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Lenovo Legion Y530 (i7-8750H, GTX1060) Laptop Review

Mike Wobker (translated by Andreas Osthoff), 12/16/2018

Makes a lot of wind. The Lenovo Legion Y530 does not waste much time with questions about the design, but delivers a lot of performance for an affordable price instead. After the review of the GTX 1050 Ti SKU, we now have a look at the model with the more powerful GTX 1060. What can users expect from this laptop?

Lenovo Legion Y530-1060

The Lenovo Legion Y530 turned out to be a powerful gaming laptop in our previous review, which had no problems maintaining its performance even for prolonged periods. The few drawbacks mainly focused around the port selection, the slow SSD, and the limited color gamut of the display.

The case is still the  same, so potential buyers still have to live without a card reader and both the screen as well as the SSD look better on paper. The performance has also increased thanks to the Intel Core i7-8750H CPU in combination with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 and 16 GB of dual-channel memory. Data can be stored on either a 256 GB SSD or on a 2 TB mechanical hard drive.

We will obviously compare the Legion Y530 with the GTX 1050 Ti SKU and other gaming laptops in this segment. Our comparison group includes the Medion Erazer P6705, HP's Pavilion Gaming 15, the MSI P65 Creator 8RF, Razer's Blade 15, and the Lenovo Legion Y7000.

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Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH (Legion Y530 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) - 6144 MB, Core: 1405 MHz, Memory: 2002 MHz, GDDR5, NVIDIA 416.30, UHD Graphics 630
Memory
16384 MB 
, Dual-Channel
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, LG Display LP156WFG-SPB2, IPS, 144 Hz, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM370
Storage
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ, 256 GB 
, + Seagate ST2000LM007-1R8174 (2 TB HDD), 2000 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Cannon Lake-H/S - cAVS (Audio, Voice, Speech)
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: combined stereo jak, USB Type-C
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.1
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 24 x 365 x 260 ( = 0.94 x 14.37 x 10.24 in)
Battery
52 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 0.9 MP, 16:9, 1280 x 720
Additional features
Speakers: Harman speakers with Dolby Audio, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.3 kg ( = 81.13 oz / 5.07 pounds), Power Supply: 670 g ( = 23.63 oz / 1.48 pounds)
Price
1600 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case - Gaming laptop with bezel-less design

The case of the Lenovo Legion Y530 has not changed, so we recommend our previous review of the base model of the Legion Y530 (Core i5-8300H, GTX 1050 Ti) for a more detailed description of the gaming laptop.

Lenovo Legion Y530-1060
Lenovo Legion Y530-1060
Lenovo Legion Y530-1060
Lenovo Legion Y530-1060
Lenovo Legion Y530-1060
Lenovo Legion Y530-1060

Size Comparison

Connectivity - Lenovo notebook with USB Type-C

The Lenovo Legion Y530 offers a sufficient number of ports, which are primarily located at the rear of the gaming laptop. This leaves plenty of space for an external mouse on both sides of the device. Lenovo's laptop does not stand out from the competition in this section, except for the Mini-DisplayPort.

Front: No ports
Front: No ports
Right: 1x USB 3.1, combined stereo jack
Right: 1x USB 3.1, combined stereo jack
Rear: 1x USB 3.1 Type-C, Mini-DisplayPort, 1x USB 3.1, HDMI, Gigabit LAN, power, Kensington Lock
Rear: 1x USB 3.1 Type-C, Mini-DisplayPort, 1x USB 3.1, HDMI, Gigabit LAN, power, Kensington Lock
Left: 1x USB 3.1
Left: 1x USB 3.1

Communication

The Lenovo Legion Y530 can establish wireless connections via Bluetooth 4.1 and Wi-Fi according to the standards 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac. However, we determined mediocre transfer rates of just 293 Mbps receiving and 144 Mbps sending, respectively, in our test. This means that the Y530 is at the bottom of our comparison group and well-below the average for this segment.

Comparison to the base model of the Lenovo Legion Y530 (Core i5-8300H, GTX 1050 Ti) in particular shows that the manufacturer has used a significantly slower WLAN chip for this SKU.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Medion Erazer P6705-MD61131
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
689 MBit/s ∼100% +135%
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
666 MBit/s ∼97% +127%
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
663 MBit/s ∼96% +126%
Lenovo Legion Y7000P-1060
Realtek RTL8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCIe Adapter
628 MBit/s ∼91% +114%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
Realtek RTL8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCIe Adapter
624 (min: 509, max: 654) MBit/s ∼91% +113%
Average of class Gaming
  (141 - 702, n=182)
595 MBit/s ∼86% +103%
MSI P65 8RF-451 - Creator
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
585 (min: 484, max: 680) MBit/s ∼85% +100%
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
293 (min: 186, max: 315) MBit/s ∼43%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
Realtek RTL8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCIe Adapter
655 (min: 646, max: 660) MBit/s ∼100% +355%
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
653 MBit/s ∼100% +353%
Lenovo Legion Y7000P-1060
Realtek RTL8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCIe Adapter
640 MBit/s ∼98% +344%
Medion Erazer P6705-MD61131
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
636 MBit/s ∼97% +342%
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
632 MBit/s ∼96% +339%
Average of class Gaming
  (144 - 721, n=182)
535 MBit/s ∼82% +272%
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
144 (min: 113, max: 190) MBit/s ∼22%

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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø293 (186-315)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø144 (113-190)

Accessories

The box of the Lenovo Legion Y530 includes just the 170-W power adapter.

