Points ∼58%
Eurocom Sky DLX7
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700K, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
8624 Points ∼95% +66%
MSI GE62 2QC-468XPL
GeForce GTX 960M, 5700HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
7318 Points ∼81% +41%
Acer Aspire VN7-791G-79GT
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
6936 Points ∼77% +33%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50
GeForce GTX 860M, 4700HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
6493 Points ∼72% +25%
Acer Aspire E17 E5-752G-T7WY
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, WDC WD10JPVX-08JC3T5
3239 Points ∼36% -38%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 17ISK 80Q0
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
26431 Points ∼72%
Eurocom Sky DLX7
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 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% +7%
Acer Aspire VN7-791G-79GT
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
26085 Points ∼71% -1%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50
GeForce GTX 860M, 4700HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
18887 Points ∼52% -29%
Acer Aspire E17 E5-752G-T7WY
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, WDC WD10JPVX-08JC3T5
8279 Points ∼23% -69%
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6459
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
6465 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4104
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
20213
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
26431 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
5208 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
7.44 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.2 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
45.63 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
50.19 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
679 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
128 Points
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System Performance

PCMark benchmarks rank the Y700 well ahead of last year's Lenovo Y70 and close to other systems with the same Skylake CPU and GTX 970M or 950M graphics. A good portion of the performance gap can be attributed to the primary SSHD in our older Y70 unit, which will always rank lower than a modern dedicated SSD like the one in our Y700 in PCMark tests.

Subjectively, the notebook runs smoothly without any recurring software hitches or odd issues. Though a rare occurrence, the notebook would sometimes not wake properly from Sleep. We're unable to reliably repeat the issue, but it's worth mentioning that our recent 15-inch Y700 also suffered from the same Sleep and wake problem as well.

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 17ISK 80Q0
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
5954 Points ∼74%
Asus G752VT
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV128
6343 Points ∼79% +7%
MSI GS70-6QE16H21
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU
5912 Points ∼73% -1%
HP Envy 17-n107ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 MZNTE512HMJH
5880 Points ∼73% -1%
Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABD100H
4671 Points ∼58% -22%
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 17ISK 80Q0
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
5044 Points ∼82%
Asus G752VT
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV128
5392 Points ∼88% +7%
MSI GS70-6QE16H21
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU
5043 Points ∼82% 0%
HP Envy 17-n107ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 MZNTE512HMJH
4887 Points ∼80% -3%
Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABD100H
4660 Points ∼76% -8%
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 17ISK 80Q0
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
4762 Points ∼56%
Asus G752VT
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV128
5715 Points ∼67% +20%
MSI GS70-6QE16H21
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU
4873 Points ∼57% +2%
HP Envy 17-n107ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 MZNTE512HMJH
4894 Points ∼57% +3%
Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABD100H
4320 Points ∼50% -9%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
3364 Points ∼39% -29%
Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 17ISK 80Q0
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
3848 Points ∼68%
Asus G752VT
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV128
4614 Points ∼81% +20%
MSI GS70-6QE16H21
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU
4002 Points ∼71% +4%
HP Envy 17-n107ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 MZNTE512HMJH
3634 Points ∼64% -6%
Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABD100H
3751 Points ∼66% -3%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
3096 Points ∼55% -20%
PCMark 7 Score
5954 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3848 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
4762 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5044 points
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Storage Devices

The system offers a primary M.2 2280 slot and secondary 2.5-inch SATA III bay instead of just a single bay as in last year's Y70. Dual bays are especially important for gaming systems where users are more likely to invest in both primary SSDs for speed and higher capacity mechanical drives for storing games. Our configuration is equipped with a 128 GB Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2 SSD and 1 TB WDC WD10SPCX-24HWST1 7 mm in height.

Performance from the primary drive is typical of a SATA III SSD with an average sequential read rate of around 500 MB/s. Its sequential write rate, however, is slower than expected at just 146 MB/s. Competing systems that support NVMe blow the Y700 out of the water in terms of raw speed and performance.

Meanwhile, the Western Digital HDD provides an average transfer rate of 90.3 MB/s according to HD Tune. This is good for a 5400 RPM drive, although newer 7200 RPM drives often cross the 100 MB/s mark in comparison.

See our growing list of HDDs and SSDs for more benchmarks and comparisons.

