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Lenovo Y50-70 (GTX 960M, 4K) Notebook Review

Sascha Mölck (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 06/25/2015

Model upgrade. Despite its slim build, there is plenty of computing power in Lenovo's gaming laptop. The combination of powerful hardware, 4K screen, and decent connectivity is to make potential buyers curious.

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Lenovo offers relatively compact gaming laptops in a 15.6-inch size within its Y50-70 lineup. We previously tested various models from this range, and are now facing a new model that is equipped with a graphics core from Nvidia's GeForce 900M lineup. To be precise, it is the GeForce GTX 960M. Our report reveals whether the new GPU has any advantages.

There are plenty of rivals for the Y50-70. Examples would be Acer's Aspire VN7-591G, HP's Omen, Asus' G501JW, MSI's GE62, and Schenker's A505.

Since we have tested several models of the Y50-70, we will not go in-depth about casing, connectivity, input devices, screen or speakers. The corresponding information can be found in the reviews of the Lenovo Y50-70 and Lenovo Y50-70 (59424712).

Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231 (IdeaPad Y50 Series)
Processor
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M - 4096 MB, Core: 1097-1176 MHz, Memory: 1253 MHz, GDDR5, ForceWare 352.86 (9.18.13.5286), Optimus
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR3-1600, dual-channel, two memory banks (both filled)
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 3840x2160 pixel, Samsung L FLLTN156FL02L01, IPS, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel HM87 (Lynx Point)
Storage
Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP, 512 GB 
, 410 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC283 @ Intel Lynx Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: headphone-out, microphone-in, Card Reader: SD, Sensors: brightness sensor
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Atheros AR9565 (a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 23.9 x 387 x 263.4 ( = 0.94 x 15.24 x 10.37 in)
Battery
55 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD webcam
Additional features
Speakers: 2 speakers + subwoofer, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, external DVD burner, Cyberlink Media Story, Cyberlink Power2Go 8, McAfee LiveSafe-Internet Security (trial), MS Office (trial), 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.4 kg ( = 84.66 oz / 5.29 pounds), Power Supply: 540 g ( = 19.05 oz / 1.19 pounds)
Price
1499 Euro

 

Case

Since the Y50 does not have a maintenance cover, the casing has to be opened for maintaining/upgrading the hardware. Lenovo has complicated this matter unnecessarily. After all screws have been released from the bottom, the base unit's tray comes off at three sides by itself. There are no clips. Solely the rear is not released. The fans' covers are part of the bottom tray. Since the tray could not be removed without effort, we did not make any further attempts in order to prevent damaging the casing.

Removing the bottom tray was difficult
Removing the bottom tray was difficult

Display

We have previously tested a 4K model of the Y50-70. It features the same Samsung screen as in our present review sample. The rates differ slightly, which is normal. Two identically built screens will never correspond to one hundred percent. The installed Samsung screen can only serve with an average brightness and average contrast.

A review about the Full HD model of our present review sample will be published within the next few days. Basically, the 4K and the Full HD screen are identical. The latter has a higher contrast and lower brightness than the 4K screen.

230
cd/m²
250
cd/m²
262
cd/m²
244
cd/m²
264
cd/m²
272
cd/m²
244
cd/m²
244
cd/m²
270
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 272 cd/m² Average: 253.3 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 85 %
Center on Battery: 264 cd/m²
Contrast: 600:1 (Black: 0.44 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.34 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 4.21 | - Ø
77% sRGB (Argyll) 49% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.48
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231
IPS, 3840x2160
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441229
IPS, 1920x1080
Acer Aspire VN7-591G-727P
IPS, 3840x2160
Schenker XMG A505
IPS, 1920x1080
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
IPS, 3840x2160
HP Omen
IPS, 1920x1080
Asus G501JW-CN168H
IPS, 1920x1080
Screen
4%
15%
37%
3%
9%
20%
Brightness
253
227
-10%
325
28%
275
9%
227
-10%
301
19%
337
33%
Brightness Distribution
85
79
-7%
90
6%
87
2%
74
-13%
85
0%
95
12%
Black Level *
0.44
0.23
48%
0.37
16%
0.23
48%
0.39
11%
0.38
14%
0.31
30%
Contrast
600
930
55%
870
45%
1235
106%
687
15%
829
38%
1110
85%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.34
4.9
-13%
3.77
13%
2.46
43%
4.12
5%
4.37
-1%
5.98
-38%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.21
4.13
2%
5.36
-27%
2.3
45%
3.65
13%
5.46
-30%
5.75
-37%
Gamma
2.48 97%
2.44 98%
2.39 100%
2.32 103%
2.5 96%
2.48 97%
2.51 96%
CCT
6573 99%
7239 90%
7163 91%
6393 102%
6423 101%
7915 82%
7366 88%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
49
38
-22%
61
24%
60
22%
49
0%
60
22%
71
45%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
77
59
-23%
92
19%
100
30%