Maintenance

We recommend our review of the Lenovo Legion Y530 (Core i5-8300H, GTX 1050 Ti) for a description of the maintenance options.

Warranty

Lenovo offers a 24-month warranty for the Legion Y530.

Input Devices - Good gaming keyboard with illumination

The input devices are identical to those of the Lenovo Legion Y530 (Core i5-8300H, GTX 1050 Ti) that we reviewed previously.

Display - Lenovo Legion Y530 with 144 Hz display

Subpixel array
Subpixel array

The Lenovo Legion Y530 is equipped with a 15.6-inch IPS panel with the Full HD resolution (1920x1080 pixels) and 144 Hz refresh rate. We determined an average luminance of 284 cd/m² for the gaming laptop, which is slightly higher compared to other rivals. The brightness distribution, however, is slightly below average at 83 percent.

Lenovo also offers the Y530 with a 60 Hz screen.

290
cd/m²
286
cd/m²
310
cd/m²
274
cd/m²
305
cd/m²
292
cd/m²
256
cd/m²
271
cd/m²
273
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 310 cd/m² Average: 284.1 cd/m² Minimum: 31 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 83 %
Center on Battery: 308 cd/m²
Contrast: 587:1 (Black: 0.52 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.63 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.2, calibrated: 1.31
ΔE Greyscale 4.77 | 0.64-98 Ø6.4
93% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 59% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.54
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
LG Display LP156WFG-SPB2, , 1920x1080, 15.6
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
BOE07A1, , 1920x1080, 15.6
Lenovo Legion Y7000P-1060
BOE NV156FHM-N61, , 1920x1080, 15.6
Medion Erazer P6705-MD61131
AU Optronics B156HTN03.8 (AUO38ED), , 1920x1080, 15.6
MSI P65 8RF-451 - Creator
AU Optronics B156HAN08.0 (AUO80ED), , 1920x1080, 15.6
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
BOE NV156FHM-N61, , 1920x1080, 15.6
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
B156HAN02.1, , 1920x1080, 15.6
Response Times
-198%
-206%
-122%
-4%
-191%
-193%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
15 (8, 7)
47 (23, 24)
-213%
42.8 (22.4, 20.4)
-185%
44.8 (23.6, 21.2)
-199%
16 (9, 7)
-7%
39.2 (19.6, 19.6)
-161%
43.6 (19.2, 24.4)
-191%
Response Time Black / White *
11 (7, 4)
31 (17, 14)
-182%
36 (19.6, 16.4)
-227%
16 (10, 6)
-45%
11 (7, 4)
-0%
35.2 (20.4, 14.8)
-220%
32.4 (18, 14.4)
-195%
PWM Frequency
208 (90)
21740 (99)
21190 (99)
Screen
7%
-17%
-71%
-5%
-5%
-36%
Brightness middle
305
241
-21%
312.9
3%
200
-34%
235
-23%
273.6
-10%
282.8
-7%
Brightness
284
236
-17%
296
4%
186
-35%
235
-17%
262
-8%
264
-7%
Brightness Distribution
83
75
-10%
88
6%
85
2%
85
2%
86
4%
88
6%
Black Level *
0.52
0.15
71%
0.37
29%
0.43
17%
0.22
58%
0.3
42%
0.42
19%
Contrast
587
1607
174%
846
44%
465
-21%
1068
82%
912
55%
673
15%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.63
4.85
-34%
5.49
-51%
11.39
-214%
2.82
22%
3.22
11%
4.93
-36%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
8.18
8.82
-8%
8.78
-7%
19.36
-137%
4.82
41%
7.61
7%
17.65
-116%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.31
3.99
-205%
3.05
-133%
4.88
-273%
4.1
-213%
4.07
-211%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.77
5.15
-8%
4.7
1%
11.73
-146%
2.32
51%
1.4
71%
3.8
20%
Gamma
2.54 87%
2.49 88%
2.29 96%
1.97 112%
2.49 88%
2.24 98%
2.449 90%
CCT
7500 87%
7042 92%
6779 96%
12614 52%
6310 103%
6636 98%
6112 106%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
59
38
-36%
56.3
-5%
35
-41%
59
0%
56.4
-4%
36
-39%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
93
59
-37%
86.1
-7%
55
-41%
92
-1%
86.2
-7%
57
-39%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-96% / -27%
-112% / -46%
-97% / -79%
-5% / -5%
-98% / -33%
-115% / -60%

* ... smaller is better

vs. sRGB - 93%
vs. sRGB - 93%
vs. AdobeRGB - 59%
vs. AdobeRGB - 59%

Further measurements with an X-Rite colorimeter reveal a mediocre contrast ratio of 587:1 with an increased black value of 0.52 cd/m². Comparable gaming laptops are often much better in this respect, so our test model is only on the penultimate place within our comparison group. The color gamut on the other hand is superior to the rivals at 93 percent sRGB and 59 percent AdobeRGB.