Accessible dual drives
Accessible dual drives
CDM Secondary HDD
CDM Secondary HDD
HD Tune Secondary HDD
HD Tune Secondary HDD
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 17ISK 80Q0
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
Lenovo Y70-70 Touch
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
Aorus X3 Plus v5
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B128
MSI GS70-6QE16H21
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU
AS SSD
-4940%
226%
-51%
-24%
Copy Game MB/s
232.59
926.86
298%
201.07
-14%
Copy Program MB/s
164.86
368.58
124%
172.46
5%
Copy ISO MB/s
255.94
1158.3
353%
276.68
8%
Score Total
842
31
-96%
2652
215%
1254
49%
718
-15%
Score Write
222
12
-95%
630
184%
145
-35%
126
-43%
Score Read
414
12
-97%
1345
225%
746
80%
400
-3%
Access Time Write *
0.043
14.146
-32798%
0.032
26%
0.237
-451%
0.075
-74%
Access Time Read *
0.09
18.763
-20748%
0.041
54%
0.241
-168%
0.139
-54%
4K-64 Write
123.61
1.02
-99%
368.27
198%
106.36
-14%
60.38
-51%
4K-64 Read
329.27
1.17
-100%
1113.27
238%
689.74
109%
329.49
0%
4K Write
83.79
1.03
-99%
113.97
36%
20.13
-76%
54.98
-34%
4K Read
34.03
0.51
-99%
46.24
36%
9.83
-71%
20.85
-39%
Seq Write
146.32
103.45
-29%
1474.07
907%
180.89
24%
109.69
-25%
Seq Read
502.99
103.7
-79%
1859.14
270%
465.33
-7%
501.48
0%

* ... smaller is better

Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
Transfer Rate Minimum: 407.6 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 439.4 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 428.2 MB/s
Access Time: 0.1 ms
Burst Rate: 164.8 MB/s
CPU Usage: 2.2 %

GPU Performance

3DMark shows the GTX 960M to be roughly 40 percent ahead of the GTX 950M in the Envy 17 and 40 percent behind the GTX 970M in the Aorus X3 Plus v5. The numbers are relative, so the performance gap between the 960M and 970M is larger than between the 950M and 960M. Regardless, the Y700 lies exactly where we expect a system with the GTX 960M to be.

