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Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR (Ryzen 7 2700U, RX Vega 10, SSD, FHD) Convertible Review

Sascha Mölck, Andrea Grüblinger (translated by Finn D. Boerne), 06/11/2019

Multifunctional. Lenovo's Yoga 530-14ARR offers a Ryzen 7 APU, dual-channel RAM, and an NVMe SSD. In addition to finger-touch input the IPS touchscreen also supports Lenovo's Active Pen.

Lenovo’s Yoga 530-14ARR is a slim and compact 14-inch Windows convertible powered by a Ryzen 7 2700U APU. We already had its Intel-equipped sibling, the Yoga 530-14IKB, in review a while ago. Its main competitors are the HP Pavilion x360 14, Dell Inspiron 14 5482 2-in-1, Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP412UA, and Acer Spin 3 SP314-51.

Given that the 530-14ARR is identical to the 530-14IKB in regard to case, design, input devices, and speakers we are not going to cover these aspects in this review. Those interested are welcome to take a look at our Yoga 530-14IKB review.

Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE (Yoga 530 Series)
Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10 - 256 MB, Core: 300-1300 MHz, Memory: 1200 MHz, Dual-Channel, Adrenalin 19.5.2 (26.20.11015.5009)
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4-2666, dual-channel, two slots (both populated)
Display
14 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 157 PPI, 10-point capacitive, native pen support, AU Optronics B140HAN04.0, IPS, glossy: yes
Mainboard
AMD CZ FCH
Storage
SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDHTNG,  GB 
, M.2-2280, 211 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC236 @ AMD K17.1 - Audio Processor - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: audio combo jack, Card Reader: SD, SDHC, SDXC, TV Card: HD, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Sensors: motion sensor, gyroscope, TPM 2.0
Networking
Realtek 8821CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 17.6 x 328 x 229 ( = 0.69 x 12.91 x 9.02 in)
Battery
45 Wh, 5928 mAh Lithium-Ion, 7.68 V
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 0.9
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, McAfee LiveSafe (trial version), 24 Months Warranty
Weight
1.67 kg ( = 58.91 oz / 3.68 pounds), Power Supply: 212 g ( = 7.48 oz / 0.47 pounds)
Price
799 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

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Size Comparison

334.95 mm / 13.2 inch 229.95 mm / 9.05 inch 20.8 mm / 0.819 inch 1.7 kg3.75 lbs328 mm / 12.9 inch 232.8 mm / 9.17 inch 19.95 mm / 0.785 inch 1.8 kg3.86 lbs328 mm / 12.9 inch 229 mm / 9.02 inch 17.6 mm / 0.693 inch 1.7 kg3.68 lbs328 mm / 12.9 inch 229 mm / 9.02 inch 17.6 mm / 0.693 inch 1.6 kg3.53 lbs327 mm / 12.9 inch 224.75 mm / 8.85 inch 17.6 mm / 0.693 inch 1.5 kg3.31 lbs324 mm / 12.8 inch 224 mm / 8.82 inch 20 mm / 0.787 inch 1.6 kg3.61 lbs
SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
HP Pavilion x360 14-cd0002ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
68.2 MB/s ∼100% +101%
Average of class Convertible
  (7.5 - 197, n=127)
61.3 MB/s ∼90% +80%
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
34 MB/s ∼50%
Dell Inspiron 14 5000 5482 2-in-1
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
29.4 MB/s ∼43% -14%
Lenovo Yoga 530-14IKB-81EK00CWGE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
27.2 MB/s ∼40% -20%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP412UA-EC969T
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
23.5 MB/s ∼34% -31%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-51-548L
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
20.6 MB/s ∼30% -39%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
HP Pavilion x360 14-cd0002ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
83.2 MB/s ∼100% +117%
Average of class Convertible
  (21.7 - 246, n=125)
75.8 MB/s ∼91% +98%
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
38.3 MB/s ∼46%
Dell Inspiron 14 5000 5482 2-in-1
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
31.6 MB/s ∼38% -17%
Lenovo Yoga 530-14IKB-81EK00CWGE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
29 MB/s ∼35% -24%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP412UA-EC969T
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
27.9 MB/s ∼34% -27%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-51-548L
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
24.8 MB/s ∼30% -35%
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Dell Inspiron 14 5000 5482 2-in-1
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
661 MBit/s ∼100% +135%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-51-548L
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
596 MBit/s ∼90% +112%
Average of class Convertible
  (28.7 - 688, n=141)
490 MBit/s ∼74% +74%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP412UA-EC969T
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
446 (min: 311, max: 511) MBit/s ∼67% +59%
Lenovo Yoga 530-14IKB-81EK00CWGE
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
312 MBit/s ∼47% +11%
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
Realtek 8821CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
281 (min: 274, max: 284) MBit/s ∼43%
HP Pavilion x360 14-cd0002ng
RealTek Semiconductor, Device ID: C821
271 (min: 261, max: 290) MBit/s ∼41% -4%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Dell Inspiron 14 5000 5482 2-in-1
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
597 MBit/s ∼100% +83%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP412UA-EC969T
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
566 (min: 407, max: 640) MBit/s ∼95% +74%
Average of class Convertible
  (36.4 - 685, n=141)
498 MBit/s ∼83% +53%
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
Realtek 8821CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
326 (min: 287, max: 355) MBit/s ∼55%
HP Pavilion x360 14-cd0002ng
RealTek Semiconductor, Device ID: C821
325 (min: 314, max: 340) MBit/s ∼54% 0%
Lenovo Yoga 530-14IKB-81EK00CWGE
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
317 MBit/s ∼53% -3%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-51-548L
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
300 MBit/s ∼50% -8%
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Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE Realtek 8821CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø280 (274-284)
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP412UA-EC969T Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø445 (311-511)
HP Pavilion x360 14-cd0002ng RealTek Semiconductor, Device ID: C821; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø271 (261-290)
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE Realtek 8821CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø326 (287-355)
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP412UA-EC969T Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø566 (407-640)
HP Pavilion x360 14-cd0002ng RealTek Semiconductor, Device ID: C821; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø325 (314-340)

Display

The 14-inch touchscreen display runs at a native resolution of 1920x1080. While it offers a decent contrast ratio (1,687:1) its maximum brightness of just 233 nits is too low. That being said, most competitors are not any better in this regard either and some feature even dimmer displays. Generally speaking we consider a brightness of 300 nits and a contrast ratio of 1,000:1 to be adequate. On a more positive note we failed to detect any PWM flickering.