Our CalMAN analysis also shows a distinct blue cast ex-works, which can be removed with our calibration. The according ICC file is attached in the display box above.

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN - ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps (calibrated)
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps (calibrated)
CalMAN - Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN - Grayscale (calibrated)

The brightness of the panel is sufficient outdoors as long as you use the Lenovo Legion Y530 in the shade. You can still see picture contents on cloudy days, but you should avoid direct sunlight.

Outdoor use
Outdoor use
Outdoor use
Outdoor use

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
11 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 7 ms rise
↘ 4 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 7 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (25.7 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
15 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 8 ms rise
↘ 7 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 6 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (41 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: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9173 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

The IPS screen of the Legion Y530 offers wide viewing angles. You can see the contents from almost every angle without picture or color distortions.

Viewing angle stability
Viewing angle stability

Performance - Good system performance for Lenovo's laptop

We review the Lenovo Legion Y530 with an Intel Core i7-8750H CPU and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU. The memory equipment consists of 16 GB of dual-channel RAM, a 256 GB SSD, and a 2 TB HDD. This configuration should be powerful enough for smooth frame rates at high details in the majority of modern games.

The base model of the Legion Y530 with the Intel Core i5-8300H and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti that we reviewed before is more affordable.

 

Processor

The Intel Core i7-8750H is a hexa-core processor, which was released at the beginning of 2018. It runs at a base frequency of 2.2 GHz with a maximum Turbo clock of up to 4.1 GHz and can execute up to 12 threads simultaneously. How long it runs at these higher clocks depends mainly on the cooling performance. The power consumption is comparatively high at 45 W, but can be reduced by the manufacturer all the way down to 35 W (cTDP down).

Our Cinebench Multi loop shows that Lenovo utilizes the potential of the Core i7-8750H very well. Comparable laptops with the same CPU are much slower than the Legion Y530. We see a performance drop of around 10 percent after a short while, but this is still better compared to the rivals with the same CPU.

The good performance of the Lenovo Legion Y530 also shows in the multi-core benchmark, where the biggest rival is the Lenovo Legion Y7000. The single-core performance is better on the rivals Razer Blade 15 and MSI P65 Creator 8RF.

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Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH Intel Core i7-8750H, Intel Core i7-8750H: Ø1118 (1106.5-1218.62)
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng Intel Core i7-8750H, Intel Core i7-8750H: Ø988 (977.49-1049.42)
Razer Blade 15 Base Model Intel Core i7-8750H, Intel Core i7-8750H: Ø864 (856.88-926.63)
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH Intel Core i5-8300H, Intel Core i5-8300H: Ø817 (804.93-829.48)
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
Intel Core i7-8750H
175 Points ∼100% 0%
MSI P65 8RF-451 - Creator
Intel Core i7-8750H
175 Points ∼100% 0%
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
Intel Core i7-8750H
175 Points ∼100%
Medion Erazer P6705-MD61131
Intel Core i7-8750H
173 Points ∼99% -1%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
Intel Core i7-8750H
173 Points ∼99% -1%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (163 - 177, n=54)
173 Points ∼99% -1%
Lenovo Legion Y7000P-1060
Intel Core i7-8750H
172 Points ∼98% -2%
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
Intel Core i5-8300H
171 Points ∼98% -2%
Average of class Gaming
  (79 - 209, n=423)
152 Points ∼87% -13%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo Legion Y7000P-1060
Intel Core i7-8750H
1196 Points ∼100% 0%
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
Intel Core i7-8750H
1192 Points ∼100%
Medion Erazer P6705-MD61131
Intel Core i7-8750H
1116 Points ∼93% -6%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (863 - 1251, n=57)
1109 Points ∼93% -7%
MSI P65 8RF-451 - Creator
Intel Core i7-8750H
1100 Points ∼92% -8%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
Intel Core i7-8750H
1049 Points ∼88% -12%
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
Intel Core i7-8750H
923 Points ∼77% -23%
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
Intel Core i5-8300H
818 Points ∼68% -31%
Average of class Gaming
  (196 - 1865, n=424)
751 Points ∼63% -37%
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
175 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
1192 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
106.6 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
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System Performance

The Lenovo Legion Y530 secures the second spot in our system performance benchmarks. Its score is above average on the PCMark 10 test, but is still beaten by Lenovo's own Legion Y7000. The Y530 is also on par with comparable devices in PCMark 8, even though the MSI P65 Creator 8RF is slightly ahead of the gaming laptop from Lenovo.

