Lenovo G530 Notebook Review

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PCMark Vantage and 3DMark Benchmarks

 Futuremark PCMark Vantage
Memories, TV & Movies, Music, Productivity, HDD, Gaming and Communications

PCMark Vantage is a PC benchmark suite designed for Windows Vista offering one-click simplicity for casual users and detailed, professional grade testing for industry, press and enthusiasts.

A PCMark score is a measure of your computer’s performance across a variety of common tasks such as viewing and editing photos, video, music and other media, gaming, communications, productivity and security.

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Based on the PCMark Vantage scores, we can see that Lenovo's bargain priced G530 actually stacks up quite well against far more expensive machines. The multimedia-centric IdeaPad Y530 only mustered an overall score of 2992, proving that the G530 is quite capable of hanging with the big boys on everyday tasks. And again, for just $499 (as tested), we're seriously impressed with the G530's ability to measure up.

 Performance Comparisons with 3DMark06
 Details: http://www.futuremark.com/products/3dmark06/

The Futuremark 3DMark06 benchmark consists of tests that use the CPU to render 3D scenes, rather than the GPU. It runs several threads simultaneously and is designed to utilize multiple processor cores.

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The integrated GMA 4500M graphics solution is easily the weakest internal link within the G530. Put simply, it just can't handle advanced 3D graphics. A 3DMark score of just 670 is rather poor, but again, Lenovo isn't marketing this machine as a gaming rig. In fact, we'd say that Lenovo never expects you to even try. Still, we figured we'd benchmark it just to prove how underpowered it is in the gaming department, though the inbuilt GPU is plenty powerful for desktop graphics and light-duty media viewing.

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