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Review Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p Notebook

Florian Glaser (translated by Bernie Pechlaner), 07/21/2013

The experiment continues. Lenovo's IdeaPad Y500 made quite a splash when it was introduced some time ago: the 15-inch multi-purpose system offered a second Nvidia GPU as an option. The new IdeaPad Y510p has updated hardware and now features a GeForce GT 750M SLI instead of the GeForce GT 650M SLI. Can the dual-DirectX 11 notebook threaten the established high-end competition?

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For the original German review, see here.

The online store notebooksbilliger.de - who provided us with our review notebook free of charge - offers the IdeaPad Y510p in three different versions. Our notebook (model 59367400) sells for 1100 Euros (~$1450) and comes very well equipped. Like most recently released gaming notebooks, the IdeaPad Y510p is powered by a quad-core processor from Intel's Haswell lineup. The Core i7-4700MQ features a clock speed from 2.4-3.4 GHz - enough power for most applications.

The same is true for the memory: eight GB DDR3 RAM (one slot used, one slot open) should not be a limiting factor for years to come. Hard drive size is also ample: Lenovo includes both a 24 GB SSD and 1000 GB standard HDD. As mentioned earlier, the 15-inch notebook uses two GeForce GT 750M GPUs as its graphics engine.

Great: unlike other notebooks like the One K56-3F, these middle-class graphics cards access GDDR5 instead of DDR3 VRAM. Lenovo uses a non-glare display that supports Full HD resolution - 1920x1080 pixels. No surprises as far as the OS is concerned: for notebooks, Windows 8 64-bit is now a de facto standard.

The more expensive 59367287 version of the notebook (1200 Euros / $1600) is not worth it in our book since - according to notebooksbilliger.de - the only difference is the amount of preinstalled RAM (16 GB vs. 8 GB). Potential buyers who do not need a dual-GPU configuration but would rather have a notebook with an optical drive, should consider model 59367273, which ships with a Blu-ray drive and should make movie night more interesting.

Model Y510p 59367400 Y510p 59367287 Y510p 59367273
Processor Core i7-4700MQ Core i7-4700MQ Core i7-4700MQ
GPU GeForce GT 750M SLI GeForce GT 750M SLI GeForce GT 750M
RAM 8 GB DDR III 16 GB DDR III 8 GB DDR III
Hard drive 24 GB SSD + 1.000 GB HDD 24 GB SSD + 1.000 GB HDD 24 GB SSD + 1.000 GB HDD
Optical drive not included not included Blu-ray RW-drive
Display Full HD matte Full HD matte Full HD matte
OS Windows 8 64 Bit Windows 8 64 Bit Windows 8 64 Bit
Price 1100 Euro 1200 Euro 1100 Euro

Case

Subpar stability
Subpar stability

Even though the chassis design of the IdeaPad Y500 was not without its flaws, Lenovo decided not to update it - we could not detect any changes aside from the non-glare display. Since the chassis is a carry-over, the new model inherits all of its strengths and weaknesses.

There are plenty of slimmer and/or lighter multimedia notebooks on the market, but we have to applaud Lenovo for keeping the dimensions in check: not all competing manufacturers would be able to integrate two graphics cards in a chassis that measures 387 x 259 x 39 millimeters (~15.2 x 10.2 x 1.5 inches).

We are happy to overlook the rather substantial weight of 2.9 kilograms (~6.4 pounds) since the notebook includes an UltraBay - a swappable drive bay, which can be equipped with a secondary GPU, a fan, a hard drive, or an optical drive. 

One of our main points of criticism concerns the materials Lenovo uses: the dark surfaces attract dirt - especially the extremely delicate high-gloss display bezel. The unit is also not very sturdy and the touchpad flexes way too much. For details about the chassis, please read our review of the IdeaPad Y500.

Connectivity

Ports

The ports and their location are identical to the Y500. The front of the notebook only houses the card reader; on the right side, there is a Kensington lock slot, one USB 2.0 port, and two audio jacks (headphone and microphone). Most of the ports are on the left side: power jack, VGA and HDMI ports, Gigabit LAN, and two USB 3.0 ports. Since most of the ports are located towards the front, hooking up an external mouse can lead to a crowded workspace and unwanted collisions.

Wireless Communication

The WLAN module is standard fare: just like the predecessor, the Y500p ships with the Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2230 adapter, which supports WLAN 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0. Although the module can only handle 2.4 GHz and not the 5.0 GHz band, it supports additional features like Wireless Display and Smart Connect. The range is quite decent.

Left side: power jack, VGA, RJ-45 Gigabit Lan, HDMI, 2x USB 3.0
Left side: power jack, VGA, RJ-45 Gigabit Lan, HDMI, 2x USB 3.0
Right side: headphone, microphone, USB 2.0, UltraBay, Kensington Lock
Right side: headphone, microphone, USB 2.0, UltraBay, Kensington Lock

Maintenance

Access to the internal components is not any easier than it was on the IdeaPad Y500: after removing the obstinate cover on the bottom (nine screws), the user can access the wireless adapter, the fan, the RAM, and the hard drives. Neither the processor nor the primary graphics card is swappable. 

Pre-installed software
Pre-installed software

Software

Lenovo preinstalls some software, but keeps the number of titles in check. Movie-fans will appreciate CyberLink’s PowerDVD 10. A trial version of Office 365 is also included. The program "OneKey Recovery" allows the user to recover the system. Some additional tools are depicted in the screenshots below.

Since the performance of dual-GPU systems depend a lot on the drivers, it is advisable to update them every few weeks or months. If we had not updated from version 311.41 to version 320.49, some of the games we tested would have run considerably slower. We had no issues installing the official Nvidia driver and did not discover any significant bugs or other problems during our time with the notebook.

Accessories

The IdeaPad Y510p ships with a 170 Watt power adapter, which weights 676 grams (~1.5 pounds) and measures 168 x 79 x 35 millimeters (~6.6 x 3.1 x 1.4 inches). Neither a recovery disk nor a driver DVD is included - but at least the drivers are located on a special partition. It is a bit disappointing that Lenovo now includes a weaker 6-cell battery (62 Wh instead of 72 Wh).

Warranty

Lenovo covers the notebook for a period of two years. The homepage offers several warranty extensions under "Services & Warranty".

