Lenovo now shipping IdeaPad Y580 notebooks with Ivy Bridge chips and Kepler graphics
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China-based tech manufacturer Lenovo has apparently started shipping its latest powerful notebook, called IdeaPad Y580. This device was first introduced back in January of 2012 as part of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that took place in Las Vegas, USA. According to an Engadget report, prices for the Y580 vary between $1,299 and $1,549, depending on the configuration. Furthermore, Lenovo knocks up to $630 off the price on selected models, if you use a coupon code available on the product’s page.
The new IdeaPad is presumably equipped with a third generation Intel Core i7-3610QM central processing unit. It incorporates four cores (eight threads) clocked at 2.3GHz – 3.3GHz (via Turbo Boost technology) and the Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics controller. Moreover, the Y580 sports a 15.6-inch LED-backlit widescreen display of Full HD (1920-by-1080 pixels) native resolution and is running a 64-bit copy of Microsoft’s Windows 7 Home Premium operating system.
In addition to the Ivy Bridge processor, the laptop also features the high-end NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M GPU based on the new 28nm Kepler architecture. This video card delivers 2GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM; you can check out our Computer Games on Laptop Graphic Cards benchmark list for more info on the 660M’s gaming performance.
The portable PC houses 8GB of internal DDR3 memory, a spacious mechanical hard drive with a storage capacity of up to 1TB and a 32GB SSD (on the most expensive model) for fast boot-up times. Other specs of the IdeaPad Y580 include Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2200 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 radios, two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports, a Blu-ray Combo optical drive, an HDMI interface, multi-in-one card reader slot and a built-in HD (720p) web camera for video calls.