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 17ISK 80Q0
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
5237 Points ∼10%
Eurocom Sky DLX7
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700K, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
17109 Points ∼34% +227%
Acer Predator 15 G9-591-74ZV
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, Lite-On CV1-8B256
12238 Points ∼24% +134%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
9615 Points ∼19% +84%
HP Envy 17-n107ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 MZNTE512HMJH
4444 Points ∼9% -15%
Asus Zenbook UX303UB-R4100T
GeForce 940M, 6500U, Micron M600 MTFDDAK512MBF
2455 Points ∼5% -53%
1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 17ISK 80Q0
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
5598 Points ∼22%
Eurocom Sky DLX7
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700K, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
15273 Points ∼60% +173%
Acer Predator 15 G9-591-74ZV
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, Lite-On CV1-8B256
10977 Points ∼43% +96%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
9297 Points ∼37% +66%
HP Envy 17-n107ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 MZNTE512HMJH
4633 Points ∼18% -17%
Asus Zenbook UX303UB-R4100T
GeForce 940M, 6500U, Micron M600 MTFDDAK512MBF
2488 Points ∼10% -56%
3DMark
Fire Strike Extreme Graphics (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 17ISK 80Q0
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
2012 Points ∼15%
Eurocom Sky DLX7
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700K, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
6109 Points ∼45% +204%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
3460 Points ∼26% +72%
Fire Strike Extreme Score (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 17ISK 80Q0
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
1998 Points ∼16%
Eurocom Sky DLX7
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700K, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
5829 Points ∼47% +192%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
3347 Points ∼27% +68%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 17ISK 80Q0
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
4318 Points ∼11%
Eurocom Sky DLX7
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700K, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
12977 Points ∼33% +201%
Acer Predator 15 G9-591-74ZV
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, Lite-On CV1-8B256
9576 Points ∼24% +122%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
7335 Points ∼19% +70%
HP Envy 17-n107ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 MZNTE512HMJH
3093 Points ∼8% -28%
Asus Zenbook UX303UB-R4100T
GeForce 940M, 6500U, Micron M600 MTFDDAK512MBF
1644 Points ∼4% -62%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 17ISK 80Q0
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
4016 Points ∼17%
Eurocom Sky DLX7
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700K, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
11183 Points ∼48% +178%
Acer Predator 15 G9-591-74ZV
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, Lite-On CV1-8B256
8306 Points ∼36% +107%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
6489 Points ∼28% +62%
HP Envy 17-n107ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 MZNTE512HMJH
2772 Points ∼12% -31%
Asus Zenbook UX303UB-R4100T
GeForce 940M, 6500U, Micron M600 MTFDDAK512MBF
1428 Points ∼6% -64%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 17ISK 80Q0
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
30055 Points ∼18%
Eurocom Sky DLX7
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700K, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
76705 Points ∼47% +155%
Acer Predator 15 G9-591-74ZV
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, Lite-On CV1-8B256
65241 Points ∼40% +117%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
46213 Points ∼28% +54%
HP Envy 17-n107ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 MZNTE512HMJH
20707 Points ∼13% -31%
Asus Zenbook UX303UB-R4100T
GeForce 940M, 6500U, Micron M600 MTFDDAK512MBF
8995 Points ∼6% -70%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 17ISK 80Q0
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
17447 Points ∼47%
Eurocom Sky DLX7
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700K, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
29386 Points ∼80% +68%
Acer Predator 15 G9-591-74ZV
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, Lite-On CV1-8B256
22733 Points ∼62% +30%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
20458 Points ∼56% +17%
HP Envy 17-n107ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 MZNTE512HMJH
14389 Points ∼39% -18%
Asus Zenbook UX303UB-R4100T
GeForce 940M, 6500U, Micron M600 MTFDDAK512MBF
6223 Points ∼17% -64%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 17ISK 80Q0
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
83108 Points ∼42%
Eurocom Sky DLX7
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700K, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
157766 Points ∼80% +90%
Acer Predator 15 G9-591-74ZV
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, Lite-On CV1-8B256
88214 Points ∼45% +6%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
52842 Points ∼27% -36%
Asus Zenbook UX303UB-R4100T
GeForce 940M, 6500U, Micron M600 MTFDDAK512MBF
48845 Points ∼25% -41%
3DMark 11 Performance
5598 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
83108 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
17447 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
4016 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
1998 points
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Gaming Performance

The GTX 960M is powerful enough for 1080p60 at lower settings or 1080p30 at near maximum settings. Newer and more demanding titles like Fallout 4 will buckle the system if maximum settings are used.

See our full review on the GTX 960M and our dedicated GPU page for more technical information and benchmarks.