You can compare the performance of the Legion Y530 with other devices in our tech section.

PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Average Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
  (5452 - 6828, n=14)
6127 Points ∼100% +2%
Lenovo Legion Y7000P-1060
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
6013 Points ∼98% +1%
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
5983 Points ∼98%
Average of class Gaming
  (1764 - 9940, n=119)
5874 Points ∼96% -2%
MSI P65 8RF-451 - Creator
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
5793 Points ∼95% -3%
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
5417 Points ∼88% -9%
Medion Erazer P6705-MD61131
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
5258 Points ∼86% -12%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Intel Optane 16 GB MEMPEK1J016GAH + HGST HTS721010A9E630 1 TB HDD
5088 Points ∼83% -15%
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8300H, Toshiba KBG30ZMT128G
4959 Points ∼81% -17%
Productivity
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8300H, Toshiba KBG30ZMT128G
7246 Points ∼100% +3%
Lenovo Legion Y7000P-1060
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
7179 Points ∼99% +2%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
  (6917 - 7592, n=14)
7154 Points ∼99% +2%
MSI P65 8RF-451 - Creator
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
7065 Points ∼98% +1%
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
7019 Points ∼97%
Average of class Gaming
  (4175 - 8968, n=120)
6961 Points ∼96% -1%
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
6855 Points ∼95% -2%
Medion Erazer P6705-MD61131
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
6830 Points ∼94% -3%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Intel Optane 16 GB MEMPEK1J016GAH + HGST HTS721010A9E630 1 TB HDD
6739 Points ∼93% -4%
Essentials
Lenovo Legion Y7000P-1060
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
9101 Points ∼100% +5%
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
8702 Points ∼96%
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
8577 Points ∼94% -1%
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8300H, Toshiba KBG30ZMT128G
8418 Points ∼92% -3%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Intel Optane 16 GB MEMPEK1J016GAH + HGST HTS721010A9E630 1 TB HDD
8388 Points ∼92% -4%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
  (7200 - 9101, n=14)
8386 Points ∼92% -4%
Medion Erazer P6705-MD61131
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
8186 Points ∼90% -6%
Average of class Gaming
  (4892 - 10668, n=121)
7994 Points ∼88% -8%
MSI P65 8RF-451 - Creator
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
7853 Points ∼86% -10%
Score
Lenovo Legion Y7000P-1060
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
5250 Points ∼100% +2%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
  (4646 - 5525, n=14)
5132 Points ∼98% 0%
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
5125 Points ∼98%
Average of class Gaming
  (2603 - 6959, n=122)
4944 Points ∼94% -4%
MSI P65 8RF-451 - Creator
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
4910 Points ∼94% -4%
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
4896 Points ∼93% -4%
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8300H, Toshiba KBG30ZMT128G
4812 Points ∼92% -6%
Medion Erazer P6705-MD61131
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
4767 Points ∼91% -7%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Intel Optane 16 GB MEMPEK1J016GAH + HGST HTS721010A9E630 1 TB HDD
4732 Points ∼90% -8%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
MSI P65 8RF-451 - Creator
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
5651 Points ∼100% +2%
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
5543 Points ∼98%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
  (5111 - 5731, n=15)
5504 Points ∼97% -1%
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
5395 Points ∼95% -3%
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8300H, Toshiba KBG30ZMT128G
5369 Points ∼95% -3%
Medion Erazer P6705-MD61131
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
5346 Points ∼95% -4%
Lenovo Legion Y7000P-1060
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
5282 Points ∼93% -5%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Intel Optane 16 GB MEMPEK1J016GAH + HGST HTS721010A9E630 1 TB HDD
5249 Points ∼93% -5%
Average of class Gaming
  (2484 - 6515, n=317)
4931 Points ∼87% -11%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Average Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
  (4119 - 5371, n=15)
4511 Points ∼100% +2%
MSI P65 8RF-451 - Creator
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
4446 Points ∼99% 0%
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
4440 Points ∼98%
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
4425 Points ∼98% 0%
Lenovo Legion Y7000P-1060
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
4403 Points ∼98% -1%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Intel Optane 16 GB MEMPEK1J016GAH + HGST HTS721010A9E630 1 TB HDD
4259 Points ∼94% -4%
Average of class Gaming
  (2554 - 6093, n=335)
4222 Points ∼94% -5%
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8300H, Toshiba KBG30ZMT128G
4129 Points ∼92% -7%
Medion Erazer P6705-MD61131
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
4017 Points ∼89% -10%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
4440 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5543 points
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Storage Devices

The slow SSD was one of the biggest drawbacks of the Lenovo Legion Y530 (Core i5-8300H, GTX 1050 Ti). Lenovo has now fixed the problem and the drive in our test system manages good write and read transfer rates on par with comparable gaming notebooks. You also get a 2 TB hard drive in addition to the 256 GB SSD.