YouCam
YouCam
PowerDVD 10
PowerDVD 10
OneKey Recovery
OneKey Recovery
Energy Management
Energy Management

Input Devices

Since we took an in-depth look at both the keyboard and the touchpad during our review of the IdeaPad Y500, we will not go into details here. It suffices to say that while the keyboard impresses with a red backlight and unusual keys, the touchpad annoys with its spongy and inaccurate response.

Keyboard
Keyboard
Touchpad
Touchpad

Display

It appears that Lenovo listened to the criticism: instead of the glossy and highly reflective display of the predecessor, the Y510p ships now with a matte display. The panel features the same resolution of 1920x1080 pixels and an aspect ratio of 16:9. Although 1600x900 pixels would have been plenty for a 15.6-inch screen, the higher resolution does make multitasking quite a bit easier, as it allows for the easy placement of two windows next to each other.

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403
cd/m²
381
cd/m²
359
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395
cd/m²
356
cd/m²
335
cd/m²
354
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336
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
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X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 403 cd/m²
Average: 367.7 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 83 %
Center on Battery: 395 cd/m²
Black: 0.65 cd/m²
Contrast: 608:1

The LG panel (LP156WF1-TLB2) left us with a very favorable impression. Aside from the second-rate brightness distribution (83%) and the less-than-perfect color accuracy, the display does not have a lot of weaknesses.

There is the excellent brightness, for one: 368 cd/m² outclasses most of the competitors. The similar sounding LP156WF1-TLF3 - used in the Schenker XMG A523 - only manages 225 cd/m², which is about 40% less. The contrast is also impressive: while the IdeaPad Y500 only managed 460:1, we recorded just above 600:1 for the Y510p. Even though the display is non-glare, the picture is nonetheless quite vivid. 

Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p vs. sRGB
Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p vs. sRGB
Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p vs. AdobeRGB
Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p vs. AdobeRGB
Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p vs. IdeaPad Y500
Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p vs. IdeaPad Y500
CalMan: Grayscale
CalMan: Grayscale
CalMan: Saturation Sweeps
CalMan: Saturation Sweeps
CalMan: ColorChecker
CalMan: ColorChecker

The black value could be a bit better: 0.65 cd/m² are not outstanding. Very deep blacks require a value of below 0.3 cd/m².

The notebook is very suitable for outdoor use though - our photos show that even bright days do not pose any problems.

Outdoor use Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p
Outdoor use Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p
Outdoor use Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p

The viewing angle stability is better than average for TN panels. In the horizontal plane, even quite a few people can enjoy the screen (movie night). Vertical angles are more restricted, although the IdeaPad Y510p is still better than most competitors are. Overall, the panel only misses a "very good" by a slim margin. Most buyers will be quite happy with this display.

Viewing angles Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p
Viewing angles Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p

Performance

Processor

Haswell
Haswell

The Y510p is equipped with an Intel Core i7-4700MQ. This particular CPU features clock speeds from 2.4-3.4 GHz - same as the previous-generation Core i7-3630QM, which Lenovo used in the predecessor Y510. In addition to the identical clock speeds, the amount of L3 cache (six MB) and the manufacturing process (22 nm) are the same for both processors.

One of the most significant improvements of Intel's Haswell architecture affects the graphics card: the HD Graphics 4600 offers quite a bit more performance than the older HD Graphics 4000 (Ivy Bridge generation). Too bad that Lenovo does not use graphics switching because of the dual-GPU configuration - Nvidia's Optimus technology would have saved a lot of power during idle and while running less demanding applications.

The CPU features a TDP of 47 Watts, can address eight threads in parallel via Hyperthreading, and supports Turbo Boost.

Systeminfo CPUZ CPU
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Systeminfo CPUZ SPD
Systeminfo GPUZ
Systeminfo Nvidia
Systeminfo SLI
Systeminfo HWiNFO
Systeminfo CrystalDiskMark (HDD)
Systeminfo HDTune (HDD)
Systeminfo DPC latency
System information Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p

Turbo Boost

Turbo Boost allows for automatic overclocking so the cores run faster than their base operating frequency. In ideal conditions, this increase is more than 1 GHz - but unfortunately, the IdeaPad Y510p suffers from a less-than-perfect implementation of the technology. As long as only one core is under load, everything is fine: 3.3 GHz are close to the upper Turbo Boost limit. When more than one core is tasked or the GPU is stressed, the clock speed drops to only 2.4 GHz. While this technically cannot be called throttling, it is still rather disappointing.

Some of the older Clevo barebones (for example the Schenker XMG A502) had a similar problem. The lack of Turbo Boost becomes noticeable during CPU-intensive games and benchmark tests. During daily use, this loss of performance might not be apparent - the Core i7-4700MQ is sufficiently powerful even without the Turbo - but some users will not consider the IdeaPad Y510p at all for the above 

Single Core Rendering
Single Core Rendering
Multi Core Rendering
Multi Core Rendering
CPU & GPU load
CPU & GPU load

CPU Performance

Cinebench R10 clearly shows the lack of Turbo Boost: the IdeaPad Y510p ended up with 19383 points - quite a bit less than other notebooks with the same i7-4700MQ CPU. The One K56-3N2, for example, scored about 5000 points more (+26%). The IdeaPad Y500 with the i7-3630QM also outperforms the Y510p with 21733 points - a plus of 12%. The results of the single-core test are quite different, as the IdeaPad Y510p (6628 points) is able to outscore the predecessor IdeaPad Y500 (5953 points).

Cinebench R11.5
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Core i7-4700MQ @ Y510p
Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p
5.29 Points ∼30%
Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3F
6.96 Points ∼40% +32%
Core i7-3630QM
Lenovo IdeaPad Y500
6.37 Points ∼36% +20%
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Core i7-4700MQ @ Y510p
Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p
1.51 Points ∼76%
Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3F
1.51 Points ∼76% 0%
Core i7-3630QM
Lenovo IdeaPad Y500
1.41 Points ∼71% -7%
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
6628 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
19383 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
6788 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.51 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
5.29 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
52.61 fps
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Graphics Card

GPU Boost
GPU Boost

For the IdeaPad Y510p, Lenovo combined two middle-class GPUs from Nvidia's GeForce 700 series. Even though these graphics cards are still based on the older Kepler architecture, the significantly higher clock speeds enable the GeForce GT 750M (SLI) to outperform the GeForce GT 650M (SLI) by a fair margin.

The DirectX 11 GPU improves upon the clock speeds of the predecessor - 790 MHz core and 2000 MHz memory: the GT 750M reaches 967 MHz and 2500 MHz, which is an increase of +22% for the core and +25% for the memory. Using GPU Boost technology (dynamic overclocking), the graphics card tops out at 1058 MHz according to GPU-Z.

