Priced well below $2,000 the Y510P offers a competitive performance with its 2.2 GHz Intel fourth generation i7-4702MQ processor, Dual NVidia GT750M GPUs and 16GB of DDR3. With its powerful specs the IdeaPad makes quick work of basic word and web functions. More taxing Office functions such as complicated Excel spreadsheets also prove to be no issue for the device, and with ample memory the notebook is able to juggle multiple tasks without any noticeable drop in performance.
Equipped with two NVidia GeForce GT 750M GPUs the Lenovo Y510P is able to tackle most graphically intensive functions such as 1080p video editing or playing new games. The second SLI-enabled NVidia GT 750M adds slight performance gains across the board, but users will see a significant performance increase with software or programs that are coded to take advantage of the second GPU.
In our tests the Y510P ran BioShock Infinite on max settings averaging 30 FPS (frames per second). The machine experienced a few small hiccups here and there, but the frame slips were infrequent enough that they shouldn’t impact the user’s experience. At very high settings the device was able to run BioShock Infinite at 38 FPS with no noticeable frame drop. To exemplify the difference that software can make we also tested Call of Duty Black Ops II, which is SLI-Enabled. At max settings the Y510P ran Black Ops II at 87 FPS with smooth consistent performance. The Lenovo IdeaPad Y510P will run most games with solid performance, but users can expect added performance from games that are SLI-enabled.
The Y510P is equipped with a 1 TB HDD along with a 24 GB SSD. The small SSD houses the operating system allowing for overall faster performance and quicker boot-up speeds. Unfortunately with such a small SSD users won’t be able to experience the same performance and load times for most programs, but the 1TB HDD offers plenty of memory for games, media and additional programs.
- Windows 8 (64-bit)
- 15.6″ Glossy Wedge 1920 x 1080
- 2.2 GHz i7-4702MQ Processor
- Dual NVidia GT 750M (2GB GDDR5 for each)
- 16GB DDR3
- 1TB HDD (5400 RPM) + 24GB SSD
- Intel Centrino Wireless N-2230
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Dimensions: 14.75″ x 9.68″ x 1″
- Weight: 6.37lbs.
- 6-cell Lithium-Ion battery
- Starting Price: $1,330
- Price as Configured: $1,600
- One Year Warranty
wPrime processor comparisons (lower score means better performance):
PCMark 7 is a newer benchmark and measures overall systems performance (higher scores mean better performance):
3DMark 11 is a benchmark that measures overall graphic card performance for gaming (higher scores mean better performance):
Crystal DiskMark storage drive performance test (C Drive on Left and D Drive on Right):
The base configuration of the Lenovo IdeaPad Y510P offers an Intel Core i7-4700MQ 2.4 GHz processor, NVidia GeForce GT750M GPU, 8GB of DDR3, 1 TB HDD and a DVD Recordable (Dual-Layer) optical drive for $1,330.
The unit Notebook Review tested was outfitted with an Intel Core i7-4702MQ 2.2 GHz processor, Dual (SLI-enabled) NVidia GeForce GT750M GPU, 16GB DDR3, 1TB HDD and a 24GB SSD for $1,6000.
Heat and Noise
The Lenovo IdeaPad Y510P’s vent is located on the left side of the chassis. Similar to other gaming notebooks the Y510P isn’t quiet. The fan produces a faint hum, which is easily audible in the backdrop whenever the machine is pushed to capacity. The Y510P also produces a fair bit of heat when running performance intensive tasks. While the heat never amounts to the point where it could damage the machine, the Y510P does heat up to the point where it would be uncomfortable to use it as a laptop.
To test battery life, we used our new PowerMark benchmark in balanced mode. The test consists of a combination of automated web browsing, word processing, gaming and video playback workloads. The test is far more strenuous than our previous test, measuring the machine under a litany of scenarios to better simulate real life use. With the test being far more demanding the scores are understandably lower than our previous benchmark.
PowerMark “Balanced” battery life test results (higher scores mean better life):
In our test the Lenovo IdeaPad Y510P ran for 2 hours before shutting down after reaching the 5 percent battery reserve limit. Lasting only 2 hours, the Y510P falls well below the average battery life for 15″ gaming notebooks. Even more disappointing the notebook only ran for 2 hours and 29 minutes in our productivity benchmark, meaning that device offers limited battery life even when computing simple word and web functions.
With such a small battery reserve, users will need to have the powerjack on hands at all times if they plan on using the device for any extended period of time.