See our comprehensive SSD/HDD list for more comparisons.

Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
Intel Optane 16 GB MEMPEK1J016GAH + HGST HTS721010A9E630 1 TB HDD
Lenovo Legion Y7000P-1060
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
Medion Erazer P6705-MD61131
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
MSI P65 8RF-451 - Creator
Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
Toshiba KBG30ZMT128G
Average Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
-31%
-8%
11%
-16%
9%
-46%
1%
Write 4K
108.9
59.22
-46%
92.26
-15%
107
-2%
89.19
-18%
112.5
3%
71.77
-34%
107 (91.5 - 122, n=8)
-2%
Read 4K
40.23
91.32
127%
39.04
-3%
39.91
-1%
34.36
-15%
43.09
7%
41.03
2%
40.7 (39 - 43.1, n=8)
1%
Write Seq
1390
158.3
-89%
1218
-12%
1439
4%
949.4
-32%
1450
4%
349
-75%
1394 (1218 - 1528, n=8)
0%
Read Seq
964.2
879.5
-9%
755.3
-22%
2011
109%
898.9
-7%
1392
44%
735.5
-24%
1347 (755 - 2011, n=8)
40%
Write 4K Q32T1
314.2
161.8
-49%
280.7
-11%
282.1
-10%
371.4
18%
356.1
13%
105.3
-66%
277 (218 - 356, n=8)
-12%
Read 4K Q32T1
369.2
286.5
-22%
328
-11%
326.6
-12%
399
8%
406.9
10%
308
-17%
345 (304 - 407, n=8)
-7%
Write Seq Q32T1
1506
159.8
-89%
1698
13%
1441
-4%
1035.1
-31%
1451
-4%
151.4
-90%
1492 (1393 - 1698, n=8)
-1%
Read Seq Q32T1
3446
929.3
-73%
3430
0%
3516
2%
1603.3
-53%
3272
-5%
1262
-63%
3171 (1529 - 3516, n=8)
-8%
Write 4K Q8T8
760.2
1299 (1208 - 1415, n=3)
Read 4K Q8T8
810.5
717 (572 - 983, n=3)
AS SSD
-1630%
60%
19%
11%
58%
-160%
35%
Copy Game MB/s
81.65
1298.32
621.52
1069.77
823 (356 - 1298, n=5)
Copy Program MB/s
94.13
764.03
306.93
495.54
427 (199 - 764, n=5)
Copy ISO MB/s
110.07
1676.53
840.06
1891.98
1343 (697 - 1892, n=5)
Score Total
1663
577
-65%
3032
82%
1983
19%
2233
34%
2952
78%
838
-50%
2410 (1663 - 3111, n=8)
45%
Score Write
514
211
-59%
1644
220%
699
36%
773
50%
1499
192%
128
-75%
1067 (514 - 1644, n=8)
108%
Score Read
763
233
-69%
888
16%
886
16%
960
26%
970
27%
497
-35%
897 (724 - 1078, n=8)
18%
Access Time Write *
0.038
0.043
-13%
0.044
-16%
0.037
3%
0.044
-16%
0.04
-5%
0.287
-655%
0.0408 (0.031 - 0.049, n=8)
-7%
Access Time Read *
0.085
14.987
-17532%
0.103
-21%
0.08
6%
0.104
-22%
0.113
-33%
0.626
-636%
0.0805 (0.049 - 0.113, n=8)
5%
4K-64 Write
273.64
137.26
-50%
1391.89
409%
459.83
68%
602.1
120%
1269.69
364%
78.92
-71%
835 (274 - 1392, n=8)
205%
4K-64 Read
536.48
42.09
-92%
769.52
43%
567.26
6%
838.97
56%
748.68
40%
335.26
-38%
665 (536 - 770, n=8)
24%
4K Write
97.03
59.54
-39%
88.04
-9%
102.61
6%
84.45
-13%
92.98
-4%
35.74
-63%
93.4 (77.4 - 119, n=8)
-4%
4K Read
46.1
105.05
128%
32.4
-30%
46.14
0%
36.43
-21%
40.75
-12%
38.71
-16%
43.4 (32.4 - 53, n=8)
-6%
Seq Write
1429.35
147.01
-90%
1645.57
15%
1365.1
-4%
869.07
-39%
1366.97
-4%
131.64
-91%
1388 (1118 - 1646, n=8)
-3%
Seq Read
1808.33
853.87
-53%
864.06
-52%
2723.52
51%
849.69
-53%
1802.55
0%
1230.64
-32%
1891 (864 - 2724, n=8)
5%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-831% / -957%
26% / 31%
15% / 15%
-3% / -0%
34% / 38%
-103% / -112%
18% / 21%

* ... smaller is better

Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
Sequential Read: 1204 MB/s
Sequential Write: 1409 MB/s
512K Read: 495.7 MB/s
512K Write: 428.1 MB/s
4K Read: 43.67 MB/s
4K Write: 93.92 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 318.9 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 264.3 MB/s

GPU Performance

Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1060 is a powerful GPU from 2016, which manages smooth frame rates in modern games. It is equipped with 6 GB of VRAM and is still a mobile high-end graphics card. It is also available in a more efficient Max-Q version with slightly lower performance figures.

