Lenovo IdeaPad V470 Specs, Performance and Benchmarks

December 26, 2011 by Amber Riippa Reads (61,103)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 8
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 6
    • Usability
    • 7
    • Design
    • 8
    • Performance
    • 5
    • Features
    • 8
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 8
    • Total Score:
    • 7.14
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10


Our Lenovo IdeaPad V470 review unit has the following configuration:

  • 14.0-inch HD glossy 720p display (1366×768 max. resolution)
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • Intel Core i3-2310M dual-core processor (2.1 GHz, not Turbo Boost compatible, 3MB cache, 35W TDP)
  • Intel HM65 chipset
  • Intel HD graphics
  • 4GB DDR3-1333MHz dual-channel RAM (8GB max. supported)
  • 500GB 5400rpm Hitachi hard drive (HTS547550A9E)
  • Intel WiFi Link 1000 wireless network adapter (802.11 b/g/n)
  • Integrated Bluetooth 2.1
  • Integrated 2.0 webcam
  • CD-RW/DVD-RW/DVD-Multi optical drive
  • 1-year limited warranty
  • 6-cell 10.8V, 48Wh, 4400mAh Li-ion battery
  • Weight: 4.85 pounds with 6-cell battery
  • Dimensions: 13.4 x 9.2 x 0.8 ~ 1.2 inches
  • Current price as configured: $599 ($799 MSRP)

These are good specifications for the $599 price point. If it’s in the budget, we recommend upgrading the processor to the available i5-2430M dual-core or even the i7-2670QM quad-core. It will improve the V470’s multi-tasking ability substantially. It’s also important to note that the Core i3-2310M processor does not have Turbo Boost capabilities.

The hardware equipped in our review unit is geared more toward the budget-conscious user. Still though, the combination of the i3-2310M dual-core processor, 4GB-1333MHz RAM, and Intel HD graphics allows for good overall performance. Users will be able to run multiple office productivity and multimedia programs at once with little to no trouble. We also verified that 1080p video content can be played just fine – we only saw minor interferences, usually only present when the video panned from left to right. The 500GB 5400rpm hard drive is slower than average at about 72 MB/s (sequential read and write).

wPrime processor comparison results (lower scores mean better performance):

PCMark Vantage measures overall system performance (higher scores mean better performance):

PCMark 7 is a newer benchmark which measures overall system performance (higher scores mean better performance):

3DMark06 measures overall graphics card performance for gaming (higher scores mean better performance):

CrystalDiskMark storage drive performance test:



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