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Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICH (i7-8750H, RTX 2070 Max-Q) Laptop Review

Steve Schardein, 👁 Allen Ngo, 03/17/2019

Quieter, Sleeker… Better? Lenovo is back in the 15” gaming laptop fray with their Legion Y740—nearly identical to the previous Y730, but now packing an i7-8750H and an RTX 2070 Max-Q GPU alongside other improvements. At a price point of just around $1990 USD, its performance might surprise you.

While last year’s Legion Y530 was a reasonably-priced (if not uninspiringly-styled) plastic alternative to the market’s more expensive leaders, the Y730 was a more disappointing newcomer. Although it upgraded the case to aluminum and added spiffy lighting effects, it lacked in some of the more critical areas for serious competition. Most notably, we regretted the underwhelming display with slow response times and no option for 120/144 Hz refresh rates, and we criticized the fact that the GTX 1050 Ti was the only GPU offered—while even the Y530 included an optional GTX 1070. Apart from some other quibbles, we were otherwise relatively happy with the general package, lauding good thermal management, narrow screen bezels, strong sustained CPU performance, and low noise levels.

Lenovo has heard our complaints apparently, as with the inception of the Y740-15ICHg we find not only a significantly more powerful RTX 2070 Max-Q GPU, but also an NVIDIA G-Sync Dolby Vision 144 Hz display, enhanced “Lenovo Legion Coldfront” cooling system, and improved Dolby Atmos speaker system. All of this is accompanied by an Intel Core i7-8750H hexacore CPU, 16 GB dual-channel DDR4 RAM, and a dual-storage 256 GB NVMe + 1 TB HDD configuration. The price tag: around $1,990 MSRP, or roughly $1,752 today after all available discounts straight from Lenovo.

Now, it’s time to see how it handles our unprecedented array of tests. Buckle up!

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Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg (Legion Y740 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q - 8192 MB, Core: 885 - 1185 MHz, Memory: 1500 MHz, GDDR6, 25.21.14.1738
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR4-2666 (dual-channel)
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, LP156WFG-SPB2, IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Cannon Point HM730
Storage
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ, 256 GB 
Soundcard
Realtek ALC298 @ Intel Sunrise Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 2 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combo
Networking
Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Killer Wireless-AC 1550i Wireless Network Adapter (9560NGW) (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.1
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 25 x 362 x 265 ( = 0.98 x 14.25 x 10.43 in)
Battery
57 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p HD
Primary Camera: 1 MPix fixed-focus with dual-array microphone
Additional features
Speakers: 2W x 2, bottom-mounted, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.256 kg ( = 79.58 oz / 4.97 pounds), Power Supply: 986 g ( = 34.78 oz / 2.17 pounds)
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

The case remains identical to that of the Legion Y730-15ICH, and as such, all of the same pros and cons still apply. Styling is saturated by a uniform design language and clean matte aluminum surfaces, which grants the Y740 a more mature aesthetic than many of its gaming-oriented peers. The narrow 8 mm bezels evoke a decidedly high-end XPS 15 vibe. Perhaps slightly gaudier is the return of the customizable Corsair iCUE lighting system, which provides per-key RGB lighting and extends to the side and rear cooling vents. Of course, this system can be entirely disabled or set to a professional-looking monochrome profile with the touch of a button.

As before, case stability isn’t the laptop’s strong suit. Although the base unit is stable on a surface and does a good job resisting twisting, it’s susceptible to moderate pressure applied near the center of the unit, and the materials overall seem quite a bit thinner and less robust than that of the competition (XPS 15, Razer Blade 15, et al). The lid, meanwhile, could almost be described as flimsy; it’s far more flexible than what we’d consider ideal, and the hinges—while somewhat tight—exhibit a bit of bounce when the laptop is in motion. The opening angle is good however, at over 180 degrees.

Our unit weighs in at 2.256 kg, which is right in the middle of the field of competitors, most of which are a bit lighter at around 2.1 – 2.2 kg. Although it doesn’t look all that large, the sizable “caboose” of the Legion Y740—located behind the display and hinge assembly—also makes for one of the larger footprints in today’s comparison field.

362 mm / 14.3 inch 265 mm / 10.4 inch 25 mm / 0.984 inch 2.3 kg4.97 lbs360 mm / 14.2 inch 263 mm / 10.4 inch 25 mm / 0.984 inch 2.5 kg5.56 lbs363 mm / 14.3 inch 275 mm / 10.8 inch 21 mm / 0.827 inch 2.2 kg4.76 lbs359 mm / 14.1 inch 255 mm / 10 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 2.1 kg4.73 lbs356 mm / 14 inch 250 mm / 9.84 inch 18.9 mm / 0.744 inch 2.1 kg4.67 lbs355 mm / 14 inch 235 mm / 9.25 inch 17.8 mm / 0.701 inch 2.1 kg4.63 lbs

Connectivity

Once again, connectivity has not changed since the previous Y730-15ICH, which—apart from the lack of a card reader—leaves us satisfied. You get four total USB ports (including the USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3 port), plus HDMI and mini-DisplayPort for video output—along with, again, Thunderbolt 3 as a third option. A few ports populate the sides of the machine, but the vast majority are confined to the rear. However, they’re conveniently and clearly marked with LED labels on the aforementioned shelf that resides behind the display, which makes connecting cables easier than usual.

