Lenovo Legion Y520 (15″) vs Lenovo Legion Y530 (15″) – what are the differences?

As Lenovo Legion Y520 review reaped huge success, we decided you would be intrigued to find out what distinguishes this super popular mid-range gaming model from its successor in the face of Legion Y530.

Starting off with the hardware, the Y520 configurations are equipped with up to 7th gen Intel Core i7-7700HQ processors, whereas the Y530 can be configured with the latest 8th gen Intel Core CPUs. In terms of graphics cards, both models feature NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti, however, Lenovo Legion Y520 also offers two more options – GeForce GTX 1060 and AMD Radeon RX 560. In addition, Legion Y520 provides you with larger memory amount – up to 32 GB of DDR4-2400 RAM vs up to 16 GB of DDR4-2666 RAM in Y530. However, the latter boasts support for Intel Optane memory technology which essentially features storage twice as fast as that of SSDs.

Moving on, both laptops accommodate a 15.6-inch IPS panel with Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution. However, we should note that Y530 also comes with a 144Hz display option. Additionally, the more portable device happens to be Y530 measuring at 23.9-24.9 mm in height and weighing 2.3 kg (5.07 lb). We find another difference in the battery capacity as Y520 incorporates a 45Wh unit, whereas its successor sports a 52.5Wh one which translates into a longer battery life. And finally, we don’t notice any major differences in terms of I/Os.

Specs sheet

Series
  • Lenovo Legion Y520
  • Lenovo Legion Y530
OS
  • Windows 10
  • Windows 10
CPU
  • Intel Core i5-7300HQ (quad-core, 2.5 / 3.5GHz, 6MB)
  • Intel Core i7-7700HQ (quad-core, 2.8 / 3.8GHz, 6MB)
  • Intel Core i5-8300H (quad-core, 2.3 / 4.0GHz, 8MB)
  • Intel Core i7-8750H (hexa-quad, 2.2 / 4.1GHz, 9MB)
RAM
  •  up to 32 GB of DDR4-2400 RAM
  • up to 16 GB of DDR4-2666 SDRAM
Internal storage
  • HDD/SSD
  • HDD/ SSD
Intel Optane memory
  • Yes
GPU
  • AMD Radeon RX 560 (4GB GDDR5)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (2GB GDDR5)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti (4GB GDDR5)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (3GB GDDR5)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (2GB/4GB GDDR5)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (2GB/4GB GDDR5)
Display
  • 15.6″ FHD (1920×1080), IPS
  • 15.6”, Full HD (1920 x 1080), 144 Hz, IPS
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11ac
Bluetooth 4.1
Wi-Fi 802.11ac
Bluetooth 4.1
Features
  • 1x USB 2.0
  • 2x USB 3.0
  • 1x USB Type-C
  • HDMI 1.4
  • Ethernet (RJ-45)
  • combo audio jack
  • 3x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (one Always On)
  • 1x USB 3.1 Type-C
  • HDMI 2.0
  • Mini DisplayPort 1.4
  • Ethernet (RJ-45)
  • combo audio jack
Battery
  • 45Wh
  •  52.5Wh
Weight 2.4kg (5.3lb) 2.3 kg (5.07 lb)

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All Lenovo Legion Y530 configurations

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Nick
3 years ago

One of the best Lenovo laptops

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