Pixel array
Pixel array
Backlight bleeding
Backlight bleeding
232
cd/m²
233
cd/m²
253
cd/m²
216
cd/m²
239
cd/m²
230
cd/m²
238
cd/m²
218
cd/m²
239
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
AU Optronics B140HAN04.0
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 253 cd/m² Average: 233.1 cd/m² Minimum: 10.8 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 85 %
Center on Battery: 233 cd/m²
Contrast: 1366:1 (Black: 0.175 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.39 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6, calibrated: 4.46
ΔE Greyscale 3.54 | 0.64-98 Ø6.3
56% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 36% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.22
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Lenovo Yoga 530-14IKB-81EK00CWGE
IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP412UA-EC969T
IPS, 1920x1080, 14
HP Pavilion x360 14-cd0002ng
IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Dell Inspiron 14 5000 5482 2-in-1
IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Acer Spin 3 SP314-51-548L
IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Response Times
-7%
3%
-6%
-30%
-14%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
42 (19, 23)
45 (20, 25)
-7%
40 (18, 22)
5%
44 (24, 20)
-5%
58.8 (25.6, 33.2)
-40%
43 (21, 22)
-2%
Response Time Black / White *
28 (16, 12)
30 (14, 16)
-7%
28 (16, 12)
-0%
30 (17, 13)
-7%
33.2 (20, 13.2)
-19%
35 (21, 14)
-25%
PWM Frequency
520 (90)
2439 (30)
198.4 (98)
1000
Screen
18%
6%
-2%
-20%
11%
Brightness middle
239
240
0%
251
5%
225
-6%
193.6
-19%
220
-8%
Brightness
233
234
0%
242
4%
195
-16%
181
-22%
221
-5%
Brightness Distribution
85
93
9%
87
2%
72
-15%
78
-8%
78
-8%
Black Level *
0.175
0.11
37%
0.25
-43%
0.14
20%
0.17
3%
0.18
-3%
Contrast
1366
2182
60%
1004
-27%
1607
18%
1139
-17%
1222
-11%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.39
4.98
8%
4.03
25%
5.44
-1%
6.99
-30%
3.98
26%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
16.51
10.75
35%
7.33
56%
20.38
-23%
23.58
-43%
7.69
53%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
4.46
3.33
25%
4.46
-0%
4.86
-9%
4
10%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.54
3.51
1%
2.55
28%
3.98
-12%
5.7
-61%
1.68
53%
Gamma
2.22 99%
2.2 100%
2.48 89%
2.32 95%
2.12 104%
2.37 93%
CCT
6562 99%
6606 98%
6831 95%
6163 105%
5845 111%
6382 102%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
36
40
11%
38
6%
39
8%
37.6
4%
38
6%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
56
62
11%
59
5%
62
11%
58
4%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
6% / 14%
5% / 5%
-4% / -2%
-25% / -22%
-2% / 7%

* ... smaller is better

Color accuracy was decent ex factory, and the display’s DeltaE for colors was just 5.39. Ideally, you want this to be less than 3. We found no blue tint. Calibrating the display improved the color accuracy, and we were able to lower DeltaE for colors to 4.4 and improve grayscale balance at the same time. AdobeRGB and sRGB color-space coverage was only 36 and 56%, respectively.

As always you can download the resulting ICC profile from the box above. Keep in mind to make sure that your device is equipped with the exact same display (manufacturer + model) as our review unit. Otherwise you might end up decreasing instead of improving color accuracy. Many OEMs source their displays from various manufacturers even within a single series of notebooks.

CalMAN - Colorchecker
CalMAN - Colorchecker
CalMAN - grayscale
CalMAN - grayscale
CalMAN - saturation
CalMAN - saturation
CalMAN - Colorchecker (calibrated)
CalMAN - Colorchecker (calibrated)
CalMAN - grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN - grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN - saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN - saturation (calibrated)

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
28 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 16 ms rise
↘ 12 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 60 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (25 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
42 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 19 ms rise
↘ 23 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 55 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (39.8 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 9394 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Thanks to its IPS panel the display remained well readable from all angles and positions. Outdoors, it was practically unusable due to its low maximum brightness combined with its highly reflective coating.

Outdoors in bright sunlight
Outdoors in bright sunlight
Outdoors in bright sunlight
Outdoors in bright sunlight
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance

Lenovo’s Yoga 530-14ARR convertible offers enough performance for most office and Internet applications. At the time of writing, our review unit sold for around $800, and other SKUs were available starting at around $500.

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

Processor

The Yoga 530 is powered by an AMD Ryzen 7 2700U (Raven Ridge) APU, the CPU part of which is comprised of a quad-core processor with a base clock speed of 2.2 GHz and a turbo boost of up to 3.8 GHz. The CPU supports SMT (simultaneous multi-threading), which means each CPU core can work on two separate threads simultaneously.