Left: 3.5 mm combo audio, USB Type-C Gen 2/Thunderbolt 3.0
Left: 3.5 mm combo audio, USB Type-C Gen 2/Thunderbolt 3.0
Right: Lenovo OneKey Recovery, USB 3.1 Gen 1
Right: Lenovo OneKey Recovery, USB 3.1 Gen 1
Rear: Mini-DisplayPort, HDMI, USB 3.1 Gen 2 x 2, Gigabit Ethernet, Charging port, Kensington Lock port
Rear: Mini-DisplayPort, HDMI, USB 3.1 Gen 2 x 2, Gigabit Ethernet, Charging port, Kensington Lock port

Communication

While the Legion Y730 was equipped with an Intel Wireless-AC 9560 adapter, the Y740 swaps this out for a Qualcomm Killer Wireless-AC 1550i. Both cards are similarly capable, generally posting performance values in line with each other. Today’s Y740, however, falls a little bit short of the competition, with 596 Mb/s and 588 Mb/s in our receive/transmit tests, respectively.

The new Qualcomm Killer Wireless-AC 1550i adapter
The new Qualcomm Killer Wireless-AC 1550i adapter
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
Killer Wireless-AC 1550 Wireless Network Adapter
688 MBit/s ∼100% +15%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
684 MBit/s ∼99% +15%
Gigabyte Aero 15-X9
Killer Wireless-AC 1550i Wireless Network Adapter (9560NGW)
678 MBit/s ∼99% +14%
Acer Predator Triton 500
Killer Wireless-AC 1550i Wireless Network Adapter (9560NGW)
671 MBit/s ∼98% +13%
HP Omen 15-dc0015ng
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
650 (min: 569, max: 693) MBit/s ∼94% +9%
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
619 MBit/s ∼90% +4%
Average of class Gaming
  (141 - 702, n=276)
605 MBit/s ∼88% +2%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
Killer Wireless-AC 1550i Wireless Network Adapter (9560NGW)
596 MBit/s ∼87%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
721 MBit/s ∼100% +23%
Acer Predator Triton 500
Killer Wireless-AC 1550i Wireless Network Adapter (9560NGW)
683 MBit/s ∼95% +16%
Gigabyte Aero 15-X9
Killer Wireless-AC 1550i Wireless Network Adapter (9560NGW)
680 MBit/s ∼94% +16%
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
Killer Wireless-AC 1550 Wireless Network Adapter
658 MBit/s ∼91% +12%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
655 MBit/s ∼91% +11%
HP Omen 15-dc0015ng
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
650 (min: 605, max: 668) MBit/s ∼90% +11%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
Killer Wireless-AC 1550i Wireless Network Adapter (9560NGW)
588 MBit/s ∼82%
Average of class Gaming
  (144 - 749, n=276)
557 MBit/s ∼77% -5%

Accessories

No accessories are included apart from the large 986 g 230 W AC adapter. A one-year depot warranty is included standard, though warranty upgrades are available directly from Lenovo at an added cost.

Maintenance

After 11 Phillips-head screws are removed from the underside, the bottom panel snaps off from around the perimeter of the shelf behind the display and exposes every replaceable component. You’ll notice that the internals are essentially identical to that of the Y730, right down to the supposedly improved cooling system. The RAM is still obscured by a metal shield, creating an extra step during upgrades (careful with it while removing it).

The internals are laid out in nearly identical fashion to that of the Y730.
The internals are laid out in nearly identical fashion to that of the Y730.

Input Devices

Keyboard

The Y740’s keys feature short travel and a soft, spongy sense of feedback when depressed. Actuation force is also relatively light, which leads to a lack of confidence that a keypress has actually taken place when typing at higher speeds. While quiet, it’s a far cry from the best keyboards on notebooks of this size and even thinner.

Per-key RGB backlighting is once again provided by Corsair iCUE, which supports up to 16 million colors. Some users will resent the removal of the numpad in exchange for the vertical strip of multifunction keys on the left side, but this is a gaming laptop, after all.

Go from normal...
Go from normal...
...to professional...
...to professional...
...to flashy!
...to flashy!
Small but usable arrow keys
Small but usable arrow keys
The vertical line of multifunction keys
The vertical line of multifunction keys
Key travel is very shallow.
Key travel is very shallow.

Touchpad

The touchpad is small but responsive.
The touchpad is small but responsive.

The somewhat small touchpad measures 100 x 52 mm and features a Mylar surface. It uses Precision drivers, so pointer movement and gesture interpretations are flawless. The buttons are actually quite good and don’t feel as soft as those on the Y740-17ICH, but actuation force/travel distance is arguably a bit on the high side, so extended use could result in fatigue.

Display

Now we come to the first significant improvement over the previous Y700 series machines: the display. We previously complained about the lack of a 120 / 144 Hz display option for the Y730, something which most competitors have. We also criticized the extremely slow panel response times, hardly conducive to an optimal gaming experience. We’re happy to report that with the Y740, both of these issues have been alleviated.