BioShock Infinite
1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF) (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 17ISK 80Q0
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
45.9 fps ∼24%
Eurocom Sky DLX7
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700K, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
124.4 fps ∼64% +171%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
71.8 fps ∼37% +56%
Alienware 15 (R9 M295X)
Radeon R9 M295X, 4710HQ, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
65.4 fps ∼34% +42%
MSI PX60 QD-034US
GeForce GTX 950M, 5700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
39.6 fps ∼20% -14%
Microsoft Surface Book Core i5
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5), 6300U, Samsung MZFLV256 NVMe
20.8 fps ∼11% -55%
1366x768 High Preset (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 17ISK 80Q0
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
121.7 fps ∼42%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
146.8 fps ∼50% +21%
Alienware 15 (R9 M295X)
Radeon R9 M295X, 4710HQ, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
142 fps ∼49% +17%
MSI PX60 QD-034US
GeForce GTX 950M, 5700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
106.7 fps ∼37% -12%
Microsoft Surface Book Core i5
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5), 6300U, Samsung MZFLV256 NVMe
56.5 fps ∼19% -54%
Sleeping Dogs
1920x1080 Extreme Preset AA:Extreme (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 17ISK 80Q0
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
24.3 fps ∼16%
Eurocom Sky DLX7
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700K, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
82.5 fps ∼56% +240%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
45 fps ∼30% +85%
MSI PX60 QD-034US
GeForce GTX 950M, 5700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
18.6 fps ∼13% -23%
Microsoft Surface Book Core i5
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5), 6300U, Samsung MZFLV256 NVMe
10.9 fps ∼7% -55%
1366x768 High Preset AA:High (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 17ISK 80Q0
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
92.7 fps ∼45%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
123.5 fps ∼61% +33%
MSI PX60 QD-034US
GeForce GTX 950M, 5700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
77.8 fps ∼38% -16%
Microsoft Surface Book Core i5
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5), 6300U, Samsung MZFLV256 NVMe
42.8 fps ∼21% -54%
Tomb Raider
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:FX AF:16x (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 17ISK 80Q0
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
53.5 fps ∼19%
Eurocom Sky DLX7
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700K, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
159.3 fps ∼58% +198%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
86.7 fps ∼31% +62%
Alienware 15 (R9 M295X)
Radeon R9 M295X, 4710HQ, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
61.1 fps ∼22% +14%
MSI PX60 QD-034US
GeForce GTX 950M, 5700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
43.2 fps ∼16% -19%
Microsoft Surface Book Core i5
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5), 6300U, Samsung MZFLV256 NVMe
25.8 fps ∼9% -52%
1366x768 High Preset AA:FX AF:8x (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 17ISK 80Q0
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
114.6 fps ∼23%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
185.4 fps ∼37% +62%
Alienware 15 (R9 M295X)
Radeon R9 M295X, 4710HQ, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
110.9 fps ∼22% -3%
MSI PX60 QD-034US
GeForce GTX 950M, 5700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
96.5 fps ∼19% -16%
Microsoft Surface Book Core i5
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5), 6300U, Samsung MZFLV256 NVMe
55.2 fps ∼11% -52%
Metro: Last Light
1920x1080 Very High (DX11) AF:16x (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 17ISK 80Q0
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
31.5 fps ∼23%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
53.6 fps ∼38% +70%
Alienware 15 (R9 M295X)
Radeon R9 M295X, 4710HQ, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
42.6 fps ∼30% +35%
MSI PX60 QD-034US
GeForce GTX 950M, 5700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
25.8 fps ∼18% -18%
Microsoft Surface Book Core i5
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5), 6300U, Samsung MZFLV256 NVMe
15.7 fps ∼11% -50%
1366x768 High (DX11) AF:16x (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 17ISK 80Q0
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
59.4 fps ∼37%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
93.8 fps ∼59% +58%
Alienware 15 (R9 M295X)
Radeon R9 M295X, 4710HQ, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
71.2 fps ∼45% +20%
MSI PX60 QD-034US
GeForce GTX 950M, 5700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
51.1 fps ∼32% -14%
Microsoft Surface Book Core i5
Maxwell GPU (940M, GDDR5), 6300U, Samsung MZFLV256 NVMe
30.7 fps ∼19% -48%
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
1920x1080 Ultra Preset (HD Package) (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 17ISK 80Q0
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
32.8 fps ∼20%
Eurocom Sky DLX7
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700K, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
90.8 fps ∼56% +177%
Alienware 15 (R9 M295X)
Radeon R9 M295X, 4710HQ, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
44.6 fps ∼28% +36%
MSI PX60 QD-034US
GeForce GTX 950M, 5700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
27.1 fps ∼17% -17%
1920x1080 High Preset (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 17ISK 80Q0
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
43.5 fps ∼23%
Alienware 15 (R9 M295X)
Radeon R9 M295X, 4710HQ, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
58 fps ∼31% +33%
MSI PX60 QD-034US
GeForce GTX 950M, 5700HQ, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630
36.2 fps ∼19% -17%
Batman: Arkham Knight
1920x1080 High / On AA:SM AF:16x (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 17ISK 80Q0
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
23 fps ∼20%
Eurocom Sky DLX7
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop), 6700K, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
69 fps ∼59% +200%
1920x1080 High / On (Interactive Smoke & Paper Debris Off) AA:SM AF:8x (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 17ISK 80Q0
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
34 fps ∼24%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
59 fps ∼41% +74%
Fallout 4
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:T AF:16x (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 17ISK 80Q0
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
25 fps ∼19%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
42.4 fps ∼32% +70%
1920x1080 High Preset AA:T AF:16x (sort by value)
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 17ISK 80Q0
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
30.6 fps ∼20%
Aorus X3 Plus v5
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV512HDGL m.2 PCI-e
52.9 fps ∼35% +73%
low med. high ultra
Sleeping Dogs (2012) 145.992.724.3fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 180114.653.5fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 137.6121.745.9fps
Metro: Last Light (2013) 102.559.431.5fps
Thief (2014) 66.455.628.1fps
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (2014) 79.343.532.8fps
Batman: Arkham Knight (2015) 613423fps
Metal Gear Solid V (2015) 59.959.339.2fps
Fallout 4 (2015) 56.930.625fps