On mains, the Cinebench benchmark was performed at 3.1 to 3.3 GHz (multithread) and 1.5 to 3.8 GHz (single-thread). On battery, the CPU ran at 2.4 GHz in the multithread test at first and eventually boosted to between 2.6 and 3.3 GHz, and it completed the single-thread test at between 1.6 and 2.4 GHz.

Multithread (on mains)
Multithread (on mains)
Single-thread (on mains)
Single-thread (on mains)
Multithread (on battery)
Multithread (on battery)
Single-thread (on battery)
Single-thread (on battery)

Whether or not a notebook is capable of maintaining a high level of turbo boost on mains is determined by running the Cinebench R15 multithread test in a loop for at least 30 minutes. The resulting scores dropped between the first and eighth iteration and remained consistent afterwards. Turbo boost was liberally applied during the first few iterations, and the CPU ran at more than 3 GHz. In subsequent iterations, boost frequency was reduced to 2.6 to 2.7 GHz. Nevertheless, the Ryzen-powered device was able to outperform is Core i5-8250U-equipped sibling.

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Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE AMD Ryzen 7 2700U, AMD Ryzen 7 2700U: Ø573 (548.16-653.78)
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP412UA-EC969T Intel Core i3-8130U, Intel Core i3-8130U: Ø330 (327.55-342.22)
HP Pavilion x360 14-cd0002ng Intel Core i3-8130U, Intel Core i3-8130U: Ø318 (296.31-322.82)
Dell Inspiron 14 5000 5482 2-in-1 Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel Core i7-8565U: Ø557 (543.67-594.64)
Lenovo Yoga 530-14IKB-81EK00CWGE Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel Core i5-8250U: Ø502 (498.68-535.35)
Acer Spin 3 SP314-51-548L Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel Core i5-8250U: Ø476 (440.88-522.5)
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP412UA-DB51T Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel Core i5-8250U: Ø549 (543.42-590.28)
CPU clock speeds during our CB15 loop
CPU clock speeds during our CB15 loop
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4527
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
17043
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
7976
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
136 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
654 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
44.94 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
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Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Dell Inspiron 14 5000 5482 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-8565U
158 Points ∼100% +16%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-51-548L
Intel Core i5-8250U
144 Points ∼91% +6%
Lenovo Yoga 530-14IKB-81EK00CWGE
Intel Core i5-8250U
144 Points ∼91% +6%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP412UA-DB51T
Intel Core i5-8250U
144 Points ∼91% +6%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
  (134 - 150, n=11)
143 Points ∼91% +5%
HP Pavilion x360 14-cd0002ng
Intel Core i3-8130U
139 Points ∼88% +2%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP412UA-EC969T
Intel Core i3-8130U
138 Points ∼87% +1%
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
136 Points ∼86%
Average of class Convertible
  (19 - 179, n=296)
105 Points ∼66% -23%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
654 Points ∼100%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
  (530 - 719, n=11)
636 Points ∼97% -3%
Dell Inspiron 14 5000 5482 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-8565U
550 Points ∼84% -16%
Lenovo Yoga 530-14IKB-81EK00CWGE
Intel Core i5-8250U
535 Points ∼82% -18%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-51-548L
Intel Core i5-8250U
523 Points ∼80% -20%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP412UA-DB51T
Intel Core i5-8250U
521 Points ∼80% -20%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP412UA-EC969T
Intel Core i3-8130U
342 Points ∼52% -48%
HP Pavilion x360 14-cd0002ng
Intel Core i3-8130U
320 Points ∼49% -51%
Average of class Convertible
  (33 - 761, n=303)
294 Points ∼45% -55%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Dell Inspiron 14 5000 5482 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-8565U
6648 Points ∼100% +47%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-51-548L
Intel Core i5-8250U
5540 Points ∼83% +22%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP412UA-EC969T
Intel Core i3-8130U
5419 Points ∼82% +20%
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
4527 Points ∼68%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
  (4379 - 4527, n=3)
4474 Points ∼67% -1%
Average of class Convertible
  (466 - 7508, n=241)
3368 Points ∼51% -26%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Dell Inspiron 14 5000 5482 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-8565U
17276 Points ∼100% +1%
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
17043 Points ∼99%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-51-548L
Intel Core i5-8250U
