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Lenovo IdeaPad Y480 (2093XB2) Notebook Intel Core i5 3210M (2.50GHz) 6GB Memory 750GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE 14.0
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: It offers some pretty good tech specs for the price, it seems like. But you are NOT getting what you pay for according to the item description as it is right now (21FEB2013). See cons/other thoughts.

Cons: It's Refurbished - BUT THIS IS FINE in reality, I knew when I purchased it.

Build quality = The overall construction is good but there was a loose screw moving around on the inside of the case.

GT 640M LE 1GB = this model's graphics card. Not even in the same league as the GT 650M 2GB as advertised, VERY disappointed!

Other Thoughts: I contacted Lenovo prior to purchasing this to find out if the advertised 650M had GDDR3 or GDDR5, and they told me this model comes with the GT 650M with GDDR5 memory. Well, that's obviously not the case.

I have already addressed the issue with NewEgg customer support, and they estimate I will hear back from them within 1-3 business days as to what could have happened with the misinformation on this order.

I hope NewEgg makes it right - I purchased this with the intention of a "Grade-A" graphics card and instead got a "Grade-C". I've no doubt the 640M LE will perform tasks fine, but not everything I need for it to do.

I'll come back with another review after any attempt for resolution is complete, or after the 3 business days to report anything that comes my way.

SAPPHIRE 100355L Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: It runs things well. The radeon 7850 chipset is amazing and high performance, especially price considered.

Cons: DIED! I played a total of about 20 hours of Battlefield 3 on this card with no flaws, ever - running at 1920x1080 and all Ultra settings / 2x AA in my system. See other thoughts.

Other Thoughts: After an 80 hour work week my computer sat still with no use but still turned on until wife heard a clicking noise. I had her shut the PC off. I got home, booted it up, and my motherboard instantly lets off 8 beeps (determined this indicates a GPU hardware failure per motherboard instructions) at POST. My 120GB OCZ Agility 3 SSD wasn't able to load Windows in even a whole minute, it usually takes less than 20 seconds. Shut down PC, submitted RMA request with NewEgg. HIGHLY dissapointed in this, Sapphire. I wonder if it has anything to do with what I mentioned in my last post about the random screen flashes? Hmmmm?

SAPPHIRE 100355L Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Cost, Performance. Therefore, Cost to Performance Ratio.

This thing overclocks with absolute ease. I bumped it up 1mhz at a time both Core Clock and memory clock until I achieved 900mhz Core and 1250mhz Memory with 100% stability on Furmark and intense gaming, more on the gaming I get with this in Other Thoughts.

Cons: None really, I'm a little scared of the fact I am seeing random points where my screen with flash though when sitting in Windows. Not sure what it is, I have seen no problems with this card elsewhere. This apparent "Flash" doesn't appear when gaming or streaming 1080p, either. Strange!

Other Thoughts: It's fantasatic. But why on earth does NewEgg show it as Discontinued? I want a second one in the future for Crossfire. I don't need it now by any means, this thing is INCREDIBLE for any game out there today.

Battlefield 3 runs at 1920x1080p, 60hz refresh, all settings Ultra with 4x AA. Haven't tested anything else yet, Frostbite2 is incredibly good though and I think this speaks volumes. Don't know FPS values, but I can tell you this: Never stutters, never appears less than 30FPS.

Other specs:
Corsair 300R Windowed Black Case
Antec Neo 520W Power Supply (Runs this combo perfect!)
MSI P55-GD65 ATX Motherboard
Intel Core i7 860 @ 3.6GHz (OC/Non HT)
Cooler Master Hyper 212+ EVO
8GB PC10666-1333mhz G.Skill DDR3-RAM
2GB Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB @ 900/1250 (OC)
Windows 7 Home Premium x64 bit Edition
ASUS VH232H 23.5" 1080p LCD Monitor
Dell USB Multimedia Keyboard
Logitech G300 Optical Gaming Mouse


JONATHON K.'s Profile

Display Name: JONATHON K.

Date Joined: 12/29/06

  • Reviews: 57
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  • First Review: 01/03/07
  • Last Review: 02/20/13
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