Now, two separate display options exist, both of them featuring FHD resolution (1920x1080) and 144 Hz refresh rates for NVIDIA G-Sync. The only difference between the two panels (according to Lenovo specifications) is that one of them is brighter than the other (500 nits vs. 300 nits). The brighter panel is also correspondingly listed as an HDR display.

Our review unit includes the dimmer/less expensive option, which looks pretty good in its own right. It’s a 15.6-inch anti-glare IPS display with what appears to be acceptable color and reasonable brightness and contrast. Our review panel exhibits no notable graininess and is clear and sharp. However, in dark scenes, backlight bleed is conspicuous along the bottom edge of the screen.

Subpixel array, Legion Y40-15ICHg
Subpixel array, Legion Y40-15ICHg
Backlight bleed is conspicuous along the bottom edge
Backlight bleed is conspicuous along the bottom edge
305.4
cd/m²
310.9
cd/m²
308.4
cd/m²
293.9
cd/m²
320.4
cd/m²
298.9
cd/m²
270.9
cd/m²
296.7
cd/m²
274.9
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
LP156WFG-SPB2
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 320.4 cd/m² Average: 297.8 cd/m² Minimum: 0.05 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 85 %
Center on Battery: 320.4 cd/m²
Contrast: 763:1 (Black: 0.42 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.21 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6, calibrated: 2.36
ΔE Greyscale 3.6 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
92% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 59% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.27
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
LP156WFG-SPB2, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Gigabyte Aero 15-X9
LGD05C0, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Acer Predator Triton 500
AU Optronics B156HAN08.2 (AUO82ED), IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
LG Philips LGD05C0, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
AU Optronics B156HAN, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Response Times
5%
36%
12%
7%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
18.8 (11.6, 7.2)
16.4 (8.8, 7.6)
13%
8 (4, 4)
57%
16.8 (9.2, 7.6)
11%
18 (9.2, 8.8)
4%
Response Time Black / White *
13.2 (8, 5.2)
13.6 (8.4, 5.2)
-3%
11.2 (6, 5.2)
15%
11.6 (7.2, 4.4)
12%
12 (6.8, 5.2)
9%
PWM Frequency
Screen
18%
-5%
9%
-3%
Brightness middle
320.4
250
-22%
304
-5%
314.7
-2%
353.6
10%
Brightness
298
235
-21%
299
0%
312
5%
346
16%
Brightness Distribution
85
85
0%
89
5%
90
6%
86
1%
Black Level *
0.42
0.29
31%
0.27
36%
0.38
10%
0.3
29%
Contrast
763
862
13%
1126
48%
828
9%
1179
55%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.21
1.46
55%
4.66
-45%
2.56
20%
4.55
-42%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
5.54
2.47
55%
9.65
-74%
4.89
12%
7.91
-43%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
2.36
1.72
27%
1.71
28%
3.37
-43%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.6
1.27
65%
5.53
-54%
3.4
6%
4.1
-14%
Gamma
2.27 97%
2.4 92%
2.5 88%
2.3 96%
2.27 97%
CCT
6503 100%
6749 96%
8028 81%
6435 101%
7434 87%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
59
60
2%
60
2%
60.7
3%
57.9
-2%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
92
93
1%
93
1%
94.6
3%
88.9
-3%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
12% / 16%
16% / 1%
11% / 9%
2% / -2%

* ... smaller is better

We measured an average brightness of 298 cd/m² from our unit’s display, only slightly brighter than that of the Y730 and more or less in line with that of the competition. The contrast ratio of 763:1 is a bit on the low side (thanks to a black value of 0.42 cd/m²), but it’s fine. Brightness distribution was measured at 85%, with a peak brightness of 320.4 cd/m² right in the center of the display.

The Y740 also does a decent job at color rendering. We measured sRGB coverage of 92% of the spectrum alongside 59% of AdobeRGB. Neither of these numbers will make a photographer jump for joy, but it’s fine for gaming and it’s practically identical to that of its peers.

vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. Triton 500
vs. Triton 500
vs. Razer Blade 15
vs. Razer Blade 15
vs. Alienware m15
vs. Alienware m15
vs. Aero 15 X9
vs. Aero 15 X9

The panel is also fairly well-calibrated out of the box. All DeltaE averages were below 4, with a Colorchecker average of 3.21 (max: 5.54, Orange) and a Greyscale average of 3.6. Total Gamma was measured at a near-perfect 2.27 and the CCT average was right on target at 6503. Impressive!

Color analysis (pre-calibration)
Color analysis (pre-calibration)
Saturation sweeps (pre-calibration)
Saturation sweeps (pre-calibration)
Grayscale analysis (pre-calibration)
Grayscale analysis (pre-calibration)
Color analysis (post-calibration)
Color analysis (post-calibration)
Saturation sweeps (post-calibration)
Saturation sweeps (post-calibration)
Grayscale analysis (post-calibration)
Grayscale analysis (post-calibration)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
13.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 8 ms rise
↘ 5.2 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. » 15 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (24.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
18.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 11.6 ms rise
↘ 7.2 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. » 12 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (39.7 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: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9378 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

As previously mentioned, response times are also no longer a problem for all but the most competitive of gamers. We did not detect PWM from the panel at any brightness setting.