16067 Points ∼93% -6%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
  (9812 - 17043, n=3)
13528 Points ∼78% -21%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP412UA-EC969T
Intel Core i3-8130U
12172 Points ∼70% -29%
Average of class Convertible
  (706 - 24180, n=237)
7765 Points ∼45% -54%
Cinebench R20
CPU (Single Core)
Average AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
  (356 - 381, n=2)
369 Points ∼100% +4%
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
356 Points ∼96%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP412UA-EC969T
Intel Core i3-8130U
348 Points ∼94% -2%
Average of class Convertible
  (78 - 431, n=12)
317 Points ∼86% -11%
CPU (Multi Core)
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
1504 Points ∼100%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
  (1392 - 1504, n=2)
1448 Points ∼96% -4%
Average of class Convertible
  (220 - 1504, n=12)
909 Points ∼60% -40%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP412UA-EC969T
Intel Core i3-8130U
774 Points ∼51% -49%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
12444 Points ∼100%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-51-548L
Intel Core i5-8250U
12350 Points ∼99% -1%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
  (10423 - 12444, n=2)
11434 Points ∼92% -8%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP412UA-EC969T
Intel Core i3-8130U
7402 Points ∼59% -41%
Average of class Convertible
  (954 - 14144, n=97)
5216 Points ∼42% -58%
32 Bit Single-Core Score
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP412UA-EC969T
Intel Core i3-8130U
3469 Points ∼100% +3%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-51-548L
Intel Core i5-8250U
3421 Points ∼99% +2%
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
3361 Points ∼97%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
  (3136 - 3361, n=2)
3249 Points ∼94% -3%
Average of class Convertible
  (561 - 4102, n=97)
2151 Points ∼62% -36%
Geekbench 4.4
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Dell Inspiron 14 5000 5482 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-8565U
13702 Points ∼100% +49%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-51-548L
Intel Core i5-8250U
12516 Points ∼91% +37%
Average of class Convertible
  (2296 - 16890, n=43)
9672 Points ∼71% +5%
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
9169 Points ∼67%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP412UA-EC969T
Intel Core i3-8130U
8311 Points ∼61% -9%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
  (5034 - 9169, n=3)
7595 Points ∼55% -17%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Dell Inspiron 14 5000 5482 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-8565U
4708 Points ∼100% +30%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-51-548L
Intel Core i5-8250U
4312 Points ∼92% +19%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP412UA-EC969T
Intel Core i3-8130U
4082 Points ∼87% +13%
Average of class Convertible
  (880 - 5447, n=43)
3639 Points ∼77% +1%
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
3610 Points ∼77%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
  (3357 - 3610, n=3)
3487 Points ∼74% -3%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Convertible
  (809 - 9177, n=191)
2467 ms * ∼100% -81%
HP Pavilion x360 14-cd0002ng
Intel Core i3-8130U (42.17134.10 EDGE HTML 17.17134)
1937.2 ms * ∼79% -42%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
  (1231 - 1686, n=6)
1443 ms * ∼58% -6%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP412UA-EC969T
Intel Core i3-8130U (Edge 44)
1428.9 ms * ∼58% -5%
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U (Edge 44)
1360.6 ms * ∼55%
Dell Inspiron 14 5000 5482 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-8565U (Edge 42.17134.1.0)
1266.3 ms * ∼51% +7%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-51-548L
Intel Core i5-8250U (Edge 41)
1243.8 ms * ∼50% +9%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Acer Spin 3 SP314-51-548L
Intel Core i5-8250U (Edge 41)
29884 Points ∼100% +13%
Dell Inspiron 14 5000 5482 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-8565U (Edge 42.17134.1.0)
29702 Points ∼99% +13%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP412UA-EC969T
Intel Core i3-8130U (Edge 44)
26467 Points ∼89% 0%
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U (Edge 44)
26349 Points ∼88%
HP Pavilion x360 14-cd0002ng
Intel Core i3-8130U (42.17134.10 EDGE HTML 17.17134)
25180 Points ∼84% -4%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
  (20231 - 27727, n=6)
25163 Points ∼84% -5%
Average of class Convertible
  (3067 - 42822, n=182)
21825 Points ∼73% -17%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Average of class Convertible
  (29.8 - 101, n=6)
53.2 runs/min ∼100% +44%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP412UA-EC969T
Intel Core i3-8130U (Edge 44)
43.6 runs/min ∼82% +18%
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U (Edge 44)
36.9 runs/min ∼69%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
 