* ... smaller is better

Performance

Lenovo's 15.6-inch Y50-70 gaming laptop has more than enough computing power for every day, and renders all up-to-date games smoothly. Our review sample is available for approximately 1500 Euros. Lenovo also has many other configurations. The currently lowest priced model from the lineup is sold for just below 800 Euros.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWInfo
HWInfo
LatencyMon
 

Processor

As in the previously tested models of Lenovo's Y50, Intel's Core i7 4710HQ (Haswell) quad-core processor is also inside our present review sample. It is a standard mobile processor with a TDP of 47 watts. It has more than enough computing power for all common application scenarios. The installed quad-core processor only provides a slight advantage over dual-core processors in single-thread performance, which is more important for routine use. It can first clearly distance itself in applications optimized for multiple cores.

The CPU operates at a base speed of 2.5 GHz, which can be boosted to 3.3 GHz (four cores), 3.4 GHz (two cores), and 3.5 GHz (one core) via Turbo. The CPU processes single-thread applications at full speed in AC mode. However, the laptop only exhibits the same behavior as its sister models in multi-thread applications, which are only processed at the base speed (2.5 GHz). Thus, the CPU clearly remains behind its potential in multi-thread applications. Laptops from the competition, such as Acer's Aspire VN7-591G, do not have this problem. The Y50 shows a slightly different behavior in battery mode. The processor begins processing at 800 MHz, and gradually increases that up to 2.8 GHz only to suddenly drop to 800 MHz again. That is then repeated from the beginning.