The amount of RAM has not changed: 2048 MB GDDR5-VRAM is addressed via a 128-bit bus (although the bandwidth is now 80 GB/s instead of 64 GB/s). The number of shader units (384) is also identical. The next stronger GPU in Nvidia's lineup - the GeForce GTX 760M - has twice as many shader units. All Kepler GPUs are manufactured using the same - still up-to-date - 28 nm process. 

To ensure maximum graphics performance, Lenovo equipped the IdeaPad Y510p with two GT 750M GPUs, which are linked together in an SLI setup. Just like the direct competitor from AMD (CrossFire), Nvidia's dual-GPU setup has certain disadvantages - one of them the much higher power draw and cooling requirements.

Much more critical, in our opinion, is the occurrence of micro stuttering. Since the two GPUs render the frames in turn, the delay between the frames can be irregular at times, which leads to stuttering. The SLI GPU-combo unfortunately falls below the critical threshold of 40 fps - at least for Full HD and high to maximum details (usually the preferred settings for playing games). Some titles - like Far Cry 3 - seem particularly prone to micro stuttering.

At times, a game that looks good on paper does not perform that well when it is actually played. High-performance dual-GPU setups - like the GeForce GTX 765M SLI (Schenker XMG P723) - are not affected as much.

Another drawback is the strong dependence on drivers. Games that are slower or only marginally faster when played with dual GT 750Ms are usually missing a profile for the driver, which is necessary for the SLI setup to reach the full potential. Nvidia needs to implement such a profile for each and every game. In addition to some lesser-known games, brand new games are also sometimes not included yet. We checked 32 games and only found Dirt: Showdown and Company of Heroes 2 to be affected - not bad considering that AMD's drivers support is spotty. 

5.9
Windows 8 Experience Index
Processor
Calculations per second
7.5
Memory (RAM)
Memory operations per second
7.5
Graphics
Desktop performance for Windows Aero
7.6
Gaming graphics
3D business and gaming graphics
7.6
Primary hard disk
Disk data transfer rate
5.9

GPU Performance

With updated drivers, the GeForce GT 750M SLI is no slouch: the IdeaPad Y510p managed 44.3 fps during the Unigine Heaven 3.0 Benchmark (1920x1080, high, tessellation normal) - usually, only expensive high-end notebooks are capable of this kind of performance. Based on the results, the GT 750M SLI-combo sits between the GeForce GTX 675MX (40.9 fps, Schenker XMG P502) and the GeForce GTX 770M (49.5 fps, One K73-3N).

While the GeForce GTX 765M is about 20% slower (36.0 fps, Schenker W503), the  GeForce GT 750M with DDR3 VRAM lags behind by 50% (22.3 fps, One K56-3F). The SLI combo does not stand a chance against the high-end GeForce GTX 780M (75.9 fps, One K56-3N2). Two GTX 765M GPUs also offer 50% more performance (66.7 fps, Schenker XMG P723). Considering the price of the IdeaPad Y510p, we do not see a reason to complain: few notebooks offer this much value for the money.

The result of the Fire Strike test - part of the 3DMark 13 benchmark suite - is also convincing. With a score of 3703 points (GPU score), the GT 750M places ahead of the GeForce GTX 765M (2638 points, Asus G750JW) and the GeForce GTX 675MX (2831 points, Schenker XMG P502). AMD's top performer, the Radeon HD 7970M, scores 27% higher (4694 points, Schenker XMG P502). The GeForce GTX 680M ‘only’ offers about 12% more performance (4146 points, IbuyPower Valkyrie CZ) - another indication that the price-performance ratio is quite outstanding.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU (sort by value)
GeForce GT 750M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4700MQ
Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p
4634 Points ∼20%
GeForce GT 650M SLI (310.90) / Core i7-3630QM
Lenovo IdeaPad Y500
3612 Points ∼16% -22%
GeForce GTX 765M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker XMG P723
7897 Points ∼35% +70%
GeForce GTX 765M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
4103 Points ∼18% -11%
GeForce GTX 770M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
5187 Points ∼23% +12%
GeForce GTX 780M (311.27) / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
7913 Points ∼35% +71%
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - 1280x1024 high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 AA:off AF:1x (sort by value)
GeForce GT 750M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4700MQ
Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p
56.7 fps ∼31%
GeForce GT 650M SLI (310.90) / Core i7-3630QM
Lenovo IdeaPad Y500
47.6 fps ∼26% -16%
GeForce GTX 765M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker XMG P723
95.3 fps ∼51% +68%
GeForce GTX 765M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
49.7 fps ∼27% -12%
GeForce GTX 770M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
65.5 fps ∼35% +16%
GeForce GTX 780M (311.27) / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
100.5 fps ∼54% +77%
3D Mark
3DMark 06
 1280x1024
17875 points
3DMark Vantage16142 points
3DMark 114542 points
3DMark Ice Storm83684 points
3DMark Cloud Gate12684 points
3DMark Fire Strike3143 points
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Storage Devices

We have mixed feelings about the small SSD drive with a capacity of 24 GB. On one side, the notebook boots quickly - not unlike systems with large Solid State Drives. Unfortunately, the LITEONIT LSS-24L6G only functions as ExpressCache and is therefore not accessible directly. Since the Operating System is housed on the 1000 GB HDD drive, the overall performance is more on par with a conventional hard drive.

As far as HDD are concerned, the Samsung Spinpoint M8 HN-M101MBB is a good, but not a stellar choice. The 5400 RPM drive is less noisy than a lot of competitors, but the user should not expect the performance of a 7200 RPM or a hybrid hard drive (although the differences are not that significant). CrystalDiskMark showed a speed of 88 MB/sec for sequential reads and 80 MB/sec sequential writes - both values are quite acceptable. According to HD Tune, the average access time is 17.1 ms.

Overall, the performance of the HDD should satisfy most users. Replacing the hard drive is - as we mentioned before - not overly difficult.

Samsung SpinPoint M8 HN-M101MBB
Transfer Rate Minimum: 48.4 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 181.1 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 82.3 MB/s
Access Time: 17.1 ms
Burst Rate: 147.3 MB/s
CPU Usage: 1.3 %

System Performance

The lack of a full-fledged SSD means that the benchmark scores do not surpass those of upper middle-class systems. The Y510p garnered 11262 points running the PCMark Vantage test - similar to the  Sony Vaio VPC-Z21Q9E (Core i7-2620M & Radeon HD 6650M) and the HP EliteBook 8770w (Core i7-3630QM & Quadro K4000M). Many notebooks also do not come close to the 4776 points that the review model scored running the PCMark 7 benchmark test (IdeaPad Y500: 3505 points).