Outdoors, the panel’s matte finish comes in handy, but its somewhat low brightness and middling contrast are quickly overpowered in brighter areas. Shaded use is no problem. Viewing angles are wide as expected for an IPS display.

In the sun
In the sun
In the shade
In the shade
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance

The Y730-15ICH was a much more modest performer than we’d have liked given its price point and stature; our review unit was powered by a quad-core Core i5 and a somewhat disappointing GTX 1050 Ti. Fortunately, the Y740 corrects this discrepancy with the option of a Core i7-8750H six-core CPU and two upgraded GPU options: a GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q and RTX 2070 Max-Q.

Our review unit features the Core i7-8750H CPU with RTX 2070 Max-Q CPU alongside 16 GB of DDR4 dual-channel RAM and a dual-storage NVMe/HDD combo. It’s a much more capable configuration than before, so let’s see how it performs in our tests!

Before we get started, it’s worth mentioning that GPU performance while unplugged is (as expected) notably reduced: a secondary run of 3DMark 06 scored the machine just 23829, nearly 27% below the previous score. LatencyMon reported only minor and occasional issues with DPC latencies. It’s unlikely most users will be affected by this.

CPU-Z CPU
CPU-Z CPU
CPU-Z Caches
CPU-Z Caches
CPU-Z Mainboard
CPU-Z Mainboard
CPU-Z Memory
CPU-Z Memory
CPU-Z RAM SPD
CPU-Z RAM SPD
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
JetStream
JetStream
LatencyMon
LatencyMon

Processor

Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15

The Core i7-8750H has been heavily tested here at Notebookcheck in the past, and it’s a strong performer. This is a 14 nm hexacore CPU with a clock rate ranging from 2.2 up to 4.1 GHz (4 GHz for 4 cores, 3.9 GHz for 6 cores). It features Hyper-Threading technology which allows for 12 concurrent processing threads.

In our benchmarks, single-core performance is right in line with the average for the CPU; we recorded 173 points in Cinebench R15 64-bit versus the average of 172 points. However, multi-core performance was blisteringly fast, with a score of 1238 points—11 percent above the average of 1113 points, and the highest of any machine in today’s comparison field.

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Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1183 (1168.7-1209.56)
Gigabyte Aero 15-X9 GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW010T8; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1095 (1087.31-1156.25)
Acer Predator Triton 500 GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 8750H, 2x WDC PC SN720 SDAPNTW-256G-1014 (RAID 0); CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø980 (961.82-1019.05)
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø922 (913.2-999)
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1164 (1146.3-1213.67)
HP Omen 15-dc0015ng GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø983 (970.71-1067.24)
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8300H, Intel Optane 16 GB MEMPEK1J016GAL + HGST ST1000LM049 1 TB HDD; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø823 (815.58-828.24)

This is thanks in no small part to the ability of the laptop to maintain strong performance over longer periods of stress as compared to its competitors. To explore this, we run our Cinebench R15 multi-CPU loop test, which subjects the machine to several dozen consecutive runs of the benchmark back-to-back, recording each result in the process. With few exceptions, where most competitors falter is beyond the first or second test run of this test—but, while the Y740 did see a drop, it was a minor one of just around 2.5%, moving from the initial score of 1210 down to around the 1180 mark permanently after a few runs in. By comparison, the Alienware m15 actually posted a higher initial result, but it drops quickly down to around 1165 points a few runs later—around a 4 percent drop. Other competitors, many of which feature the exact same CPU (Gigabyte Aero 15-X9, Acer Predator Triton 500, HP Omen 15), can’t even manage an initial score of anywhere close to the Legion’s sustained scores.