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6331
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
15274
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4938
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
56.17 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
5.36 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.51 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
86.19 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
517 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
135 Points
Help
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231
GeForce GTX 960M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
135 Points ∼73%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70 (59424712)
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
134 Points ∼72% -1%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441229
GeForce GTX 960M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
117 Points ∼63% -13%
MSI GE60-2PEi781B
GeForce GTX 860M, 4700HQ, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
135 Points ∼73% 0%
Acer Aspire VN7-591G-727P
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU
138 Points ∼75% +2%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-591G-75TD
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
136 Points ∼74% +1%
Schenker XMG A505
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2
142 Points ∼77% +5%
Gigabyte P34W V3
GeForce GTX 970M, 4720HQ, Lite-On LMT-128L9M
130 Points ∼70% -4%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
GeForce GTX 970M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NU
139 Points ∼75% +3%
HP Omen
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, SanDisk A110 SD6PP4M-256G-1006
129 Points ∼70% -4%
Asus G501JW-CN168H
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ
141 Points ∼76% +4%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231
GeForce GTX 960M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
517 Points ∼31%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70 (59424712)
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
506 Points ∼31% -2%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441229
GeForce GTX 960M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
502 Points ∼30% -3%
MSI GE60-2PEi781B
GeForce GTX 860M, 4700HQ, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
642 Points ∼39% +24%
Acer Aspire VN7-591G-727P
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU
642 Points ∼39% +24%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-591G-75TD
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
653 Points ∼39% +26%
Schenker XMG A505
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2
538 Points ∼32% +4%
Gigabyte P34W V3
GeForce GTX 970M, 4720HQ, Lite-On LMT-128L9M
636 Points ∼38% +23%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
GeForce GTX 970M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NU
642 Points ∼39% +24%
HP Omen
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, SanDisk A110 SD6PP4M-256G-1006
650 Points ∼39% +26%
Asus G501JW-CN168H
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ
577 Points ∼35% +12%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231
GeForce GTX 960M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
1.51 Points ∼6%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70 (59424712)
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
1.48 Points ∼5% -2%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441229
GeForce GTX 960M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
1.35 Points ∼5% -11%
MSI GE60-2PEi781B
GeForce GTX 860M, 4700HQ, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
1.5 Points ∼6% -1%
Acer Aspire VN7-591G-727P
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU
1.56 Points ∼6% +3%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-591G-75TD
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
1.53 Points ∼6% +1%
Schenker XMG A505
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2
1.57 Points ∼6% +4%
Gigabyte P34W V3
GeForce GTX 970M, 4720HQ, Lite-On LMT-128L9M
1.47 Points ∼5% -3%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
GeForce GTX 970M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NU
1.57 Points ∼6% +4%
Asus G501JW-CN168H
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ
1.56 Points ∼6% +3%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231
GeForce GTX 960M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
5.36 Points ∼7%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70 (59424712)
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
4.59 Points ∼6% -14%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441229
GeForce GTX 960M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
5.44 Points ∼8% +1%
MSI GE60-2PEi781B
GeForce GTX 860M, 4700HQ, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
6.97 Points ∼10% +30%
Acer Aspire VN7-591G-727P
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU
7.07 Points ∼10% +32%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-591G-75TD
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
7.1 Points ∼10% +32%
Schenker XMG A505
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2
5.87 Points ∼8% +10%
Gigabyte P34W V3
GeForce GTX 970M, 4720HQ, Lite-On LMT-128L9M
6 Points ∼8% +12%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
GeForce GTX 970M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NU
7.1 Points ∼10% +32%
HP Omen
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, SanDisk A110 SD6PP4M-256G-1006
7.13 Points ∼10% +33%
Asus G501JW-CN168H
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ
6.58 Points ∼9% +23%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231
GeForce GTX 960M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
4938 Points ∼70%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441229
GeForce GTX 960M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
4618 Points ∼66% -6%
MSI GE60-2PEi781B
GeForce GTX 860M, 4700HQ, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
4927 Points ∼70% 0%
Acer Aspire VN7-591G-727P
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU
5123 Points ∼73% +4%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-591G-75TD
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
5058 Points ∼72% +2%
Gigabyte P34W V3
GeForce GTX 970M, 4720HQ, Lite-On LMT-128L9M
5080 Points ∼72% +3%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
GeForce GTX 970M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NU
5206 Points ∼74% +5%
HP Omen
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, SanDisk A110 SD6PP4M-256G-1006
5010 Points ∼71% +1%
Asus G501JW-CN168H
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ
5081 Points ∼72% +3%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231
GeForce GTX 960M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
15274 Points ∼44%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441229
GeForce GTX 960M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
14533 Points ∼42% -5%
MSI GE60-2PEi781B
GeForce GTX 860M, 4700HQ, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
18504 Points ∼53% +21%
Acer Aspire VN7-591G-727P
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU
19831 Points ∼57% +30%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-591G-75TD
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
19521 Points ∼56% +28%
Gigabyte P34W V3
GeForce GTX 970M, 4720HQ, Lite-On LMT-128L9M
19447 Points ∼56% +27%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
GeForce GTX 970M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NU
19577 Points ∼56% +28%
HP Omen
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, SanDisk A110 SD6PP4M-256G-1006
19386 Points ∼56% +27%
Asus G501JW-CN168H
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ
18088 Points ∼52% +18%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231
GeForce GTX 960M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
11275 Points ∼42%
Acer Aspire VN7-591G-727P
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU
12551 Points ∼47% +11%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-591G-75TD
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
12211 Points ∼45% +8%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
GeForce GTX 970M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NU
12160 Points ∼45% +8%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231
GeForce GTX 960M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
2942 Points ∼63%
Acer Aspire VN7-591G-727P
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU
3302 Points ∼71% +12%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-591G-75TD
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
3252 Points ∼70% +11%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
GeForce GTX 970M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NU
3262 Points ∼70% +11%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231
GeForce GTX 960M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP (IE 11)
88.9 ms * ∼2%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441229
GeForce GTX 960M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
94.1 ms * ∼2% -6%
Acer Aspire VN7-591G-727P
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU (IE 11)
94.4 ms * ∼2% -6%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-591G-75TD
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G (IE 11)
96 ms * ∼2% -8%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
GeForce GTX 970M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NU (IE 11)
82.1 ms * ∼2% +8%
HP Omen
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, SanDisk A110 SD6PP4M-256G-1006 (IE 11)
85.7 ms * ∼2% +4%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231
GeForce GTX 960M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP (IE 11)
2004.9 ms * ∼3%
Acer Aspire VN7-591G-727P
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU (IE 11)
1979.1 ms * ∼3% +1%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-591G-75TD
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G (IE 11)
2009.2 ms * ∼3% -0%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
GeForce GTX 970M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NU (IE 11)
1955.1 ms * ∼3% +2%
HP Omen
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, SanDisk A110 SD6PP4M-256G-1006 (IE 11)
1997.4 ms * ∼3% -0%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231
GeForce GTX 960M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP (IE 11)
16413 Points ∼36%
Acer Aspire VN7-591G-727P
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU (IE 11)
16556 Points ∼37% +1%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-591G-75TD
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G (IE 11)
16207 Points ∼36% -1%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
GeForce GTX 970M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NU (IE 11)
16518 Points ∼37% +1%
HP Omen
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, SanDisk A110 SD6PP4M-256G-1006 (IE 11)
16503 Points ∼37% +1%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231
GeForce GTX 960M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP (IE 11)
2921 Points ∼47%
Acer Aspire VN7-591G-727P
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU (IE 11)
3036 Points ∼49% +4%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-591G-75TD
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G (IE 11)
3019 Points ∼49% +3%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
GeForce GTX 970M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NU (IE 11)
3000 Points ∼48% +3%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