PC Mark
PCMark Vantage11262 points
PCMark 74776 points
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Gaming Performance

Decent power for new games
Decent power for new games

It is not easy to summarize the gaming performance. Less demanding titles like FIFA 13Counter Strike: Global Offensive, and Dishonored run at high frame rates regardless of the settings, but resource-intensive games like Crysis 3Metro: Last Light, and Sleeping Dogs will not play perfectly at the highest settings.

According to our measurements, the SLI setup offers almost the same performance as the GeForce GTX 770M and positions itself between the dual-GPU siblings GTX 765M SLI (+36%) and GT 650M SLI (-22%), A single GTX 765M is about 20% slower - but some games play more fluently with the single GPU.

Because of the meager CPU clock speed (lack of Turbo Boost), the performance of the system lags behind at some settings and for certain games. In some cases, the older IdeaPad Y500 actually ends up being the faster system (examples are Assassin's Creed III and F1 2012 with the settings at medium-high). When playing graphic-intensive games, the GeForce GT 750M SLI compares very well against the former top models GeForce GTX 680M and Radeon HD 7970M.

Graphics Card Overall Performance
GeForce GTX 780M +48 %
GeForce GTX 765M SLI +36 %
GeForce GTX 770M +4 %
GeForce GT 750M SLI Basis (average of over 30 games)
GeForce GTX 765M -22 %
GeForce GT 650M SLI -22 %
low med.high ultra
Battlefield 3 (2011) 79.367.433.2fps
CoD: Modern Warfare 3 (2011) 144.8128.8100.1fps
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011) 92.481.658.9fps
Anno 2070 (2011) 91.763.337.9fps
Alan Wake (2012) 85.240.3fps
Mass Effect 3 (2012) 59.959.8fps
Risen 2: Dark Waters (2012) 8466.939.1fps
Diablo III (2012) 182.7179.6136fps
Dirt Showdown (2012) 101.367.123.4fps
Max Payne 3 (2012) 65.639.331.6fps
Darksiders II (2012) 149.790.1fps
Sleeping Dogs (2012) 95.670.521.1fps
Counter-Strike: GO (2012) 205.1182.4163.4fps
Guild Wars 2 (2012) 49.836.3fps
F1 2012 (2012) 928761fps
Borderlands 2 (2012) 96.393.275.3fps
Fifa 13 (2012) 332.3287.3196.3fps
Dishonored (2012) 128.3128.3119.4fps
Medal of Honor: Warfighter (2012) 100.286.640.1fps
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012) 59.959.339.7fps
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (2012) 127.695.965.2fps
Hitman: Absolution (2012) 49.142.124.9fps
Assassin´s Creed III (2012) 56.852.425.1fps
Far Cry 3 (2012) 88.153.121.7fps
Dead Space 3 (2013) 210.9154.485.2fps
Crysis 3 (2013) 74.652.519fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 142.7105.845.3fps
SimCity (2013) 53.343.123.1fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 104.194.238.9fps
Metro: Last Light (2013) 55.237.323.9fps
GRID 2 (2013) 112.4102.336.6fps
Company of Heroes 2 (2013) 27.117.78.2fps

Emissions

System Noise

Chassis fan
Chassis fan

Although the IdeaPad Y510p comes equipped with two graphics cards, the noise level is perfectly acceptable. During idle and while performing simple tasks, the system is barely audible at 31-32 dB(A) (distance of 15 centimeters/~6 inches) - the slight whooshing sound of the fan and the whirring of the HDD are not bothersome in the least.

Considering the performance level of the notebook, even 3D operation is no cause for complaint: while 38-41 dB(A) are certainly noticeable, the noise level - slightly lower than what we recorded for the IdeaPad Y500 - is still not annoying or disturbing. Louder games push the system noise in the background. The Schenker XMG A523 - equipped with the lower-performing GeForce GTX 765M - reaches a very prominent 44-49 dB(A).

Noise Level

Idle 30.6 / 31.1 / 31.7 dB(A)
Load 38.2 / 40.8 dB(A)
 
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Temperature

Stress test
Stress test (Furmark & Prime)

One of the major cons: the 15-inch system runs extremely hot - similar to the IdeaPad Y500. We measured a maximum of 48 °C (118.4 °F/ top) and 44 °C (111.2 °F/ bottom) after running our stress test with FurMark and Prime95 for one hour, which can get quite uncomfortable after a while. The notebook also heats up substantially when playing games.

Not surprisingly, even low load levels cause the system to get quite warm: almost 35 °C (95 °F) after two hours of idle time seems quite high. The competitors Clevo P150SM (Schenker W503) and P157SM (One K56-3N2) stay cooler even under maximum load.

A look at the hardware temperatures shows why the system gets so hot: the processor and the graphics card top 90 °C (194 °F/ CPUID hardware monitor) during the stress test - and the Core i7-4700MQ throttles down to 800 MHz. The second GPU had a clock speed of 135 MHz and 203 Mhz memory speed during our test. Our benchmark tests showed no evidence of throttling, however.

Max. Load
 56.5 °C56.3 °C40.4 °C 
 56.2 °C56.6 °C41.5 °C 
 42.6 °C42.9 °C35.6 °C 
Maximum: 56.6 °C
Average: 47.6 °C
36.9 °C48.9 °C51.9 °C
37.8 °C49.1 °C53.8 °C
35.2 °C39.6 °C42.3 °C
Maximum: 53.8 °C
Average: 43.9 °C
Power Supply (max.)  54.2 °C | Room Temperature 26 °C | Voltcraft IR-550

Speakers

Since Lenovo appears to have made no changes to the JBL speaker system, please check our review of the IdeaPad Y500 for more information.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Compared to the Y500, the IdeaPad Y510p comes with more powerful hardware components and thus also consumes more power - we measured between 21-32 Watts during idle (predecessor: 18-25 Watts).

Under load, the new notebook also consumes more power: our wattmeter indicated 113 Watts (compared to 104 Watts for the Y500) during the first scene of the 3DMark 06 benchmark test - despite the lack of Turbo Boost. Even under heavy load, the Y500 is less power hungry: 105 vs. 113 Watts. Before the aforementioned throttling of the CPU during the stress test, we recorded a maximum power consumption of under 150 Watts. The power adapter is therefore adequately sized to handle the load.

