MSI GS70 vs Lenovo IdeaPad Y510P – Which is the Better Gaming Laptop?

Published on September 19th, 2013 | by Peter Paul

Today let’s compare two gaming laptops, one featuring a slim design fully loaded with gaming features, while the other is powered by a dual GPU in SLI mode – MSI GS70 vs Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p. Both gaming laptops are powered by an Intel Core i7 Quad Core Haswell processor, but come with different set of features, specifications and prices. So which do you think is the best gaming laptop for you? Let’s find out below when we compare the MSI GS70 and Lenovo Y510p’s features and specifications side by side.

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UPDATE: There is a newer model of the MSI GS70, it’s called the MSI GS70 Stealth Pro, featuring the next generation GeForce GTX 870M. Check it out here.

MSI GS70 vs Lenovo Y510p: Specs vs Specs

For us to have a better look at the differences of both gaming laptops, below is a table comparing their respective specifications. This way it will be easier for us to compare which one is better in this area, and which one isn’t.

SpecificationsMSI GS70 StealthLenovo IdeaPad Y510p
Processor4th Gen Intel Core i7-4700HQ Quad Core Haswell4th Gen Intel Core i7-4700MQ Quad Core Haswell
Operating SystemWindows 8 64bitWindows 8 64bit
ChipsetIntel HM87Intel HM87
Memoryup to 16GB DDR3L at 1600MHzup to 16GB DDR3L at 1600MHz
Display17-inch Full HD 1920x1080 with Anti-Glare15.6-inch Full HD 1920x1080 Full Matte with Glossy Wedge
Graphics ProcessorNVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M 2GB(Dual) NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M 2GB (SLI via UltraBay)
StorageUp to 256GB Super RAID SSD + 750GB HDD 7200RPMUp to 1TB 5400RPM with 24GB SSD Cache
Optical DriveNoneDVD/BluRay Optional via UltraBay
AudioAudio Boost/Sound Blaster CinemaPremium JBL Speakers with Dolby Home Theater v4
WebcamHD 720p at 30fpsHD 720p at 30fps with Dual Array Mics
ConnectivityLAN/WLAN Killer DoubleShotIntel Centrino Wireless N-2230
Bluetooth 4.0Bluetooth 4.0
Ports3-in-1 SD Card Reader (SD, XD, MMC support SD 4.0)6-in-1 Card Reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, MS, MS-Pro)
1x D-Sub (VGA)VGA (15-pin)
1x HDMIHDMI
4x USB 3.02x USB 3.0
2x Mini-DisplayPort1x USB 2.0
Mic/Headphone JackMic/Headphone Jack
KeyboardSteelSeries 102 Backlit KeysAccuType Backlit Keys
Battery6-Cell Li-Ion6-Cell Li-Ion 58,000 mAh
Up to 5hrsup to 4 hours
Dimensions418.5mm x 287mm x 21.8mm387mm x 259mm x 39mm
Weight2.66Kg with battery2.89Kg

Intel Core i7-4700HQ vs Core i7-4700MQ

If you have noticed, both are powered by the same Intel Core i7 quad core processors but with different name extensions. The MSI GS70 has 4700HQ and the Lenovo Y510p has 4700MQ. So, which is the better processor between the Core i7-4700HQ and Core i7-4700MQ?

Technically, none is better; both processors are just the same. They have the same clock speeds, cache size, features, integrated graphics processor, and etc. And in terms of performance they are also just the same. They are like twin CPUs. So what’s really the difference between the HQ and MQ?

The Core i7-4700MQ has a removable socket. Meaning you can remove the CPU and replace it. It’s upgradeable. Meanwhile the Core i7-4700HQ is not. The CPU is soldered into the motherboard. You can’t remove it or upgrade it.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M vs GeForce GT 750M SLI

The GeForce GTX series are the better graphics processor, even in Desktop GPU. They are the high end series, while the GT series are in the mid-range level. If you compare a GeForce GT 750M with the GTX 765M, there is no doubt that the GTX 765M will outperform the GT 750M easily. But what if you put two GT 750M (in SLI mode) vs a GTX 765M, will the result still be the same? Check out the graph below.

