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Suggestion for laptop IdeaPad Y500 Laptop - 59371972 - Dusk Black with optimus technology

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June 13, 2013 12:40:25 PM

Hi experts,

I'd like to buy "IdeaPad Y500 Laptop - 59371972 - Dusk Black ". I want to know whether this laptop has Nvidia Optimus technology, that way i can save some power?

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June 13, 2013 4:04:30 PM

Both the single card setup and the SLI setup do not support Optimus. The Intel HD graphics are disabled in BIOS.
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June 13, 2013 10:26:08 PM

Prostar Computer said:
Both the single card setup and the SLI setup do not support Optimus. The Intel HD graphics are disabled in BIOS.


then, please tell, which lenovo model supports optimus technology in ideapad series
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June 14, 2013 7:36:27 AM

The Y580 supports Optimus.

However, as an owner of the 14" Y470 which has the GT 550m and Intel HD 3000, Optimus tech does not affect battery very much.

Below is a link to my review of the Y470.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/70694-35-lenovo-ideap...

The following is my reply to a question regarding battery life with Optimus (it is the 7th post in that thread:

jaguarskx said:
I find that there is no difference with either the GT 550m switched on or off. In two of the eight tests I managed to get a little over 4 hours. Once with the GT 550m on and once with the GT 550m switched off; i.e. using the Intel HD 3000 graphics core.

The problem is not the energy drain, but the size of the battery. My IBM Thinkpad T40 and Lenovo IdeaPad Y470 both comes with a 6 cell battery, however, the battery that comes with the IdeaPad feels about 20% lighter than the ThinkPad's battery.

Measuring power consumption under typical usage with a Kill-A-Watt meter, I measured between 13w - 20w. Generally it would spike up to 20w while watching a Youtube video, but drop back down to 17w/18w while the video is playing. Note that actual power consumption would be a little less since the laptop's power brick is not 100% efficient.

Assuming the power brick is 80% power efficient, that means actual power consumption would probably be roughly 10w - 16w.



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