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.1 / 0.2 Watt
Idle 21.0 / 27.8 / 31.9 Watt
Load 112.5 / 146.1 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Life

Reader's Test
Maximum battery life (Reader's Test)
Classic Test
Minimum battery life (Classic Test)

The battery life falls short of expectations: a portable 15-inch notebooks should be capable of more than three hours away from any outlet. The IdeaPad Y500 - equipped with hardware that is more frugal and a more powerful battery - lasted about 30-60 minutes longer.

With moderate power savings enabled, we were able to surf the Internet for about 140 minutes. To stand a chance against the competition that implements Optimus technology, Lenovo needs to outfit the next model with a more powerful battery. During our tests, SLI was always active.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
2h 49min
WiFi Surfing
2h 18min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 17min

Verdict

Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p
Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p

In some ways, the IdeaPad Y510p covers the gamut from success to failure. One of the most distinguishing factors is without question Lenovo's UltraBay. 

The swappable bay allows the user to quickly adapt the notebook to the task at hand - regardless if it is watching a Blu-ray movie (insert the optical drive) or playing demanding games (replace the optical drive with the secondary GPU).

Despite the occurrence of micro stutters and the dependency on the latest drivers, the IdeaPad Y510p has the makings of a bestseller. Which other notebook sells for 1000 Euros (~$1300) and offers the performance of a system with a GeForce GTX 680M or GTX 770M graphics card? It would be hard to cram more performance into a 15-inch notebook - at least not if weight and dimensions are a concern.

In some areas, the notebook is less than perfect: high-gloss plastic parts, high temperatures, and a rather short battery life might discourage some potential buyers. The spongy touchpad and the inadequate Turbo Boost also hamper the overall score.

On the plus side, the notebook features a non-glare Full HD display with exceptional brightness. We also like the backlit keyboard, the upgradability, and the good sound system. All things considered, the IdeaPad Y510p is an interesting and recommendable multi-purpose notebook.

