Lenovo IdeaCentre Y710 Cube Review: Big Gaming Performance In A Small Package
Lenovo IdeaCentre Y710 Cube: GTA V And Thief
Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto series has been wildly successful for many years now, offering some of the edgiest story lines, game play tactics and objectives the gaming industry has ever seen. With psychopathic main characters, you are left in the depraved communities of Los Santos and Blaine County, to walk a path few would dare choose in real life, committing nefarious acts, robbing and pillaging to complete your objectives. In short, it's rather entertaining that you're tasked with leaving a virtual world worse off than you found it, consequences be damned. We benchmark GTA V at 1920x1080, 2560x1440, and 3840x2160 at the Very High Quality preset.
Grand Theft Auto V
The IdeaCentre Y710 Cube put up some solid scores in Grand Theft Auto V. It offered respectable framerates at both the highest and lowest resolutions we tested, and even managed to pull (barely) ahead of the GTX 1080-bearing Aurora R5 at 2560x1440. This is most likely due to driver differences between the rig, however. The 1070 is obviously not more powerful than the 1080 for gaming.
Square Enix set the tone for Thief by saying, "Garrett, the Master Thief, steps out of the shadows into the City. In this treacherous place, where the Baron’s Watch spreads a rising tide of fear and oppression, his skills are the only things he can trust. Even the most cautious citizens and their best-guarded possessions are not safe from his reach." The Thief series has been popular for years, not only for its interesting story lines and unique gameplay, but because the games have consistently featured excellent graphics and imagery, and leveraged bleeding graphics edge technology, like AMD's Mantle API, for example.
We saw solid scores from the Y710 Cube during the 1920x1080 and 2560x1440 tests, but the framerate dipped quite a bit when we pushed into 4K territory. The average framerate of 102.2 fps dropped below that of the Digital Storm Bolt 3, which is powered by a GTX 980 Ti.