As you can see from the graph above, a single GT 750M is no match for a GTX 765M. But a GT 750M SLI (or two GT 750M) can outperform the GTX 765M. The performance difference is not that significantly high, but the GT 750M SLI is faster than a GTX 765M alone.

So the question is which one should you go for, GeForce GTX 765M or GT 750M SLI? Most of the times, the answer will really depend on the user (a.k.a user preference). The GeForce GTX 765M might not perform as fast as the GT 750M SLI, but it will consume less power since there’s only one GPU that needs to be powered. The GT 750M SLI, however, is faster and may yield higher frames per second when gaming compared to the GTX 765M. But it will consume much more power since you are powering two GPUs in one gaming laptop, not to mention it will produce more heat. Another thing is that, some users are complaining that they experience problems in some games while they are in SLI mode. SLI in laptops/notebooks are not as stable as SLI in Desktops.

MSI GS70 vs Lenovo Y510p: Conclusion

Both the MSI GS70 Stealth and the Lenovo IdeaPad Y510P are good gaming laptops. Each has its own unique features, and advantage over the other. Judging from the specs and features that both gaming laptops have, the MSI GS70 Stealth is really built for gaming purposes. The only thing that made the Lenovo Y510p perform better when it comes to gaming is because of the GeForce GT 750M SLI. But the rest of its specifications are not really geared towards gaming.

So how do you choose now between MSI GS70 vs Lenovo Y510p? The Lenovo Y510p offers a much affordable price compared to the MSI GS70. There is a significant price difference between these two gaming machines. If you are budget constraint and does not really need the other gaming features that the MSI GS70 offers, then the Lenovo Y510p is a good option for you.

Personally, if budget is not an issue, I would go for the MSI GS70 vs the Lenovo Y510p, considering not only the graphics processor but also the other specs and features that it has. If you would go for the Lenovo Y510p, just make sure to get the one with GeForce GT 750M SLI (built in GT 750M plus another GT 750M via UltraBay) or you won’t be enjoying much if your purpose is for gaming.

Price and Where to Buy

ModelLenovo Y510p - 59369999Lenovo Y510p - 59376431Lenovo Y510p -59390951MSI GS70 2OD-001USMSI GS70 2OD-002US
ProcessorIntel Core i7-4700MQ 2.4GHzIntel Core i7-4700MQ 2.4GHzIntel Core i7-4700MQ 2.4GHzIntel Core i7-4700HQIntel Core i7-4700HQ
Memory8GB DDR312GB DDR316GB DDR316GB DDR316GB DDR3
Storage1TB Hard Drive 5400 RPM1TB HDD 5400 RPM, 8GB SSD Cache1TB HDD 5400 RPM, 24GB SSD750GB 7200RPM + 128GB SSD1TB 5400RPM + 256GB SSD (RAID 0)
GPU(Dual) GeForce GT 750M SLI(Dual) GeForce GT 750M SLI(Dual) GeForce GT 750M SLIGeForce GTX 765MGeForce GTX 765M
Display15.6-Inch 1920x108015.6-Inch 1920x108015.6-Inch 1920x108017.3-Inch at 1920x108017.3-Inch at 1920x1080
Operating SystemWindows 8Windows 8Windows 8Windows 8Windows 8

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2 Responses to MSI GS70 vs Lenovo IdeaPad Y510P – Which is the Better Gaming Laptop?

  1. Paul Orlowski says:

    Hi I’m looking for a dual graphics laptop other than Lenovo. The Alienware 18″ and Digital Storm Behemoth 17.” are too big and heavy since I travel a lot. The Origin PC is over 10lbs too. A 15″ would be preferred. Can you recommend any?

    Thx

  2. Nathaniel says:

    I can’t see a reason for using Dual video cards.
    I can see using a SLI card on my Desktop but in a laptop, nope.
    Sager Laptops are great(IMO)

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