The system runs smoothly, and we did not encounter any problems. The PCMark benchmark scores are good. However, the Y50 clearly lags behind comparable contenders, such as the Aspire VN7-591G, which also features a 4K screen. It becomes evident here that the processor in Lenovo's laptop does not utilize its Turbo in the multi-thread tests. Both the Aspire and the Y50 generally score worse than its sister models that have a Full HD screen. When the desktop resolution of the 4K models is reduced to Full HD, the PCMark scores climb to a comparable level. The system performance of our review sample cannot be increased; Lenovo has utilized all possibilities.

PCMark 7 Score
4921 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
2554 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
3465 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
3746 points
Help
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231
Intel Core i7-4710HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 3840x2160
2554 Points ∼45%
MSI GE60-2PEi781B
Intel Core i7-4700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M, 1920x1080
3242 Points ∼57% +27%
Acer Aspire VN7-591G-727P
Intel Core i7-4720HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 3840x2160
3019 Points ∼53% +18%
Schenker XMG A505
Intel Core i7-4720HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 1920x1080
3746 Points ∼66% +47%
Gigabyte P34W V3
Intel Core i7-4720HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 1920x1080
4006 Points ∼71% +57%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
Intel Core i7-4720HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 3840x2160
3061 Points ∼54% +20%
HP Omen
Intel Core i7-4710HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M, 1920x1080
3618 Points ∼64% +42%
PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231
Intel Core i7-4710HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 3840x2160
4921 Points ∼61%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70 (59424712)
Intel Core i7-4710HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M, 3840x2160
5238 Points ∼65% +6%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441229
Intel Core i7-4710HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 1920x1080
4622 Points ∼57% -6%
MSI GE60-2PEi781B
Intel Core i7-4700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M, 1920x1080
3142 Points ∼39% -36%
Acer Aspire VN7-591G-727P
Intel Core i7-4720HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 3840x2160
5804 Points ∼72% +18%
Schenker XMG A505
Intel Core i7-4720HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 1920x1080
6042 Points ∼75% +23%
Gigabyte P34W V3
Intel Core i7-4720HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 1920x1080
6182 Points ∼77% +26%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
Intel Core i7-4720HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 3840x2160
5866 Points ∼73% +19%
HP Omen
Intel Core i7-4710HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M, 1920x1080
5919 Points ∼74% +20%
Asus G501JW-CN168H
Intel Core i7-4720HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 1920x1080
5831 Points ∼72% +18%

Storage Device

The Y50 sports a solid state drive from Samsung. It is a 2.5-inch model with a capacity of 512 GB. The laptop's owner can use approximately 410 GB of that. The remaining storage capacity is divided among the Windows installation, recovery partition and a partition for the Y50's drivers and applications. The SSD can serve with overall good transfer rates.

Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
Sequential Read: 514.9 MB/s
Sequential Write: 433.8 MB/s
512K Read: 426.6 MB/s
512K Write: 403 MB/s
4K Read: 32.49 MB/s
4K Write: 80.44 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 387.6 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 263.5 MB/s
Discussion

Graphics Card

The installed GeForce GTX 960M graphics core is an entry-level model from the GPU upper range. It clocks at a base rate of 1097 MHz, which can be increased to 1176 MHz via Turbo. The GPU's maximum speed is only a few percent higher than that of the former GeForce GTX 860M graphics core. Since the cores only differ in speed, the 960 core only scores marginally better than its precursor in the 3DMark benchmark. However, the difference between the 960 and 860 models in the Y50 is greater than among the comparable models of Acer's Aspire VN7-591G lineup. The reason: The GeForce GTX 860M GPUs in the Y50 models do not clock at their maximum possible speeds.

In addition to the GeForce core, Intel's HD Graphics 4600 GPU has also found its way into the laptop. Both cores form a graphics switching solution (Optimus). Intel's GPU is intended for routine and battery mode. The GeForce GPU is enabled in performance-driven applications, such as computer games. Switching is automatic, but the user can always intervene manually.

3DMark 11 Performance
5486 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
42649 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
13326 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
3907 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231
GeForce GTX 960M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
5486 Points ∼22%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70 (59424712)
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
4990 Points ∼20% -9%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441229
GeForce GTX 960M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
5444 Points ∼21% -1%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50
GeForce GTX 860M, 4700HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
5061 Points ∼20% -8%
MSI GE60-2PEi781B
GeForce GTX 860M, 4700HQ, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
5049 Points ∼20% -8%
Acer Aspire VN7-591G-727P
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU
5398 Points ∼21% -2%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-591G-75TD
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
5210 Points ∼21% -5%
Schenker XMG A505
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2
5639 Points ∼22% +3%
Gigabyte P34W V3
GeForce GTX 970M, 4720HQ, Lite-On LMT-128L9M
9320 Points ∼37% +70%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
GeForce GTX 970M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NU
9080 Points ∼36% +66%
HP Omen
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, SanDisk A110 SD6PP4M-256G-1006
5058 Points ∼20% -8%
Asus G501JW-CN168H
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ
5277 Points ∼21% -4%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231
GeForce GTX 960M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
3907 Points ∼17%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70 (59424712)
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
3455 Points ∼15% -12%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441229
GeForce GTX 960M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
3913 Points ∼17% 0%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50
GeForce GTX 860M, 4700HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
3517 Points ∼15% -10%
MSI GE60-2PEi781B
GeForce GTX 860M, 4700HQ, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
3679 Points ∼16% -6%
Acer Aspire VN7-591G-727P
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU
3914 Points ∼17% 0%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-591G-75TD
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
3733 Points ∼16% -4%
Schenker XMG A505
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2
4071 Points ∼17% +4%
Gigabyte P34W V3
GeForce GTX 970M, 4720HQ, Lite-On LMT-128L9M
6644 Points ∼28% +70%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
GeForce GTX 970M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NU
6596 Points ∼28% +69%
HP Omen
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, SanDisk A110 SD6PP4M-256G-1006
3714 Points ∼16% -5%
Asus G501JW-CN168H
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ
3791 Points ∼16% -3%
1280x720 Sky Diver Score (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231
GeForce GTX 960M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
11584 Points ∼25%
Acer Aspire VN7-591G-727P
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU
12230 Points ∼26% +6%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-591G-75TD
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
11750 Points ∼25% +1%
Schenker XMG A505
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2
12472 Points ∼27% +8%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
GeForce GTX 970M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NU
17334 Points ∼37% +50%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231
GeForce GTX 960M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
13326 Points ∼36%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70 (59424712)
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
12435 Points ∼34% -7%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441229
GeForce GTX 960M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
13928 Points ∼38% +5%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50
GeForce GTX 860M, 4700HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
13255 Points ∼36% -1%
MSI GE60-2PEi781B
GeForce GTX 860M, 4700HQ, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
14746 Points ∼40% +11%
Acer Aspire VN7-591G-727P
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU
16151 Points ∼44% +21%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-591G-75TD
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
15550 Points ∼42% +17%
Schenker XMG A505
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2
15511 Points ∼42% +16%
Gigabyte P34W V3
GeForce GTX 970M, 4720HQ, Lite-On LMT-128L9M
21105 Points ∼57% +58%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
GeForce GTX 970M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NU
15582 Points ∼42% +17%
HP Omen
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, SanDisk A110 SD6PP4M-256G-1006
15749 Points ∼43% +18%
Asus G501JW-CN168H
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ
13673 Points ∼37% +3%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231
GeForce GTX 960M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
42649 Points ∼22%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70 (59424712)
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
72527 Points ∼37% +70%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441229
GeForce GTX 960M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
73922 Points ∼37% +73%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50
GeForce GTX 860M, 4700HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
84568 Points ∼43% +98%
MSI GE60-2PEi781B
GeForce GTX 860M, 4700HQ, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
101592 Points ∼51% +138%
Acer Aspire VN7-591G-727P
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU
83675 Points ∼42% +96%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-591G-75TD
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
82813 Points ∼42% +94%
Schenker XMG A505
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2
84779 Points ∼43% +99%
Gigabyte P34W V3
GeForce GTX 970M, 4720HQ, Lite-On LMT-128L9M
124743 Points ∼63% +192%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
GeForce GTX 970M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NU
46514 Points ∼24% +9%
HP Omen
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, SanDisk A110 SD6PP4M-256G-1006
101562 Points ∼51% +138%
Asus G501JW-CN168H
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ
77739 Points ∼39% +82%