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Acer Predator Triton 500
Intel Core i7-8750H
176 Points ∼81% +2%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-8750H
174 Points ∼80% +1%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
Intel Core i7-8750H
173 Points ∼79%
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-8750H
172 Points ∼79% -1%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (163 - 177, n=85)
172 Points ∼79% -1%
HP Omen 15-dc0015ng
Intel Core i7-8750H
169 Points ∼78% -2%
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
Intel Core i5-8300H
166 Points ∼76% -4%
Gigabyte Aero 15-X9
Intel Core i7-8750H
166 Points ∼76% -4%
Average of class Gaming
  (77 - 212, n=523)
157 Points ∼72% -9%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
Intel Core i7-8750H
1238 Points ∼28%
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-8750H
1218 Points ∼28% -2%
Gigabyte Aero 15-X9
Intel Core i7-8750H
1156 Points ∼26% -7%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (863 - 1251, n=92)
1109 Points ∼25% -10%
HP Omen 15-dc0015ng
Intel Core i7-8750H
1067 Points ∼24% -14%
Acer Predator Triton 500
Intel Core i7-8750H
1019 Points ∼23% -18%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-8750H
999 Points ∼23% -19%
Average of class Gaming
  (196 - 2022, n=526)
831 Points ∼19% -33%
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
Intel Core i5-8300H
818 Points ∼19% -34%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Acer Predator Triton 500
Intel Core i7-8750H
1.98 Points ∼81%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (1.89 - 2, n=40)
1.967 Points ∼81%
HP Omen 15-dc0015ng
Intel Core i7-8750H
1.92 Points ∼79%
Average of class Gaming
  (0.71 - 2.38, n=422)
1.69 Points ∼69%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (9.54 - 13.5, n=41)
12.2 Points ∼28%
HP Omen 15-dc0015ng
Intel Core i7-8750H
11.77 Points ∼27%
Acer Predator Triton 500
Intel Core i7-8750H
10.98 Points ∼25%
Average of class Gaming
  (1.13 - 21.4, n=523)
7.42 Points ∼17%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (6236 - 6645, n=25)
6479 Points ∼60%
HP Omen 15-dc0015ng
Intel Core i7-8750H
6473 Points ∼60%
Gigabyte Aero 15-X9
Intel Core i7-8750H
6351 Points ∼59%
Average of class Gaming
  (8.85 - 8872, n=427)
4843 Points ∼45%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Gigabyte Aero 15-X9
Intel Core i7-8750H
33923 Points ∼52%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (29664 - 35307, n=25)
33163 Points ∼51%
HP Omen 15-dc0015ng
Intel Core i7-8750H
31360 Points ∼48%
Average of class Gaming
  (19.7 - 48808, n=427)
18337 Points ∼28%
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
120.36 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
1238 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
173 Points
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System Performance

When paired with a Samsung PM981 NVMe SSD, such speed ought to translate to great general system performance scores. In our synthetic benchmarks, a PCMark 10 score of 5941 and PCMark 8 Home and Work scores of 5115 and 5852 speak for themselves. All of these top their respective charts.

Subjectively, the system absolutely flies. We experienced no hiccups or slowdowns throughout our testing period.

PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 10
PCMark 10
PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
8163 Points ∼68%
Acer Predator Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 8750H, 2x WDC PC SN720 SDAPNTW-256G-1014 (RAID 0)
8117 Points ∼68% -1%
HP Omen 15-dc0015ng
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
7303 Points ∼61% -11%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (6565 - 8163, n=7)
6939 Points ∼58% -15%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
6708 Points ∼56% -18%
Gigabyte Aero 15-X9
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW010T8
6618 Points ∼55% -19%
Average of class Gaming
  (1764 - 11191, n=215)
6358 Points ∼53% -22%
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
6272 Points ∼52% -23%
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8300H, Intel Optane 16 GB MEMPEK1J016GAL + HGST ST1000LM049 1 TB HDD
4665 Points ∼39% -43%
Productivity
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
7793 Points ∼80% +6%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
7547 Points ∼78% +3%
HP Omen 15-dc0015ng
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
7532 Points ∼78% +2%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
7351 Points ∼76%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (6783 - 7678, n=7)
7350 Points ∼76% 0%
Gigabyte Aero 15-X9
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW010T8
7315 Points ∼75% 0%
Acer Predator Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 8750H, 2x WDC PC SN720 SDAPNTW-256G-1014 (RAID 0)
7236 Points ∼75% -2%
Average of class Gaming
  (4175 - 8968, n=216)
7181 Points ∼74% -2%
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8300H, Intel Optane 16 GB MEMPEK1J016GAL + HGST ST1000LM049 1 TB HDD
6385 Points ∼66% -13%
Essentials
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
9486 Points ∼86%
Acer Predator Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 8750H, 2x WDC PC SN720 SDAPNTW-256G-1014 (RAID 0)
9411 Points ∼86% -1%
HP Omen 15-dc0015ng
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
9270 Points ∼84% -2%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (8517 - 9859, n=7)
9041 Points ∼82% -5%
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
8875 Points ∼81% -6%
Gigabyte Aero 15-X9
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW010T8
8600 Points ∼78% -9%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
8517 Points ∼77% -10%
Average of class Gaming
  (4892 - 10668, n=217)
8512 Points ∼77% -10%
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8300H, Intel Optane 16 GB MEMPEK1J016GAL + HGST ST1000LM049 1 TB HDD
8457 Points ∼77% -11%
Score
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
5941 Points ∼77%
Acer Predator Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 8750H, 2x WDC PC SN720 SDAPNTW-256G-1014 (RAID 0)
5883 Points ∼76% -1%
HP Omen 15-dc0015ng
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
5728 Points ∼74% -4%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (5279 - 5941, n=7)
5533 Points ∼71% -7%
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
5426 Points ∼70% -9%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5416 Points ∼70% -9%
Gigabyte Aero 15-X9
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW010T8
5353 Points ∼69% -10%
Average of class Gaming
  (2603 - 7171, n=219)
5221 Points ∼67% -12%
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8300H, Intel Optane 16 GB MEMPEK1J016GAL + HGST ST1000LM049 1 TB HDD
4527 Points ∼58% -24%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
5852 Points ∼90%
HP Omen 15-dc0015ng
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
5818 Points ∼89% -1%
Gigabyte Aero 15-X9
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW010T8
5645 Points ∼87% -4%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5607 Points ∼86% -4%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (4465 - 5857, n=7)
5489 Points ∼84% -6%
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
5407 Points ∼83% -8%
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8300H, Intel Optane 16 GB MEMPEK1J016GAL + HGST ST1000LM049 1 TB HDD
5208 Points ∼80% -11%
Average of class Gaming
  (2484 - 6515, n=399)
5042 Points ∼77% -14%
Home Score Accelerated v2
HP Omen 15-dc0015ng
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
5130 Points ∼84% 0%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
5115 Points ∼84%
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
4418 Points ∼73% -14%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (3570 - 5115, n=7)
4406 Points ∼72% -14%
Gigabyte Aero 15-X9
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW010T8
4338 Points ∼71% -15%
Average of class Gaming
  (2554 - 6093, n=416)
4261 Points ∼70% -17%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
4150 Points ∼68% -19%
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8300H, Intel Optane 16 GB MEMPEK1J016GAL + HGST ST1000LM049 1 TB HDD
3931 Points ∼65% -23%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
5115 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5852 points
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Storage Devices