36.9 runs/min ∼69% 0%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Dell Inspiron 14 5000 5482 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-8565U (Edge 42.17134.1.0)
258.78 Points ∼100% +35%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-51-548L
Intel Core i5-8250U (Edge 41)
220.64 Points ∼85% +15%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP412UA-DB51T
Intel Core i5-8250U (Edge 42.17134.1.0)
217.42 Points ∼84% +13%
HP Pavilion x360 14-cd0002ng
Intel Core i3-8130U (42.17134.10 EDGE HTML 17.17134)
199.04 Points ∼77% +4%
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U (Edge 44)
191.74 Points ∼74%
Average of class Convertible
  (33.5 - 288, n=166)
168 Points ∼65% -12%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
  (129 - 192, n=6)
159 Points ∼61% -17%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

Overall, the system ran perfectly smooth. We did not encounter any issues. The notebook offers more than enough performance for office and Internet applications. PCMark benchmark results were decent. Looking at our comparison chart we noticed that some Intel-based competitors scored much higher than the Lenovo 530. The reason for this was their higher single-thread performance.

PCMark 10
PCMark 10
PCMark 7 Score
6212 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3365 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
3430 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4340 points
Help
PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
Vega 10, 2700U, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDHTNG
3251 Points ∼100%
Dell Inspiron 14 5000 5482 2-in-1
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, SK Hynix BC501 NVMe 256 GB
3108 Points ∼96% -4%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 2700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (2206 - 3251, n=7)
2800 Points ∼86% -14%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP412UA-DB51T
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
2779 Points ∼85% -15%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-51-548L
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
2706 Points ∼83% -17%
Lenovo Yoga 530-14IKB-81EK00CWGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
2695 Points ∼83% -17%
Average of class Convertible
  (605 - 4342, n=95)
2469 Points ∼76% -24%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP412UA-EC969T
UHD Graphics 620, 8130U, SanDisk SD9SN8W256G1002
2351 Points ∼72% -28%
HP Pavilion x360 14-cd0002ng
UHD Graphics 620, 8130U, Toshiba KBG30ZMV256G
2232 Points ∼69% -31%
HP Pavilion x360 14-ba011ng
GeForce 940MX, 7200U, Samsung CM871a MZNTY128HDHP
2031 Points ∼62% -38%
Productivity
Dell Inspiron 14 5000 5482 2-in-1
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, SK Hynix BC501 NVMe 256 GB
7045 Points ∼100% +57%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-51-548L
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
6270 Points ∼89% +40%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP412UA-DB51T
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
5722 Points ∼81% +27%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP412UA-EC969T
UHD Graphics 620, 8130U, SanDisk SD9SN8W256G1002
5649 Points ∼80% +26%
Lenovo Yoga 530-14IKB-81EK00CWGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
5583 Points ∼79% +24%
HP Pavilion x360 14-cd0002ng
UHD Graphics 620, 8130U, Toshiba KBG30ZMV256G
5525 Points ∼78% +23%
Average of class Convertible
  (1121 - 7077, n=97)
5249 Points ∼75% +17%
HP Pavilion x360 14-ba011ng
GeForce 940MX, 7200U, Samsung CM871a MZNTY128HDHP
4603 Points ∼65% +2%
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
Vega 10, 2700U, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDHTNG
4493 Points ∼64%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 2700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (3408 - 5146, n=7)
4229 Points ∼60% -6%
Essentials
Dell Inspiron 14 5000 5482 2-in-1
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, SK Hynix BC501 NVMe 256 GB
8354 Points ∼100% +14%
Lenovo Yoga 530-14IKB-81EK00CWGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
7837 Points ∼94% +7%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP412UA-DB51T
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
7731 Points ∼93% +6%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-51-548L
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
7548 Points ∼90% +3%
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
Vega 10, 2700U, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDHTNG
7320 Points ∼88%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP412UA-EC969T
UHD Graphics 620, 8130U, SanDisk SD9SN8W256G1002
6982 Points ∼84% -5%
Average of class Convertible
  (2489 - 9291, n=97)
6924 Points ∼83% -5%
HP Pavilion x360 14-cd0002ng
UHD Graphics 620, 8130U, Toshiba KBG30ZMV256G
6902 Points ∼83% -6%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 2700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (5395 - 7320, n=7)
6247 Points ∼75% -15%
HP Pavilion x360 14-ba011ng
GeForce 940MX, 7200U, Samsung CM871a MZNTY128HDHP
6085 Points ∼73% -17%
Score
Dell Inspiron 14 5000 5482 2-in-1
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, SK Hynix BC501 NVMe 256 GB
4069 Points ∼100% +20%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-51-548L
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
3613 Points ∼89% +6%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP412UA-DB51T
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
3564 Points ∼88% +5%
Lenovo Yoga 530-14IKB-81EK00CWGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
3515 Points ∼86% +3%
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
Vega 10, 2700U, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDHTNG
3402 Points ∼84%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP412UA-EC969T
UHD Graphics 620, 8130U, SanDisk SD9SN8W256G1002
3245 Points ∼80% -5%
Average of class Convertible
  (872 - 4347, n=98)
3159 Points ∼78% -7%
HP Pavilion x360 14-cd0002ng
UHD Graphics 620, 8130U, Toshiba KBG30ZMV256G
3153 Points ∼77% -7%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 2700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (2584 - 3402, n=7)
3004 Points ∼74% -12%
HP Pavilion x360 14-ba011ng
GeForce 940MX, 7200U, Samsung CM871a MZNTY128HDHP
2756 Points ∼68% -19%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Dell Inspiron 14 5000 5482 2-in-1
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, SK Hynix BC501 NVMe 256 GB
5032 Points ∼100% +16%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP412UA-EC969T
UHD Graphics 620, 8130U, SanDisk SD9SN8W256G1002
4597 Points ∼91% +6%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-51-548L
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
4596 Points ∼91% +6%
HP Pavilion x360 14-cd0002ng
UHD Graphics 620, 8130U, Toshiba KBG30ZMV256G
4412 Points ∼88% +2%
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
Vega 10, 2700U, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDHTNG
4340 Points ∼86%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 2700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (2438 - 4774, n=7)
4215 Points ∼84% -3%
Average of class Convertible
  (1007 - 5281, n=226)
3725 Points ∼74% -14%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Acer Spin 3 SP314-51-548L
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
3650 Points ∼100% +8%
Dell Inspiron 14 5000 5482 2-in-1
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, SK Hynix BC501 NVMe 256 GB
3537 Points ∼97% +5%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP412UA-EC969T
UHD Graphics 620, 8130U, SanDisk SD9SN8W256G1002
3483 Points ∼95% +4%
HP Pavilion x360 14-ba011ng
GeForce 940MX, 7200U, Samsung CM871a MZNTY128HDHP
3435 Points ∼94% +2%
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
Vega 10, 2700U, SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDHTNG
3365 Points ∼92%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 2700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (3155 - 3640, n=7)
3308 Points ∼91% -2%
HP Pavilion x360 14-cd0002ng
UHD Graphics 620, 8130U, Toshiba KBG30ZMV256G
3198 Points ∼88% -5%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP412UA-DB51T
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
2986 Points ∼82% -11%
Average of class Convertible
  (741 - 4741, n=274)
2788 Points ∼76% -17%

Storage Devices

The 256 GB M.2-2280 NVMe SSD is made by Hynix. Roughly 211 GB was user-accessible out of the box, with the rest taken up by the Windows installation and the recovery partition. Transfer rates were decent; however, the SSD was unable to keep up with the top dogs in this category. NVMe SSDs tend to be much faster than SATA III SSDs (max. 600 MB/s) due to the fact that they are connected to the much faster PCIe bus.

The SSD is hidden behind a shield
The SSD is hidden behind a shield
SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDHTNG
Sequential Read: 1119 MB/s
Sequential Write: 805.9 MB/s
512K Read: 921.9 MB/s
512K Write: 541.8 MB/s
4K Read: 39.08 MB/s
4K Write: 88.15 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 270 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 214.8 MB/s
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDHTNG
Lenovo Yoga 530-14IKB-81EK00CWGE
SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP412UA-EC969T
SanDisk SD9SN8W256G1002
HP Pavilion x360 14-cd0002ng
Toshiba KBG30ZMV256G
Dell Inspiron 14 5000 5482 2-in-1
SK Hynix BC501 NVMe 256 GB
Acer Spin 3 SP314-51-548L
Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
Average SK hynix BC501 HFM256GDHTNG
 