Gaming Performance

Lenovo's Y50 is explicitly aimed at gamers. Thus, it is not surprising that it can render all current games smoothly. It is normally possible to select the Full HD resolution and high to very high quality settings. The resolution and/or quality level has to be reduced in some games, for example "The Witcher 3". The frame rates are only slightly higher than that of laptops equipped with a GeForce GTX 860M graphics core. However, the advantage over 860 models of the Y50 is greater, like in the 3DMark benchmarks, because the GeForce GTX 860M GPUs in the Y50 models do not clock at their maximum possible speeds.

The screen's maximum resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels) can only be fully utilized in rare cases. This option is at most possible in games that only have moderate hardware requirements. The Y50 only achieves just below 70 fps in the benchmark of the game "Dirt Rally" in very low quality settings. The rates drop to 25.3 fps in medium and 22.8 fps in high settings.

low med. high ultra4K
Tomb Raider (2013) 257.8178112.652.1fps
Dragon Age: Inquisition (2014) 9990.456.138.2fps
Battlefield Hardline (2015) 142.2131.653.733.7fps
Dirt Rally (2015) 233.7108.670.832.722.8fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 81.15526.313.79.3fps
Tomb Raider
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:FX AF:16x (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231
GeForce GTX 960M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
52.1 fps ∼19%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50
GeForce GTX 860M, 4700HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
44 fps ∼16% -16%
Acer Aspire VN7-591G-727P
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU
49.1 fps ∼18% -6%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-591G-75TD
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
46.7 fps ∼17% -10%
Schenker XMG A505
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2
50.8 fps ∼18% -2%
Gigabyte P34W V3
GeForce GTX 970M, 4720HQ, Lite-On LMT-128L9M
81.3 fps ∼29% +56%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
GeForce GTX 970M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NU
88.1 fps ∼32% +69%
HP Omen
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, SanDisk A110 SD6PP4M-256G-1006
46.4 fps ∼17% -11%
1366x768 High Preset AA:FX AF:8x (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231
GeForce GTX 960M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
112.6 fps ∼22%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50
GeForce GTX 860M, 4700HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
97 fps ∼19% -14%
MSI GE60-2PEi781B
GeForce GTX 860M, 4700HQ, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
97 fps ∼19% -14%
Acer Aspire VN7-591G-727P
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU
109.6 fps ∼22% -3%
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-591G-75TD
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
104.6 fps ∼21% -7%
Schenker XMG A505
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2
114.7 fps ∼23% +2%
Gigabyte P34W V3
GeForce GTX 970M, 4720HQ, Lite-On LMT-128L9M
191 fps ∼38% +70%
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
GeForce GTX 970M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NU
189.7 fps ∼37% +68%
HP Omen
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, SanDisk A110 SD6PP4M-256G-1006
108.3 fps ∼21% -4%

Emissions

System Noise

It sometimes happens that the fans in the Y50 are inactive, and then not a noise is heard. However, the fans usually spin at a low speed. It should not be surprising that they speed up under load; after all, the laptop features high-performance hardware. We measured a noise level of 49.2 dB during the stress test, which is an acceptable rate in this performance category.