The Y740 is configurable with either a conventional mechanical hard drive or a solid-state drive. The system supports PCIe 3.0 x 4 over the NVMe M.2 slot, and unlike in the case of our Y530, the full-length M.2 2280 SSD—a Samsung PM981—that came preinstalled in our review unit is able to perform to its full potential. Our configuration pairs that highly-rated SSD with a 7200 RPM mechanical drive for storage.

The PM981 has repeatedly shown itself in our testing to be among the fastest SSDs currently available, and the Y740’s storage performance is no exception to that trend. With AS SSD read/write scores of 985 and 1752, we’ve certainly had better results from other machines, but as we’re always quick to remind, returns are diminishing beyond a certain point. It’s nice to have a hard drive for additional storage (game program files, etc.) as well, but of course, it’s an optional extra. It’s not clear whether orders without a 2.5-inch drive still include the hard drive interposer cable, by the way, so keep that in mind if you order an M.2-only configuration with plans to upgrade to dual storage in the future.

AS SSD
AS SSD
CrystalDiskMark 5.2
CrystalDiskMark 5.2
The NVMe SSD...
The NVMe SSD...
...alongside the mechanical storage drive.
...alongside the mechanical storage drive.
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
Gigabyte Aero 15-X9
Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW010T8
Acer Predator Triton 500
2x WDC PC SN720 SDAPNTW-256G-1014 (RAID 0)
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
AS SSD
Copy Game MB/s
1164.53
936.25
-20%
1200.14
3%
706.3
-39%
Copy Program MB/s
478.19
362.56
-24%
525.53
10%
431.54
-10%
Copy ISO MB/s
1872.47
1863.91
0%
1974.98
5%
642.49
-66%
Score Total
3230
2722
-16%
3770
17%
4079
26%
2667
-17%
Score Write
1752
957
-45%
1435
-18%
2010
15%
862
-51%
Score Read
985
1180
20%
1558
58%
1362
38%
1221
24%
Access Time Write *
0.043
0.034
21%
0.035
19%
0.033
23%
0.063
-47%
Access Time Read *
0.077
0.114
-48%
0.047
39%
0.116
-51%
4K-64 Write
1500.92
702.74
-53%
1078.74
-28%
1717.43
14%
655.5
-56%
4K-64 Read
756.72
913.55
21%
1227.51
62%
1125.76
49%
995.38
32%
4K Write
88.05
107.12
22%
107.21
22%
110.72
26%
93.41
6%
4K Read
33.2
55.04
66%
38.7
17%
52.31
58%
29.17
-12%
Seq Write
1629.24
1471.06
-10%
2492.02
53%
1822.26
12%
1135.14
-30%
Seq Read
1952.51
2112.83
8%
2913.4
49%
1839.67
-6%
1967
1%
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
Write 4K
80.98
97.13
20%
93.6
16%
93.88
16%
107.4
33%
Read 4K
36.03
53.66
49%
38.82
8%
40.56
13%
42.91
19%
Write Seq
1687
1526
-10%
2455
46%
1468
-13%
467.5
-72%
Read Seq
1835
2020
10%
2107
15%
1540
-16%
2335
27%
Write 4K Q32T1
205.3
285.6
39%
298.7
45%
293.5
43%
289.7
41%
Read 4K Q32T1
229
321.8
41%
338.7
48%
346
51%
354.4
55%
Write Seq Q32T1
1683
1533
-9%
2902
72%
1941
15%
460.9
-73%
Read Seq Q32T1
3363
2351
-30%
3536
5%
3266
-3%
3111
-7%

* ... smaller is better

Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
Transfer Rate Minimum: 157.9 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 208 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 183.4 MB/s
Access Time: 0.7 ms
Burst Rate: 126.3 MB/s
CPU Usage: 2.2 %

GPU Performance

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q features performance somewhere between a conventional RTX 2060 and an RTX 2070. With a few exceptions, most of our 3DMark benchmarks are almost perfectly aligned with the averages, but we’ve also only got a few samples in our database thus far for this adapter.