Our Legion Y530 with the GTX 1060 performs well in the 3D Marks and is only beaten by the MSI P65 Creator 8RF. More benchmark results of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 are listed on our GPU benchmark page.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
MSI P65 8RF-451 - Creator
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-8750H
18234 Points ∼100% +25%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
  (12620 - 15607, n=77)
14692 Points ∼81% +1%
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8750H
14569 Points ∼80%
Lenovo Legion Y7000P-1060
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8750H
14508 Points ∼80% 0%
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-8750H
14351 Points ∼79% -1%
Average of class Gaming
  (513 - 50983, n=524)
11902 Points ∼65% -18%
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Intel Core i5-8300H
9909 Points ∼54% -32%
Medion Erazer P6705-MD61131
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8750H
8624 Points ∼47% -41%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8750H
8304 Points ∼46% -43%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
MSI P65 8RF-451 - Creator
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-8750H
4734 Points ∼100%
Average of class Gaming
  (368 - 13013, n=75)
4724 Points ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
  (3396 - 3790, n=20)
3601 Points ∼76%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8750H
1990 Points ∼42%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
MSI P65 8RF-451 - Creator
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-8750H
14463 Points ∼100% +24%
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8750H
11640 Points ∼80%
Lenovo Legion Y7000P-1060
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8750H
11622 Points ∼80% 0%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
  (10708 - 12298, n=77)
11547 Points ∼80% -1%
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-8750H
11366 Points ∼79% -2%
Average of class Gaming
  (385 - 40636, n=451)
10264 Points ∼71% -12%
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Intel Core i5-8300H
7740 Points ∼54% -34%
Medion Erazer P6705-MD61131
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8750H
7192 Points ∼50% -38%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8750H
6792 Points ∼47% -42%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8750H
83591 Points ∼100%
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-8750H
81720 Points ∼98% -2%
Lenovo Legion Y7000P-1060
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8750H
80705 Points ∼97% -3%
MSI P65 8RF-451 - Creator
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-8750H
73739 Points ∼88% -12%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
  (26770 - 86193, n=68)
71237 Points ∼85% -15%
Average of class Gaming
  (5761 - 184578, n=441)
62205 Points ∼74% -26%
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Intel Core i5-8300H
50387 Points ∼60% -40%
Medion Erazer P6705-MD61131
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8750H
47895 Points ∼57% -43%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8750H
46618 Points ∼56% -44%
3DMark 11 Performance
13743 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
34124 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
10389 points
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Gaming Performance

The Lenovo Legion Y530 with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 can handle any modern game with high graphics settings. We did not notice any problems in the titles we tested. "The Witcher 3" sustained test does not drop, so the performance can be maintained even during long gaming sessions.

More gaming benchmarks with the GeForce GTX 1060 are listed here.

The Witcher 3
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
MSI P65 8RF-451 - Creator
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
51.5 (min: 45, max: 58) fps ∼100% +24%
Average of class Gaming
  (12.6 - 115, n=226)
44.4 fps ∼86% +7%
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
41.4 fps ∼80%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
  (24 - 42.3, n=60)
38.6 fps ∼75% -7%
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
38.5 fps ∼75% -7%
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
Intel Core i5-8300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
37 fps ∼72% -11%
Lenovo Legion Y7000P-1060
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
37 fps ∼72% -11%
Medion Erazer P6705-MD61131
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
23.9 fps ∼46% -42%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
23.1 fps ∼45% -44%
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
MSI P65 8RF-451 - Creator
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
93.2 (min: 84, max: 103) fps ∼100% +19%
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
78 fps ∼84%
Average of class Gaming
  (11.1 - 184, n=190)
74.8 fps ∼80% -4%
Lenovo Legion Y7000P-1060
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
73.1 fps ∼78% -6%
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
71.4 fps ∼77% -8%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
  (52.6 - 80.6, n=49)
68 fps ∼73% -13%
Medion Erazer P6705-MD61131
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
42.9 fps ∼46% -45%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
40 fps ∼43% -49%
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Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ: Ø39 (36-42)
low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 280.5232.6224.8114.2fps
Thief (2014) 98.477.9fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 7841.4fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 64.8fps

Emissions - Legion Y530 with loud fans

System Noise

Noise profile
Noise profile

The cooling system of the Lenovo Legion Y530 worked well during our review, but the fans can be quite loud at up to 42 dB(A) under high loads. The resulting murmur is not annoying, but always audible. We therefore recommend headphones for prolonged gaming sessions.

