Originally Posted by HarrisLam
so ehh......the new Y480 is now on the website
and is it just me or its a BIG BOOOOOO?
seriously.....advertised it as having 650M or even 660M on a 14", power that is unmatched throughout the whole market, built up so much hype
and then comes out with a mere 640M?
what a letdown.
The 660M I'm pretty sure was confirmed to be in regards to the Y580, seems like it was a reporting error if anything suggested otherwise. 650M was definitely supposed to be a choice, but.. the i7-3610QM has a 45W TDP and runs hotter than expected if it's anything like desktop IB. Lenovo probably was planning on a 35W TDP to squeeze in some more performance.
So yeah, Y480 is a bit of a letdown. 640M still uses the same die as the 660M, all cores enabled. I wouldn't write it off yet until we see overclocking results. 625mhz is way too low for a stock clock, *hopefully* they can at least hit 750mhz.
The real letdown is Nvidia's 600M Kepler lineup, it seems half-done to use 1 die for such a wide range in performance. 640M, meh, not bad - still above a 555M. 650M, 35% faster due to higher clocks and turbo; 660M, ok Nvidia, you can stop using the same GPU for all your midrange/upper-midrange cards. 670M and 675M being rebrands, It's just a mess. Remember last year - there was a huge performance gap between 555M and 560M. Now, it's between 640M and 650M, and the gap between 660M and 670M is almost non-existent if you factor in an overclock. AMD OTOH will have a full line, at least 7770M, 7850M, 7870M, 7950M, 7970M, all of which are 28nm.
So, we might have to wait for a Y480p
(model with AMD GPU) to get something beastly. The 7750M is AMD's slowest 28nm GPU, and it should be between 460M and 560M performance. Meaning, similar to a 650M.
As for pricing, Lenovo said from the start, $900 base price. I'm sure the backlit keyboard is a decent part of the cost, but it's also a pretty good seller, so supply/demand is another part.Edited by jrbroad77 - 5/7/12 at 5:45am