Lenovo's IdeaPad Y560D 3D Laptop Reviewed

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System Configuration, 3DMark and Vantage

 
We've assembled a series of recently reviewed systems of varying configurations but approximately the same price point. The systems below, when reviewed, range from $100-$200 less than the Y560D to $100-$200 more.

 
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Covering the bases

Lenovo Y560D

Intel Core i7-720M
(1.6GHz)

4GB DDR3

1GB ATI Mobility Radeon
5730

On-Board Ethernet
On-Board Audio

1x500GB Hard Drive
7200 RPM* SATA

Windows 7
Home Premium (64-bit)

14" LED LCD Display
(native 1366x768)
Asus U43F

Intel Core i5-450M
(2.4GHz)

4GB DDR3

Intel GMA HD
(Arrandale)

On-Board Ethernet
On-Board Audio

1x640GB Hard Drive
5400 RPM SATA

Windows 7
Home Premium (64-bit)

14" LED LCD Display
(native 1366x768)
Asus G73

Intel Core i7-720M
(1.6GHz)

8GB DDR3

1GB ATI Mobility Radeon 5870

On-Board Ethernet
On-Board Audio

2x500GB HDD 7,200 RPM SATA RAID 0

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)

17.3" Display
(native 1920x1080)
Toshiba Tecra A11

Intel Core i7-620M
(2.66GHz)

4GB DDR3

512MB NVIDIA NVS2100M

On-Board Ethernet
On-Board Audio

1x320GB Hard Drive
7200 RPM SATA

Windows 7
Home Pro 64-bit

15.6" LED backlit Display
(native 1600x900)
HP EliteBook 8440w

Intel Core i7-620M
(2.67GHz)

4GB DDR3

512MB NV Quadro FX 380M

On-Board Ethernet
On-Board Audio

1x320GB Hard drive
7,200 RPM SATA

Windows 7 Home
Premium (64-bit)

15.6" Full HD Display
(native 1920x1080)

* The Y560D ships with a 5400 RPM drive standard. Our system was configured with a 7200 RPM drive.

Update, October 26, 2010: We were informed today that an error on the Lenovo website incorrectly listed the 5400RPM hard drive as the only option, when in fact the 0646-2NU model we tested does include a 7200RPM drive.


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

The Futuremark 3DMark06 CPU 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.


It's not surprising that we'd see the Asus machine fall behind the Lenovo system here, and the Toshiba result is a good example of both the power and the limitations of multi-threading. While the slower Core i7 4C/8T chip does win past the A11's dual-core, the gap is quite small. Even good multi-threading doesn't automatically mean more threads will rocket past higher clockspeeds.


 PCMark Vantage
 Details: http://www.futuremark.com/benchmarks/pcmarkvantage/introduction/

We ran the Lenovo Y560D through Futuremark’s latest system performance metric PCMark Vantage. This benchmark suite creates a host of different usage scenarios to simulate different types of workloads including High Definition video and movie playback and manipulation, gaming, image editing and manipulation, music compression, communications, and productivity. We like the fact that most of the tests are multi-threaded as well, in order to exploit the additional resources offered by multi-core processors.

 



Performance results in PCMark Vantage are surprisingly tight given the significant configuration differences from system to system. The Y560D isn't far off the tail of the U43F, despite the difference in clockspeed and core count between the two systems. On the other hand, the Asus G73, which uses the same CPU as the Lenovo Y560D, left our review unit in the dust, presumably thanks to its RAID 0 array and 8GB of RAM.

 


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