Noise Level

Idle
29.6 / 31.1 / 34.3 dB(A)
Load
45 / 49.2 dB(A)
 
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231
4710HQ/GTX 960M
Acer Aspire VN7-591G-727P
4720HQ/GTX 960M
Schenker XMG A505
4720HQ/GTX 960M
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
4720HQ/GTX 970
HP Omen
4710HQ/GTX 860M
Asus G501JW-CN168H
4720HQ/GTX 960M
Noise
3%
-1%
-3%
-5%
-0%
Idle Minimum *
29.6
30
-1%
29.2
1%
29.4
1%
32.2
-9%
31
-5%
Idle Average *
31.1
32.2
-4%
30.8
1%
31.8
-2%
34.3
-10%
33.8
-9%
Idle Maximum *
34.3
35
-2%
42.6
-24%
36
-5%
36.2
-6%
34.1
1%
Load Average *
45
41.7
7%
41.6
8%
46
-2%
46.2
-3%
44.3
2%
Load Maximum *
49.2
42.6
13%
43.8
11%
51.8
-5%
46.6
5%
44.4
10%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

The Y50 in the stress test
The Y50 in the stress test

The Y50 performed the stress test (Prime95 and Furmark run for at least one hour) differently in AC and battery mode. The processor clocked at 2.5 GHz and the graphics core at 1085 MHz in AC mode. They were throttled to 1.4 to 1.5 GHz (CPU) and 836 (GPU) in battery mode. The laptop's temperatures are acceptable in view of the hardware configuration. Several measuring points on the casing surpassed fifty degrees Celsius.

Max. Load
 57.4 °C55.2 °C49.7 °C 
 52.2 °C58.8 °C33.5 °C 
 30.3 °C29.1 °C28.3 °C 
Maximum: 58.8 °C
Average: 43.8 °C
38.2 °C51.9 °C44.2 °C
29.1 °C37.6 °C40.1 °C
28.2 °C31.3 °C35.5 °C
Maximum: 51.9 °C
Average: 37.3 °C
Power Supply (max.)  56.8 °C | Room Temperature 23.8 °C | Voltcraft IR-360
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231
4710HQ/GTX 960M
Acer Aspire VN7-591G-727P
4720HQ/GTX 960M
Schenker XMG A505
4720HQ/GTX 960M
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
4720HQ/GTX 970
HP Omen
4710HQ/GTX 860M
Asus G501JW-CN168H
4720HQ/GTX 960M
Heat
-13%
-16%
-0%
3%
19%
Maximum Upper Side *
58.8
53
10%
56.4
4%
53.4
9%
45.7
22%
43.1
27%
Maximum Bottom *
51.9
53.2
-3%
61.8
-19%
43.3
17%
53.5
-3%
47.4
9%
Idle Upper Side *
33.1
38.6
-17%
41.3
-25%
34.7
-5%
34.2
-3%
26.2
21%
Idle Bottom *
32.5
45.9
-41%
40.2
-24%
39.6
-22%
34.6
-6%
27.1
17%

* ... smaller is better

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The energy requirement reached up to 15.9 watts in idle mode - a very low rate for a high-performance gaming laptop. We normally measure rates of over 20 watts from the contenders. Lenovo appears to have the energy requirement well under control. The power consumption climbed up to 115.5 watts in the stress test. That is apparently too much for the 135 watt power supply because the battery was drained during the stress test. This problem did not occur in gaming routine; the laptop consumed approximately 100 watts in this scenario.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0 / 0.01 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 10.9 / 14.9 / 15.9 Watt
Load midlight 101 / 115.5 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231
4710HQ/GTX 960M
Acer Aspire VN7-591G-727P
4720HQ/GTX 960M
Schenker XMG A505
4720HQ/GTX 960M
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
4720HQ/GTX 970
HP Omen
4710HQ/GTX 860M
Asus G501JW-CN168H
4720HQ/GTX 960M
Power Consumption
-27%
-24%
-31%
-23%
-58%
Idle Minimum *
10.9
16.2
-49%
11.2
-3%
14.7
-35%
15
-38%
13.6
-25%
Idle Average *
14.9
20.2
-36%
18.6
-25%
20.9
-40%
19
-28%
38.1
-156%
Idle Maximum *
15.9
22.8
-43%
26
-64%
25.6
-61%
23.7
-49%
40.7
-156%
Load Average *
101
96.4
5%
100.2
1%
101
-0%
87.9
13%
81.6
19%
Load Maximum *
115.5
126.9
-10%
147.6
-28%
138.8
-20%
129.5
-12%
81.6
29%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtime

