Lenovo IdeaPad Y530 Notebook - HotHardware

Lenovo IdeaPad Y530 Notebook

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Continuing our testing we use Futuremarks PCMark Vantage benchmarking suite

 Futuremark PCMark Vantage
'Memories', HDD, Gaming and Communications

Futuremark PCMark Vantage 'Memories' Test Description:
Memories 1 - Two simultaneous tasks. CPU image manipulation and HDD – importing pictures to Windows Photo Gallery
Memories 2 - Two simultaneous tasks. GPU image manipulation and HDD – video editing using Windows Movie Maker
Memories 3 - Video transcoding – DV to WMV9 - Transcoding from DV (720x480p 35.38Mbps) to a portable player (SD WMV9 320x240p 1.0 Mbps). Uses two cores if available.
Memories 4 - Video transcoding – VC-1 to WMV9 -Transcoding from media server archive (HD VC-1 1280x720p 11 Mbps) to a portable player (SD WMV9 320x240p 1.0 Mbps)
In this test the Y530 fall well behind the others. This is most likely due to the higher performance video cards and faster processors in the Toshiba laptops we used for reference.



Futuremark PCMark Vantage 'Hard Disk Drive' Test Description:
HDD 1 - Windows Defender

HDD 2
- Gaming

HDD 3
- Importing pictures to Windows Photo Gallery

HDD 4
- Windows start up

HDD 5
- Video editing using Windows Movie Maker

HDD 6
- Windows Media Center

HDD 7
- Adding music to Windows Media Player

HDD 8
- Application loading

In the Hard Disk Drive test the Lenovo Y530 put up some impressive results. The Hitachi 5,400 RPM drive in the Lenovo Y530 just barely misses the mark set by the 7,200 RPM drive in the Toshiba X205.



Futuremark PCMark Vantage 'Gaming' Test Description:
Gaming 1 - GPU gaming - Performing basic GPU (graphics processing unit) tasks utilizing PS (pixel shader) 2.0 and VS (vertex shader) 2.0 operations found in most 3D games using DX (DirectX) 9. This test utilizes SM(shader model) 3.0 (if available) performance optimizations which do affect visual quality.

Gaming 2
- HDD gaming

Gaming 3
- Two simultaneous tasks. Data decompression - Loading compressed level from hard drive and decompressing it into system memory. CPU gaming -Executing heavy AI path finding algorithms. Uses all available cores up to 16 cores.

Gaming 4 - Three simultaneous tasks. GPU gaming- Performing basic GPU (graphics processing unit) tasks utilizing PS(pixel shader) 2.0 and VS (vertex shader) 2.0 operations found in most3D games using DX (DirectX) 9. This test utilizes SM (shader model) 3.0(if available) performance optimizations which do affect visual quality. CPU gaming - Executing heavy AI path finding algorithms. Uses all available cores up to 16 cores and HDD – gaming
Although the Y530's Nvidia 9300M GS is not really a gaming GPU it still turns in respectable numbers in the Gaming Test.



Futuremark PCMark Vantage 'Communications' Test Description:
Communications 1 - Three simultaneous tasks. Data encryption – CNG AES CBC. Data compression. Web page rendering – pictures - Opens a web page with many large pictures.

Communications 2
- Three simultaneous tasks. Web page rendering – favorites group parallel - Opens various news pages from IE Favorites in separate tabs and closes them one by one. Data decryption – CNG AES CBC. HDD – Windows Defender

Communications 3
- Windows Mail – searching - Searches mails for words in the message body, subject and sender.

Communications 4
- Two simultaneous tasks. Data encryption – CNG AES CBC. Audio transcoding – WMA to WMA - Measures audio transcoding performance in VOIP usage.


In the communications test the Y530 once again bested the Toshiba X205 by a decent margin and fell short of the of the A305 by just 173 points. All in all, a very impressive showing



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I recently helped a friend buy their first laptop and they ended up getting this exact model. Every time I see it I get more and more jealous. I really find the build quality to be superb and they have absolutely no trouble with it. I may end up getting one for myself down the road. Definitely a nice machine.

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/agree. I think half the problem I have with other laptops today is that a long series of Ideapad precursors (IBM Thinkpads) have set my expectations relatively high.

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Looking great, although I've never used a Lenovo laptop before.

Just a typo I spotted: [edited / fixed -thanks for the head's up ]

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How heavy is this? I have a acer laptop but it is damn heavy. I'd like something that is under 2kg or 15 lbs.

thanks

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gw24Welsh:

How heavy is this? I have a acer laptop but it is damn heavy. I'd like something that is under 2kg or 15 lbs.

thanks

Its just under 7lbs

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