AS SSD
10%
-112%
-15%
30%
-26%
18%
Copy Game MB/s
289.71
265.58
-8%
424.89
47%
535.7
85%
231.88
-20%
393 (290 - 478, n=3)
36%
Copy Program MB/s
127.77
145.01
13%
263.37
106%
344.44
170%
158.75
24%
193 (128 - 237, n=3)
51%
Copy ISO MB/s
462.34
339.45
-27%
574.32
24%
773.11
67%
329.78
-29%
633 (462 - 799, n=3)
37%
Score Total
1485
1416
-5%
898
-40%
1511
2%
1520
2%
867
-42%
1568 (1485 - 1674, n=3)
6%
Score Write
503
432
-14%
226
-55%
392
-22%
576
15%
392
-22%
548 (503 - 616, n=3)
9%
Score Read
664
690
4%
442
-33%
748
13%
619
-7%
311
-53%
691 (664 - 716, n=3)
4%
Access Time Write *
0.051
0.054
-6%
0.606
-1088%
0.229
-349%
0.032
37%
0.056
-10%
0.0397 (0.032 - 0.051, n=3)
22%
Access Time Read *
0.07
0.046
34%
0.134
-91%
0.138
-97%
0.046
34%
0.091
-30%
0.0567 (0.047 - 0.07, n=3)
19%
4K-64 Write
376.18
268.85
-29%
136.83
-64%
224.89
-40%
416.46
11%
273.61
-27%
396 (358 - 455, n=3)
5%
4K-64 Read
511.93
448.2
-12%
369.48
-28%
584.1
14%
522.31
2%
236.07
-54%
519 (510 - 533, n=3)
1%
4K Write
73.07
91
25%
51.11
-30%
90.46
24%
112.4
54%
77.87
7%
90.9 (73.1 - 112, n=3)
24%
4K Read
35.16
34.44
-2%
26.69
-24%
41.45
18%
39.48
12%
25.41
-28%
38.7 (35.2 - 42.3, n=3)
10%
Seq Write
540.19
720.7
33%
380.21
-30%
763.63
41%
471.64
-13%
406.92
-25%
609 (540 - 736, n=3)
13%
Seq Read
1167.88
2070.93
77%
454.42
-61%
1224.99
5%
576.2
-51%
491.14
-58%
1343 (1168 - 1443, n=3)
15%

* ... smaller is better

GPU Performance

The GPU part of the installed APU is AMD’s Radeon RX Vega 10. It supports DirectX 12 and runs at speeds of up to 1,300 MHz. Its 3DMark benchmark results were among the best we were ever able to determine for this particular GPU. For example, last year’s IdeaPad 720s-13ARR scored much lower due to its massively throttled GPU and its single-channel RAM interface. GPU performance was not throttled on battery.

Ice Storm Unlimited
Ice Storm Unlimited
Night Raid
Night Raid
Fire Strike
Fire Strike
3DMark 05 Standard
16454 points
3DMark 06 Standard
14890 points
3DMark Vantage P Result
11391 points
3DMark 11 Performance
4045 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
62756 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
12179 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
2125 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
765 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
4045 Points ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (2688 - 4165, n=13)
3435 Points ∼85% -15%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
2688 Points ∼66% -34%
HP Pavilion x360 14-ba011ng
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i5-7200U
2543 Points ∼63% -37%
Dell Inspiron 14 5000 5482 2-in-1
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8565U
1741 Points ∼43% -57%
Lenovo Yoga 530-14IKB-81EK00CWGE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
1663 Points ∼41% -59%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-51-548L
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
1634 Points ∼40% -60%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP412UA-EC969T
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i3-8130U
1561 Points ∼39% -61%
HP Pavilion x360 14-cd0002ng
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i3-8130U
1451 Points ∼36% -64%
Average of class Convertible
  (173 - 7483, n=325)
1243 Points ∼31% -69%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (578 - 852, n=4)
722 Points ∼100% +6%
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
679 Points ∼94%
Average of class Convertible
  (85 - 1682, n=29)
455 Points ∼63% -33%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
2376 Points ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (1567 - 2999, n=12)
2128 Points ∼90% -10%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
1567 Points ∼66% -34%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-51-548L
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
1117 Points ∼47% -53%
Dell Inspiron 14 5000 5482 2-in-1
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8565U
1112 Points ∼47% -53%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP412UA-EC969T
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i3-8130U
1103 Points ∼46% -54%
Lenovo Yoga 530-14IKB-81EK00CWGE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
1068 Points ∼45% -55%
Average of class Convertible
  (132 - 5965, n=233)
994 Points ∼42% -58%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
17440 Points ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (9364 - 20784, n=12)
14164 Points ∼81% -19%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
9364 Points ∼54% -46%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP412UA-EC969T
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i3-8130U
9312 Points ∼53% -47%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-51-548L
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
9128 Points ∼52% -48%
Dell Inspiron 14 5000 5482 2-in-1
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8565U
8937 Points ∼51% -49%
Lenovo Yoga 530-14IKB-81EK00CWGE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
8374 Points ∼48% -52%
HP Pavilion x360 14-cd0002ng
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i3-8130U
7357 Points ∼42% -58%
Average of class Convertible
  (1023 - 37388, n=286)
6660 Points ∼38% -62%

Gaming Performance

Many of the games in our database can be enjoyed smoothly on the Yoga 530, especially those that are either already a few years old or are not too demanding. Among others, this list includes games such as Dota 2 Reborn, Diablo 3, Starcraft 2, Team Fortress 2, and League of Legends. Generally speaking these can be enjoyed in HD resolution (1366x768) and medium details. Demanding and more recent 2018/2019 games are more challenging. Some, such as Apex Legends, Darksiders III, and Dirt Rally 2.0, ran smoothly in low resolutions and with minimum details.