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In Comparison

Company of Heroes 2 - 1920x1080 Maximum / Higher / High AA:High (sort by value)
GeForce GT 750M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4700MQ
Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p
8.2 fps ∼16%
GeForce GTX 765M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker XMG P723
12.3 fps ∼24% +50%
GRID 2 - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:4xMS (sort by value)
GeForce GT 750M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4700MQ
Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p
36.6 fps ∼28%
GeForce GTX 765M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker XMG P723
56.6 fps ∼44% +55%
Metro: Last Light - 1920x1080 Very High (DX11) AF:16x (sort by value)
GeForce GT 750M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4700MQ
Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p
23.9 fps ∼30%
GeForce GTX 765M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker XMG P723
34.4 fps ∼43% +44%
BioShock Infinite - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF) (sort by value)
GeForce GT 750M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4700MQ
Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p
38.9 fps ∼30%
GeForce GTX 765M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker XMG P723
49.8 fps ∼38% +28%
GeForce GTX 765M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
23.6 fps ∼18% -39%
GeForce GTX 770M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
30.8 fps ∼24% -21%
GeForce GTX 780M (311.27) / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
46.6 fps ∼36% +20%
SimCity - 1920x1080 Ultra / High AA:on (sort by value)
GeForce GT 750M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4700MQ
Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p
23.1 fps ∼32%
GeForce GTX 765M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker XMG P723
30.3 fps ∼42% +31%
GeForce GTX 765M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
23.9 fps ∼33% +3%
GeForce GTX 770M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
29.5 fps ∼41% +28%
GeForce GTX 780M (311.27) / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
39.9 fps ∼56% +73%
Tomb Raider - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:FX AF:16x (sort by value)
GeForce GT 750M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4700MQ
Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p
45.3 fps ∼29%
GeForce GTX 765M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker XMG P723
65.1 fps ∼42% +44%
GeForce GTX 765M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
31.7 fps ∼20% -30%
GeForce GTX 770M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
41.9 fps ∼27% -8%
GeForce GTX 780M (311.27) / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
65.3 fps ∼42% +44%
Crysis 3 - 1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:2xSM AF:16x (sort by value)
GeForce GT 750M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4700MQ
Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p
19 fps ∼32%
GeForce GTX 765M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker XMG P723
23.4 fps ∼39% +23%
GeForce GTX 765M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
14.2 fps ∼24% -25%
GeForce GTX 770M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
19.3 fps ∼32% +2%
GeForce GTX 780M (311.27) / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
29.3 fps ∼49% +54%
Dead Space 3 - 1920x1080 Very High Preset (sort by value)
GeForce GT 750M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4700MQ
Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p
85.2 fps ∼34%
GeForce GTX 765M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker XMG P723
100.8 fps ∼40% +18%
GeForce GTX 765M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
70.4 fps ∼28% -17%
GeForce GTX 770M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
93 fps ∼37% +9%
GeForce GTX 780M (311.27) / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
144.2 fps ∼57% +69%
Far Cry 3 - 1920x1080 DX11 Ultra Preset (HDAO, Enhanced Alpha To Coverage) AA:4x MS (sort by value)
GeForce GT 750M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4700MQ
Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p
21.7 fps ∼29%
GeForce GT 650M SLI (310.90) / Core i7-3630QM
Lenovo IdeaPad Y500
15.6 fps ∼21% -28%
GeForce GTX 765M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker XMG P723
30.6 fps ∼41% +41%
GeForce GTX 765M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
14.4 fps ∼19% -34%
GeForce GTX 770M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
20 fps ∼27% -8%
GeForce GTX 780M (311.27) / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
30.4 fps ∼41% +40%
Assassin´s Creed III - 1920x1080 Very High (sort by value)
GeForce GT 750M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4700MQ
Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p
25.1 fps ∼47%
GeForce GT 650M SLI (310.90) / Core i7-3630QM
Lenovo IdeaPad Y500
22.2 fps ∼41% -12%
GeForce GTX 765M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker XMG P723
37.3 fps ∼69% +49%
GeForce GTX 765M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
22.8 fps ∼42% -9%
GeForce GTX 770M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
30.5 fps ∼57% +22%
GeForce GTX 780M (311.27) / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
42.6 fps ∼79% +70%
Hitman: Absolution - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:4xMS AF:16x (sort by value)
GeForce GT 750M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4700MQ
Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p
24.9 fps ∼33%
GeForce GT 650M SLI (310.90) / Core i7-3630QM
Lenovo IdeaPad Y500
19.1 fps ∼25% -23%
GeForce GTX 765M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker XMG P723
29.3 fps ∼38% +18%
GeForce GTX 765M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
13.4 fps ∼18% -46%
GeForce GTX 770M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
21.2 fps ∼28% -15%
GeForce GTX 780M (311.27) / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
33.8 fps ∼44% +36%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 - 1920x1080 (Extra) High / On, FXAA AA:4xMS (sort by value)
GeForce GT 750M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4700MQ
Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p
65.2 fps ∼41%
GeForce GT 650M SLI (310.90) / Core i7-3630QM
Lenovo IdeaPad Y500
55.3 fps ∼35% -15%
GeForce GTX 765M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker XMG P723
94.9 fps ∼60% +46%
GeForce GTX 765M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
50 fps ∼32% -23%
GeForce GTX 770M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
66.1 fps ∼42% +1%
GeForce GTX 780M (311.27) / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
95.1 fps ∼60% +46%
Need for Speed: Most Wanted - 1920x1080 High / On (sort by value)
GeForce GT 750M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4700MQ
Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p
39.7 fps ∼66%
GeForce GT 650M SLI (310.90) / Core i7-3630QM
Lenovo IdeaPad Y500
17.4 fps ∼29% -56%
GeForce GTX 765M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker XMG P723
59.8 fps ∼100% +51%
GeForce GTX 765M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
38.3 fps ∼64% -4%
GeForce GTX 770M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
46.9 fps ∼78% +18%
GeForce GTX 780M (311.27) / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
59.9 fps ∼100% +51%
Medal of Honor: Warfighter - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:4xMS AF:16x (sort by value)
GeForce GT 750M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4700MQ
Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p
40.1 fps ∼50%
GeForce GT 650M SLI (310.90) / Core i7-3630QM
Lenovo IdeaPad Y500
31.2 fps ∼39% -22%
GeForce GTX 765M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker XMG P723
49.6 fps ∼62% +24%
GeForce GTX 765M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
24.7 fps ∼31% -38%
GeForce GTX 770M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
36 fps ∼45% -10%
GeForce GTX 780M (311.27) / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
54.8 fps ∼68% +37%
Dishonored - 1920x1080 High / On, FOV: 75 AA:FX (sort by value)
GeForce GT 750M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4700MQ
Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p
119.4 fps ∼92%
GeForce GT 650M SLI (310.90) / Core i7-3630QM
Lenovo IdeaPad Y500
95.8 fps ∼74% -20%
GeForce GTX 765M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker XMG P723
128.3 fps ∼99% +7%
GeForce GTX 765M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
80 fps ∼62% -33%
GeForce GTX 770M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
108.7 fps ∼84% -9%
GeForce GTX 780M (311.27) / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
125 fps ∼96% +5%
Fifa 13 - 1920x1080 High AA:4xMS (sort by value)
GeForce GT 750M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4700MQ
Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p
196.3 fps ∼49%
GeForce GT 650M SLI (310.90) / Core i7-3630QM
Lenovo IdeaPad Y500
194.4 fps ∼49% -1%
GeForce GTX 765M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker XMG P723
305.4 fps ∼76% +56%
GeForce GTX 765M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
237.4 fps ∼59% +21%
GeForce GTX 770M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
291.9 fps ∼73% +49%
GeForce GTX 780M (311.27) / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
307.7 fps ∼77% +57%
Borderlands 2 - 1920x1080 (Ultra) High / On (PhysX low) AA:FX AF:8x (sort by value)
GeForce GT 750M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4700MQ
Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p
75.3 fps ∼60%
GeForce GT 650M SLI (310.90) / Core i7-3630QM
Lenovo IdeaPad Y500
59.9 fps ∼47% -20%
GeForce GTX 765M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker XMG P723
90.4 fps ∼72% +20%
