Packing in an Intel Core i7-740QM (1.73GHz) processor, 4GB RAM, 750GB HDD and discrete graphics in the form of an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730, the Lenovo IdeaPad Y560 looks to be packing in plenty of horsepower for its form factor. We'll find out how it does in our benchmarking tests versus similarly (or close enough) equipped notebooks.
|Specifications / Notebook||Lenovo IdeaPad Y560||Lenovo IdeaPad Y550P|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-740QM
(1.73GHz, quad-core with 6MB L2 cache)
|Intel Core i7-720QM
(1.60GHz, quad-core with 6MB L2 cache)
|Chipset||Intel HM55||Intel HM55|
|Memory||4GB DDR3||4GB DDR3|
|HDD||1 x 750GB SATA 5400 RPM||1 x 500GB SATA 5400 RPM|
|Video||ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730||NVIDIA GeForce GT 240M|
Scoring a respectable 5820 PCMarks is the Y560 and it's a pretty good score to be sure. It does beat the older Y550P by around 200 PCMarks, which isn't a lot. That's because there's not too much of a difference between the processors used. Let's see if things change for the better when it comes to the graphics in the 3DMark06 benchmark.
With the very capable ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730 powering its 3D performance, it would seem like the notebook would deliver very good results. Indeed, it beat the older Y550P's score of 7,709 3DMarks with a neat 8,669 3DMarks. Although, we were expected even better performance from a mid-range discrete GPU. Of course, synthetic benchmarks don't mean everything, so let's see how it scores in Far Cry 2.
The IdeaPad Y560 scored a whopping 66.14fps on the "Medium" setting at 1024 x 768 pixels resolution and 41.37fps on "Very High" for our Far Cry 2 test. That's pretty impressive, which means you're good to go for playing games as long as you stick to the Medium settings for most modern games. But as this intensive game has proven, even high quality settings are no problem for it, but you'll have to balance quality versus screen resolution.