low med. high ultra
StarCraft 2 (2010) 203.768.548.128.4fps
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011) 58.847.535.423.1fps
Diablo III (2012) 94.176.272.352.5fps
Counter-Strike: GO (2012) 121.293.165.241.8fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 9565.954.816.8fps
GTA V (2015) 57.450.914.25.8fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 36.52413.38.3fps
Batman: Arkham Knight (2015) 352915fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 53.543.934.632.9fps
World of Warships (2015) 78.959.239.229.7fps
Ashes of the Singularity (2016) 20.511.710.2fps
For Honor (2017) 44.715.614.9fps
Ark Survival Evolved (2017) 23.714.25.7fps
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 23.315.614.2fps
World of Tanks enCore (2018) 129.743.915.6fps
Far Cry 5 (2018) 251211fps
Call of Duty Black Ops 4 (2018) 37.316.815.8fps
Darksiders III (2018) 57.716.714fps
Just Cause 4 (2018) 29.217.913.3fps
Apex Legends (2019) 44.618.915fps
Far Cry New Dawn (2019) 221211fps
Metro Exodus (2019) 20.69.87fps
Anthem (2019) 17.3106.9fps
Dirt Rally 2.0 (2019) 73.827.221.710.8fps
The Division 2 (2019) 331410fps
Anno 1800 (2019) 30.112.67.5fps
Rage 2 (2019) 24.811.77.1fps
League of Legends (2019) 85.267.358.658fps
BioShock Infinite - 1366x768 High Preset
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
54.8 fps ∼100%
HP Pavilion x360 14-ba011ng
Intel Core i5-7200U, NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
42.2 fps ∼77% -23%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (39.1 - 64.1, n=6)
39.1 fps ∼71% -29%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP412UA-EC969T
Intel Core i3-8130U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
28.2 fps ∼51% -49%
Acer Spin 3 SP314-51-548L
Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
26.8 fps ∼49% -51%
Average of class Convertible
  (2.1 - 149, n=190)
25.4 fps ∼46% -54%
Dell Inspiron 14 5000 5482 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
24.5 fps ∼45% -55%
Lenovo Yoga 530-14IKB-81EK00CWGE
Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
24 fps ∼44% -56%
HP Pavilion x360 14-cd0002ng
Intel Core i3-8130U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
20.41 fps ∼37% -63%
The Witcher 3 - 1024x768 Low Graphics & Postprocessing
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (29.7 - 53.8, n=7)
37.7 fps ∼100% +3%
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
36.5 fps ∼97%
Average of class Convertible
  (5.1 - 111, n=36)
21.3 fps ∼56% -42%
HP Pavilion x360 14-cd0002ng
Intel Core i3-8130U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
12.7 fps ∼34% -65%
Dota 2 Reborn - 1366x768 med (1/3)
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (32.6 - 61, n=6)
45.5 fps ∼100% +4%
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
43.9 fps ∼96%
Average of class Convertible
  (13.7 - 63.7, n=21)
36 fps ∼79% -18%
Dirt Rally 2.0 - 1280x720 Ultra Low Preset AF:2x
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
73.8 fps ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
 
73.8 fps ∼100% 0%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP412UA-EC969T
Intel Core i3-8130U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
39.8 fps ∼54% -46%
Average of class Convertible
  (11.7 - 73.8, n=4)
36.1 fps ∼49% -51%

Emissions

System Noise

Overall, the Yoga 530 remained fairly quiet. The fan was off when idle, and the device was completely silent as a result. Once the fan revved up it remained almost inaudible and only became noticeable under load. The maximum noise level determined during our stress test was a very decent 36.5 dB(A).

Noise Level

Idle
30.6 / 30.6 / 30.8 dB(A)
Load
36.1 / 36.5 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: 30.6 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2031.834.333.533.831.82532.533.333.434.332.53134.838.338.937.334.84030.732.232.633.430.75030.832.630.233.230.86328.830.331.629.828.88027.428.728.127.727.410026.626.927.125.726.612525.525.825.925.525.516024.624.724.524.924.620023.323.824.124.223.325022.623.423.823.322.631522.723.42422.222.740020.522.523.321.220.550020.521.822.22020.563019.92121.219.519.980019.122.422.818.719.1100018.927.326.718.318.9125018.324.625.11818.31600182626.817.4182000182525.517.61825001827.52817.61831501823.724.417.918400018.221.721.817.918.250001822.123.818.218630018.32121.618.218.3800018.319.119.218.118.31000018.318.518.618.218.31250018.118.418.318.218.11600018.218.418.318.218.2SPL30.836.136.630.630.8N1.32.22.31.31.3median 18.3median 23.4median 23.8median 18.2median 18.3Delta1.921.821.9hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseLenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
2700U, Vega 10
Lenovo Yoga 530-14IKB-81EK00CWGE
8250U, UHD Graphics 620
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP412UA-EC969T
8130U, UHD Graphics 620
HP Pavilion x360 14-cd0002ng
8130U, UHD Graphics 620
Dell Inspiron 14 5000 5482 2-in-1
8565U, UHD Graphics 620
Acer Spin 3 SP314-51-548L
8250U, UHD Graphics 620
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
 
Average of class Convertible
 
Noise
2%
0%
-1%
5%
-3%
2%
6%
off / environment *
30.6
30.3
1%
30.7
-0%
30.2
1%
28.2
8%
30
2%
30 (28.1 - 30.7, n=13)
2%
29.8 (27.8 - 32.2, n=136)
3%
Idle Minimum *
30.6
30.3
1%
30.7
-0%
31
-1%
28.2
8%
30
2%
30.1 (28.1 - 32.2, n=13)
2%
28.5 (27.8 - 37.8, n=295)
7%
Idle Average *
30.6
30.3
1%
30.7
-0%
31
-1%
28.2
8%
30
2%
30.1 (28.1 - 32.2, n=13)
2%
28.9 (27.8 - 37.8, n=295)
6%
Idle Maximum *
30.8
30.3
2%
31
-1%
31
-1%
29.4
5%
30
3%
30.4 (28.3 - 32.2, n=13)
1%
29.2 (27.8 - 39, n=293)
5%
Load Average *
36.1
36.1
-0%
33.9
6%
36.5
-1%
35.8
1%
38.5
-7%
34.6 (30.9 - 40.8, n=13)
4%
33.1 (28.2 - 46.6, n=293)
8%
Load Maximum *
36.5
33.9
7%
37.5
-3%
36.6
-0%
35.8
2%
44
-21%
37.3 (32.5 - 43, n=13)
-2%
35 (28.8 - 53.5, n=295)
4%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