The laptop is very quiet while idling and with light workloads, so the Y530 can also be used in quieter environments.

Noise Level

Idle
30.9 / 30.9 / 31.6 dB(A)
HDD
31.3 dB(A)
Load
42.3 / 40 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 30.2 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2040.740.440.537.240.72541.641.437.63641.6313332.533.731.233403230.431.528.5325032.232.831.832.232.26330.532.930.528.730.58028.62827.328.628.61003029.727.227.5301252926.32525.12916028.228.126.325.528.220027.927.425.123.627.925029.527.623.42329.53153028.422.722.13040029.927.821.62129.950028.82720.820.228.863028.927.520.42028.980030.52920.118.730.5100033.831.620.117.933.8125032.730.3191832.7160033.230.618.417.333.2200032.430.117.817.332.4250031.428.91817.331.4315029.927.517.917.229.9400028.725.717.31728.7500024.421.217.41724.4630023.120.117.517.123.1800021.218.817.417.121.21000019.617.917.417.319.61250018.817.717.317.318.81600019.117.817.417.519.1SPL42.4403130.242.4N3.73.11.41.23.7median 29median 27.5median 19median 17.9median 29Delta2.532.62.72.5hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseLenovo Legion Y530-15ICH

Temperature

Stress test
Stress test

The surface temperatures of the Legion Y530 stay under 27 °C (~81 °F) while idling, but increase up to 48 °C (~118 °F) under load. You can still use the laptop without any limitations and it never feels too hot.

The core temperatures of the gaming notebook reach up to 87 °C (~189 °F) during our one-hour stress test. The CPU clock never falls below the base frequency and the performance immediately after the stress test was not reduced.

Max. Load
 36.2 °C
97 F
48.4 °C
119 F
43.6 °C
110 F
 
 33 °C
91 F
45.8 °C
114 F
38 °C
100 F
 
 25 °C
77 F
29.4 °C
85 F
29.6 °C
85 F
 
Maximum: 48.4 °C = 119 F
Average: 36.6 °C = 98 F
46 °C
115 F
42.6 °C
109 F
42 °C
108 F
33.5 °C
92 F
48 °C
118 F
28.7 °C
84 F
28 °C
82 F
28 °C
82 F
26.5 °C
80 F
Maximum: 48 °C = 118 F
Average: 35.9 °C = 97 F
Power Supply (max.)  48.3 °C = 119 F | Room Temperature 22.8 °C = 73 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 36.6 °C / 98 F, compared to the average of 32.9 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Gaming.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 48.4 °C / 119 F, compared to the average of 39.2 °C / 103 F, ranging from 21.6 to 68.8 °C for the class Gaming.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 48 °C / 118 F, compared to the average of 41.6 °C / 107 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 25.8 °C / 78 F, compared to the device average of 32.9 °C / 91 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 29.6 °C / 85.3 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.7 °C / 83.7 F (-0.9 °C / -1.6 F).
Heat map idle (top)
Heat map idle (top)
Heat map idle (bottom)
Heat map idle (bottom)
Heat map load (top)
Heat map load (top)
Heat map load (bottom)
Heat map load (bottom)

Speakers

Speaker profile
Speaker profile

The speakers of the Lenovo Legion Y530 are not very loud, but the sound is comparatively balanced in return. There is even some bass and they are suited for the occasional playback of music or videos. We still recommend external speakers or headphones for better quality.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2040.237.240.22541.13641.13139.931.239.94038.528.538.55039.432.239.46340.828.740.88041.528.641.510043.127.543.112543.625.143.616046.825.546.820050.523.650.525054.82354.831558.122.158.140057.62157.650059.320.259.363065.62065.680069.418.769.410006517.965125066.81866.8160068.717.368.7200065.117.365.1250067.917.367.9315068.317.268.3400065.61765.6500060.31760.3630061.617.161.680006117.1611000060.217.360.2125006217.3621600057.217.557.2SPL77.930.277.9N39.81.239.8median 61median 17.9median 61Delta5.22.75.2hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseLenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (68.29 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.5% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (6.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (6.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (13.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 28% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 64% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 17%, worst was 37%
Compared to all devices tested
» 11% of all tested devices were better, 3% similar, 86% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Energy Management - Gaming notebook with four-hour battery runtime

Power Consumption

Our measurements show a minimum consumption of at least 7.3 W while idling and up to 168 W under load. The results are average within its class and are on the expected level considering the performance.