Stress Test

We stress the notebook with synthetic benchmarks to identify any potential throttling or stability issues. With just Prime95 active to stress the CPU, the i7-6700HQ is able to run at its steady 3.1 GHz maximum without any issues whilst maintaining a relatively low average CPU temperature of about 66 C. Results are similar with FurMark for the Nvidia GPU with the core throttling just slightly to 1032 MHz from its base 1097 clock rate. Running both Prime95 and FurMark simultaneously will cause core temperatures to max out at about 70 C since throttling occurs for both the CPU and GPU.

Unigine Heaven stress is a more realistic representation of gaming loads. When under these conditions, the CPU and GPU will stabilize in the 55 C and 65 C range, respectively, with consistent GPU Boost at 1176 MHz. The CPU will fluctuate accordingly depending on the onscreen demand.

Running on battery power will impact CPU Turbo Boost while GPU performance remains unaffected. A 3DMark 11 run on batteries returns Physics and Graphics scores of 8082 points and 5179 points, respectively, compared to 8749 points and 5237 points when on mains. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the results are not unlike what we found on our 15-inch Y700 test unit.

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 -- ~66 --
FurMark Stress -- 1032 -- ~62
Prime95 + FurMark Stress 2.5 967 ~70 ~67
Unigine Heaven Stress 0.8 - 3.5 1176 ~55 ~65

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System Noise

Twin 50 mm fans
Twin 50 mm fans

The cooling system has been repositioned and slightly redesigned from its Y70 beginnings. Now, the system mimics that of the smaller 15-inch Y700 in layout and features with its dual fans and heat pipes.

When idling, the system is completely silent at around 28 dB(A). Continuous browsing or video playback will bump fan noise up to the 37 dB(A) range before quickly spinning down to a constant 31 to 32 dB(A) range, which is very odd fan behavior. Thus, while fan noise is generally quiet during everyday use, it's quite obvious when the fans pick up in speed because of the sound spike.

Gaming will cause a constant fan noise of just above 40 dB(A), which is about typical for a gaming notebook. Thinner and more powerful models like the GS70 can be even louder while thicker models like the G752 will run noticeably softer under similar loads. Running both FurMark and Prime95 will induce fan noise of up to 51 dB(A), which is thankfully an unlikely scenario for end users.

Lenovo Ideapad Y700 17ISK 80Q0
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABD100H
MSI GS70 6QE-036XPL
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NU
HP Envy 17-n107ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 MZNTE512HMJH
Lenovo Y70-70 Touch
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
Asus G752VT
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV128
Noise
-4%
-17%
-12%
1%
-4%
Idle Minimum *
28
32.6
-16%
32.5
-16%
33.6
-20%
31
-11%
32.9
-18%
Idle Average *
28.1
32.6
-16%
34.2
-22%
37.5
-33%
31
-10%
33
-17%
Idle Maximum *
31.5
33.4
-6%
36.1
-15%
37.5
-19%
31
2%
33.1
-5%
Load Average *
40.6
36.5
10%
50.3
-24%
42
-3%
39.1
4%
36.2
11%
Load Maximum *
51
48
6%
54.5
-7%
42.6
16%
39.7
22%
45.8
10%

* ... smaller is better

Noise Level

Idle
28 / 28.1 / 31.5 dB(A)
HDD
30 dB(A)
Load
40.6 / 51 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 when idling are flat on both sides with warmer spots near the center of the notebook. The hot spots grow more obvious when under maximum load as they concentrate around the right side of the notebook on surfaces adjacent to the heat pipes. Thus, the right half of the keyboard will feel significantly warmer than the left when gaming or under other high loads.

When compared to last year's Y70, the 17-inch Y700 runs much cooler even after taking into account the different ambient temperatures during measurements. The rearranged cooling system means that the all-important WASD keys stay relatively cool on the Y700 series unlike on the Y70. The palm rests also remain cool unlike on thinner systems such as the GS70. Average surface temperatures are not all that different from the Acer Aspire Nitro VN7, either.