Yoga 530 stress test
Yoga 530 stress test

The Yoga 530 completed our stress test (Prime95 and FurMark run simultaneously for at least one hour) identically on mains and battery. During the first few minutes, the CPU and GPU ran at 2.6 - 2.8 GHz and 300 - 600 MHz, respectively. Afterwards, they slowed down to just 1.6 GHz and 200 MHz and remained at this level throughout the remainder of the test. Keep in mind that the load produced by our stress test rarely ever occurs in the real world. We use this test to determine potential stability issues under maximum load.

In addition to remaining fairly quiet, Lenovo’s tablet also remained comparatively cool. We found two hot spots of more than 40 °C during our stress test, and all things considered the AMD SKU got a little bit warmer than the Intel SKU. It remained inconspicuous under realistic conditions.

Max. Load
 37.2 °C
99 F
39.9 °C
104 F
38.4 °C
101 F
 
 34.6 °C
94 F
36.4 °C
98 F
31.8 °C
89 F
 
 27.6 °C
82 F
26 °C
79 F
27 °C
81 F
 
Maximum: 39.9 °C = 104 F
Average: 33.2 °C = 92 F
44.6 °C
112 F
43 °C
109 F
35.7 °C
96 F
29.1 °C
84 F
39.8 °C
104 F
36.8 °C
98 F
26 °C
79 F
26.5 °C
80 F
28.3 °C
83 F
Maximum: 44.6 °C = 112 F
Average: 34.4 °C = 94 F
Power Supply (max.)  39.6 °C = 103 F | Room Temperature 22.5 °C = 73 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 33.2 °C / 92 F, compared to the average of 30.3 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Convertible.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 39.9 °C / 104 F, compared to the average of 35.4 °C / 96 F, ranging from 21.8 to 55.7 °C for the class Convertible.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 44.6 °C / 112 F, compared to the average of 36.5 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 26.7 °C / 80 F, compared to the device average of 30.3 °C / 87 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 27.6 °C / 81.7 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 29 °C / 84.2 F (+1.4 °C / 2.5 F).
Heat map top (load)
Heat map top (load)
Heat map bottom (load)
Heat map bottom (load)
Heat map top (idle)
Heat map top (idle)
Heat map bottom (idle)
Heat map bottom (idle)
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
2700U, Vega 10
Lenovo Yoga 530-14IKB-81EK00CWGE
8250U, UHD Graphics 620
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP412UA-EC969T
8130U, UHD Graphics 620
HP Pavilion x360 14-cd0002ng
8130U, UHD Graphics 620
Dell Inspiron 14 5000 5482 2-in-1
8565U, UHD Graphics 620
Acer Spin 3 SP314-51-548L
8250U, UHD Graphics 620
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
 
Average of class Convertible
 
Heat
15%
13%
13%
8%
-2%
3%
2%
Maximum Upper Side *
39.9
35
12%
36
10%
33.7
16%
33.2
17%
44.1
-11%
40.9 (36 - 48.8, n=13)
-3%
40.7 (28.8 - 55.7, n=392)
-2%
Maximum Bottom *
44.6
35.6
20%
37.3
16%
41.6
7%
42.6
4%
41.6
7%
42.1 (35.8 - 48.4, n=13)
6%
42.8 (24.2 - 67.1, n=392)
4%
Idle Upper Side *
29.2
25.4
13%
28.2
3%
26
11%
26.8
8%
28.9 (24.6 - 33.1, n=13)
1%
29.8 (21.8 - 43.2, n=382)
-2%
Idle Bottom *
32.2
27
16%
25.2
22%
26.7
17%
31.6
2%
30.1 (25.3 - 34, n=13)
7%
29.9 (20.8 - 42.6, n=382)
7%

* ... smaller is better

Speaker

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2035.933.835.92540.734.340.73134.837.334.84033.533.433.55033.133.233.16341.629.841.68031.827.731.810027.625.727.612532.725.532.716035.824.935.820038.824.238.825050.423.350.431557.622.257.640062.621.262.650058.62058.663060.419.560.480070.118.770.110006818.368125065.41865.4160062.717.462.7200064.517.664.5250061.217.661.2315059.917.959.9400059.417.959.4500057.918.257.9630057.518.257.5800054.818.154.81000059.118.259.11250065.718.265.71600064.518.264.5SPL75.430.675.4N32.91.332.9median 59.4median 18.2median 59.4Delta6.626.6hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseLenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (70.1 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 18.9% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (13.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.8% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (9.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 1.5% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 31% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 62% worse
» The best had a delta of 11%, average was 22%, worst was 53%
Compared to all devices tested
» 32% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 61% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Energy Management

Power Consumption

We found no issues with the device’s power consumption. Maximum power consumption when idle was just 7.8 W, which is very similar to the Yoga’s Intel-equipped SKU. Under load, power consumption was first measured at 49 W but subsequently decreased due to CPU and GPU throttling. The power supply is rated at 65 W.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.25 / 0.35 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4.3 / 6.4 / 7.8 Watt
Load midlight 34 / 47.8 Watt