What’s clear, however, is that it’s incredibly fast—much more powerful than the GTX 1050 Ti in last gen’s Y730 review unit (over twice as fast in fact). In 3DMark 11 Graphics, we receive a score of 21860, which is close to the performance of a GTX 1070 (non-Max-Q), which averages around 22,500. In 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics, the score of 16589 is not far off the GTX 1070’s average of around 17000. These are impressive scores for a machine of this size, especially considering (as we’ll see later) the reasonable surface temperatures and noise levels.

Still, faster laptops with this same GPU exist. The Legion Y740 is near the middle of the pack always in our results, but the Gigabyte Aero 15-X9 and Razer Blade 15 have a slight edge over it (a few percentage points) in most GPU benchmarks.

3DMark Fire Strike
3DMark Fire Strike
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme
3DMark Fire Strike Ultra
3DMark Fire Strike Ultra
3DMark Port Royal
3DMark Port Royal
3DMark DLSS
3DMark DLSS
3DMark Time Spy
3DMark Time Spy
3DMark Sky Diver
3DMark Sky Diver
3DMark Cloud Gate
3DMark Cloud Gate
3DMark Ice Storm
3DMark Ice Storm
3DMark Ice Storm Extreme
3DMark Ice Storm Extreme
3DMark 11
3DMark 11
3DMark 06
3DMark 06
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
HP Omen 15-dc0015ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
12069 Points ∼53% +1%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H
11905 Points ∼53%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (9107 - 15962, n=19)
11893 Points ∼53% 0%
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
11407 Points ∼50% -4%
Acer Predator Triton 500
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 8750H
11099 Points ∼49% -7%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H
10749 Points ∼48% -10%
Gigabyte Aero 15-X9
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H
9349 Points ∼41% -21%
MSI GE75 8SF
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 8750H
8811 Points ∼39% -26%
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8300H
7932 Points ∼35% -33%
Average of class Gaming
  (510 - 17501, n=626)
7611 Points ∼34% -36%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Acer Predator Triton 500
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 8750H
28083 Points ∼55% +28%
MSI GE75 8SF
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 8750H
26097 Points ∼51% +19%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H
22723 Points ∼45% +4%
Gigabyte Aero 15-X9
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H
22089 Points ∼43% +1%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H
21860 Points ∼43%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (14723 - 25259, n=19)
21636 Points ∼42% -1%
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
20573 Points ∼40% -6%
HP Omen 15-dc0015ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
19187 Points ∼38% -12%
Average of class Gaming
  (513 - 50983, n=625)
13504 Points ∼26% -38%
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8300H
9805 Points ∼19% -55%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
MSI GE75 8SF
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 8750H
7789 Points ∼53% +21%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H
6728 Points ∼46% +4%
Gigabyte Aero 15-X9
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H
6562 Points ∼45% +2%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (5948 - 7105, n=17)
6539 Points ∼45% +1%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H
6460 Points ∼44%
Average of class Gaming
  (368 - 13013, n=162)
5705 Points ∼39% -12%
HP Omen 15-dc0015ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
4708 Points ∼32% -27%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
MSI GE75 8SF
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 8750H
20236 Points ∼50% +22%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H
18153 Points ∼45% +9%
Gigabyte Aero 15-X9
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H
17598 Points ∼43% +6%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (11563 - 20201, n=20)
17021 Points ∼42% +3%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H
16589 Points ∼41%
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
16010 Points ∼39% -3%
HP Omen 15-dc0015ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
14724 Points ∼36% -11%
Average of class Gaming
  (385 - 40636, n=550)
11415 Points ∼28% -31%
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8300H
8004 Points ∼20% -52%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H
106564 Points ∼58%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H
106170 Points ∼58% 0%
HP Omen 15-dc0015ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
101453 Points ∼55% -5%
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
101052 Points ∼55% -5%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (39014 - 125189, n=18)
89007 Points ∼48% -16%
Gigabyte Aero 15-X9
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H
73366 Points ∼40% -31%
Average of class Gaming
  (5761 - 184578, n=531)
67687 Points ∼37% -36%
MSI GE75 8SF
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 8750H
64283 Points ∼35% -40%
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8300H
50922 Points ∼28% -52%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
HP Omen 15-dc0015ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
312206 Points ∼43% +7%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H
291678 Points ∼40%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (91578 - 332234, n=6)
193992 Points ∼27% -33%
Average of class Gaming
  (27912 - 401585, n=186)
163369 Points ∼22% -44%
Gigabyte Aero 15-X9
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H
91578 Points ∼13% -69%
3DMark 06 Standard
37344 points
3DMark 11 Performance
18304 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
162624 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
36817 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
15027 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
7614 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
6540 points
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Gaming Performance

In terms of real-world gaming, the Y740 can handle practically anything you throw at it at native resolution (1920x1080) and high/ultra settings. However, most games will not reach a stable 144 frames per second when playing on higher settings—so the full capabilities of the 144 Hz display won’t be leveraged in those cases. In older games, such as BioShock Infinite, which manages 211 frames per second even at Ultra settings, we can see that this normally isn’t an issue. But most newer heavy-duty titles will need to be played on low/medium for the same results.