GeForce GTX 765M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
47.7 fps ∼38% -37%
GeForce GTX 770M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
64.3 fps ∼51% -15%
GeForce GTX 780M (311.27) / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
83.3 fps ∼66% +11%
F1 2012 - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:4xMS (sort by value)
GeForce GT 750M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4700MQ
Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p
61 fps ∼56%
GeForce GT 650M SLI (310.90) / Core i7-3630QM
Lenovo IdeaPad Y500
53 fps ∼49% -13%
GeForce GTX 765M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker XMG P723
99 fps ∼91% +62%
GeForce GTX 765M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
57 fps ∼52% -7%
GeForce GTX 770M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
76 fps ∼70% +25%
GeForce GTX 780M (311.27) / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
100 fps ∼92% +64%
Guild Wars 2 - 1920x1080 All Maximum / On AA:FX (sort by value)
GeForce GT 750M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4700MQ
Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p
36.3 fps ∼46%
GeForce GT 650M SLI (310.90) / Core i7-3630QM
Lenovo IdeaPad Y500
23.2 fps ∼30% -36%
GeForce GTX 765M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker XMG P723
42.3 fps ∼54% +17%
GeForce GTX 765M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
21.8 fps ∼28% -40%
GeForce GTX 770M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
28.6 fps ∼37% -21%
GeForce GTX 780M (311.27) / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
41.2 fps ∼53% +13%
Counter-Strike: GO - 1920x1080 (Very) High, FXAA AA:4x MS AF:8x (sort by value)
GeForce GT 750M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4700MQ
Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p
163.4 fps ∼58%
GeForce GT 650M SLI (310.90) / Core i7-3630QM
Lenovo IdeaPad Y500
138.7 fps ∼50% -15%
GeForce GTX 765M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker XMG P723
196.5 fps ∼70% +20%
GeForce GTX 765M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
106.9 fps ∼38% -35%
GeForce GTX 770M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
150.9 fps ∼54% -8%
GeForce GTX 780M (311.27) / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
194 fps ∼69% +19%
Sleeping Dogs - 1920x1080 Extreme Preset AA:Extreme (sort by value)
GeForce GT 750M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4700MQ
Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p
21.1 fps ∼29%
GeForce GT 650M SLI (310.90) / Core i7-3630QM
Lenovo IdeaPad Y500
13.6 fps ∼19% -36%
GeForce GTX 765M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker XMG P723
33.8 fps ∼47% +60%
GeForce GTX 765M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
14.2 fps ∼20% -33%
GeForce GTX 770M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
19.3 fps ∼27% -9%
GeForce GTX 780M (311.27) / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
30.8 fps ∼43% +46%
Darksiders II - 1920x1080 2/4 Shadows, No Ambient Occlusion, AA:Low (sort by value)
GeForce GT 750M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4700MQ
Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p
90.1 fps ∼46%
GeForce GT 650M SLI (310.90) / Core i7-3630QM
Lenovo IdeaPad Y500
69.8 fps ∼36% -23%
GeForce GTX 765M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker XMG P723
116.3 fps ∼59% +29%
GeForce GTX 765M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
66.4 fps ∼34% -26%
GeForce GTX 770M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
91.3 fps ∼47% +1%
GeForce GTX 780M (311.27) / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
136.9 fps ∼70% +52%
Max Payne 3 - 1920x1080 Very High, DX11 AA:Very High FX AF:8x (sort by value)
GeForce GT 750M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4700MQ
Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p
31.6 fps ∼37%
GeForce GT 650M SLI (310.90) / Core i7-3630QM
Lenovo IdeaPad Y500
26.1 fps ∼31% -17%
GeForce GTX 765M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker XMG P723
55.3 fps ∼65% +75%
GeForce GTX 765M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
29.6 fps ∼35% -6%
GeForce GTX 770M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
37.1 fps ∼44% +17%
GeForce GTX 780M (311.27) / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
54.5 fps ∼64% +72%
Dirt Showdown - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:4xMS (sort by value)
GeForce GT 750M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4700MQ
Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p
23.4 fps ∼27%
GeForce GT 650M SLI (310.90) / Core i7-3630QM
Lenovo IdeaPad Y500
19.2 fps ∼22% -18%
GeForce GTX 765M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker XMG P723
34.1 fps ∼39% +46%
GeForce GTX 765M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
34.9 fps ∼40% +49%
GeForce GTX 770M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
45.2 fps ∼52% +93%
GeForce GTX 780M (311.27) / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
66.4 fps ∼76% +184%
Diablo III - 1920x1080 High AA:on (sort by value)
GeForce GT 750M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4700MQ
Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p
136 fps ∼52%
GeForce GT 650M SLI (310.90) / Core i7-3630QM
Lenovo IdeaPad Y500
106.7 fps ∼41% -22%
GeForce GTX 765M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker XMG P723
173.4 fps ∼67% +28%
GeForce GTX 765M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
104.3 fps ∼40% -23%
GeForce GTX 770M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
141.3 fps ∼54% +4%
GeForce GTX 780M (311.27) / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
188 fps ∼72% +38%
Risen 2: Dark Waters - 1920x1080 Ultra / on AA:on AF:8x (sort by value)
GeForce GT 750M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4700MQ
Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p
39.1 fps ∼48%
GeForce GT 650M SLI (310.90) / Core i7-3630QM
Lenovo IdeaPad Y500
29.8 fps ∼36% -24%
GeForce GTX 765M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker XMG P723
46.4 fps ∼57% +19%
GeForce GTX 765M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
24.3 fps ∼30% -38%
GeForce GTX 770M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
35.6 fps ∼43% -9%
GeForce GTX 780M (311.27) / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
53.8 fps ∼66% +38%
Alan Wake - 1920x1080 High Preset AA:4x AF:8x (sort by value)
GeForce GT 750M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4700MQ
Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p
40.3 fps ∼47%
GeForce GT 650M SLI (310.90) / Core i7-3630QM
Lenovo IdeaPad Y500
30.8 fps ∼36% -24%
GeForce GTX 765M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker XMG P723
44.3 fps ∼51% +10%
GeForce GTX 765M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
24.1 fps ∼28% -40%
GeForce GTX 770M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
35.2 fps ∼41% -13%
GeForce GTX 780M (311.27) / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
54.1 fps ∼62% +34%
Anno 2070 - 1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:on AF:4x (sort by value)
GeForce GT 750M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4700MQ
Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p
37.9 fps ∼31%
GeForce GT 650M SLI (310.90) / Core i7-3630QM
Lenovo IdeaPad Y500
30.5 fps ∼25% -20%
GeForce GTX 765M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker XMG P723
64.3 fps ∼52% +70%
GeForce GTX 765M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
36.1 fps ∼29% -5%
GeForce GTX 770M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
47.2 fps ∼39% +25%
GeForce GTX 780M (311.27) / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
72.6 fps ∼59% +92%
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:8x AF:16x (sort by value)
GeForce GT 750M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4700MQ
Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p
58.9 fps ∼67%
GeForce GT 650M SLI (310.90) / Core i7-3630QM
Lenovo IdeaPad Y500
45.4 fps ∼52% -23%
GeForce GTX 765M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker XMG P723
64.7 fps ∼74% +10%
GeForce GTX 765M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
35.4 fps ∼41% -40%
GeForce GTX 770M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
49 fps ∼56% -17%
GeForce GTX 780M (311.27) / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
68.3 fps ∼78% +16%
CoD: Modern Warfare 3 - 1920x1080 Extra, all on, Image Quality: Native AA:4x (sort by value)
GeForce GT 750M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4700MQ
Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p
100.1 fps ∼63%
GeForce GT 650M SLI (310.90) / Core i7-3630QM
Lenovo IdeaPad Y500
73.6 fps ∼46% -26%
GeForce GTX 765M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker XMG P723
121.7 fps ∼77% +22%
GeForce GTX 765M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
63.6 fps ∼40% -36%
GeForce GTX 770M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
91.4 fps ∼58% -9%
GeForce GTX 780M (311.27) / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
117.3 fps ∼74% +17%
Battlefield 3 - 1920x1080 ultra AA:4x MS AF:16x (sort by value)
GeForce GT 750M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4700MQ
Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p
33.2 fps ∼32%
GeForce GT 650M SLI (310.90) / Core i7-3630QM
Lenovo IdeaPad Y500
26.8 fps ∼26% -19%
GeForce GTX 765M SLI (320.49) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker XMG P723
43 fps ∼42% +30%
GeForce GTX 765M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
Schenker W503
22.1 fps ∼22% -33%
GeForce GTX 770M (311.27) / Core i7-4800MQ
One K73-3N
32.6 fps ∼32% -2%
GeForce GTX 780M (311.27) / Core i7-4700MQ
One K56-3N2
50 fps ∼49% +51%
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In Review: Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p (Herstellerfoto)

