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Lenovo Y500 vs. MSI GE70 0ND-245NE for gaming

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April 18, 2013 12:48:49 PM

Hi,
I have a problem by choosing two latops,
Lenovo Y500 and MSI GE70 0ND-245NE (NOTE! The lenovo comes with sli gt 650)
Here are som links for the specs: (NOTE, it's from a danish site, cause i'm from Denmark)

https://www.fcomputer.dk/computer/b%C3%A6rbar/lenovo/id...
https://www.fcomputer.dk/computer/b%C3%A6rbar/msi/ge70-...

Which of these laptops would you think to be the best for gaming/school/movies/music and so on.
Graphics is important and the sound is so too and so is the keyboard and other stuff primarly used when in school (am going to have it with me every day)

I have a budget around the 1.200 euro, if you have other great suggestions :) 

Hope you are able to help me and give som advice about what's smart and not (like should i wait buying or something like that).

Thx in advance :) 

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April 18, 2013 1:03:48 PM

was looking into a y500 myself this one on newegg comes with dual 650shttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
...but could only imagine the heat since some already complain about the heat with only 1 gpu and needed to buy a fan..so the y500 if your willing to get the fan but the msi looks great and 660 is better than 650 btw
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April 18, 2013 1:12:59 PM

The GT 650m SLI is significantly better than a single 660m.

I would go with the Y500 for sure. The second card fits in the Ultrabay in place of the optical drive and operates on a different heatsink and fan than the first. It doesn't impact thermal performance.

Something to consider though is that the Y500 was recently upgraded to include the GT 750 chips in place of the 650s. I'm not sure if that model is available in your country or not.

http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/web/Len...
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April 18, 2013 1:13:49 PM

The Y500 has sli :)  so the GPU is better on the Y500. I dont know about heat, but read on notebookcheck that it will be around 30-40 degrees.
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April 18, 2013 1:15:23 PM

Hmm it isn't available in my country at the moment, but i will check up on it.
But do you know anything about the sound, keyboard, screen and so on?
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April 18, 2013 1:20:42 PM

Lohse54 said:
Hmm it isn't available in my country at the moment, but i will check up on it.
But do you know anything about the sound, keyboard, screen and so on?


Absolutely, own the Y400 which is the 14" version but nearly identical.

Sounds is awesome. The JBL speakers are the best I've heard in a laptop. Waybetter than the "beats audio" system that is in the HP I recently bought for my Dad.

Keyboard is excellent as well with great feel and it's easy to type fast on. The backlight looks great and can be adjusted to 3 different levels of brightness.

The screen I can't comment on because the Y400 has the 1366x768 screen while the Y500 SLI has the 1920x1080. I would say the screen on my unit is a a little better than average so the higher resolution unit will probably be very good.

The overall quality and feel of the unit suggests something quite a bit more expensive.
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April 18, 2013 1:32:31 PM

Okay that sounds really great, listen to A LOT of music so that will be a awesome feature :D 

But aint the screen glossy? Isn't that a bit annoying to look at or am I just to sensitive?
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April 18, 2013 1:38:41 PM

Lohse54 said:
Okay that sounds really great, listen to A LOT of music so that will be a awesome feature :D 

But aint the screen glossy? Isn't that a bit annoying to look at or am I just to sensitive?


It can be, yes. If you are sitting with direct sunlight behind you there is a glare from the screen and the glossy bezel around it. It can be pretty annoying, but I rarely play where the sun is shining like that. For normal lighting conditions it's fine. It is definitely something to consider though if a little glare would bother you a lot.
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April 18, 2013 1:48:01 PM

Well at the moment i have a glossy screen, so I'm kinda used to the glare on my screen. Won't bother me as much as it probably would with other people :p 
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April 18, 2013 10:50:04 PM

Lohse54 said:
Well at the moment i have a glossy screen, so I'm kinda used to the glare on my screen. Won't bother me as much as it probably would with other people :p 


I would definitely go for it then. I simply don't have anything else negative to say about it.
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April 19, 2013 2:38:38 AM

Awesome, then i would probably go with that :)  Thx for the help
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April 19, 2013 7:20:16 AM

Good luck. Feel free to ask if you have any more questions. If you wouldn't mind, please select a "best answer" as it helps those of us who post here out a lot.
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April 19, 2013 7:57:36 AM

Will do :)  And again can't thank you enough :)  But one more question, how big a difference is there between 17 inches and 15 inches on a laptop screen?? :) 
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April 19, 2013 10:06:02 AM

I'm not sure that's something I can answer other than just to say it will physically be 2 inches bigger. Keep in mind that distance is measured diagonally.

As far as screen and picture quality, that is determined by the resolution. Generally, the higher the resolution is in relation to the screen the better the picture. For instance, a 15" screen with a resolution of 1920x1080 would have better picture quality than a 17" screen with the same resolution.
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April 19, 2013 11:22:21 AM

Ahh nice :)  Have a 17.3" screen and i'm just afraid that it will annoy me, but maybe i should just take a chance :) 

And one more thing, isn't it a bit risky to get SLI on a laptop? Is it not very few games that support SLI??
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April 19, 2013 5:15:24 PM

And also one last thing. How do you survive without a DVD/Blu-Ray drive in the Y500 laptop? U kinda sacrifice that for the extra GPU :o 
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April 19, 2013 5:45:41 PM

Lohse54 said:
And also one last thing. How do you survive without a DVD/Blu-Ray drive in the Y500 laptop? U kinda sacrifice that for the extra GPU :o 


Optical drives are kinda going the way of the dinosaur. The only thing I could really think of that I would need one for would be to play Blu-Rays which I don't really do on my laptop. If this were a big issue, you could always get an external USB drive.
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April 20, 2013 2:44:19 AM

Yes that is true, can always buy an eksternal one if it becomes a problem.
But what about the SLI in the Lenovo, is it gonna be a problem with games, now that it's SLI (If games cannot run in SLI mode)??
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April 20, 2013 1:45:31 PM

Lohse54 said:
Yes that is true, can always buy an eksternal one if it becomes a problem.
But what about the SLI in the Lenovo, is it gonna be a problem with games, now that it's SLI (If games cannot run in SLI mode)??


Yeah this is true. Scaling will be dependent upon how optimized the game is for SLI. This can range from double the performance of the single card down to hardly any performance increase at all. Most modern games are optimized well for SLI though and older games don't require as much graphical power.

The GT 750m by itself is better than the 660m though.
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April 20, 2013 2:25:43 PM

Ahh okay, so do you think the SLI gt 650 in the Y500 will cause a big stutter problem or??
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