Maximum load (Front)
Maximum load (Front)
Maximum load (Back)
Maximum load (Back)
Max. Load
 31 °C33.4 °C42.8 °C 
 25.2 °C33.8 °C39.6 °C 
 21.2 °C23 °C25.8 °C 
Maximum: 42.8 °C
Average: 30.6 °C
36.4 °C38.8 °C28.2 °C
33.4 °C29.6 °C25.2 °C
26.2 °C27.2 °C23.4 °C
Maximum: 38.8 °C
Average: 29.8 °C
Power Supply (max.)  48 °C | Room Temperature 19 °C | Fluke 62 Mini IR Thermometer

Speakers

Sound quality from the 2 W stereo JBL speakers and dedicated 3 W subwoofer is good with no static or imbalance when on higher volume settings. It would've been easy for Lenovo to cut corners on sound quality, but the internal speakers are a high point for the Y700 series. Nonetheless, costlier gaming notebooks tend to have additional and separate inputs for microphone and SPDIF/optical for more external options.

Battery Life

Lenovo has upped the capacity of the non-removable battery from 54 Wh to 60 Wh on the Y700. Combine this with the more efficient Skylake CPU and Maxwell GPU and overall runtimes are already better than last year's Y70. Runtimes are very good in general for a gaming notebook at roughly 5.5 hours of constant WLAN use.

The power adapter itself is roughly 14.5 x 6.5 x 3 cm in size and unfortunately does not offer an extra USB port for charging a la the Aorus X3 Plus v5.

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 17ISK 80Q0
60 Wh
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
54 Wh
Asus G752VT
67 Wh
MSI GS70-6QE16H21
56 Wh
Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition VN7-792G-74Q4
53 Wh
HP Envy 17-n107ng
62 Wh
Battery Runtime
-18%
-44%
-47%
-20%
15%
Reader / Idle
688
438
-36%
230
-67%
238
-65%
410
-40%
898
31%
Load
91
92
1%
72
-21%
64
-30%
96
5%
73
-20%
WiFi
218
WiFi v1.3
334
183
-45%
180
-46%
254
-24%
452
35%
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
11h 28min
WiFi Surfing v1.3
5h 34min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 31min

Pro

+ fast display response times
+ no PWM
+ relatively strong case quality; minor creaking
+ accurate colors; 85 percent sRGB coverage
+ strong performance for the price; no throttling when gaming
+ good battery life

Cons

- non-upgradeable CPU and GPU
- potential for major backlight bleeding
- no RAID support; no NVMe
- no dedicated Macro keys
- no mDP, no USB Type-C, no Thunderbolt, no optical drive
- only 3x USB ports
- only 2x SODIMM slots

Verdict

In review: Lenovo Ideapad Y700 17ISK 80Q0. Test model provided by Lenovo US.
In review: Lenovo Ideapad Y700 17ISK 80Q0. Test model provided by Lenovo US.

Lenovo's updated Y700 series is a reasonable improvement over the previous Y50 and Y70. Users now have a stronger chassis with two storage bays alongside the expected performance benefits from Skylake and a dedicated SSD.

At the same time, the system feels incredibly barebones especially for its size. We haven't felt a gaming system so devoid of features since the Razer Blade 14. Owners will miss out on options for G-Sync, NVMe, USB Type-C, mDP, SPDIF/optical out, optical drive, Thunderbolt, RAID, and dedicated Macro keys. The backlight bleeding in particular has us worried about quality control despite the high quality IPS panel used.

If none of the omitted features are concerning, then the Y700 is a good buy for its strong CPU and GPU performance. Buyers can save hundreds by skipping over novelty features found on costlier competitors.

Lenovo Ideapad Y700 17ISK 80Q0 - 12/30/2015 v4(old)
Allen Ngo

Chassis
79 / 98 → 81%
Keyboard
80%
Pointing Device
80%
Connectivity
58 / 81 → 72%
Weight
53 / 66 → 77%
Battery
85%
Display
78%
Games Performance
94%
Application Performance
94%
Temperature
91 / 95 → 96%
Noise
82 / 90 → 91%
Audio
80%
Average
80%
83%
Gaming - Weighted Average

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Allen Ngo, 2015-12-31 (Update: 2016-01- 3)