BioShock Infinite
1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF)
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
211 fps ∼100%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
152.5 fps ∼72% -28%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (116 - 211, n=14)
150 fps ∼71% -29%
HP Omen 15-dc0015ng
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
139.4 fps ∼66% -34%
MSI GE75 8SF
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop)
136.9 fps ∼65% -35%
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
136.8 fps ∼65% -35%
Gigabyte Aero 15-X9
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
127.7 fps ∼61% -39%
Average of class Gaming
  (9.7 - 266, n=347)
97.9 fps ∼46% -54%
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
Intel Core i5-8300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
74.8 fps ∼35% -65%
1366x768 High Preset
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
261 fps ∼100%
HP Omen 15-dc0015ng
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
256 fps ∼98% -2%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
246.1 fps ∼94% -6%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (203 - 290, n=13)
246 fps ∼94% -6%
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
242.8 fps ∼93% -7%
Gigabyte Aero 15-X9
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
202.6 fps ∼78% -22%
MSI GE75 8SF
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop)
193.1 fps ∼74% -26%
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
Intel Core i5-8300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
176.7 fps ∼68% -32%
Average of class Gaming
  (31.5 - 348, n=284)
175 fps ∼67% -33%
1366x768 Medium Preset
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
282 fps ∼100%
HP Omen 15-dc0015ng
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
279.9 fps ∼99% -1%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (218 - 315, n=13)
264 fps ∼94% -6%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
260.1 fps ∼92% -8%
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
247.6 fps ∼88% -12%
Gigabyte Aero 15-X9
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
217.9 fps ∼77% -23%
MSI GE75 8SF
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop)
208.9 fps ∼74% -26%
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
Intel Core i5-8300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
198.8 fps ∼70% -30%
Average of class Gaming
  (37.9 - 381, n=224)
196 fps ∼70% -30%
1280x720 Very Low Preset
HP Omen 15-dc0015ng
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
313.8 fps ∼100% +4%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (234 - 370, n=13)
303 fps ∼97% 0%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
302 fps ∼96%
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
291.6 fps ∼93% -3%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
290.8 fps ∼93% -4%
Average of class Gaming
  (73 - 452, n=199)
243 fps ∼77% -20%
Gigabyte Aero 15-X9
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
233.9 fps ∼75% -23%
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
Intel Core i5-8300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
233.1 fps ∼74% -23%
MSI GE75 8SF
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop)
231 fps ∼74% -24%
Rise of the Tomb Raider
1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:FX AF:16x
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
103.9 fps ∼100% +4%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (96.6 - 106, n=4)
102 fps ∼98% +2%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
100 fps ∼96%
MSI GE75 8SF
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop)
89.4 fps ∼86% -11%
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
85.1 fps ∼82% -15%
Average of class Gaming
  (8.9 - 159, n=168)
68.5 fps ∼66% -31%
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
Intel Core i5-8300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
40 fps ∼38% -60%
1920x1080 High Preset AA:FX AF:4x
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
121.9 fps ∼100% +5%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (116 - 126, n=4)
120 fps ∼98% +3%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
116 fps ∼95%
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
102.8 fps ∼84% -11%
MSI GE75 8SF
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop)
92.2 fps ∼76% -21%
Average of class Gaming
  (11.6 - 189, n=132)
77.5 fps ∼64% -33%
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
Intel Core i5-8300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
51.3 fps ∼42% -56%
1366x768 Medium Preset AF:2x
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
184 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (158 - 184, n=4)
172 fps ∼93% -7%
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
166 fps ∼90% -10%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
157.8 fps ∼86% -14%
Average of class Gaming
  (14.5 - 225, n=95)
115 fps ∼63% -37%
MSI GE75 8SF
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop)
111.3 fps ∼60% -40%
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
Intel Core i5-8300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
95 fps ∼52% -48%
1024x768 Lowest Preset
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
231 fps ∼100%
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
217.5 fps ∼94% -6%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  (204 - 231, n=4)
215 fps ∼93% -7%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
204.2 fps ∼88% -12%
Average of class Gaming
  (23.6 - 318, n=91)
156 fps ∼68% -32%
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
Intel Core i5-8300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
125.3 fps ∼54% -46%
MSI GE75 8SF
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop)
120 fps ∼52% -48%
Batman: Arkham Knight
1920x1080 High / On AA:SM AF:16x
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
87 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
 
87 fps ∼100% 0%
Average of class Gaming
  (8 - 141, n=123)
56.3 fps ∼65% -35%
1920x1080 High / On (Interactive Smoke & Paper Debris Off) AA:SM AF:8x
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
129 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
 
129 fps ∼100% 0%
Average of class Gaming
  (22 - 159, n=102)
70.6 fps ∼55% -45%
1366x768 Normal / Off AF:4x
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
153 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
 
153 fps ∼100% 0%
Average of class Gaming
  (46 - 202, n=51)
95.3 fps ∼62% -38%
1280x720 Low / Off AF:Trilinear
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
163 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
 
163 fps ∼100% 0%
Average of class Gaming
  (43 - 214, n=33)
111 fps ∼68% -32%
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