The Y50 managed an idle runtime of 6:28 hours. It thus clearly outperforms its rival Acer Aspire VN7-591G (3:36 h). Idle mode is ascertained using Battery Eater's Reader's test. The screen is set to minimum brightness, the energy-savings profile is enabled, and the wireless modules are off. The Y50 shut down after 1:24 hours of load. The Aspire (0:58 h) is depleted sooner. The load runtime is checked with Battery Eater's Classic test. The screen runs in maximum brightness, the high-performance profile and radio modules are enabled.

Lenovo's laptop stopped our real-life Wi-Fi test after 3:23 hours. Again, the Aspire (2:46 h) lags behind. This test simulates the load induced when websites are opened. The "Balanced" profile is enabled, and the screen's brightness is set to approximately 150 cd/m². We test the video playback time by running the short movie Big Buck Bunny (H.264 encoding, 1920 x 1080 pixels) in a loop. The wireless modules are disabled, and the screen's brightness is set to approximately 150 cd/m². The Y50 lasted 3:27 hours. The Aspire (2:56 h) shut down earlier.

Lenovo is quite able to convert the relatively low idle energy requirement in decent battery runtimes for a gaming laptop. The contender Acer is outperformed here. The battery capacity of both laptops ais almost identical (Lenovo: 55 Wh, Acer: 52 Wh).

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
6h 28min
WiFi Surfing v1.3 (IE 11)
3h 23min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
3h 27min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 24min
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231
55 Wh
Acer Aspire VN7-591G-727P
52 Wh
Schenker XMG A505
62 Wh
MSI GE62-2QFUi716H11
51 Wh
HP Omen
58 Wh
Asus G501JW-CN168H
60 Wh
Battery Runtime
-27%
5%
-26%
-24%
-6%
Reader / Idle
388
216
-44%
352
-9%
234
-40%
260
-33%
Load
84
58
-31%
105
25%
63
-25%
72
-14%
WiFi
216
208
WiFi v1.3
203
166
-18%
162
-20%
190
-6%
H.264
207
176
-15%
208
0%
165
-20%

Pro

+ 4K IPS screen
+ Slim casing
+ Decent gaming performance
+ Swift solid state drive

Cons

- No maintenance cover
- Glare-type screen
- Inactive CPU Turbo in multi-thread applications

Verdict

In Review: Lenovo Y50-70 59441231. Test model provided by Notebooksbilliger.de
In Review: Lenovo Y50-70 59441231. Test model provided by Notebooksbilliger.de

Lenovo's Y50-70 59441231 is a 15.6-inch gaming laptop. The installed processor has more than enough computing power for all common application scenarios. The GeForce GTX 960M graphics core renders all current games smoothly. It also produces slightly higher frame rates than the GeForce GTX 860M precursor. It should not be surprising that the laptop reaches relatively high temperatures and produces noise in view of the hardware configuration. The installed 4K screen made a mixed impression. On the one hand, it is a viewing angle stable IPS screen, and on the other, its brightness and contrast could be better. It is rarely possible to use it in in games, and primarily boosts the purchase price. Like its direct contender Acer Aspire VN7-591G, the lack of a maintenance cover has to be criticized. The casing of both laptops has to be opened for replacing or installing a hard drive.

All things considered, the present device can be filed under "model upgrade". The only real innovation is the GeForce GTX 960M graphics core. Owners of a laptop with the former GPU do not really have a reason for switching to a GTX 960M graphics core. The performance gain is marginal.

Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231 - 06/20/2015 v4(old)
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
74 / 98 → 76%
Keyboard
83%
Pointing Device
83%
Connectivity
60 / 81 → 74%
Weight
60 / 66 → 89%
Battery
80%
Display
83%
Games Performance
88%
Application Performance
88%
Temperature
80 / 95 → 84%
Noise
77 / 90 → 86%
Audio
80%
Average
78%
82%
Gaming - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2015-06-25 (Update: 2015-06-25)