Specifications

Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M SLI - 2x 2048 MB, Core: 967 MHz, Memory: 2500 MHz, GDDR5, ForceWare 320.49
Memory
8192 MB 
, SO-DIMM DDR3-RAM PC3-12800 (1600 MHz), 2 slots, max. 16 GB
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel, LG LP156WF1-TLB2 (LGD02D9), TN LED, 15.6-inch FullHD, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM86 (Lynx Point)
Harddisk
Samsung SpinPoint M8 HN-M101MBB, 1000 GB 
5400 rpm + LITEONIT LSS-24L6G, 24 GB SSD (ExpressCache)
Soundcard
Realtek ALC282 @ Intel Lynx Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: microphone, headphone (S/PDIF), Card Reader: SD,SDHC,SDXC,MMC,MS,MS Pro, UltraBay
Networking
Qualcomm Atheros AR8171/8175 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2230 (b g n ), 4.0 Bluetooth
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 39 x 387 x 259 ( = 1.54 x 15.24 x 10.2 in)
Weight
2.894 kg ( = 102.08 oz) Power Supply: 676 g ( = 23.85 oz)
Battery
62 Wh Lithium-Ion, 5800mAh, 10.8V, 6 cells, 310 grams
Price
1100 Euro
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8 64 Bit
Additional features
Webcam: HD (720p), Speakers: 2.0 (JBL, Dolby Home Theater v4), Keyboard: AccuType, Keyboard Light: yes, Power adapter: 170 Watt, Setup Poster, Office 365 Trial, CyberLink PowerDVD 10, 24 Months Warranty

 

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At first glance, the Y510p looks very upscale...
At first glance, the Y510p looks very upscale...
...but delicate high-gloss elements hamper the overall impression.
...but delicate high-gloss elements hamper the overall impression.
The system weighs 2.9 kilogram including the battery.
The system weighs 2.9 kilogram including the battery.
The keys are rimmed in red and highly visible.
The keys are rimmed in red and highly visible.
Opening the cover on the bottom requires brute force.
Opening the cover on the bottom requires brute force.
The dark surface areas show dirt easily.
The dark surface areas show dirt easily.
The opening angle of the lid is average (~130°).
The opening angle of the lid is average (~130°).
The height in the back: about four centimeters.
The height in the back: about four centimeters.
Thumbs up: Lenovo replaced the glossy display with a non-glare version.
Thumbs up: Lenovo replaced the glossy display with a non-glare version.
The lid is textured and fairly plain.
The lid is textured and fairly plain.
The display bezel could be a bit smaller.
The display bezel could be a bit smaller.
Some components are replaceable.
Some components are replaceable.
Overall build quality is good...
Overall build quality is good...
...although some areas are not that sturdy.
...although some areas are not that sturdy.
The heat from the exhaust fan can be annoying when an external mouse is used.
The heat from the exhaust fan can be annoying when an external mouse is used.
Nine screws secure the bottom cover.
Nine screws secure the bottom cover.
The processor and (main) graphics card are not accessible.
The processor and (main) graphics card are not accessible.
The red fan is for the secondary GPU.
The red fan is for the secondary GPU.
The ExpressCache accelerates the system.
The ExpressCache accelerates the system.
One DDR3 RAM slot is free so the RAM can be expanded to 16 GByte.
One DDR3 RAM slot is free so the RAM can be expanded to 16 GByte.
Very common: a Centrino Wireless-N 2230 module.
Very common: a Centrino Wireless-N 2230 module.
Windows is installed on a traditional HDD.
Windows is installed on a traditional HDD.
The battery insert on the back.
The battery insert on the back.
Without the battery, the notebook weighs 300 grams less.
Without the battery, the notebook weighs 300 grams less.
62 Wh is a decent capacity.
62 Wh is a decent capacity.
Dual-GPU systems can lead to heated discussions.
Dual-GPU systems can lead to heated discussions.
Aside from micro-stuttering, the dependency on drivers is annoying.
Aside from micro-stuttering, the dependency on drivers is annoying.
The display bezel is a dust magnet.
The display bezel is a dust magnet.
The explanation on the bottom describing how to access the UltraBay.
The explanation on the bottom describing how to access the UltraBay.
The corresponding latches.
The corresponding latches.
The keyboard has few flaws.
The keyboard has few flaws.
The sound quality is above average.
The sound quality is above average.
We really like the layout.
We really like the layout.
JBL promises good sound.
JBL promises good sound.
The special functions are arranged logically.
The special functions are arranged logically.
The Y510p features up-to-date hardware.
The Y510p features up-to-date hardware.
This ClickPad won't satisfy most users.
This ClickPad won't satisfy most users.
The notebook supports Dolby Home Theater v4.
The notebook supports Dolby Home Theater v4.
The card reader is located on the front.
The card reader is located on the front.
On the right side: two audio jacks and a USB 2.0 port.
On the right side: two audio jacks and a USB 2.0 port.
A Kensington lock slot under the speaker.
A Kensington lock slot under the speaker.
The left key triggers a special boot menu or the recovery program.
The left key triggers a special boot menu or the recovery program.
The port selection is carried over from the Y500.
The port selection is carried over from the Y500.
Buyers have to contend with a massive power adapter.
Buyers have to contend with a massive power adapter.

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Price Comparison

Pro

+Easy to maintain and upgrade
+Noise is well controlled
+Outstanding performance
+Matte Full-HD screen
+Backlit keyboard
+Easy recovery
+JBL speakers
+Ingenious UltraBay
+ExpressCache
+Fair price
+2x USB 3.0
 

Cons

-No CPU Turbo under heavy load
-Delicate high-gloss elements
-Port distribution far from ideal
-High temps
-Throttling under maximum load
-Not a lot of accessories included
-Battery life could be better
-Wobbly touchpad
-Micro-stuttering is an issue
-Large power adapter

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What we like

Display and sound quality are both very good. Other manufacturers should take a look at the design of the UltraBay. 

What we'd like to see

A cooler chassis, matte surfaces, and a longer battery life.

What surprises us

The Turbo for the CPU is frequently not active when playing games. The price-performance ratio, on the other hand, is very good.

The competition

15-inch multi-purpose systems with high-end status like the Samsung 770Z5E or the Schenker XMG A523.

Rating

Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p
07/14/2013 v3
Florian Glaser

Chassis
80%
Keyboard
80%
Pointing Device
68%
Connectivity
74%
Weight
75%
Battery
69%
Display
84%
Games Performance
92%
Application Performance
95%
Temperature
70%
Noise
84%
Add Points
82%
Average
79%
82%
Gaming *
Weighted Average
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Author: Florian Glaser, 2013-07-21 (Update: 2013-07-25)