[New/Open Box]Lenovo Y700 AMD : AMD FX-8800P, Radeon M385X 4GB GDDR5, 8GB RAM, 1080p IPS, 1TB HDD for $600

Lenovo Y700 AMD. Available from

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Lenovo Y700 AMD main specifications
CPU AMD FX-8800P 2C/4T, 2.1-3.3GHZ
GPU Radeon M385X 4GB GDDR5
RAM 8GB DDR3 1600MHZ
HDD 1TB 5400RPM HDD, free M.2 PCIe slot
Screen 1080p, eDP, IPS, non-touch, LG LP156WF6-SPK1
Keyboard Backlit red (3 levels)
Weight 5.72 lbs (~ 2.59kg)
Lenovo Y700 AMD Reviews

Lenovo Y700 15 AMDThe new Lenovo Y700 AMD version is now on sale for $560 open box, stated to be “excellent condition” and verified by “geek squad”.

The AMD version for $560 is the fastest for gaming and most cost effective in terms of performance per price and value per price. It comes with a nice IPS (not the best, but a nice one), 8GB DDR3L RAM, Radeon M385X which is really fast, good chassis build quality and a 1TB HDD (which is quite slow actually) + a free M.2 NVMe slot.

The Radeon M385X cannot be matched in performance for such a price and will deliver around the GTX 950M+ gaming performance (yes, with this CPU), in DX11. In DX12/Vulcan things should get even better thanks to better utilization of the AMD hardware (hope to have some benchmarks soon)

Advantages: good chassis build quality, very good speakers, keyboard is ok (better than the 7559 in my opinion) and you’ll get an IPS display – but it’s not that great and maybe even using a PWM mechanism which can result in some eye strain.

Disadvantages: AMD’s software/driver ecosystem is not on par as the NV ecosystem (but it should get improved), no “special” connection ports like HDMI 2.0, mDP, TB3. HDD is slow (but you can add a cheap SSD in the M.2 slot) and touchpad may not be comfortable to some.

Bottom line, for $600-$650 it is a very good gaming laptop, especially for those who are not interested in spending more.

Thoughts?

 

  • Stefan L

    http://www.notebookcheck.com/fileadmin/_processed_/csm_Takte_CB_bd6a5078d2.png
    Notebookcheck tested the Y700 and saw extreme throttling. They say it cant be used for gaming in its current configuration (BIOS whatever).

    • You are talking about the I7 version.. no?

      • Stefan L

        No, the AMD 8800P version. Here the link: http://www.notebookcheck.com/Test-Lenovo-IdeaPad-Y700-15ACZ-Notebook.157922.0.html Sorry but its in german.

        • 1. well, check my review:
          http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/lenovo-y700-amd-review-fx-8800p-radeon-m385x/#thermalsandnoise

          2. The same behavior, which is apparent in some Intel based laptops too. The problem is that AMD’s drivers/software ecosystem is not as good as Intel/NV. For example, I can use ThrottleStop for Intel based laptops.
          3. A reader has posted some voltage manipulating tool – I’m going to try it and report. A little busy so it will take me some time
          4. Anyway, the performance, on average is good. This behavior is a problem, but I don’t think it is crucial (unless Lenovo/AMD won’t fix it)

        • Also, remember we are talking about $640 here, not 1000 Euros like in the review description.. That’s why I didn’t recommend it for $800

          • Stefan L

            Just repeating what they say, the lags make every game unplayable cause clock decreases to 1,4Ghz. I don’t tested it myself but usually notebookcheck is a reliable source. And also don’t get me wrong – i was just interested in that machine cause i really like AMD. So don’t consider this as the usually Intel vs AMD trolling.

            • Stefan! everything is ok! I felt a little nervous for providing wrong info

              I’ll try and test some tools and report back

            • well, this tool does help a bit – the clocks don’t deep to 1.4GHZ, but to 2.1GHZ, which is something..