The provided 170-W power adapter is sufficient for the consumption of Lenovo's gaming laptop.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.45 / 0.74 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 7.3 / 11.1 / 12.6 Watt
Load midlight 109 / 168 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
8750H, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
8750H, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Intel Optane 16 GB MEMPEK1J016GAH + HGST HTS721010A9E630 1 TB HDD, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Lenovo Legion Y7000P-1060
8750H, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Medion Erazer P6705-MD61131
8750H, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ, TN, 1920x1080, 15.6
MSI P65 8RF-451 - Creator
8750H, GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
8750H, GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
8300H, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Toshiba KBG30ZMT128G, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
 
Average of class Gaming
 
Power Consumption
16%
5%
27%
-6%
-14%
16%
-36%
-89%
Idle Minimum *
7.3
5.5
25%
4.9
33%
4
45%
7.4
-1%
10.2
-40%
4.5
38%
12.7 (4.9 - 38.3, n=70)
-74%
20.1 (3.9 - 113, n=612)
-175%
Idle Average *
11.1
8.5
23%
8.1
27%
7
37%
11.7
-5%
13.2
-19%
10
10%
17.5 (8.1 - 40.5, n=70)
-58%
25.6 (6.8 - 119, n=612)
-131%
Idle Maximum *
12.6
11.9
6%
16.5
-31%
11
13%
16.8
-33%
17.6
-40%
13.8
-10%
21.8 (11.7 - 44.1, n=70)
-73%
30.7 (8.3 - 122, n=612)
-144%
Load Average *
109
94
14%
109.2
-0%
72
34%
94
14%
99.5
9%
92.5
15%
91.7 (14.1 - 163, n=70)
16%
104 (14.1 - 319, n=603)
5%
Load Maximum *
168
144
14%
175.2
-4%
158
6%
177
-5%
133.3
21%
123.2
27%
156 (21.9 - 220, n=69)
7%
166 (21.9 - 590, n=602)
1%
Witcher 3 ultra *
86
124.6
79
113.6
108.1

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtime

Our realistic Wi-Fi test runs for just about four hours on the Lenovo Legion Y530. This is a bit disappointing compared to the rivals, so our test model is at the bottom of the ranking.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
8h 15min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
3h 48min
Load (maximum brightness)
0h 26min
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
8750H, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 52 Wh
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
8750H, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 52.5 Wh
Lenovo Legion Y7000P-1060
8750H, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 57 Wh
Medion Erazer P6705-MD61131
8750H, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 62 Wh
MSI P65 8RF-451 - Creator
8750H, GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 82 Wh
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
8750H, GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 65 Wh
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
8300H, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 52.5 Wh
Average of class Gaming
 
Battery Runtime
96%
68%
183%
102%
106%
7%
60%
Reader / Idle
495
649
31%
815
65%
534
8%
447
-10%
690
39%
333 (39 - 1174, n=600)
-33%
WiFi v1.3
228
318
39%
346
52%
400
75%
428
88%
330
45%
245
7%
251 (78 - 622, n=275)
10%
Load
26
83
219%
49
88%
147
465%
85
227%
87
235%
78.5 (18 - 202, n=566)
202%

Verdict - Powerful gaming laptop from Lenovo

Pros

+ very high system performance
+ very high gaming performance
+ good cooling solution
+ good maintenance options
+ robust chassis

Cons

- short battery runtime
- high black value
- loud fan noise
In review: Lenovo Legion Y530-ICH. Test model courtesy of Lenovo Germany.
In review: Lenovo Legion Y530-ICH. Test model courtesy of Lenovo Germany.

The Lenovo Legion Y530 is a powerful gaming laptop in every configuration, which can utilize the power of its components very well and therefore, the results in the synthetic benchmarks and gaming tests are very good. The display produces nice pictures with good colors.

Considering the low price, we can recommend the Lenovo Legion Y530 with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060.

The cooling solution has to work well to maintain the performance, but this results in loud fans under load. You might want to use headphones for prolonged gaming sessions. The battery runtime is also comparatively short, even though it is not uncommon for a device from this segment.

Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH - 12/14/2018 v6
Mike Wobker

Chassis
80 / 98 → 82%
Keyboard
85%
Pointing Device
89%
Connectivity
44 / 81 → 54%
Weight
61 / 10-66 → 91%
Battery
74%
Display
86%
Games Performance
94%
Application Performance
94%
Temperature
89 / 95 → 94%
Noise
87 / 90 → 96%
Audio
73%
Camera
48 / 85 → 56%
Average
77%
84%
Gaming - Weighted Average

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Mike Wobker, 2018-12-16 (Update: 2018-12-16)
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I grew up with computers and modern consumer electronics. I am interested in the technology since I had my first computer, a Commodore C64, and started building my own PCs after that. My focus here at Notebookcheck is the business segment including mobile workstations, but I also like to test new mobile devices. It is always a great experience to review and compare new products. My free time is filled with a lot of sports, in the summer mainly on my bike.