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#1StarksPosted 10/7/2013 3:15:52 PM
http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/ideapad/y-series/y510p/
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834313583

A friend has the Y500 and it looks sick
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#2Knight2520Posted 10/7/2013 3:16:25 PM
Whatever you do, don't order from Lenovo directly. Their shipping times are awful.
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#3LaMichael_JamesPosted 10/7/2013 7:29:29 PM
you should be able to get a y510p with an i7 and sli 750m for around $1000

i'd wait
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#4Starks(Topic Creator)Posted 10/8/2013 7:46:08 AM(edited)
My only concern is that SLI Y510p has Optimus (yes, 3 GPUs in that laptop) and Linux still can't do it somewhat properly without bleeding edge kernels and drivers. Windows may not detect the Intel GPU unless you do some tricks, but Linux readily will and use it as the primary device.

The Y500 didn't have Optimus yet both machines can't use their 2nd GPU in Linux. I do most of my gaming on Windows, yet all these caveats would drive me nuts.

This is why I'm so nervous to even bother with Steam OS around the corner. I should just wait for a good deal on a GTX laptop, but then again, those have Optimus now too.

Intel should just buy Nvidia and be done with it. It would solve the Optimus problem for good.
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#5cancerstormPosted 10/8/2013 8:49:26 AM
optimus doesn't work with sli

and the second card comes through lenovo's ultrabay thing which can be popped out and swapped for a bluray player or nothing
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#6Starks(Topic Creator)Posted 10/8/2013 9:04:24 AM(edited)
From: cancerstorm | #005
optimus doesn't work with sli

That's really subjective and would depend on how the GPUs are wired up.

It's my understanding that SLI mode has the IGP disabled yet remove the ultrabay and fiddle with the drivers, the IGP comes to life for Optimus mode.

How Linux deals with such a setup is unclear and I have conflicting reports.

What I want is the Nvidia GPUs to be directly connected to the display and outputs. This is essential for me.
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